Sunday, August 28, 2005

The Origins of Hazing

Here's a 1930 catalog of hazing devices for fraternal orders (Masons, Lions club, Rotary, etc.), also known as a "fraternalism supply" catalog. Basically elaborate mechanical torture devices to be used on drunk and unsuspecting members.

There's a lot to look at here, including a number of mechanical goats (to be ridden blindfolded by the hazee, apparently), several electrocution devices, and far too many dangerous-looking explosive devices, including this one that shoots the victim in the face with a .32 caliber blank at very close range.

Very weird. And sometimes overtly racist. From Boingboing.

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