Thursday, May 05, 2016

4 Things That Were Going To Kill Us All (Until They Didn't) | Cracked.com

4 Things That Were Going To Kill Us All (Until They Didn't) | Cracked.com

"People feared train travel would literally destroy our children's futures. The belief was that women's bodies simply could not handle being accelerated to 50 miles per hour. They thought that achieving this unprecedented speed would cause a woman's uterus to fly right out of her body."

If you have read up on the history of test pilots, or even if you have read The Right Stuff, you know that people also thought in the 1940s that there would be some some kind of cataclysmic result from breaking the sound barrier in a plane. (That one at least had a stronger basis in science. It turned out that there was some momentary instability after breaking the barrier in those first attempts, but control was soon regained.)

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