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4 yıl önce

The dawn of the 20th century and the reign of a new king ushered in an era of fresh inventions and innovations that transformed the way we lived. Electricity, refrigeration and a whole host of different materials promised to make life at home brighter, easier and more convenient. But a lack of understanding of the potential hazards meant that they frequently led to terrible accidents, horrendous injuries and even death.
Dr Suzannah Lipscomb takes us back to an age when asbestos socks and radioactive toothpaste were welcomed into British homes. She reveals how their lethal qualities were discovered and why some of us are still living with the consequences of our Edwardian forebears' enthusiasm for untried and untested products.
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I. P.
I. P. Yıl önce
My great grandmother used to tell me stories of how her father's house was the first one to get electricity in the whole area and people would actually come to visit just to see how a lightbulb would come on and they were all amazed.
M* H*
M* H* 5 aylar önce
Chris Bevan
Chris Bevan Yıl önce
I remember when my friend was the first to have satellite TV. People called by and asked what's it like. He said, "Before, I had four crap channels. Now, I have a hundred crap channels."
Something Something, Username
Something Something, Username 2 yıl önce
After binge watching these I'm getting the feeling that the people of these Eras (Victorian/Edwardian) just collectively decided that life was simply far too long, and healthy living far too dull.
SimplyCheryl Aylar önce
@Zippychipz your math is off. You obviously don’t have a degree in history.
fritzdaddy-135mm get staggered
fritzdaddy-135mm get staggered 4 aylar önce
@Zippychipz let me guess your read a couple books and call ya self a historian lmao
M* H*
M* H* 5 aylar önce
😕😮😯😝😷🤒😫🤕😵😨😰😱 Oh, perish the thought!
Starry The WolfCat
Starry The WolfCat Yıl önce
Deborah Ajao wait yiur not supposed to microwave plastic
Stephen Barnes
Stephen Barnes 2 yıl önce
Can Absolute History and Dr. Lipscomb PLEASE do more of the Hidden Killers series? I’ve seen them all at least twice. They’re just that interesting and bizarre to me. I need more lol
M* H*
M* H* 5 aylar önce
A hidden killer: your posts on ridiculous TRshow videos! 😁
Laurie B
Laurie B Yıl önce
Same!!!! My favorites!
K1naku5ana3R1ka Yıl önce
Yeah, I love them, but IDK what more they can talk about.
Eva Karin Potrč
Eva Karin Potrč Yıl önce
Nathan Tobergta
Nathan Tobergta 2 yıl önce
“People got used to gaslighting” are we talking about Victorians or narcissists?
🎀GalaxyJazzGirl🎀 Aylar önce
Are we talking about mind manipulation? Gaslight also means mind manipulation.
skywalkergirl 2 aylar önce
What’s the difference? XD
kim Whatmatters
kim Whatmatters 3 aylar önce
The term is based of a gaslight used to drive a women mad soooo both sort of
Tuscani J
Tuscani J Yıl önce
Lol I see you
Kasugai Fox
Kasugai Fox Yıl önce
Nice burn.
Captain Morgan
Captain Morgan 2 yıl önce
was a apprentice electrician in the late 1940s many of these Edwardian relics were still in use, fire irons were in almost every house , most cottages in mill towns had gas. Electricity was generated locally and was later Nationalised. Wiring then was gradually converting from lead covered to a rubber covering, Cottages were wired (Subsidised) with one 15 amp socket, and two light circuits one upstairs and one down. gas was retained for many years by tenants who could not afford extra lighting points.
tapchoke 3 aylar önce
You are so cool. I'd love to hear your stories.
feelthejoy 11 aylar önce
So assuming you were at least a teen in the 1940s, that means you’re in your 90s? Wow. Most people in their 60s and 70s have problems with tech. You must be smart as a whip!
Tinaffable Yıl önce
We still use gas, at least for cooking, in our home (probably majority of people in our country).
Kyle Yates
Kyle Yates Yıl önce
I'm a modern electrician and it's crazy seeing paper covered knob and tube wiring in really old houses, along with asbestos tiles all over the basements. I got hit with a hot line with paper insulation on it in an attic, that stuff will light you up bad. No grounds at all, 5 fuse boxes, no proper meter socket at all just a 60 amp disconnect running an entire house, garage and rv. Place could've been a museum lol it even was built from the wood they cut down, true 2 inch by 4 inch walls lined in boards, all hardwood. Hardest rewire ever
Laurie B
Laurie B Yıl önce
You should make a channel to share your stories!
Humboles 2 yıl önce
I recall how, in the 1950s, my mother still used an electric iron plugged into a bayonet light fitting in the ceiling. I also remember how, always naive about risk, she heard a loose screw rattling inside her Hoover steam iron. She grabbed a table knife to push it out-but the iron was still 'on'. _There was almighty bang!_ The 'Ivorine' handle insulated her from the current, but much of the blade had melted like a welding rod. Domestic fuses were notoriously insensitive, unlike the super-sensitive RCDs that protect us in our homes today.
This Epic Life
This Epic Life Aylar önce
I also remember people used to get tired of those fuses blowing, so they would circumvent the safety by placing a copper penny where the fuse goes.
Cerinaya 4 yıl önce
Honestly it's amazing humanity has survived for so long.
Christopher Kleinbach
Christopher Kleinbach 5 aylar önce
People are aaahhahhhhb😖✌️.
Odinswill 2 yıl önce
Only way to learn is to make a mistake.
Donovan McCormick
Donovan McCormick 2 yıl önce
“Originally the cables were just wrapped up in paper and lead. A fantastic fire accelerant, brilliant.” 😂 I really like that guy.
M* H*
M* H* 5 aylar önce
Chris Bevan
Chris Bevan Yıl önce
Typically Welsh
fredzep01 Yıl önce
for are american cousins, he isn't laughing to be horrible he is laughing at the stupidity of people at that time and because they weren't aware of how lethal electricity was, even though people were having nasty accidents and dying. it's kind of like people looking at these times and thinking the same about the divisive an dangerous political situations an the stupidity of people.
