10 Crazy Things Ancient People Actually Did


All right get ready for this one : 10 things ancient people did that would be totally weird today You know, as technologies and new research methods develop, We’re learning more and more about ancient people and their customs. However the more we learn about their lives, the more this knowledge shocks us, because some of the things our ancient predecessors did, seemed too bizarre for even the most open-minded person today. What did they use animal droppings for ? What did doctors use to test for pregnancy ? In this video, bright side will tell you about 10 really weird things that people of ancient times did. Counting down, number 10 : Women use lead and sulfur to dye their hair. Believe it or not, people have been changing the color of their hair since ancient times. But an inadequate understanding of chemistry, and the use of the wrong substances sometimes cost them dearly uh-oh… Ancient people used to use plant materials to dye their hair. But the effect didn’t last long and as you know, there were much more important things to do than care about your hair color. That’s why the Greeks and the Romans used a permanent hair dye, that consisted of several toxic chemicals including sulfur In the 1700s the Italians chose to soak their hair in corrosive solutions of lye to achieve luscious golden locks many European ladies use saffron and sulfur powder to change their hair color The Afghans believe that dyeing their hair different colors could cure a headache What they probably didn’t know is that they were risking becoming ball? How would they cure headaches if they had no hair to die well that makes sense? Number nine glass balls and ground rubber were used as breast implants since ancient times Women have used different means to look more feminine and beautiful Apparently even back then women worried about their breast size some women put topical treatments or homemade creams on their bosoms to make them bigger others massage coconut oil into their skin But these methods aren’t all that radical the first breast reconstructive surgery wasn’t performed until 1895 by doctor Benson’s surname he needed to cut a tumor out of his patients breasts and tried to make them look even after the Removal since then doctors have used different materials over time to enlarge women’s chests Ivory glass balls ground rubber and some other crazy stuff. You know what they say beauty is pain and experimentation apparently Number eight animal droppings were used for medical purposes Yes, it’s gross But it actually did happen ancient people used animal feces for preventative treatments and to even cure different diseases for example women in ancient Greece believed that crocodile dung could be used as a powerful contraceptive and Inserted it into their vagina We’re sure it did a great job in preventing pregnancy since it repelled all the men around but watch out for Wally Gator in Ancient Egypt warriors supplied animal excrement to their wounds now if you think that’s crazy Check out our video about 14 strange ways of life the ancient Egyptians practiced Sheep droppings were used in Scottish folk medicine for treating smallpox and fresh pig dung served to stop a nosebleed Yeah Let’s all try this shall we this all just sounds like a big well-thought-out prank simple advice do not try any of these at home Yeah, as if you have some pig poo lying around and if it’s lying around clean it up Number seven doctors drilled holes in people’s heads to release evil spirits. Holy headache, Batman doctors have always been fascinated with the human body and tried different methods to cure illnesses drilling holes or Trepanation was one of them and doctors used to believe that it could remedy such ailments as seizures Headaches and infections now you’re probably wondering how can drilling into someone’s skull help with headaches Well they thought that disease was caused by an evil spirit trapped inside a person’s head So they drilled holes fill at the spirit out nice thinking or maybe it was just to cover up for their research Luckily this practice was almost completely abandoned by the end of the Middle Ages Archeologists found that some patients even managed to survive such treatment the lucky ones obviously Number six women were hired to cry at funerals In ancient Rome many families hired special women to weep at funerals in order to impress the crowd They usually followed the procession and to make their grief Believable the women would scratch at their cheeks to draw blood and rip out their hair today. These women are called publicists Thankfully this ancient tradition was later considered too extreme and unnecessary as if a funeral isn’t sad enough Number five fathers could legally kill their daughters lovers Fathers had a very strong influence on the entire family and especially on their unmarried daughters in fact They had the right to choose a good husband for them the rules were extraordinarily Strict as a young woman had no right to have an intimate affair with anyone before marriage You’ve probably seen a lot of comedies about a family where the father hates his daughter’s boyfriend It’s great that we live in the 21st century Because in ancient Rome a father had the legal right to kill his daughter’s lover and even her if he caught them committing adultery Okay Number four in ancient Rome fathers could sell their sons into slavery so bear with me for a moment We’re gonna continue to beat up on nasty fathers for a bit Yeah You heard that right the father was the head of the family and possessed absolute power over his wife and children So they also had the right to decide whether or not to keep newborn babies in the family if they chose not to They could sell their sons into slavery if the person who bought the slave didn’t need him anymore The sons could go back to their parents home if a father sold his son three times and the son was returned every time He was considered a bad father Finally this is another reason why we’re happy to live today give this video a like if you agree Number three doctors use garlic to test for pregnancy The lack of detailed medical knowledge of anatomy didn’t allow doctors to say for sure why some women could get pregnant while others couldn’t Because of this they tried different natural ways to test for pregnancy in 1350 BC Women were advised to urinate on a wheat seed, and if the seed sprouted she was pregnant of course Another pre-modern way to perform a pregnancy test involved placing a garlic clove or an onion in the vagina the Following morning a doctor would proclaim a woman pregnant if he could smell the garlic or onion on her breath of Course this is where the current expression comes from does this pass the smell test So if the wheat seed test remotely resembles the pregnancy test we have today we can’t imagine how the garlic test could help Number two ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn their cats You probably heard that in ancient Egypt people worship cats as their favorite animals and believe that cats brought good luck to the families They lived with cats were sacred and anyone who harmed them was sentenced to death amen yeah You’re petting me a little rough there all right hold on Guards take him up for a long walk on a short pier you don’t mess with kitty Well ancient Egyptian families mourn the death of the family cat by shaving off their eyebrows The cat’s body was involved and adorned with a wooden carved mask Then the tiny cat mummy was placed in a family tomb, or in a cat cemetery Do you think these cute animals deserve such an elaborate ritual not if you’re a dog owner? Tell us what you think in the comment section below And number one there were public bathrooms in ancient Rome People in ancient Rome use all possible means to take care of their personal hygiene They regularly visited public baths and toilets and use cleansers and body sponges Yes, it does sound a little weird But only very wealthy could afford to have a private bathroom or a toilet in their house the other 95% of the population had to use public lavatories that were made out of long rows of Massive stone or wood with a hole cut in at every few feet nice place to make small talk, don’t you think? Hi Hey, what was the score at the Coliseum last night? Oh that was Lions 2 Christians nothing wow? Thanks the constant running water from the baths flush the waste to a sewage system It sounds pretty innovative for their times Just the whole lack of privacy thing is a little unnerving so which of these things amazed you the most Tell us in the comment section below Click the subscribe button to join us on the bright side of Click the subscribe button to join us on the bright side of life This video is edited by *COPY BOY* Subscribe to *COPY BOY*

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