21 June 2010

Why Women Live Longer Than Men

picture of man jumping off a cliffHave you noticed that there seem to be more old women than old men? Statics worldwide confirm that, for whatever reason, women do indeed live longer than men. There are all sorts of theories out there, from genetics to levels of risky activities. Whatever the reason(s), in nursing homes and other places where older people are in the majority, there are usually more older women than older men.

Almost two years ago, I did a post called Why Women Live Longer than Men that featured some funny pictures of men doing some insanely dangerous things in the workplace and in other settings. Several of the pictures showed me driving some work vehicles, and I assure you, I was far safer than everything around me was! Since that post I've come across more pictures that could help explain why men die younger than women do.

I found some pictures that show that men have been acting dangerously for a long time. Here are some old black and white pictures from construction sites in New York City.

This picture gives a whole new meaning to the expression "going out for lunch."

Many of us men brave all sorts of dangers in vehicles. This bridge is not for the faint of heart!

I wonder how much this guy makes an hour at the stone quarry ... probably not enough!

I hope these wooden boards were not old and ready to break!

Not only has risky behavior been going on for a long time, it seems to start young too.

This gives a whole new meaning to the expression "man power!"

Movable scaffolding is great!

This picture gives a whole new meaning to the expression "going out for lunch."

Look, Mom! No hands! (and maybe no brains?)

Speaking of jacks, how about lumberjacks? Logging has its own dangers.

I guess as long as you can see through the holes in the lattice, it's OK.

When you don't have the right tools available, though, you have to improvise. For example, what do you do when you don't have a jack?

When it comes to working safely, hold no bars!

What do you do when you don't have the ladders or scaffolding you need? You come up with alternatives!

A lot of us guys enjoy working with wiring and electricity, even if we're not sure what we're doing.

Here are three pictures that show that some men who are good at securing loads but who don't have much regard for seat belt laws ... or safety.

There doesn't seem to be any problem with this bridge, but crossing it was apparently not too easy.

Although I enjoy air conditioning, I'm not sure I would go to these lengths to fix it.

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