Shirley Ashton
Shirley Ashton 2 yıl önce
I worked in a chemical works that made Azo dyes and needed dry ice for the process. This was made using ammonia as a refridgerant but the machine would often go wrong and we had to evacuate. Luckily there was a fire station opposite. After one such episode, were I can remember rushing downstairs through clouds of ammonia holding my breath, we got back in the lab later to find our cold coffees were ph 14!
M* H*
M* H* 5 aylar önce
Professor Plum
Professor Plum Yıl önce
I lived in an old building (around 140 years old now) that still had electrical wires wrapped in silk. They were no longer being used of course due to how dangerous and flammable they were, but it was still interesting to see.
M* H*
M* H* 5 aylar önce
I've seen knob and tube wiring in an early Edwardian mansion when I was a kid.
SUNA 2 yıl önce
Puts bleach and asbestos on the face "At least I look beautiful" Curls hair until it falls off "At least I look beautiful" eye drops that make you blind "Well... at least I look beautiful, I think." I am extremely grateful for the time I'm in now, and to the amount of work and progress that had to be made to get to this stage. It can be easy to forget how difficult it was.
Mohawk Duda
Mohawk Duda 2 aylar önce
Women are still doing crazy dangerous things to be beautiful. Big butt surgeries, face-lifts, waxing, taking fat out and putting in other areas of the body.
🌬Honeybunch💨 Yıl önce
@Luke Cremecheese not always the case dear, not everything is all that save. This era is so addicted to opiates and other harmful drugs even with the knowledge that it might kill you, but do those using it know the ingredients and many are still smoking tobacco. I feel that is more dumb to know the dangers and still using the nonsense than those era's people who were still experimenting a lot. We still have cars that have factory faults and causes accidents and every now-and-then food reaches our shelves that makes people severely sick and are recalled. We know driving while intoxicated is extremely dangerous as well as texting or phoning while driving, yet millions are doing it, ignoring the dangers. We are not that much different than our ancestors.
🌬Honeybunch💨 Yıl önce
Yeah but our era brought us high sugar diet foods that caused type two diabetes and obesity. There will always be something
Gernot Schrader
Gernot Schrader Yıl önce
@Luke Cremecheese Are you sure? Me as the dude with the test tube is not. They trusted the claims of advertisers exactly the same as you, don't you think that this is the real danger?
V.J. Bartlett
V.J. Bartlett Yıl önce
The stories of the hat pins being used as a weapon of defense is perfectly true! My great-great-grandmother used one for precisely that purpose one winter evening on her way home from the linen factory.😆
Hobby Rat
Hobby Rat 4 yıl önce
The historian who talks about the grim & bleak nature of each of the invention had me in fits of giggles. He seems so passionate about the word 'lethal' and casually smiles on about horrendous deaths. XD
grenouillesscent 4 aylar önce
He’s based
Meglet Montrose-Cazalet
Meglet Montrose-Cazalet 4 aylar önce
I love that guy! All the people they use here are so knowledgeable and their enthusiasm for their subject is so charming.
Balder II
Balder II 2 yıl önce
@M G I guess I can see why. The accent must be number 1,...
M G 2 yıl önce
I have a total crush on him
Allan Watson
Allan Watson 2 yıl önce
"Ammonia, which is pretty flammable". - Ammonia is not highly flammable, but containers of ammonia may explode when exposed to high heat.
Tah Tah
Tah Tah Yıl önce
It's crazy how dangerous they knew asbestos is, but kept using it. I remember schools shutting down in the 80's to remove it.
Sashazur 2 yıl önce
It would be cool to see a video with a comparison of electrical sockets in the UK vs. USA. The UK sockets are much better designed for safety - each one has a switch, and they’re recessed so a loose plug doesn’t become a shock hazard. There’s also a fuse inside each plug. It goes beyond that - in bathrooms light switches are all suspended and non-conductive from the ceiling. I’d be curious to see statistics on accidental home electrocutions in the USA vs. UK.
Socc3rchic88 2 yıl önce
Victorians: -[Fucking around like toddlers with gas lighting having absolutely no idea what they're doing] Edwardians: "Hold my beer" [plugs a lamp in underwater]
Benchmark 8 aylar önce
Pasta Goose
Pasta Goose Yıl önce
@Chrissy MacNeil didnt fail as much as a Victorian trying to curl her hair
Chrissy MacNeil
Chrissy MacNeil Yıl önce
I did try not to laugh….I failed.
Omega157 Yıl önce
I’m sorry but I have horrible news. The Edwardian mentioned died via fatal electrocution after he spilled beer on his hand and plugged in a lamp
Off With The Fairies FOREVER
Off With The Fairies FOREVER Yıl önce
MegaAstroFan18 2 yıl önce
Dr. Kate Williams really does have a good storytelling voice and style. I'm telling you, if you wanted someone to tell you campfire stories really well, I think she'd be a shoe-in.
Justine Harper
Justine Harper Yıl önce
I think the Radium Girls deaths are the most horrific deaths I’ve ever heard of
Katnumn Aylar önce
It's very upsetting
KayAbdi Yıl önce
So horrific I wouldn’t even wish them on their bosses (who elevated CYA into the exosphere). The first time I read Kate Moore’s book, I think I erupted in gut-clutching sobs at least 4 times. I remember decades ago hearing about “radiation poisoning” and thinking “leukemia”…. after learning of THIS story it seems like the deaths from cancer were the most merciful. Well maybe not the one with a two-football sized tumor in her vag… and that huge sarcoma showed in that one photo here… but even those seemed an easier compared to some 😭. I’ve seen/heard more podcasts, TRshow videos, etc than I can count… truly nothing prepared me for the horror I would feel while reading the book. I think of how agonizing a single tooth abscess or even a sinus infection is…. I was a trauma nurse for years and have seen horrible things that can happen to faces…. I can’t begin to get my head around what some of THESE girls (yes, girls… many were teenagers) endured.
