There are certain seemingly passe professions that we could totally use today, no matter how backward they may appear.
Disclaimer for any government officials, mobsters, or assassins in general reading this: We don't really believe that any of the following conspiracy theories about mysterious deaths are true.
Without these developments, the life of almost everyone reading this would definitely suck a whole lot more.
Thanks to Hollywood, we like to think we have a pretty good idea about what the past looked like. But it turns out, no of course we don't because Hollywood is as dumb as we are.
The next time you read a biography filled with unusually inspiring, heartbreaking, or just plain awesome stories, keep in mind that there's a solid chance it's all complete and utter B.S.
Young people can and constantly come up with plenty of awesome ideas, even when they operate in fields that are seemingly impossible to conquer until you've sprouted several gray hairs.
History's most important and serious figures enjoyed getting the camera out to document goofy faces and stupid antics. We're all freaking children, all of us.
Sometimes all it takes is one little change to alter the entire context of an image.
Some of the origins behind the names of countries are downright ridiculous.
There's a fine line between 'eccentric duke' and 'poop-smeared psychopath,' and the following folks skipped gaily across that line.
I've dug up five examples (and many more variations) of punishment civilization has left behind, which I encourage you to reflect on the next time you're feeling like you're about to be naughty.