We here at Cracked like to dredge up the past to remind you that no matter how hard you wish you lived in a previous time period, you're simply mistaken (or crazy). We asked our readers to provide the most horrifying things our ancestors used to do to entertain themselves. Winner got $100 ...

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In France during the 17th and 18th centuries. cat burning was in vogue. This was exactly what it sounded like: burning a sack full of cats for 'good I

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TIGETLACING It weakened the abdominal muscles, deformed the ribs, displaced internal organs and, since their abdomens couldn't expand, forced them to

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CRACKED GAS CLEANING' ER DRY HOME TO HOUSEWIFE *8 FATAL OSIRAN JME0NNOL GAS NNETRAST The 1930's safety short More Dangerous than Dynamite Was a warn

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Goldfish swallowing became popular in the late 1930's after Harvard student Lothrop Withington, Jr. ate a live goldfish on a $10 dare. News traveled t

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CRACKEDCON In 1959 South African students attempted to set a world record by fitting 25 people in a phone booth. 3:00A tlog TELEPHONE TELEPHONE It sta

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CRACKED.COM Rogier van der Weyden Portrait of a Young Woman circa 1460 sources: https://recapturingbeau ty.byu.edu/topics/timeli ne.php, http://www.ha

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29 Berserk Everyday Activities (Yep, The Past Was Nuts)

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