20 Absurd Things That Were Absolutely Normal In the Past




The not-so-distant past was filled with so many totally crazy things that we struggle to even imagine how they could possibly have been absolutely normal. Here are some everyday activities and common practices that were totally ordinary in the past despite how absolutely ridiculous and dangerous they may seem to us today. Suntan vending machines, water massagers for breasts, toothache remedy with cocaine, babies in cigarette ads and what not.

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Just an ordinary day for a babysitter of that time, 19th century: By Lei & Ordem,

A picture from Popular Science depicting the workers at Walt Disney Studios building an automated caveman for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Automated Caveman Gets a Rear-End Drive (Jan, 1964): By Popular Science, MODERN MECHANIX,

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TIMESTAMPS
Beauty contest in Cliftonville, 1936 0:33
Suntan vending machine, USA, 1949 1:24
Water massager for breasts 1:47
Hair straightening in the 1960s 2:30
Women have their legs painted at a store in London, 1941 3:13
Job hunting, USA, 1931 3:38
Toothache remedy with cocaine, 1885 4:15
Models could just appear from car trunks 4:44
A mobile church on a Ford Model-T, USA, 1922 5:13
Specially numbered gloves used to teach touch-typing, USA, 1961 6:08
A woman in a giant frying pan, USA, 1931 6:42
Kids jumping from the balcony, Great Britain, 1973 7:22
The automaton Euphonia that could imitate human speech, 1860s 7:51
Babies in 1960s cigarette ads 8:44
A child’s car seat in the 1940s 9:24
“The Ghost Team” 10:10
Before a vaccine against diphtheria was created. 11:03
Just a usual day at Walt Disney Studios 11:20
Babysitter in the 1910s 11:47
Similar things happen nowadays as well. 12:19

SUMMARY
-Women at beauty contests often stood behind a curtain that showed only their legs (typically below the knee) in shoes and stockings.
-If you had a spare dime, you could get a nice tan in a vending machine in just 30 seconds.
-Water massager for breasts consisted of a hose, a breast-shaped cup, and some freezing-cold water.
-Some women, instead of getting wrinkles out of their clothes, used ironing boards to straighten their hair.
-Women in 1940s-London could have their legs painted any shade (within reason) they liked.
-During the Great Depression, it was common to see men walking the streets with their “resumes” hung on themselves on giant poster-board in a futile attempt to find work.
-There was a time when cocaine seemed like a perfectly suitable treatment for a toothache.
-Julie Desmond climbed out the back of a Russian Moskvich 427 at a car show in 1971.
-Ford’s Model-T was the first car that the average, middle-class American family could afford.
-People used special gloves with certain letters and numbers written on each finger to show them where to put it.
-It was just an attempt to make a record-breaking omelet from 7,200 eggs.
-Jumping from the balcony onto a pile of old mattresses was tons of fun for children in the ‘70s.
-The Euphonia was a machine with what looks like a mannequin head attached to a mechanism that made this head speak in a sad creepy voice.
-Back in the ‘60s, they uses kids, faces of celebrities, politicians, cartoon characters, Santa Claus (!), and even doctors to promote tobacco use.
-In 1968, Ford produced a car seat, which was basically a plastic chair with a padded area in front of the child’s face that acted like a safety cushion in case of an accident.
-The 1973 Argentinian soccer team got stranded in a city called Tilcara, nobody could get information on where they were, hence the name “The Ghost Team”.
-105 years ago, before a vaccine for diphtheria was created, whole families lost their lives to this terrible disease, each member one by one.
-Workers at Walt Disney Studios built a robotic caveman that was to be used in the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
-Many white households in the beginning of the 20th century basically continued the practice by “hiring” African American women as nannies and babysitters.
-In Sierra Leone, Africa, there are tons of boys suffering from serious mental illnesses caused by years of civil war.

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30 Comments

  1. BRIGHT SIDE
    May 21, 2018
    Reply

    Hey there! Which fact is the most ridiculous and strangest?

  2. Gabriel Cornea
    June 7, 2018
    Reply

    Tobacco enema

  3. Payden Vietmeier
    June 8, 2018
    Reply

    Terrible quality of facts and terrible presentation.

  4. ItZ_JoAnNa
    June 8, 2018
    Reply

    Lots changed for women.

  5. Pfsif
    June 8, 2018
    Reply

    Scientist said smoking was good for you in the50's and today they say man causes climate change.

  6. King James
    June 8, 2018
    Reply

    And Black women are still willing to be the Nanny…smfh

  7. gkiltz0
    June 8, 2018
    Reply

    The ads you say are from the 1960s are actually from the 1950s

  8. Gerald Wescott
    June 9, 2018
    Reply

    You're all missing the point. Of course there are inaccuracies – this was all put together in a couple of days, and the sole purpose was to make people watch while the advertisers pumped money into their YouTube channel. American capitalism at its absolute worst – but who cares? It worked, didn't it…?