MrWombatty 4 yıl önce
Apparently one of the women who worked painting those Radium dials survived cancer-free due to the fact that she didn't lick her paint-brush because she disliked the taste! (stated on Qi)
dave chongle
dave chongle Yıl önce
@farmalmta thats explicitly false, it was not a story conjured by workers unions at all, it is simply what happened. the women were told by the companies that hired them to use their lips and/or tongue to keep the paint brushes sharp for the fine nature of painting clocks and watches. the companies knew that several people who worked with radium died before mass hiring, including scientists and painters, they still told the women it was safe. they were never told that radium was any danger at all, and some women did in fact use it to paint their lips and teeth and what not for non work reasons. where did you get the information that it was a fake story? i looked everywhere and could not find even a suggestion that it was faked. obviously, a workers union would like to use the story of these women to promote creating a union, that does not mean it was faked in any way.
Anna Little
Anna Little Yıl önce
Darwin laws XD
Venus Envy
Venus Envy 2 yıl önce
@Drew Gehringer That's typical of how working class people and women in particular are treated, even to this day, sadly. On another note, "any other paint" wasn't necessarily non-toxic then, either, but they'd probably be lied to by someone else about that, too, so...
Venus Envy
Venus Envy 2 yıl önce
@jan rees They literally explain this in the documentary. Radium was toxic when _ingested._ Touching it or having it touch or be near the surface of skin (alpha particle radiation) wasn't that dangerous, but putting in your body so that it could be absorbed into the bones, and subsequently bone marrow, that was what made it deadly.
Dean Martin
Dean Martin 2 yıl önce
I'm sorry, but, I could watch and listen to Suzannah read an entire phone book A to Z, and I would still be in awe. She is an absolute darling.
Trillock 1945
Trillock 1945 Yıl önce
@Alexandra True, and the way she walks is as gracefully as a cat....
Alexandra Yıl önce
@Trillock 1945 She's stunning! She possesses such a classic beauty.❤
Trillock 1945
Trillock 1945 Yıl önce
I agree, or even a list of ingredients on stuff found in food cupboards. I find her very beautiful with her blonde tousled hair, and, those red painted finger nails........just wow......:)
Anonymous Bosch
Anonymous Bosch 2 yıl önce
I’m a telephone infrastructure technician in the US Midwest and I work on lots of active trunk cables that have lead sheath and paper insulation on the wire pairs. Usually has a a few numbers missing on the cable identification code because it’s so old it’s been lost in the records. I recently worked on a damaged 1200 line trunk from 1944. We also regularly take training for dealing with asbestos in the underground tunnels and old building ceiling tiles and cement board siding
Melanie Jones
Melanie Jones 2 yıl önce
I chain watch these just to hear Nathan Goss say “It was lethal!” with a twinkle in his eye😂
SnazzBot 2 yıl önce
I think this show balances the professionalism of TV with the efficiency of TRshow very well. Top work .
SnazzBot 2 yıl önce
@captainboggles shows how far they have come , no silly title screens being repeated every 5 minutes or recapings .
captainboggles 2 yıl önce
its a BBC production
Z M 2 yıl önce
Victorian and Edwardian motto sounds a lot like that catch phrase that goes... "I'm here for a good time not a long time."
Tana Schmidt
Tana Schmidt 10 aylar önce
“Fuck around and find out” also sums up those eras pretty well
Off With The Fairies FOREVER
Off With The Fairies FOREVER Yıl önce
It was , thats a saying of my Dads lol....
Kentaro Nagame
Kentaro Nagame Yıl önce
I think Nike got their slogan from that era.
nebbisoda 3 yıl önce
these "deadly historical home" videos are so interesting! I really hope you do more, my favorite so far is the victorian home.
Matthew Heal
Matthew Heal 2 yıl önce
It still blows my mind that ice was shipped in from the Arctic, the price of ice must have been so high on a hot summers day!
Blanche Quizno
Blanche Quizno Yıl önce
All the contributors to these productions are brilliant. I love hearing all these experts' perspectives and observations. So informative.
Larry 306
Larry 306 2 yıl önce
I have been an electrician for many years.. I remember reading about all this stuff in school.. Some of the problem is you can't see electricity and years ago they lined boiler rooms in military barracks with asbestos. Guess where the electrical panels were? I wouldn't do a job if there was asbestos in the area..
Outy Man
Outy Man 2 yıl önce
I'm afraid of some modern items that are potentially dangerous, but like my predecessors, I feel these things are just too cool not to try! A couple of my favorite items are my electric heated vest and gloves that run off of batteries. The gloves are waterproof. I don't think the vest is.
Laura Saul
Laura Saul 2 yıl önce
The asbestos thing is real. In the 50's through the early 80's, my father worked in the Navy and then later in shipyards. Among his duties was installation of asbestos insulation into the ships he helped build. He would come home covered in the stuff so Mom would wash his coveralls in the family washing machines. He died of mesothelioma in 2004. It took Mom longer to die from asbestosis from having washed his work clothes. I'm sure us kids inhaled or ingested some of the fibers as well although none of us show signs of it yet. We're all in our late 50's and early 60's at this point. Of all five of us, only I would really have any true symptoms but that's because I worked in the industrial hygiene and asbestos abatement field for a year just out of college as a newly minted scientist. To this day, over thirty years later and even with having used the latest in modern respirators and protective clothing, I still have to get regular chest x-rays to monitor my health from my one year's worth of exposure. Oh yeah, don't think of fiberglass as the latest wonder either. It's even worse when it gets into your lungs because it has sharp cutting edges that don't just lodge in your lung tissue like asbestos does; they saw their way through your lungs. With every breath, that glass moves and cuts through your alveoli (little air sacs in the lungs that facilitate the transfer of oxygen from the air to your bloodstream), reducing how effective the blood/oxygen transfer works.
Guilherme Moraes
Guilherme Moraes 4 yıl önce
It makes us think of how many substances we may me using today that are considered safe, and they may be banned in the future
Diamond Axe
Diamond Axe Yıl önce
The covid vaccine...
Church of Aunt Cass
Church of Aunt Cass Yıl önce
Microplastics, certain plastic surgeries. Touch screens in cars.
