Strange use of electricity at the beginning of its opening
When people have just discovered electricity, they both lost their minds, inventing all new applications for it - one more absurd than the other. For example:
1. orphan hung from the ceiling and is passed therethrough an electric charge
For Stephen Gray experiment required child (preferably orphan), two boards, silk rope and electrified glass tube. Tube rubbed on the bare feet of the child, why, according to witnesses, "to his face and hands appeared fiery flash."
The primary purpose of this experiment was to determine whether the human body to conduct electricity, but it soon became a popular entertainment for the general public. Crowds gathered to look at the "sparkling boy" and brought the adventurous "experimenter" good income.
In those days, orphanages shamelessly sent their students to the care of Dr. Gray "for service to science."
2. Treated absolutely all diseases with the help of an electric vibrator ...
In 1913, the people's faith in the magical power capabilities, including healing, was boundless. The device, which can now be found for adults only in stores, while touted as a remedy for all diseases. Vibrators were encouraged to apply to the head, chest, face - in general, to any part of the body.
Advertising promised that by using this tool, you can quickly and easily build muscle, improve sleep quality, cure deafness, to get rid of a headache and so on. D.
The ad shows reviews "eminent doctors" about the miraculous properties of the vibrator. One of them claimed that regained the ear by inserting that thing in your ear.
3. Pass the electric discharge themselves via the
In the 18th and 19th centuries, everyone wanted to get acquainted with electricity closer - literally. In France, for example, people stood in long queues to experience the electric shock from the generator svezheizobretonnogo -like children who are terribly want to know what happens if you stick your fingers into the socket.
The first willing to go through new experiences were scientists. In scientific journals the experimenters observed side effects such as bleeding from the nose, headaches, cramps and vibrating conveyor. But this scientist this does not scare. Johannes Winkler, for example, permanently disfiguring electricity your poor body, he took up his wife - only to confirm their assumptions.
Then for the scientists followed the craze for electric attractions - enterprising owners of circuses organized special carriages, where everyone could get a shock.
4. Experienced newcomers wishing to join the men's club
At the beginning of the 20th century, humanity is still not tired of torturing yourself electricity. This "human centipede" was invented in 1928. It was designed to test the candidates who wanted to join the men's club. For $ 52 you get the opportunity to participate in one of the most macabre rituals. Sitting at the head of a giant wool centipede includes a device, and the whole company has got the category of the most vulnerable places.
5. Use the electroshock for horses Management
It turns out, the first run on electricity carts appeared in the mid-19th century. However, the main driving force in them was still the horse. Wheelchair was equipped with an electric generator (a small box under the hand of the rider), by which the electrical discharges were sent directly to the teeth poor horse. The instructions inventor claimed that the horse while experiencing "unpleasant tingling sensation, but it is not painful."
The same sadistic inventor then came up with more and an electric whip.
6. Tried to get electricity from the dead cats
The device, which you see in the picture is called "electrostatic induction machine". This device allows you to receive an unlimited amount of power, though for this it should first be charged. Here is the initial charge was removed by means of friction on the hair of a dead animal.
The same result could be achieved by friction of silk or wool, but apparently, these options do not impress anyone.
7. The buy electric beds to improve sex life
In the 1750s Dr. James Graham introduced the world to its series of electrical inventions under the pretentious name of "Temple of Health and Hymen." They were advertised as an effective means to improve the intimate life of the spouses.
The idea of all of these devices, among which was the "Divine Throne" and "Divine bed" was to "cheer up" the electrical discharges have lost interest in each other spouse.
8. Fastened to the lightning hats and umbrellas
In 1769, 190 residential houses were destroyed in Italy as a result of a lightning strike on the armory. Occurred while other sad incidents connected with the heavenly electricity. As a result, terrified Europeans began to mount lightning everywhere - wherever they could come up with.
In 1770-m were hats and umbrellas, is equipped with lightning rods (note the chain trailing behind: if a lightning strike, the charge will go into the ground)
9. receives electrical "shower"
is depicted in this picture mechanism is most similar to an instrument of torture, but it was not so bad. What seems terrifying thorns on his head, emits elektrovolny that were supposed to heal receiving "electric shower" people from every conceivable disease, from diarrhea to rheumatism.
10. Treated alopecia and dandruff electrical brushes
Electric brushes for hair were popular in the second half of the 19th century. In addition to treatment of hair loss and dandruff advertising buyers promised to get rid of headaches, rheumatism, and even constipation. All thanks to one schotke hair.
In truth, these gizmos electric only called - in fact, it was common brushes with magnetic rods in the handle. How could they have something to heal - the big question.
The instructions to the brushes contained a stern warning that it "may be used only one person." Otherwise the brush will lose its magic power. So if your hair continues to fall out - you know, that your brush to comb your wife on the sly.