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Why Women Live Longer than Men, take 2

picture of man jumping off a cliff

Have 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."

picture of men on girders

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

picture of man sleeping on a girder

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

picture of man on girders

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

picture of boy trapped in chair

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

picture of man doing repairs

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

picture of man doing some quarrying

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?

picture of man fixing car

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

picture of man cutting wood

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

picture of man trimming hedges

picture of man on buckets

Movable scaffolding is great!

picture of man on mobile scaffolding

When it comes to working safely, hold no bars!

picture of man fixing car

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

picture of man crossing bridge

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

picture of man crossing bridge

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

picture of man in car

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.

picture of man in back of vehicle

picture of man in back of vehicle

picture of man in back of vehicle

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

picture of bad wiring

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

picture of man working on wires

I look forward to hearing your remarks about some of these pictures!


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10 Comments on “Why Women Live Longer than Men, take 2”

  1. #1 Meribeth
    on Aug 20th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Rob, where’d you get so many pictures of my husband at work????

  2. #2 Rob
    on Aug 20th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    @Meribeth – You didn’t know Dan was so highly photogenic, did you?! 😀

  3. #3 Vikki
    on Aug 21st, 2009 at 9:01 am

    I think my hair is finally slowly uncurling! People sure can do the stupidest things. On the other hand, they say necessity is also the mother of invention.

  4. #4 Carrie
    on Aug 21st, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    As soon as I stop shaking uncontrollably I’ll leave a comment. . .

    .-= Carrie’s most recent blog post … Winter?! =-.

  5. #5 Rob
    on Aug 22nd, 2009 at 5:39 am

    @Vikki and Carrie – Those pictures are pretty wild, aren’t they?!

  6. #6 Janel
    on Aug 23rd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    I love to do home improvement projects but am only 5’3″. Changing the lightbulbs in my garage with the 15′ ceilings turned out to be fun when all I had was a 5′ stepladder. I was determined to get this job done, so I took 2 sawhorses, placed a piece of plywood on top of those, then put my step ladder on top of that and I was still standing on the top “this is not a step” step to get the job done. So….I guess I can identify with some of these pics! 🙂

  7. #7 Jenny
    on Aug 23rd, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Those pictures of the men overtop of NYC are enough to make my stomach turn upside down and inside out. I’m not keen on heights when there’s a very good fence between me and the precipice.

  8. #8 Rob
    on Aug 24th, 2009 at 6:55 am

    @Janel – YIKES! I’m trying to picture that in my mind! Maybe the post should be called “Why Tall Women Live the Longest…”?

    @Jenny – I had even more of those old NYC pictures, but I three was about all I could handle and that was enough to get the point across. I’m not a real fan of heights either and don’t do well on ladders – even step ladders – yet among my favorite things to do is to hike to the top of Looking Glass Rock in NC and go to the top of tall things in Paris (Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Sacré Coeur, just to enjoy the view. I know, it makes no sense! 🙂 And Looking Glass Rock happens much more frequently than Paris…. 🙁

  9. #9 b.j.
    on Aug 24th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    YeeIKES! NO thank you! And to think my brother would love to be one of those skyscraper workers. Watching my brothers launch themselves off a cliff to grab a tree and shinny down it was enough to make my stomach turn. Another brother was logging some tree fall, and one of the tree’s root wads was heavier than he expected. He was cutting the top of the tree, and the weight of the root wad caused a twenty foot long tree trunk to spring itself back standing up in the air! Thankfully, my brother was not standing on that part of the trunk at the time. He must have learned his lesson from standing on the wrong side of a limb once. Really, it’s a wonder I have any brothers left at all, with all the things they do…;

    It is actually sad to see some of these pictures, such as in India, where the caste system deems these men’s lives to be expendable, and thus cheaper than paying for safe working conditions.

  10. #10 Rob
    on Aug 24th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    @b.j. – It sounds as if you grew up in an exciting home! Your brothers seem to welcome danger with open arms. As far as the pictures from India go, I’m not really sure which ones are, nor if the work conditions are by choice or by command. I do know that other countries do not place the premium on human life that we do. But I also know that people choose to do some very risky and frankly dumb things too.