The biggest problem you have with your fridge is that it doesn’t automatically restock itself, amirite?
How do we not have this technology yet???
Well, in the early 1900s, there were MUCH bigger fish to fry with refrigerators (not literally, ew) — like how they, um, MURDERED PEOPLE.
Refrigerators = secret killers
Substances like sulfur dioxide and ammonia were used to cool refrigerators back in the day — and regularly poisoned food industry workers and people in their own homes.
Yikes, yikes, yikes.
If the substances stayed enclosed, you were fine — but if they seeped through eroding pipes (or if a repairman was super-lazy when he installed your fridge), your lungs would soon meet their match.
If you’re twisted like me and wondering what some of the severe symptoms were:
- Burning sensation in the esophagus
- Vomiting blood
- Decreased mental status
- Difficulty breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
- Loss of consciousness
- Sudden death
Source:: BuzzFeed – Food