Gernot Schrader
Gernot Schrader Yıl önce
Or vice versa if that is all really such a danger or if we are just chicken to live. Further on - if the music would be less dramatic it would appear far less dramatic to us, in this otherwise quite interesting episodes of history. What is life without danger? Dead! Put yourself just in a little danger and you feel the vibrating energy of life, but total safety is dead. That is why the Greeks had Dionysos, without him life would be so orderly that it is equal to death. Safety just like wealth doesn't make a fulfilled life and does not satisfy you. Cause of the never ending longing for power and money because it simply does not satisfy, the worst drug of all. And if we proceed on like we do now and fear a chance of 0.003 per thousand more as to sit in our own car then we will extinct. And this is far worse as my own dead. We decadent "romans" only care for our own miserable short life wealth but can't see the play.
MrGoatflakes Yıl önce
@I’m awsome Ruler also I can use very many synthetic detergents at all. Most of them bring me out in dyshidrotic eczema/pompholox, which is intensely itchy pin head sized but quite deep blisters. It runs in my family. I avoid it by not using shampoo, body wash, dish liquid or anything like that and using bar soap for everything, even doing the dishes.
Savannah R
Savannah R 2 yıl önce
Please do more of these! Hidden killers is SO interesting!!!
G B 2 yıl önce
My ancestors bought a summer home in Maine in the 1880s (2nd house built in this beach town). It had no insulation and was bare pinewood. Ungrounded insulated wires stretched throughout the home in plain view, directed by strategically placed porcelin guides. Plugging things in often caused sparks. We are fortunate that, over 90ish years before my retired grandfather remodeled it, no fire ever occurred.
Ricardo Junqueira
Ricardo Junqueira 2 yıl önce
I'm loving this channel. Just found it last week and can't keep away from it.
Ethan Krauss
Ethan Krauss 2 yıl önce
I gave this a thumbs up. I think it was a great show! The wires didn't burn up because of "too high a voltage" though, rather it was because of too high a current, and no breakers, which they did mention.
Mic k
Mic k 2 yıl önce
The electric tablecloth is the one I just can't understand why anyone thought that would be a good idea...."Hay Tim you know what this dining room could really use, no what? The possibility of random high voltage electric shocks.
M* H*
M* H* 5 aylar önce
kary ann Fontaine
kary ann Fontaine 4 yıl önce
Year ago we asked our grandmother, who was born in the early 1880s , what the greatest invention of her lifetime was. She said: Electricity. She used to tell stories of the the lamp lighter, gaslight, candles and lanterns.
donald drysdale
donald drysdale 2 yıl önce
unfortunately the story telling of life before white man's ways stopped along with it.
Sandra Streifel
Sandra Streifel 2 yıl önce
Granny was born in 1899, just before the Edwardian era began. I remember watching the Moon Landing on TV with the whole family, in the60’s, and she was blown away. “I never thought I’d see the day”. She lived to see the mid-1980’s, too. The changes she saw in her life, technology and social, were incredible!
Jacob Oliver
Jacob Oliver 2 yıl önce
Well - electricity wasn't really 'invented' in the truest sense of the word. It was harnessed. But I know what you mean. And it must have been fascinating talking with your (however many greats) grandmother. Cheers
David Brown
David Brown 2 yıl önce
@tubester4567 Yes. My grandfather was born 1893. It was nothing special for him to hobnob with adults alive during Lincoln.
The Scarlet & Gray Witch
The Scarlet & Gray Witch Yıl önce
I adore Susannah as a presenter. She's fantastic. I'd love to see more shows with her navigating.
Alessandro Malaguti
Alessandro Malaguti 2 yıl önce
There are still open pit mines of asbesto in Brasil, operated by Eternit, the same company condamned in Italy (actually prescribed due to an endless trial) for huge contamination and thousands of deaths started in the '80s in the Casale Monferrato area. Also the italian national railway company, in early '80s let the empolyee work with no protection againsts asbesto. A friend of mine, killed by mesothelioma 3 years ago, told me they packed the asbesto fibers from the vagon insulation into a ball and use to play soccer with that during the lunch break. Despite the danger was so well and long known, most of the large companies never used PPE to protect workers against this threat, up to 1990.
Adie.M Yıl önce
Ah yes. The period where people expires faster than their perishable foods
Amazonian Custodian
Amazonian Custodian 2 yıl önce
This is brilliant, thank you for your dedication to search and share this history!
Esther 2 yıl önce
Everbody gangsta till an Edwardian lady pulls out her 14 inch hair pin
Taru OwO
Taru OwO Yıl önce
14”? Damn..
Christina Brenneman
Christina Brenneman Yıl önce
@shychameleon nice! They are so easily hidden but so handy. 😂
shychameleon Yıl önce
@Christina Brenneman My dad told me to go by a 10 inch hat pin from the one of the local second hand stores. That was in early 1970s, Southern California. I found them too.
Christina Brenneman
Christina Brenneman 2 yıl önce
😂😂😂this is my favorite comment on here. An elderly lady in a retirement home once gave a hat pin to keep me safe on my walk home. She was so sweet. So it was so unexpected when she said.."you pin this on your lapel or inside of your sleeve and if anyone bothers you then POW!"
Noni H
Noni H 4 yıl önce
Thanks for repackaging these documentaries for us. They're very well made and interesting.
TheDaniel366Cobra 2 yıl önce
Interesting that the anti-asbestos sentiment did not gain much traction where I live. I think it is due to the fact most asbestos mined here contains very little amphibole (the brittle, needle-like form which is much more prone to getting airborne and inhaled), being almost all chrysotile (long, strong and soft fibers). Around 90% roofs here are covered with Asbesto-cement sheets (I believe it was called Eternite in the U.S.).
Brightstarlivesteam 2 yıl önce
In Camberley the local Electricity Company persuaded the owners of houses in my parents street to convert from gas lighting to electric lighting, by offering "free" installation in exchange for a weekly payment, When we moved into our house in 1957, the previous owner's had paid for their own installation, but some house owners were still paying this charge on their electricity bills. The gas lighting points were still visible in the rooms, where the pipe work had been plugged off. Also street lighting was gas powered and the local council employed gas lighters to turn on the street lights. In fact the street light was placed on the road and not moved on to the footpath until all electric street lights were installed. The electric cables were two core with a lead sheath with the sheath acting as the earth wire and gas pipes were made of a lead composite. My parent's had the house rewired with three core plastic sheath wiring.
