9 Horrible Things That Used To Be Normal In The Past That We Don’t Practice Anymore

  • By Asad Tipu
  • October 25, 2017
  • 3 minutes read

We often take living in 2017 for granted.

Yeah, sure, there are millions of problems, and it seems like the world is falling apart, but we live in the most safest part of history. The cleanest and most educated part of history. There’s so much that people used to do, horrible, terrible things in the past, that aren’t around anymore.

Don’t believe me? Well, lucky for you, I come with evidence. Count your lucky stars you were born closer to the 21st century than the 19th.

Collecting body parts.


Nowadays, if anyone shows you their body part collection, you run to the nearest police station and turn the psychopath in. That wasn’t always the case. Reputable men used have rooms dedicated to different body parts. The above picture is of an American soldier with a skull of a Japanese man that he killed in WWII.

Cocaine medication.


Cocaine wasn’t considered harmful a century ago. In fact, it was sold over the counter to multiple people for very minor things like toothaches and coughs. It was especially used for medications involving children.

Strange medical procedures.


Surgeries and medical procedures were wholly different. Everything was cured with bloodletting, and stammering would be dealt with by cutting the tongue. It was a strange time, and no one would disinfect anything. Going to a doctor was a gamble with your life.

Garden hermits.


Rich people often had hermits living in their garden who were not allowed to cut their hair or nails. They’d be shown off as “live” decorations and would be the envy of various people.

Human zoos.


When we think of incredible acts of racism, we think they happened hundreds of years ago. Like the moment America won the civil war, racism disappeared. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The human zoo above is pictured in Belgium, 1958.

Recreational excursions to mental health hospitals.


Those who had mental health problems weren’t taken cared of at all. They were rarely fed, mostly by the visitors rather than the staff, and the owners of the asylum would treat them like some circus attraction and invite people in for a fee.

Mailing children.


Parents could mail their child for 15 cents to their relatives if the child didn’t weigh more than the average parcel. They were also wire cages built for the child to breathe while the parents took a bit of a breather.

Radioactive toys.


Radiation wasn’t considered dangerous. In fact, there were toys sold that boasted radiation, with actual quantities of uranium and plutonium for sale.

Smoking prescription for pregnant women.



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