30 'Modern' Things That Are Way Older Than You Think

It's easy to think of certain ideas as "modern." Especially if these concepts require basic innovations such as electricity.

Of course, as you're about to find out, these things aren't exclusive to us at all -- and in fact have been going on for thousands of years. Our readers compiled a list of "modern" ideas that are anything but. The winner is below, but first the runners-up ...

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Entry by Marconi Rebus

TEN THINGS YOU WOULD NOT CREDIT And Yet When You Read About Them You Will Find How the Marvels Are Explained. DOES IT BEEM POBBIBLE THAT You Can Go Ar

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Entry by icandish

CRACKED GASOEINEELECTRIC 2014 GASOLNNE& LECARIC HYBRID IN 1909

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Entry by hagiograph

30 'Modern' Things That Are Way Older Than You Think

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Entry by Mattcee

A Street Arab Thomas A Edison, Inc. -Aprl 211, 1898 As this archive footage from 1898 shows, most breakdancing moves like the headspin, hollowback, an

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Entry by ClockMaster

R 9T E F C SPACE Tab Kids these days! They can't even spell correctly because they spend SO much time texting on their newfangled cellphones! Nice t

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Put a coin and get a drink? Not only a modern thing... Z The first coin-operated vending machine was invented about 2000 years ago, by Hero of Alexand

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Entry by JasonGaston

CRACKED co Life Saving Brain Surgery was performed in the Stone Age And, yes, the patients lived 3

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Entry by John E.

The anti-vaccination movement started with the establishment of the Anti-Vaccination League in London in 1853. America would follow with the founding

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Entry by dritjon

People liked to take selfies since the camera was invented. This was taken by Robert Cornelius with the inscription: THE FIRST LIGHT PICTURE EVER TAK

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Entry by Rhodoferax

THE SENATE ONCE ATTEMPTED To BAN CHINESE 3120 1MPORTS 1N orDeR To STEM A MASSIVE OUIFlow OF MONEY TO fore1cn STATES. 1F YOu DON'T AL REMEMBER THAT, 1T

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Entry by YeahOkay

As early as 400 BC, Persian engineers were building refrigerators called yakhchals to store ice in the desert summers. These great mud-brick domes ope

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Entry by clg123

CRACKEDG Think that contact lenses are a modern invention? The first contact lens was invented in 1888 by opthalmologist Adolph Fick, and it was at le

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Entry by guydouglas

I CAN HAZ VICTORIAN ERA PHOTOGRAPHY MEME? DUNCE DROPS DUNCE WHAT'S DELAYING MY DINNER Brmgu Absurdly captioned cat pictures have the dinner Betsy bee

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Entry by JasonGaston

CRACKEDCON NonPolluting Solar Power that will meet the energy needs of the 21st century INVENTEDIIN 1866 Unfortunately, it never caught on due to the

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Entry by MinorShan

CONVENTION Fowvest Ackerman t Myrtle Jones 1950 2 1951 L 1953 1946 oh, for the days before nerds With too much time on theiR hands and an Instagram A

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Entry by sandbunny

CRACKEDCO Think plastic surgery is a modern-day practice? Think again. Ancient Egypt: Rhinoplasty of the dead to make them recognizable in the afterli

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Entry by happybex

Think we can blame MTV for introducing crappy reality shows to the world in the THE 90's? REAL WORLD Think again! Meet the Loud family. They were foll

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Entry by gicusudoru

POWERED BY BIODiESEL The first public demonstration of biodiesel was at the 1900 World's Fair in Paris when a Diesel engine ran on peanut oil CRACKED

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Entry by tpxdmd

You could play Duck Hunt in 1936 RAY The Seeburg Ray-0-Lite used g light gun that worked with nearly the same mechanism that Nintendo would uSe 50 yea

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Entry by JasonGaston

IN-CAR NAVIGATION Lian 30 8154 154 Gate WAS AVAILABLE IN 1932 The early models consisted of a paper map that would scroll relative to the car's speed.

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Entry by Edvamp

Think the RIAA is bad? In one of the first known copyright violation cases, St Columba, a 6th century Irish missionary, 'borrowed' and copied a psalte

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Entry by gicusudoru

CRACKEDOON Explicit sex imagery is as old as civilisation. The Kangjiashimenjil Petroglyphs, which: could date back to 2000BG, depict an orgy featurin

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9ourmec SECTI JOHN CAMERON SWAYZE REPORTS: PA 1& TILFORD CAMELS AGAIN FIRST IN SALES! 50 8% OVER NEXT BRAND! 10 SPEOND FRED 'VE STUDIED THE FIGURES* T

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Entry by Rhodoferax

Men HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT THE WAY WOMEn DRESS SINCE ANCIENT TImes. WRETCHED FLOCKS OF IAIDS LABOUR SO THAT THE ADULTERESS MAY BE VISTBLE THROUGH

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Entry by hagiograph

CRACKEDCON ALL. 'EM KILL SORT GOD LET OUT! 'EM ACTUALLY DATES BACK TO... 12092.JD During the Hlassacre of esiers (Albigensian Crusade) hbtants feren n

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Entry by Gaudamus

People HAVE BEENTBONILOING pipeLines TO TRANSPORT NATURAL GAs sincE1. 40O BCS 710 ANCIENT CbINESE BUILT BAMBOO pipeLInes TO TRANSPORT NATURAL GAS, Wbi

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Entry by tpxdmd

Cosmetic Dentistry is at least 2500 years old. This is gold ribbon supporting two false teeth, or a very basic bridge, found in skull. an Etruscan Thi

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Entry by John E.

Athletes earning silly amounts of money? EAT 6 They get nowhere near the wages paid to ancient Roman charioteers. One named Gaius Appuleius Diocles ea

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Entry by Ecuilnguq

Rap Battles CRACKED predate modern music by centuries For example, Flyting was a 15th century Scottish verbal contest of exchanging insults in verse b

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Entry by Kanklefest

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