Percy 2 yıl önce
Asbestos was also used on ironing boards, the part where the iron would sit when hot and not being used. This was in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. I remember my mother having such an ironing board. After a lot of wear and wet from steam irons, it started to break up. Makes me wonder if this is why she died of lung cancer. We will never know.
Mark Spencer
Mark Spencer Yıl önce
in 1983 i started to work in the containerglass industry. the containers were very hot during the production process so were the molds and other equipment of the machines. the gloves we were using at the time to protect us from the heat were from asbestos, and i think that was about the time that was changed to other materials a few years later. quite scarry when you hear now when it was first discovered how dangerous that stuff is
Dirk Bruere
Dirk Bruere 2 yıl önce
The kind of house I grew up in. Built in 1880s, lead pipes, ancient electrics, asbestos and an outside loo.
Ayana Smith
Ayana Smith 3 yıl önce
I LOVE Dr. Kate Williams. Her mannerisms when she explains things makes me feel like she is spilling some tea. 😂😂😂
Steph90sgirl 2 yıl önce
Yaaaaaasss lol been saying this from the beginning her vibe lol wouldn't mind being in a class where she is teaching her voice is nice too keeps wanting to learn more
Balder II
Balder II 2 yıl önce
@deGrelle's Ghost I hadn't noticed the nose-ring, like AT ALL,... She's beautiful either way you want to twist it. Beautiful and attractive (not everyone has that combination) smart, well behaved, a bit cheeky and funny,... Oh my god,... She's PERFECT! Yes, something to get jealous at alright!
deGrelle's Ghost
deGrelle's Ghost 2 yıl önce
The main narrator is smart and pretty has a good way of communicating- but good lord that nose ring is distracting and frankly unbecoming. We get it, you're a unique individual and want to get revenge on your mean, controlling father. Curse him for not letting you get a butterfly tattoo when you were 16! And yes Ms Kate Williams always has a mischievous and playful tone. Historian on the street and a ... you know.
Marc H
Marc H 2 yıl önce
burtonrules123 pause at 50:48
Balder II
Balder II 2 yıl önce
@Jason Garret Haven't you seen the other episodes? She's still pretty without make-up, even when they make her into an arsenic poisoned, led bleached and cracked Victorian socialite.
Davett53 2 yıl önce
Yikes! I grew up in the time when asbestos was in everything. Mixed into the plaster on our walls, the floor tiles in our house, the roofing tiles,...and lead enamel paints on all the wood around the doors and windows. Asbestos brakes shoes, and all the ducts in our house were wrapped in it, & inside of the hot water tank. We had "cooking" mittens, filled with it, and trivets made of it, to place hot pans upon. Every house I have lived in, even since childhood, has been filled with asbestos made items. I grew up in a 1940s house, and my present house was built in 1910. At one point I rented an apartment that was built 1890.
Cause Effect
Cause Effect 2 yıl önce
Are you a solid flesh typing being or an apparition?
offmeds2nite 2 yıl önce
the hostess playing dumb when the edwardian vibrator gets pulled out had me rolling.
Moon Dancer
Moon Dancer Yıl önce
@roguegirl29 Doctors didn't actually use them much. They used their hands. The thumb, to be specific.
Little mimosas
Little mimosas Yıl önce
They had gas irons before electric. My mum has a few pieces of historical value that she has inherited and one of them is an old gas iron.
Captain Morgan
Captain Morgan Yıl önce
@roguegirl29 Mostly for the doctors enjoyment.
Steven Tumulak
Steven Tumulak Yıl önce
*my great grandmother pretending she didnt see this*
M A 2 yıl önce
Wow really makes you think what killers we might be missing today
Laurie B
Laurie B Yıl önce
Church of Aunt Cass
Church of Aunt Cass Yıl önce
@Megan B Karens.
erikincph Yıl önce
@Oceanaway007 I suggest you study a bit regarding the outcome of the biggest vaccination programs since the first vaccination was invented...
Oceanaway007 Yıl önce
CholongKH Yıl önce
Sugar and salt probably
john jephcote
john jephcote 2 yıl önce
As a child I was always terrified by the enormous gas geyser that loomed above the bath taps in my grandparents' Victorian/Edwardian house.
Spencer Wilton
Spencer Wilton 2 yıl önce
john jephcote The scary thing is that the majority of US homes still use something very similar. The ubiquitous gas "water heater" is nothing more than a slightly updated version. The US still permit open flue gas appliances in the home, unlike Europe. It's quite common to find them sharing a flue with another appliance such as a furnace. What's worse, it's usually perfectly legal to install your own - you don't need a licensed gas fitter, are not obliged to check the flue draft or run combustion gas analysis. It's probably only because these things are normally located in the basement that we don't hear about more deaths.
shounenbat510 Yıl önce
As I watch this, an early photograph of my great grandmother as a young wife sits behind me. A classic Edwardian woman, her hair is done up in a pompadour style and looks out calmly, yet with a strange intensity. I always thought she, and the similar photograph of my great grandfather taken the same day, looked quite nice, respectable, and intelligent. Now I'm watching this and thinking, "You people were nuts! How did you live to reproduce? Did she go bald from all this garbage stuff? Did she happily try and heat her home with asbestos? What about my great grandfather? Given that my grandfather considered himself a DIY expert (he wasn't), I would imagine that he got it from his dad. How did he not fry himself with DIY electricity?" My grandfather passed away last year at the age of 99. I'm wondering how long his parents lived. They were dead well before I was born, but my mom was the youngest in her large family and my grandfather was one of the youngest in his, so they may have been old... or not. Now I'm curious.
Laurie B
Laurie B Yıl önce
You had me in the first half lmao, I'm giggling like a fool 🤣❤️❤️
Ryan O.
Ryan O. 3 yıl önce
I dig the gentleman who is apparently enthralled by the fact that plugging in an appliance in the Edwardian era could end up with you being instantly and forcefully ejected from your home by a gas explosion! I don't know if his delivery is intentional, but boy is it entertaining to watch! lol
Grace MacIntyre
Grace MacIntyre 2 yıl önce
I love how many women professionals this channel has
Athena Elle
Athena Elle Yıl önce
Me too! 😊
FROXY Yıl önce
It's sad that more man have careers that women don't fit to work in
Internet Mameluq
Internet Mameluq 2 yıl önce
Makeup in 1900: here put some heavy metals on yourself Makeup in 2000: Turns out just regular dirt works and isn't poisonous.
