When some people were apparently too stupid to live theirown lives? That's kinda rough don't you think? Outside ofteenagers and Darwin Award competitors, lots of people do"stupid" things because they simply don't know any better.We could use an upgrade to that film today. Covering thingslike, don't leave a baby in the backseat of your car whenyou get out. Or my new personal favorite - remember to turnyour keyless hybrid car off before you get out and closeyour garage door.
Using gasoline to clean things was very common in the early to mid 20th century and even beyond. I'll be 50 this year and I remember my parents using it on occasion to clean something because it's an excellent solvent. Only outside, though. My grandmother accidentally burned down her house and was nearly killed when she was using it to clean something off the kitchen floor and the fumes were ignited by the pilot in the water heater. It was accidents like that which led to changes in the building code in regards to where and how gas water heaters could be installed. Neither my grandmother nor my parents were stupid. It's just how things were done in their respective generations.
To clarify, they all lived through the Great Depression. By "how things were done" I mean they made do with what they had and continued to live frugally throughout the rest of their lives.
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