Why Pre-Industrial Life Was Anything But Paradise

The modern world comes with its share of drawbacks, but at least we have dentists.

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Modern life is hectic and demanding. We all seem to be short on time and stuck with more work than we know how to handle — so much so that from time to time, we might wish we could have lived in a simpler, less stressful age.

Back before the days of industrialization, some may think, the world was a more relaxed and open space with fresh air, predictable work patterns, and simple ways of doing things. While in some ways that may be so, this bucolic view of history overlooks one thing: The past was filthy.

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The 31 Most Astounding X-Rays You’ll Ever See

If you want to see images of the human body pushed to its breaking point and beyond, become a radiologist. After all, every harrowing ER trip involving bizarre objects that find their way into the body is documented in X-rays. And naturally, some of those images are pretty freaky.

Here’s a collection of the most supremely weird X-ray images you’re ever likely to see:

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Weird X Rays Cutlery Set

The Daily Mail52-year-old Margaret Daalman, whose x ray is above, swallowed 78 pieces of cutlery.

Weird X Rays Knife In Head

ImgurThis knife lodged in a skull was the result of a 2008 robbery gone wrong.

Weird X Rays Live Grenade

The SunThis grenade is live, reportedly swallowed by a terrorist who realized too late that the grenade couldn’t be detonated from inside a stomach.

Weird X Rays Live Round

OddeeA live artillery shell inside someone’s rectum.

Weird X Rays Nail In Face

The SunA construction worker got this x-ray after complaining about a toothache. Turns out he shot a nail into his face.

Weird X Rays Nails

ImgurNo surgery needed here: These nails were all passed without perforating internal organs.

Weird X Rays Ring

The SunLearn a lesson from this New Mexico couple: Don’t hide an engagement ring in a milkshake.

Weird X Rays Spoon

The TelegraphThis x-ray shows the stomach of a 22-year-old Chinese student who accidentally swallowed a spoon when a friend startled her.

Weird X Rays Scissors In Head

The TelegraphA man was stabbed in the head with scissors during a bar fight. He recovered.

Weird X Rays Scissors In Neck

Smashing ListsThis pair of nine-by-four cm scissors slid down this man’s esophagus when he tried to use them as a toothpick.

Weird X Rays Surgical Scissors

ImgurSometimes the surgeons don’t remember all of their instruments.

Weird X Rays Tongs In Head

The TelegraphThese fire tongs were thrown through the back of a man’s head and stuck out his forehead.

Weird X Rays Buzz Lightyear

BlogspotBuzz Lightyear explores the true last frontier. Don’t expect to see this in Toy Story 4.

Weird X Rays Candy Cane

College HumorA candy cane somehow makes its way up this person's derriere.

Weird X Rays Ipod

Daily CallerHere’s one way to hold an iPod.

Weird X Rays Cassette

ImgurAn analog cassette tape, from someone who presumably hasn’t upgraded to iPods.

Weird X Rays Tongs

OddeeThese salad tongs ended up just as stuck as the vibrator they were used to fish out.

Weird X Rays Cellphone

Daily CognitionWe doubt there's much cellphone service here.

Weird X Rays Eiffel Tower

Daily CallerAn Eiffel Tower keychain inexplicably winds up embedded in this person’s hand.

Weird X Rays False Teeth

GuffSwallowing your teeth is easier when you've got a set of dentures.

Weird X Rays Toothbrush

The TelegraphThis patient swallowed a toothbrush on a dare.

Weird X Rays Fork In Foot

Don’t leave forks lying on the floor. This could happen to you.

Weird X Rays Headless Barbie

College HumorA decapitated Barbie makes a home in this person's body.

Weird X Rays Key

College HumorIs this the key to someone’s heart?

Weird X Rays Lightbulb

ImgurThis lightbulb may have reminded the medical workers of the Operation board game.

Weird X Rays Nose Trimmer

ImgurThis nose hair trimmer wasn’t being used for its original purpose.

Weird X Rays Safety Pin

The TelegraphA safety pin lines this poor individual's esophagus.

Weird X Rays X Acto Knife

ImgurThis X-Acto knife was wrapped in toilet paper.

Weird X Rays Spraycan

RadiopaediaThis bug spray can probably won’t be useful in there.

Weird X Rays Whisk

BlogspotThis x-ray reveals a whisk that somehow found its way into a rectum.

Weird X Rays Spongebob

RadiopaediaSpongeBob SquarePants didn’t complete his trip to Bikini Bottom and instead wound up lodged upside down in the throat of a 16-month-old child.

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