25 Details From History That Are Just So Gross

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25 Details From History That Are Just So Gross

Look, we know it's tempting to be sentimental, but the truth is that no matter how hard you wish you lived in a previous time period, you would have been utterly miserable (or utterly dead). We don't like to make wild claims without backing them up with facts, so here are some facts that will demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt how objectively horrifying our ancestors' lives actually were.

CHINESE WOMEN'S FEET WERE INTENTIONALLY MANGLED. For a thousand years, many Chinese women had their feet tightly (and excruciatingly) bound from an ea
CRACKED CO MUMMY-BASED PAINT WAS POPULAR AMONC EUROPEAN ARTISTS. Mummy brown was a rich brown pigment made with pitch, myrrh, and, uh, ground-up Egy
CRACKED.COM SWALLOWING LIVE GOLDFISH WAS POPULAR ONCE. Does sushi gross you out? How about eating a fish while it's still alive? A short-lived fad amo
PEOPLE POISONED THEMSELVES TO LOOK BEAUTIFUL. In the 18th century, -based makeup was used to achieve a fashionable deathly pallor -which often became
19TH-CENTURY LONDON STANK TO HEAVEN The city's sewage was dumped directly into the Thames in those days. In the summer of 1858, the stench became SO b
ANYONE USED TO BE ABLE TO SELL THEIR OWN MEDICINE. TERKEEWEEN OIL NERVE and BONE In the 19th century, many LINIMENT Relleves best Ome of the entrepr
17TH-CENTURY POLES WORE A COMPLETELY DISGUSTING HAIRSTYLE. A Polish plait is a gross, smelly mass of crusty, matted hair cemented together by pus, n
A MAD DOCTOR COULD TURN YOU INTO A (HICHLY VIRILE) GOAT-MAN. In the 1920s, Dr. John Brinkley became a sensation thanks to his cure for male impotence:
CRACKEDcO THE PAST WAS LOUSY WITH, UH, LICE. Being louse-fr is a modern luxury. Historical remedies included mercury, dog fat, and other stuff as gros
MEDIEVAL WINTERS DIDN'T NEED ICE ZOMBIES TO BE AWFUL. Winter in Game of Thrones was worse than in real life, but not by much. For the common folk, win
LOBOTOMIES WERE ONCE USED AS A CURE-ALL. Do you have frequent headaches? Are your children unruly? Ask your doctor if a lobotomy is right for you! In
FLUSHING THE TOILET WAS A DISGUSTING BUSINESS. Before indoor plumbing, people would just empty their chamber pots through a window. You would be wal
BOYS WERE CASTRATED FOR PURELY ARTISTIC PURPOSES. Castrati were the rock stars of the 18th century-and they just needed to have their family jewels ch
DOCTORS USED TO BLOW SMOKE UP YOUR ASS. It was already bad enough to fall into the Thames -but if you lived in the 18th century, you got a tobacco smo
ONCE UPON A TIME, PLUCKING YOUR EYEBROWS WASN'T ENOUGH. During the 15th century, high- class ladies in northern Europe painfully plucked their hairlin
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ALCOHOL WAS POISONED DURING PROHIBITION. Back in the 1920s, industrial alcohol was poisoned to prevent bootleggers from using it But bootleggers just
CRACKED.COM SOME PEOPLES GAVE THEMSELVES ALIEN SKULLS. Several cultures around the world deformed their own skulls, a process that usually began short
PHOTOGRAPHING DEAD PEOPLE WAS COMMON. You can tell one of these people isn't alive, can't you? Postmortem photography was born soon after the camera w
WIPING YOUR ASS USED TO BE A PAIN IN THE... YOU KNOW. You are lucky to have even single-ply paper. Historically, people have used such things as hay,
MENTAL ILLNESS WAS TREATED WITH WATER TORTURE. Psychiatric patients in the 19th century were given a treatment called hydrotherapy. They were restra
CRACKEDcO PICTURED: 19TH- CENTURY DENTAL INSTRUMENTS. Not pictured: the nightmares caused by 19th-century dental instruments. The fact that you can't
ROMANS WASHED THEIR MOUTHS WITH URINE. Romans didn't have Listerine, SO they used human urine instead. The ammonia in pee does indeed have a cleaning
CRACKED co COM TIGHTLACING DEFORMED WOMEN'S BODIES. Victorian and Edwardian ladies had their corsets laced awfully tight to achieve a thin waist. The
DO YOU FIND CONDOMS UNCOMFORTABLE? TRY USING THIS. This 17th-century thing found in Sweden is the world's oldest known condom. It was made with pig in
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