5 examples of what the past is much tougher this
In the old days the grass was greener and the sun brighter, and people less, and life expectancy shorter. In the peasant huts the birth took place in the eyes of the older kids, every hundred years the population was decimated plague, but more often, the war that raged almost every year. Famine was frequent and habitual, and hard physical work is a necessity. Try in such conditions to be reflective sociopath who is crying on the fact that he can’t find his place in life. This was the era of rugged men and women who are not used to shave my legs. Accordingly, customs and amusements of society even 100 years ago was much harsher. Not the fact that we survived life in this hard society. See for yourself how bad it is.
1. The life and strange surprising adventures of American firefighters
In the 19th century already rotten and meaningless country called Pindostan (on maps is referred to as USA) was afraid of fire as judgment day. No, the residents of the state were not pagans that worshipped the God of fire — the same Christians, as in Europe. They just are not lucky with fire. If in some small Gent the captain with the team threw everything and made a fire of visas gait to rush to the burning house, firefighters from Boston, Philadelphia and new York, which by that time had grown to such an extent that their shadow falling on European cities of the time, always had other worries. Fire victims remained to pray, so they were not busy doing something important like stealing the fire inventory from their fellow firefighters from neighbouring brigades or good old-fashioned massacre. What they could do to fame is to knock each other’s teeth.
In 1840 in Baltimore these fights took place on a weekly basis and caused damage in the amount of 130,000$. In those days an astronomical sum even so much as afraid to translate it into a modern equivalent. And if you think that the descendants of immigrants from all over Europe had the nobility to fight with bare hands, then I must disappoint you: they were all men of a progressive, modern, so, without fittings, wrench and other heavy items no self-respecting fireman did not go. And in some cases in the course were musical instruments and stools, but they never used knives and firearms. These personal belongings they had left for more important cases — for example, to require a free round at the confused bartender. As you can see, the firefighters feared almost more than the fire itself. The fact that they had wide-ranging powers and almost complete impunity, so they lawlessness in full, even the lads from the ‘ 90s things.
And the fire… Managed to put out — and thank God, not yet — I’m so sorry. Just not always fire the visas were in working condition. Then the axle will fly, the horse exhausted. And all because the imported fire loved to hold chariot races — to harness the wagon and to find out whose horse is faster.
2. Deep underground Irish
In the 18-19 th centuries the struggle in Ireland was considered one of the types of dangerous underground activities, so the police closed the fight clubs wherever they could. However, for many residents of the poor of the island the fighting was the only way to feed the family and to resolve the dispute. Often in such underground clubs of the harsh farmers were deciding who would get the disputed piece of land. And people like to watch Amateurs fuck each other. Richer people enjoyed watching over the plebeian showdowns and betting, and the audience to failure were stuffed in cramped spaces. So the owners were almost always in the black. Why almost? Just fiery Irish blood and started to go crazy. Small enough spark to explosion a terrible Irish temper. So the crowd of rabid fans severe male fun very often arranged mass slaughter, with the result that all the property of the club were smashed, and the participants of the brawl were taken to the police.
Needless to say, the Irish guards of order did not like to calm severe compatriots. At least because they are often carried out feet first. So going to the underground clubs, they were armed to the teeth, to have even the slightest chance to resist such colorful characters as the legendary Dr. Brennan is a real doctor, alcoholic and glorious mischief which wounded one of the police officers and rode away from them on a pony.
By the way, to start the brawl was easy. The soldiers fought in a makeshift circle, which was the audience. So often the men were stopped in the snout of the innocent onlookers. Or someone to have a better look, accidentally pushed men in the front row. That was enough.
3. Venice carnage
Venice… pearl, framed by an ornate pattern of canals and bridges. The first thing that comes to mind when I think about this magical city — so it’s gondolas, magnificent bridges, ancient churches and unusual Italian dishes, whose names are remembered, with rare exceptions. But it’s almost impossible to imagine that this beauty fought thousands of exuberant residents. You probably didn’t think of the hundreds of hooligans beat the crap out of each other in these gondolas and churches, on the same bridges, and thus, probably, sprawled in a number of creative Italian dishes too.
