If you thought poor judgement and a reckless disregard for personal safety and the welfare of others were a product of recent generations, you've got another thing coming! The following 8 videos are proof that people were just not giving a f*ck long before the days of hipsters and reality TV.Many of these videos feature shots of people on-the-job in an era before strict safety regulations, when employees were free to risk life and limb in pursuit of a paycheck. (Often without even wearing helmets.) Others are clips of entertainment acts using shock or danger to woo audiences, like an old school Michael Bay, but with fewer talking outer space robots. Taken together, they show us a society that was obviously a bit less sheltered and pampered than our present one, even if it was a bit more terrifyingly accident prone.
Cutlery Throwing Mother Doesn't Give a F*ck
Meet Louella Gallagher, who, along with her daughters Connie Anne (5) and Collina Sue (2 and a half), demonstrates how you can take a negative attribute like not being able to nail a standing target with a kitchen knife and turn it into a crowd-gathering marvel. Watch and be amazed at this astonishing video in which no f*cks are given while Louella fearlessly hurls dangerously sharp knives at her little girls for shocked spectators and a camera crew. Be sure you have the volume on during this clip, because the narration is half the fun.
0:06 "Connie Anne is a veteran at being a target for her mother's cutlery, and doesn't turn a hair at Ma's cut-ups, even though Ma's pretty sharp with the cleavers."
0:26 "It takes a steady aim and a stout heart to heave knives at the apple of your eye, but this female William Tell has no qualms and plenty of faith!"
Do yourself a favor and pause the clip at 0:42. What is that look in Louella's face? anticipation? Excitement? Whatever it is, this is not the look you want someone throwing weapons at you to be having.
Sure enough, only three seconds later at 0:45, Collina Sue is getting fidgety as a knife is improperly executed and bounces off the wooden board and grazes her arm. The narrator doesn't seem to be worried, "This miss says it's as good as a smile!"Louella seems to be more determined than ever to show off her skills at 0:52 during Collina's close-up. The knives land closer around her face and you can clearly see the wind in Collina's hair as the blades speed past her. After watching this video, I'm really curious to see what exactly qualified as child endangerment in those days.
Empire State Hijinks
With all the safety standards and labor laws we have in this country today, it's hard to believe some of our most recognizable landmarks were built with little to no f*ck given towards safety at all.
0:18 There's something about watching people in high places that is just downright unsettling. I dare you to watch this video without clenching your butt even once. I DARE YOU. Look at this guy standing on the edge of a girder, going back and forth like he's not one banana peel away from becoming expressionist sidewalk art.0:28 Now look at his partner! Sliding down the same beam for twenty feet at blazing speeds without any ropes, harnesses, or safety nets. It's almost surprising they they had enough guys left alive to finish construction on the building.
Ben Dova Not Giving a F*ck
Stuntman Ben Dova's passion for looking intoxicated was taken to new heights when he decided to move his act to the roof of a skyscraper in old-timey Manhattan. Without giving a sh*t (or a f*ck) whatsoever for his life or the lives of the people below him, Ben sought to prove to the world that alcoholics are not only awesome at birthday parties and funerals, but are just as awesome when teetering on the brink of death hundreds of feet in the air.
At 0:18, Mr. Dova throws his booze-loving body off the edge of the building.
To showcase the harrowing views of the city (yes, they really were that far from the ground) and remind you that this guy is f*cking nuts, 0:26 shows the daredevil climbing a swaying light post.Just to drive his point home about drunks being awesome at every elevation, at 0:55 Ben Dova throws his entire body off the post and hangs above the crowded streets by his fingertips. If he wasn't drinking before this stunt, I'll bet he got hammered afterwords.
Vintage Parkour with Toddlers on Their Backs
At first, this guy may look like he's just doing some random free-running and parkour, or, to quote The Office, getting "from point A to point B as creatively as possible...as long as point 'A' is delusion and point 'B' is the hospital." But this video just gets better and better, starting at 0:26 when he climbs up a building horizontally.
At 0:30, he demonstrates how few f*cks he actually gives by doing the same horizontal wall climb with a large child on his back.
Then, at 0:45 the stuntman goes from jumping on the back of a train, to running on top of the moving subway car, to jumping into a river dozens of feet below. Not enough for you? Watch a few seconds more and see him jump at least a hundred feet into dark waters below. Parkour!1:16 Breaking down whatever lame connotations you may have once had about getting into a giant wheel, this...artist...proceeds to roll across a field, then off a cliff and INTO THE OCEAN. Be honest, you're a little turned on right now.