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These 10 Extremely Dangerous Things were So Normal In the Past

By Nenad Dojcinovski, 30 October 2017


7Human zoos

When we say a human zoo, we don’t mean a circus ordinated group that was supposed to entertain the crowd. But rather people, kids from Africa and Asia to show a proof of Darwin’s theory. This shameful part of our history was completely normal. The human zoo entertainment existed for many years. As you can see in the picture below, the crowd looks amused by the little boy. The picture was taken in 1958 at a Belgian human zoo.

Human zoos in past

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8Doubtful treatment methods

Technology and medicine wasn’t always a priority. Tests, laboratories, and sophisticated equipment weren't available for Doctors back in the old days. Which means they had to experiment with strange and doubtful methods. Lots of operations had lethal outcomes. Tongue-cutting was a method used against stammering, and bloodletting as a remedy for almost all diseases. And we’re not talking about few amateur Doctors who just wanted to test their methods on people. But even successful Doctors of that time were open to doubtful methods who were extremely risky.

Doubtful treatment methods




9Garden hermit


It is super relaxing to have a beautiful garden at your house. Even gardening as a hobby is relaxing. You’re in touch with nature, your troubles are away and you can truly enjoy the calmness that Mother Nature offers. Let’s say you’re a multi-millionaire, the only advantage that you’ll have is more space and maybe a personal gardener. But live decoration is not an option. Rich people in the past were obsessed with having a personal hermit. But what is a personal hermit? Well, a personal hermit is a person who lives in your garden.

Someone who’s not allowed to leave the garden, wash or cut their nails and hair. Personal hermits lived in a handmade grotto, and their owners loved to show off in front of visitors. 

garden hermit

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10Mental hospital as a source for entertainment

Even today, mentally ill people are still being discriminate to a certain degree. But at least patients of psychiatric hospitals are treated as they should be. However, they were once a source of entertainment. Hospital staff rarely fed them, and willing visitors were allowed to pay a certain sum of money just to poke them with a stick. We’re all glad this shameful act is over and it will never be repeated again! 

Mental hospital as a source for entertainment

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