If you live in the United States and have bought or rented a place, you have almost certainly run across one of these. A classical case of damage from the lack of any kind of testing for safety, or its suppression if done.
To my complete suprize and delight, there is a name for that interesting icon seen on electrical distribution physical plants: Mr. Ouch!
I had seen the icon around on various obviously electrical objects in my life, but I never really thought about it. Per the sources cited by WikipediA, it is from at least 1982, possibly earlier.
To me, besides being interesting of itself, it is another example of the depth of planning that went into a thing I just assumed more or less appeared out of thin air. This, for someone trained in engineering, is an embarrassing and improper approach to life.
Next to my workstation is some miscellaneous matter. I just looked seriously at it now, and noticed a truely terrible idea was brought to fruitition by someone:
Yes, a chamber pot soap dish. What a bad bad idea. Was this for parents in Ye Old Days to wash their children’s mouths out with to make a point with with? Or was it a regular thundermug that you washed your hands before using? Or, did you pick the soap out, wash your hands while on it, and then drop the soap back in? Confusing!
Bonus points for storing the crapped-up crockery in a wholesale sanitary products box!