Bicycling – A Ride of Death!
I know I probably shouldn’t find this COMPLETELY HILARIOUS, but come on…. IT’S COMPLETELY HILARIOUS! This book of images is a morbid public service announcement from the 50′s (obviously) warning of the perils of riding a bike carelessly. So much could be said about these, but I want to point out two specific oddities. 1. The kids riding the bikes are NEVER wearing helmets and yet this glaringly obvious oversight is never mentioned as a factor in the deaths. Sure, some of the deaths are attributed to “skull fracture – then death”, but you know, that was due more to careless riding than physical protection. 2. Check out who dies in these chic-tract depictions….the boys. Always the boys. The girls get off easy with “severe injuries” and no hope of ever walking again, but the boys….they’re toast. Oh, and that baby. That baby gets it too. Probably was a boy. Methinks 40′s brand sexism is to account for this little disparity in consequences.
Remember kids, Bicycling will probably throw you under an oil tanker and crush your legs. Now let’s get back to arguing the merits of wearing helmets. Oh, and enjoy your weekend.