21 Insane Historical Photos

Sure, old people look a little feeble to us now, but after seeing the following pictures, we'll be keeping that observation to ourselves.

Because, well, behind those cute little wrinkles and spectacled eyes, there's probably a badass lurking inside.

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Entry by John E.

The first ever aerial refueling happened in 1921 when Wesley May simply carried a 5 gallon can of gasoline on his back from one plane to another.

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Entry by gicusudoru

CRACKEDoC CONT Long before computer simulations, inventors improved their designs by trial end error. When testing a parachute they usually could, fai

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The Tour de France in the 1920s and 30s. Thousands of miles, high speeds, hills and all-you-can-drink wine! They definitely earn the Yellow Jersey in

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Pictured: A high- CRACKED COM rise construction worker, 1931. Not pictured: A safety harness

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Entry by Sagar Parikh

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Entry by Kevin King

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

Barnstorming was a form of stunt performance popular in the 20s, a time when folks had just discovered powered flight. These stunts include: A perform

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Entry by jaoafallas

Acrobats balancing on the ledge of the Empire State Building in August 21, 1934. CRACKED COM

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Entry by Eraser

Underwater fashion models, a man- eating shark, and a ping pong table. Recipe for disaster??... No way, man!... it's the 40's!!

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Entry by Hestutomo

CRACKED.COM So what happened to these students here? Drunken Brawl? Clash with the police during a demonstration? Apparently, attending Princeton is n

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Entry by milito

CRAGKEDCOM Lion tamer Captain Jack Bonaventura, sitting in his awesome, dangerous throne surrounded! by his 13 lions

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Entry by Hestutomo

Maria Spelterini was the first woman to cross Niagara Gorge on a tightrope. Not only she did accomplish the feat without any safety equipment, she als

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Entry by Sagar Parikh

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Entry by gicusudoru

GRACKEDcO COM 1923: that's how bulletproof vests were tested when men were men.

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Entry by PookieJones

Football helmet testing in 1912.

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Entry by milito

GRAGKEDCON THIS IS MANUEL KING, A TEXAS CIRCUS ANIMAL TRAINER, IN 1933 WHEN HE WAS 11 YEARS OLD, ALREADY SHOWING THE LIONS WHOS BOSS.

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

YAKIMA CANUTT WAS A STUNT DOUBLE IN MANY SILENT ERA FILMS WHO PERFORMED WITHOUT ANY SAFETY HARNESS. HIS MOST NOTABLE WORK IS THE SCENE WHERE HE LEAPS

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Entry by lombardi

Painter chilling on the Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1953. CRACKED.COM

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Entry by djHanDon

CRACKEDC COMT In the late 20's people were trying to prove their strength in the most insane ways. This guy nailed it!

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Entry by VirginAndy

Here's Bob Geesey shooting a pipe out ofhis wife's mouth during one of their shows in 1948. CRAun Here he is shooting small chalk disks. It's hard to

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Entry by jaoafallas

Here are some Russian soldiers during the 50s, hand feeding canned condensed milk to wild polar bears.