We've come a long way, folks.
Sure, there are still some things that we as a society get wrong, but it could be way, way worse.
At least we're not still stuck in the Middle Ages.
Things were pretty darn crazy back then. Like, really crazy.
Don’t believe me? Then read on, friend.
Feeling sick? Better get the mercury.
Mercury was often used as a treatment for syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases. People would apply it directly to their infected body parts or directly inhale mercury vapor. What could go wrong?
As it turns out, a lot could go wrong because mercury is highly toxic.
They also ate mummies!
Yes, you read that correctly.
People would find mummies, then grind them up and consume the powder (often called “mummia”) as a cure-all for many different ailments. Oddly enough, it didn’t really work.
Beware the number 13.
Superstitions surrounding the number 13 really took off during Medieval times. The aversion most likely had its roots in the fact that there were 13 people present at the Last Supper (Jesus plus his 12 Apostles).
Back in the day, people believed that sneezing was a sign of your soul literally trying to escape your body. That’s why it became customary to bless someone after a sneeze.
For this next fact, you’ll have to forget everything you know about child labor laws…