Strange facts from human history.
We are with you lucky that we live in an age of modern medicine, gadgets and the Internet that are happy to help when needed. Today’s doctors know what means and methods to treat all kinds of diseases, and new-fangled gadgets displace old counterparts, which is no longer relevant. However, for anybody not a secret that it was not always so in ancient times; the Romans, for example, wore clothing made from asbestos, and the Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows when their pet cat died.
Clothes made of asbestos
The Romans used asbestos in clothing and articles of everyday use, such as dish-towels, napkins and tablecloths. Pliny the Elder (the Roman writer and scholar) said that in contrast to normal tissue, the items from the asbestos can be cleaned just by throwing them into the fire. He also noted that the slaves, who wore clothes made of asbestos, often suffered from lung disease.
Heart vs brain
In Ancient Egypt it was believed that people do not think with the brain and heart. The Egyptians believed that the brain is essentially just “filling” for the head. For this reason, they carefully vistavlyali him out of my head during the embalming and were thrown away and the heart was preserved with great care.
During the plague in the middle ages, some doctors wore a primitive form of biohazard suit called “plague suit”. In the mask of this costume were red glass eyepieces (to “make the wearer impervious to evil), and the beak was often filled with aromatic herbs and spices to cut through the miasma that was thought to also spread the plague.
3370 years of war
Over the last 3500 years, the world has a total of 230 years without war. It is worth considering whether there is any benefit from the “movement for peace”.
Among the urban population of Western Europe and America, the beard went out of fashion in the early seventeenth century. In 1698, Peter the great ordered all of the boyars to shave beards, and in 1705 and is imposed a tax on beards.
“The tale of two lovers”
The best-selling book of the XV century was an erotic book called “the Tale of two lovers”. Its author was none other than Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini, otherwise known as Pope Pius II.
In Ancient Egypt cats were considered sacred. When a family pet cat died, the whole family shaved off his eyebrows and stayed in mourning while eyebrows do not grow again.
20 slaves per Spartan
In 200 BC the Greek city of Sparta was at the height of its power. At this time, every citizen of Sparta was 20 slaves.
From pirates to bankers
The founder of the Bank of England was sir William Paterson. Few people know that before the Foundation of the Bank he was suspected of engaging in piracy.
In 1904 had accidentally invented tea bags. Their inventor, Thomas Sullivan (a tea merchant) decided that it would be cheaper to send small samples of tea to potential customers in silk bags and not in boxes. The recipients mistakenly believed that you need to brew these bags. Soon Sullivan were flooded with orders for his “tea bags”.
The first parachute
The oldest parachute design can be found in an anonymous Italian manuscript of the Renaissance, which dates back to 1470. The design looked like a frame attached to a conical dome. The man was suspended to this frame using the four straps attached to his belt at the waist.
At the end of the 1700 years there were tobacco enema. With their help, tobacco smoke blown into the rectum of a patient for various medical purposes, primarily to resuscitation of drowning victims.
In Ancient Rome there were people who specialized in plucking hair from the armpits. Somewhere around 1 ad among Roman aristocrats became fashionable to remove all body hair. To people of this profession were presented with the following requirements: availability of tweezers, a strong arm and the ability to hold the struggling customer at scene.
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