K. 2 yıl önce
It's amazing how humanity didn't kill itself off 😂
‘97 Firebird Straight
‘97 Firebird Straight Yıl önce
@skaetur1 what were the other two times
skaetur1 Yıl önce
We did, this is the third age.
‘97 Firebird Straight
‘97 Firebird Straight Yıl önce
Denysha Dials
Denysha Dials Yıl önce
Oh we’re working on it, unfortunately.
Anna Little
Anna Little Yıl önce
I think we are, we just have *that* much collective self preservation to overcome anihilation XD
Kathrine Trader
Kathrine Trader 2 yıl önce
I cant wait for them to make one about the *dangers of cell phones* in 2020
pumpkin hills
pumpkin hills Yıl önce
Maybe not cell phones, but certainly the Samsung smart phones that had burnt people's faces due to how faulty they were
Partygarnele 2 yıl önce
*boomer moment*
Thecheezy bleezy
Thecheezy bleezy 2 yıl önce
Jesus fuck we really took a steep hill in terms of science, couple thousand years of wood working and suddenly we're on the moon
Rainsmom76 Yıl önce
@I can't think of a name Bruh you underestimate the pettiness of America. America will 100% pour money into a space program to beat an enemy there just so we can say "ha I got there first" 😂😂
wormyish Yıl önce
The roman empire would like to have a word.
wormyish Yıl önce
@I can't think of a name go boot up a game of DOS spacehulk on a Playstation 3. It's not a physics problem.
Seventy Seventh Reserve Sockpuppet
Seventy Seventh Reserve Sockpuppet Yıl önce
Yet still half the buildings in the UK including 90% of the primary schools are full to the BRIM with asbestos. truly we are an enlightened society... *1000 yard stare at Antifa/b|m goons causing chaos in the name of their corporate sponsors*
RETIRED TOM 3 yıl önce
When my dad was a young man, he had many jobs in the small Kansas town he lived in. He told me the story about repairing an elderly women's electrical ceiling socket in her dinning room. The socket was above her prized dinning table and she demanded dad place a bowel under the socket so that the "juice" that came from the outlet would not damage her table. Funny to my dad, but a real concern to the old women.
Marla Beard
Marla Beard 2 yıl önce
Andrew Aronson A tasty yellow beef
Kowalskithegreat 2 yıl önce
MichaelKingsfordGray oh! you're a troll, now it all makes sense!
Andrew Aronson
Andrew Aronson 2 yıl önce
it's basically a juice. did you know cheese is a kind of meat
David Spector
David Spector 2 yıl önce
In one scene, an adapter in a ceiling light socket powers many wired circuits and devices. When I grew up in the 1950s, I did this in my play room, eventually powering an amateur radio 50 watt transmitter, two receivers, and several other devices. I even ran some bare wires along a wall that I could use to solder in power wires for experiments. I was careful and never got shocked, although a brief short circuit once melted part of a bare wire into a copper drop. Of course, in 1900 people didn't know how to be careful around bare wires!
Eyeling Yıl önce
the shed in my yard was full of asbestos when I was a child and I've lived around it my whole life. I used to crawl through that shed and it was literally crumbling apart. I remember piles of asbestos dust that I would crawl all over and disturb, releasing even more asbestos into my lungs, breathing heaps of it in. my mother always hated that shed but we weren't allowed to get rid of it because of some land dispute. nice to know that I'm going to have my lungs disintegrate in 20 years :)
Randall 2 yıl önce
I had an old house that actually still had the "knob and tube" wiring in the walls. It's a wonder it didn't burn down.
Kurt Simon
Kurt Simon 2 yıl önce
7:56...I'm not sure if this chap is just an overall happy guy or has a morbid sense of humor but it's entertaining to see his smirks and half chuckles just after mentioning accidental deaths.
Swinde 2 yıl önce
I think the brand was Westclock, and when I was growing up, they marketed an alarm clock with a radium face of the hands and the numbers. It was called "Big Ben". There was no mention of any danger. Later in life I purchased a digital LCD wristwatch which had a tritium backlight. It glowed at all times and allowed you to see the time when it was dark. At some point there was a train wreck in Arizona and a boxcar filled with tritium was derailed and they brought out HazMat personnel to protect the public and contain the tritium. I thought it strange that I was wearing this stuff on my wrist. At some point these watches were no longer offered.
Ndlanding 2 yıl önce
The Timex Expedition glows in the dark, and I'm wearing one, just as I had a Big Ben clock and various other luminous devices, including some toys, I think.
Purramedic In Training
Purramedic In Training 3 yıl önce
as soon as the lady mentioned asbestos, I KNEW. My great-grandfather worked in a brick plant that heavily used that stuff, and he died from inhaling too much of it. It was so bad that even my great-grandmother had issues just from cleaning his clothes.
Bamboule05 3 aylar önce
Thank you for these informative documentaries. I lived in a beautiful old house. I loved it. It came with alot of charm and a greedy house owner. There were electric wires wrapped in cloth, a gas stove in a kitchen with no window or ventilation, old white paint that I suspect had lead in it, and so on. The perfect house for the intrepid adventurer. but when three layers of paint got loose and I would look at a bright green wall paint, I moved out. I never even bothered to check if there was arsenic in it.
Vic Gentry
Vic Gentry 2 yıl önce
My father (born 1943)was one of the millions of Americans who were "treated" for benign issues, with radiation. He had cystic acne and in the 1950's they used radiation ton that. I remember him having thyroid cancer in the mid 1980's and had to have his thyroid removed. He survived that episode, but late died of colon cancer in 1990, no idea if the radiation from his adolescence caused it, or something else. Sad that they did not verify that things were safe. Sad that things labelled as "cosmetics" are still not really verified as safe or effective. We need to do better.
the_grimlin Yıl önce
Electrician here, and many things in this video are absolutely horrifying.
Sandra Vega Vera
Sandra Vega Vera 2 yıl önce
Being the mother of several pets, I cannot thank enough for the invention of vacuum cleaners.
