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21 Summer Fails From History That Are Better Left In The Past

Still wondering how we haven't gone extinct yet...

Posted on May 29, 2017, at 9:37 a.m. ET

1. Competitive sea turtle racing, 1925:

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Animal cruelty was clearly not a thing back then.

2. Some casual target practice, 1964:

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Just having fun!

3. Enjoying the company of super-futuristic beach robots, 1934:

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The future looks awesome!

4. Cruising with your backpack boat propeller, circa 1940:

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Totally safe!

5. Riding a giant, human-sized bottle rocket, 1939.

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Only a slight risk of being blown to pieces.

6. Enjoying the fun new beach toys on the market, 1929:

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Nope. Nope. Nope.

7. Alligator wrestling, 1939:

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So cute!

8. If wrestling's not your thing, there are always alligator races, 1965:

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I guess people really loved alligators back in the day?

9. And water jousting, 1907:

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Actually, this looks awesome.

10. The hope of discovering your own secret beach, 1944:

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Public beaches are for losers!

11. Trying out Salvador Dalí's surreal tanning method, 1955:

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This one leaves some pretty weird tan lines.

12. Teaching your children to swim with a fishing rod, 1926:

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The hook part hurts only for a second.

13. Using a rope contraption to give infants swimming lessons, 1910:

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You can never start too early, I guess...

14. No water necessary for swim lessons in 1923:

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Worst. Summer camp. Ever.

15. Enjoying the company of furry friends by the pool, 1966:

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Such a sweet lil baby.

16. Taking a spin on an aquatic baby grand piano, 1962.

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Sure, those things float. Right?

17. Sporting the latest trends in beach fashion, 1925:

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18. Like aquatic stockings and heels, circa 1915:

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19. And anti-tanning masks, circa 1950:

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Not creepy at all.

21. Just make sure your swimsuit isn't too revealing...

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21. ...because you're likely to attract unwanted attention.

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A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.