  9. Bev Taylor
    June 9, 2018
    Reply

    In the 1960's girls did straighten their hair with clothing irons…but those irons were heated with electricity…not with FIRE!

  10. forever weird
    June 9, 2018
    Reply

    The only reason that babies and doctors advertised cigarettes was because we as a country failed to see the danger in tobacco and thought it was helpful to people but now we know the danger in it and no one would reccomended it and most actually are trying to stop it because it is Dangerous especially to babies

  11. Sue Harvey
    June 9, 2018
    Reply

    My husband used to straighten my hair in the 60's……

  12. Cnith TheOnliestOne
    June 9, 2018
    Reply

    I don't get number one… civil war causes boys to have mental illnesses in some town in Africa? this is absurd but normal? Um no…. and it's not just Africa… did y'all get lazy and couldn't find something else? And what's with the click bait picture?

  13. ruby sanders
    June 9, 2018
    Reply

    really

  14. Neji Hyuga
    June 9, 2018
    Reply

    We use to do backflips on to mattresses from the baseball field roof in the 90's when I was in elementary. so yeah u gotta update. something's lol

  15. D. A. Shaw
    June 9, 2018
    Reply

    You need to research the photos you use better. The one on the right at 7:45 is from a well know photo "fire escape collaspe" (it won a Pulitzer). The woman on the bottom of the photo died from her injuries sustained in the fall, so using it to illustrate foolhardy teens is completely ignorant and disrespectful.

  16. libertyisis
    June 10, 2018
    Reply

    Number 17 Hair straightening is totally wrong!!!! Irons were NOT HEATED WITH FIRE! for crying out loud we had ELECTRICITY in the 60's!!!! I know …because I did this!!!! with an electric iron!

  17. Reuben Hubert
    June 10, 2018
    Reply

    Irons weren't heated by fire in the 60s.
    Believe it or not there was electricity back then.

  18. Marie Smith
    June 10, 2018
    Reply

    Where did you get the idea that irons used to straighten hair in 1960s were ''heated with fire''? Do you think there weren't electric steam irons then? You seem to have the 1960s confused with the 1860s when they used flat irons heated on fire stoves. And touch typing was taught in high school and business schools in 1960s not with lettered gloves, though they may have been available as a novelty item they certainly weren't a normal teaching method as you seem to think.

  19. MsBecki
    June 10, 2018
    Reply

    Some of the "facts" were not correct. An example: Electric clothes irons were used in the 1960's, not irons heated on a stove. You can see the cord in one picture. This change happened around the 1940's. I'm sure there were poorer people who couldn't afford electricity or electrical appliances (some still don't) but most used the electric variety.
    BIG MISTAKE: Putting a picture of a woman and child falling during the bit about kids jumping from a balcony!!! That picture was taken of a mother and child who were on a fire escape that collapsed due to poor construction, trying to escape from a burning building. The mother died on impact, but thankfully the child survived. PLEASE Bright SIde, check you pictures and your facts!!

  20. random awesomeness
    June 10, 2018
    Reply

    I was so shocked that African Americans where made to do a lot of work on a low pay and it took practice in the WHITE HOUSE, which was the home of the very man that abolished slavery!

  21. Lauren Patrick
    June 10, 2018
    Reply

    Suntan/sunscreen machines are making a comeback!

  22. Paul TheSkeptic
    June 10, 2018
    Reply

    Yeah, it's a drag but human slavery is still going on. We need Bono or some celebrity to take up the cause.

  23. Kari
    June 10, 2018
    Reply

    Women still iron their hair. It was still really common in the 90's and people still do it sometimes.

  24. district 8
    June 10, 2018
    Reply

    I was born in the wrong era

  25. DragonGirlplays
    June 10, 2018
    Reply

    “Ok I’m gonna sleep now.” sees this video “Ok a few more minutes..”

  26. Marcelline Choisne
    June 11, 2018
    Reply

    Sorry,im french,and i remember ,when i was young my granma tell me"if you want nice brests,only cold water"…and that work! a young woman can test that,even today…but we dont love cold water very much,today;at this era we dont haved warm water everywhere^^

  27. breann thomas
    June 11, 2018
    Reply

    The likes on this video are 6660000

  28. Jade Graves
    June 11, 2018
    Reply

    Ya know jumping off balconies is still something lots of kids do, unfortunately they don't use the mattresses… If you get what I mean…

  29. pjking227
    June 11, 2018
    Reply

    Fire heated irons in the 60’s! LOL

  30. Michael Johnson
    June 12, 2018
    Reply

    Legs painted in 1941 was because there was no stockings it was 1941 in london during ww2. The material was being used for the war

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