During the 16th and 17th centuries in Venice, were especially popular pastime called «battagliole sui ponti» — the fight for the bridges. Two major factions of the city as many as 30,000 people, consisting of fishermen and politicians at least once a year, went to the bridge to Rouge my other friend’s ass. Soldiers often wore special outfits: wrapped in a dense layer of tissue that was not so painful, they put on their head fortified hats and wore special non-slip shoes, not to stumble when accidentally stepping on a puddle of blood, resulting from lying next person.
Such entertainments were popular throughout Italy, but in Venice they are held with the largest scale. Rich Apennine government always stand out. And how regulated the slaughter? Yes way! Despite the fact that the Council of Ten was one of the most effective and well-coordinated regulatory bodies law enforcement at that time, several hundred people sent to contain the riots, could not compete with a crowd of thousands. So the guard with broken teeth and ripped out a handful of hair from the beards hiding in basements and cellars, waiting until the crowd calmed down.
4. Betting on life
There is one quintessentially British pastime — betting. In our day the crowd of gambling citizens are happy to make bets on anything, even on the leg will be scored the first goal. But in the Victorian era rates were much more sophisticated, so that no bookmaker can not be compared.
At one time the group of elderly rich people decided that it would be interesting to bet on which one dies first. And to go to the doctor was strictly forbidden, because the salvation of man «will affect the fairness of the rates.» A little later they began to bet on the commoners, often breaking the rules of the game and promoting quick withdrawal of victim rates. And when the fat cats become bored, they were taken for scientific experiments. Well as scientific — picked volunteer from the poor commoners, and sent him under the water, figuring out if people can survive under water for a certain time. It seems that I could not. But the death of some little peasant disturbed the elite and to ensure that their experiment did not lose a drive and slid into a sad minor, gentlemen fueled the interest rates — will survive-will not survive.
And Scotland Yard had nothing to do with these silly brothels for slackers. The lords and barons had their own private armies, unprecedented power, influence, and communication. So contact with them was uncomfortable. In addition, the fate of the little man in Victorian England were worried about, except that Charles Dickensa. There was one occasion when the police raided the hotel room of Dr. James Graham is a charlatan, who once claimed to be able to cure infertility with the help of the electric chair. But the valiant police had to face the crowd of hired thugs who not only had a lot more, so they also were better armed. The result of the detention of a police inspector was beaten to death with a heavy object, when others fled for reinforcements.
5. The car is a luxury and a tool of destruction
Before the Second world war to afford the car is that the social elite. And, as in former times, their favorite pastime was to embarrass her behavior of the pedestrians. Modern methods of the class struggle and the jokes about rich boys on the Gelandewagen seem harmless compared to what is happening to the owners the first horseless carriages.
Since there were no speed cameras, and police were not quick enough to catch them, the most efficient speed limit for most motorists was the limit of their car. If you no longer accelerates so the speed is normal. Of course, the car can accelerate to 200 km/h was not, but even the existing 30 km/h enough to be fatal to the careless pedestrian. One British Minister responsible for transport, in fact, justify the killing of motorists, pedestrians accidents, explaining that if victims are not quick enough in time to get out of the way, then they deserved their death. Here’s natural selection in Britain. And indeed, even the dogs managed to Dodge the cars.
In 1926 one of the car magazines said that motorists have to escape from the scene of the «accident», because if they did not, then against them may experience prejudice, and thus will suffer irreparable harm to the entire automotive community. We will remind, it was a time when always a right was not a pedestrian, and the driver.
In 1935 in England under the wheels of the cars were killed or injured tens of thousands of people. Almost two-thirds of the number killed during the aerial bombardment during the Second World war. It is clear that the driver is not always responsible for the murder, because the laws of Britain 1930-ies of the cars should remain open so the cops had to break the locks. Not surprisingly, dramatically increased the number of hijackings. Only that car thieves do not always know how to handle the transport, the result of which killed himself, the car and bystanders. So steel chariots drank a fair amount of blood from the inhabitants of Albion. And I must admit, such a sad statistics of deaths was not only in England but throughout Europe.