Jessie Duncan
Jessie Duncan 2 yıl önce
And steam mops! 😂😩
inregionecaecorum 2 yıl önce
I can remember my gran plugging the iron into the light socket in her 1930s house, indeed our own 1950s house had only two 5 amp wall sockets in the living room. Woolies was selling adaptors for light sockets well into the 60s.
Julia Melone
Julia Melone 4 yıl önce
To be fair, the curling wand probably wasn't all that terribly different from the 450-degree electric curling wands we use today.
@The Catholic Corner thought I was replying to a different post. And whatever you keep taking on faith whatever they chalk down your throat and enjoy them controlling you for your entire life. I'm going to enjoy actual happiness in the meantime.
The Catholic Corner
The Catholic Corner Yıl önce
@REDACTED Actually, yes fam, but YOU keep believing that 😒
REDACTED 2 yıl önce
@∞ᴠɪʙєꜱ nah fam but enjoy thinking like that
∞ᴠɪʙєꜱ 2 yıl önce
@REDACTED god is real
S 2 yıl önce
Better and more informative content then any tv channel these days.
Char-Lee Wiebe
Char-Lee Wiebe 3 aylar önce
If I recall, asbestos was removed from hospitals in Ontario and New Brunswick in the 1990. I was pleased when I learned this as nobody wants to go to the hospital with various health concerns only to die of asbestos. Now I'm hearing this has been going on for so long (Edwardian times) I am utterly disgusted that asbestos continued for so long. smh
Slinky 2 yıl önce
My grandfather helped bring electricity to rural Alberta in the 60s, and worked around asbestos all the time, I’m shocked he’s as healthy as he is
DrakeSilmore 2 yıl önce
@retag Nein, niederländisch
retag 2 yıl önce
@DrakeSilmore deutsch?
DrakeSilmore 2 yıl önce
​@a Random Person It's because in my native language it's called 'asbest', that's why I misspelled it in English. You can see the confusions right?
a Random Person
a Random Person 2 yıl önce
@DrakeSilmore When you spend so much time reading conspiracy theories and you cannot even spell 'absestos'.
DrakeSilmore 2 yıl önce
Yeah, the Lizard people are immune to esbestos, that's why they started using it in the first place. Seriously, look up the illuminati if you want the proof!
Michael Butler
Michael Butler 5 aylar önce
In the 1970’s, there was a Marvel Comics villain called Asbestos Lady. She was one of the archenemies of The Human Torch, who she fought off with a gun that shot asbestos bullets, and protected herself from his flames with an asbestos-lined uniform. No surprise, she later died from mesothelioma.
A Hippy
A Hippy 2 yıl önce
Claw foot bath and brass taps weren’t rusted or tarnished. My aunt still has both and she’s kept them sparkling. Her dad built the family home in 1901
A Hippy
A Hippy 2 yıl önce
My aunt also has an original smoker to smoke salmon too.
caramel coffee
caramel coffee 3 yıl önce
i clicked this thinking it would be your usual youtube top ten list but i ended up getting quite an in depth education. thanks! really fascinating stuff
Heath Rogaine
Heath Rogaine 2 yıl önce
I know! Feel like I'm watching the BBC
James Smith
James Smith 2 yıl önce
I watched this once before and found it mind numbing . It's a wonder more people didn't perish. This is a great video and watch your site as much as possible.
brijem 2 yıl önce
What a great production and such interesting info - top notch!
Cassy Marlow
Cassy Marlow 2 yıl önce
It’s crazy to think about how many people have had to die for me to be safe and cozy
Holesale00 Yıl önce
sacrifices have to be made in the name of progress :D
Felicity Pricam
Felicity Pricam Yıl önce
I don't know why but your comment made me laugh out loud! Dark humour ha ha! Thanks for giving me a chuckle.
Gernot Schrader
Gernot Schrader Yıl önce
Had and still have to if you take a close look at the situation we are in. That is life, i give my life so future generations can live, it's not about me it's about those who aren't born yet. But that should be no excuse for anything, i just like to give a hint.
Famine Heart
Famine Heart Yıl önce
Yes, this is so sad
Kentaro Nagame
Kentaro Nagame Yıl önce
Yeah and one day people are gonna be saying the same shit about us.
Dayvoid 2 yıl önce
My guy in the plaid shirt seems to be feeling the weight of everything he's relaying in such a deep way its a whole mood.
Nina Andrews
Nina Andrews Yıl önce
He’s so sick of everyone’s shit it kills me 😂
Mischa Maelstrom
Mischa Maelstrom 2 yıl önce
He’s my favourite
Walter Sobchak
Walter Sobchak 2 yıl önce
@Dayvoid suburban dialogue
Dayvoid 2 yıl önce
@Walter Sobchak This is the second time now that you've made this reply. Is this just a hollow attempt to assert your anachronistic position or are you that out of touch with the concept of the modern lexicon evolving?
Patte 3 aylar önce
No, the hair was NOT "covered with asbestos" during early permanent waving! The hair was wound onto rods, and each rod was wrapped with a foil-backed fabric pad soaked in perming solution, then clamped with a heating clip, connected to a "chandelier" of electric wires. The danger was that, if the solution in the pad dried up too quickly, the hair could start to smoulder. To cool it, the hairdresser would pour water onto it, which would, of course, often give the client a bit of an electric shock.
TaylorAmelia 3 yıl önce
My grandmother who was born in 1927 always referred to radiation as radium. I eventually realized why
Howard Munro
Howard Munro 2 yıl önce
Honey, We Do NOT want you TO Touch The Westinghouse Electric TOASTER! Your Mommy or Daddy will take the risk of Touching the Westinghouse Electric Toaster every morning at Breakfast!
B Sm
B Sm 2 yıl önce
49:49 radium
Kowalskithegreat 2 yıl önce
MichaelKingsfordGray was that really necessary? on a year old comment? you have a lot of hate in your heart
G Y 2 yıl önce
The problem was that there weren't any codes or regulations yet. Now every city publishes an electrical code, and there are industry-wide standards.
