9 Completely Sick Things People Did 100 years Ago

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9 Completely Sick Things People Did 100 years Ago

If you find it strange that everyone is staring down in their mobile phone, check this list.

We obviously did much more sicker things than not talking to each other.

1.Picnic on The BattlefieldPicknick på slagfältet

In the early days of the American Civil War, many of those living in Washington DC believed that the war would be short-lived.

So why not check it out while it’s still going?

This group did as many others at the time: They packed their picnic basket and went for a Sunday day-trip to Centreville outside Washington DC to see the Confederates get their comeuppance and catch some of the action.

Spectators traveled to the battlefield in all kinds of ways. Some by horse and cart, others on horseback, and some on foot.

But in July of 1861, the war was far from over and the Confederate Army would hunt both the war tourists and the opposing forces.

Nearly 5000 people died in the battle, many of whom were civilians.




  1. Throwing Wine for FunVi kastar lite vin för skoj skull

This one seems like a waste of tasty, tasty wine. But Kottabos was THE sport in ancient Greece more than two millennia ago.

So how does it work? Well, you would lie at the table as usual and hold a beaker of wine. The aim of the game was to throw the wine in as homogenous a clump as possible and hit two small discs attached to the arms of a statue. To win, you had to make the discs fall into another tray, which would set off a bell.

Kottabos was the sport of choice for a few hundred years. Or, in other words, for much longer than we have been playing soccer or ice hockey.




  1. Watch Babies Fight For Their LivesKolla barnen som kämpar för sina liv!

Another popular pastime for the early 1900s was to take a walk along the pier and view the infants fighting for their lives in incubators.

This might sound incredibly cruel, but it has a pretty good reason:

The first ever incubator was displayed at the 1896 World Fair in London. The inventor, doctor Martin Couney, was just about the only person in the world who understood how incredible the invention was and how many lives it could save. So to get the hospitals to understand this and to win people over, he opened a clinic on Coney Island, New York. One of the walls of the clinic was made of glass, so that passers-by could pay 25 cents to view the babies.

While it seems strange now, the thought behind the clinic was a good one and the parents didn’t have to pay for care, since the costs were covered by the ticket sales.

In the end, hospitals realized how important the incubators were and bought them, giving the babies some well-needed peace and quiet.




  1. What Beautiful Black Teeth!Vilka vackra svarta tänder!

These days, we’re all about flashing those pearly whites. But that wasn’t always the case. America’s 18th century president George Washington is said to have had wooden teeth, for example. And in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Brits had their own, peculiar beauty ideals.

Let’s think about it: eating sweets and other unhealthy treats would have been a sign that you were doing well. Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) had quite the sweet tooth, which is ironic since she only had a few actual teeth, which were black.

No one seemed to care that you couldn’t really understand what she was saying (since she only had a few teeth) – everyone wanted fabulously black teeth like Elizabeth’s.




5 Are You Going to the Execution?Ska du gå på avrättningen?

Executions were considered a spectator sport in the 18th century and people happily attended them. There were stands, where the best seats would cost a fortune. And this wasn’t just some poor soul being hung by his beck – during the 1700s, the executions were both innovative and brutal.



6 Walk, Walk and… Walk Some More!Det kan bli en promenadseger


During the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century, walking was a very popular sport. And we’re not talking 50kms – these were LONG walks, like 200-mile-long walks. People would watch the walking athletes and bet on them.

Because the sport was mainly popular in the English-speaking world, it is known as “Pedestrianism“. Unfortunately, it became less popular with the invention of the bicycle at the end of the 19th century, and with most of the spectators switching to exciting team sports like soccer.

7 The Alexandra Limp

Queen Alexandra attends a Royal Maundy Service

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Princess Alexandra of Denmark was a British fashion icon in the mid-19th century, like a Victorian Princess Di. But after giving birth to her third child in 1867, the princess contracted rheumatic fever which caused her to develop a limp.

But that didn’t stop people from wanting to be just like her.

All the most fashionable Londoners now started limping. They would wear mismatched shoes to perfect the gait; cobblers started producing shoes with built-in limps, and canes quickly sold out in the city. Now everyone was walking like Alexandra!

The trend lasted until the papers started making fun of the women following this fad, and the “Alexandra Limp” died out.




  1. Atomic Bomb GazingKolla atombombs-testerna!

These days, a trip to Vegas is all about gambling and extravagant shows, but it was once the top destination for those wanting to see atom bombs going off (and to gamble).

“Awesome mushroom cloud! Is it dangerous?”

“Nah. Don’t worry about it!”




  1. Death Pics Were The FashionSista bilden på en nära och kär släkting

The 19th century Victorians had a lot of strange habits which would be considered spooky, or even borderline illegal, these days.

Like snapping photos of dead people.

They would take pictures of dead children in coffins, family members who had passed away due to some horrible disease, or entire families struck down by epidemics.

The creepiest photographs have propped up bodies, using stands and braces. Some of them have their eyes open, some have eerie eyes painted on their eyelids.

Thankfully, that practice has died out!

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