Railgap Esoterica
Railgap Esoterica 2 yıl önce
My grandmother's house had gas jets which had been refitted with electric lights when those debuted. The electric light fittings in many cases were designed to retrofit to the gas jets directly, leaving the original gas jet pointed up, the lamp would point down, and they ran the wires inside the gas pipes. Even better: since nobody was certain the newfangled electricity thing was going to stick, they left the gas connected to the same pipes. The wires passed into and out of the pipes through rubber-sealed fittings. They were still working in the 1970s (without the faintest smell of leaking gas) when I tried them out. Even in the attic, because the attic was minimally finished for use by live-in servants. (my grandmother was never that wealthy, but the previous owners of that house probably were)
Akim Hamlet
Akim Hamlet 2 yıl önce
16:34 "This is an early 'massage machine" Suzannah: 😏
K1naku5ana3R1ka Yıl önce
Tom Hagen
Tom Hagen Yıl önce
@Milay La Hire nothings bloody changed there, all men have stuck it somewhere 'interesting'
Tom Hagen
Tom Hagen Yıl önce
Ya nasty ;p
Solgaleo35 Yıl önce
It’s like a hitachi: it’s supposed to be for massages but people use it to beat their meat
Milay La Hire
Milay La Hire 2 yıl önce
Nobody: Edwardian people discovering electricity: But can I f*ck it?
Nameis Metatoo
Nameis Metatoo 2 yıl önce
My dad has a small collection of vintage radios. Last summer when I visited I brought with me a Geiger counter I had recently built and went around the house testing random stuff. When I walked into the room in the basement where the radios sat on a shelf, the counter started to show some increased activity. I initially had no idea what the source was, so I walked around the room until I heard the counter start screaming in front of the radios. Narrowed it down to a single radio: a Crosley D-25 White Bakelite Dashboard Clock/Radio-specifically, the hands on the clock. The paint had long worn down to a dull metallic green, but the radium that was painted on 70+ years ago was still very much radioactive. The weird (or scary) thing is, that my dad also has a radio from a similar era with an identical clock component in it (in fact it was sitting right next to the radioactive one), but with white hands. Presumably someone had restored it at some point, likely having disturbed or scraped off the radium paint to repaint the hands, possibly unaware of the extremely dangerous dust they were exposing themselves to.
I Give Up
I Give Up Yıl önce
The way he talks about how refrigerators caused tons of deaths which a smile on his face, 🤠
Relax with Me - Sleep Noise
Relax with Me - Sleep Noise 3 yıl önce
3:20 Electricity 22:00 Asbestos (Also used in Australia) 31:50 Refrigerators 39:30 Make up/Beauty 50:19 Radium
Master of Reality
Master of Reality 2 yıl önce
@BunzeeBear Or that Edison never made a proper bulb despite of testing almost 6000 different materials. Maybe he should had finish that school.
BunzeeBear 2 yıl önce
3:20 Electric light bulb...they refrained from saying AC(Nickola Tesla) or DC (Thomas Edison)
Mark's Drawing Tutorials
Mark's Drawing Tutorials 2 yıl önce
Cave Johnson: "Ah, the good old days when everything was made of asbestos."
solarLola Yıl önce
Omgoodness !I really thought a bug landed on my tablet after I looked away
Mark's Drawing Tutorials
Mark's Drawing Tutorials 2 yıl önce
@Bowser junior Studios one of science's great purposes is to reveal stupidity. Science: "Look at this stuff! It doesn't burn! Wow!" Also Science: "It causes cancer! Wow!"
Darci Ford
Darci Ford 2 yıl önce
@Bowser junior Studios what is science?
Bowser junior Studios
Bowser junior Studios 2 yıl önce
the days when people were still figuring out what was science and what was just plan stupid
Faithless Hound
Faithless Hound 2 yıl önce
Use of asbestos went on for a very long time. My house was built in 1975 with an asbestos sheet under the gas boiler and another on the inner side of the door to the cupboard it lived in. The industry was still in denial about the risk then. Donald Trump is on record praising this wonderful stuff used in his buildings.
nathan john
nathan john Yıl önce
Asbestosis was a massive problem for builders as well, my uncle worked as a builder in the early 60s and died of asbestosis in 2011(actually was a stoke but it destroyed his immune system like a permanent flu) legislation took far too long, I was unaware people have known the dangers for like 100 years but business is business asbestos was cheap expeserly as insulation for homes..
Squid 2 yıl önce
I remember that houses covered with asbestos plates was a not an uncommon sight when I was a kid in the late 80s and 90s. Next to us was a very big house that was pretty much an asbestos fortress. In the late 90s they were torn down and replaced with wood paneling. I rememeber that it was a very strict and time consuming process. The asbestos houses are almost completely gone now. But there are still a few houses left here that are completely covered in it. 46:07 My grandmother once told me that when she was a young girl in the late 1940s and early 1950s they used to straighten their hair with the clothes iron. And it was not the modern, easy to use electrical type. It was the old fashioned cast iron type that they had to fill up with burning coal. If they were not carefull they would burn their hair. And if you were extra unlucky you could completely ruin it.
cassiopeia 2 yıl önce
I've been binging the Hidden Killers series and I'm just amazed that we didn't go extinct during the Victorian and Edwardian period
Kate DeGonia
Kate DeGonia 2 aylar önce
Imagine in 75-120 years when people are doing "The Perilous World of the 2020's Home" and are amazed at all of our death traps 😳
mambowman 4 yıl önce
sad part is that nothing's really changed and death for profit is still just as prevalent just hidden elsewhere. eg. sackler family,monsato etc
rimckd 2 yıl önce
And most prevalent with conservatives IMO.
makeminefreedom 2 yıl önce
I love history. The narrator is both beautiful and knowledgeable. Thank you for making this video.
Davett53 2 yıl önce
In the 1970s, people still used copper pennies inside of a fuse box to "get by" until a proper fuse could be purchased. It was a common practice in rooming houses and flea bag hotels. Cheap college student housing, was where the worst electrical abuses occurred with outlet cluster sockets and cheap extension cords going everywhere. Hobos & squatters used to put bent steel hangers and paper clips into electric outlets, to cook on and light their cigarettes.
Momo Kawashima
Momo Kawashima Yıl önce
Victorian home: *focused on the pompous look of importance* Edwardian home: *a victorian home with some light bulbs*
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