The idea for the baby cage came around in the late 19th century, primarily in cities. Because apartments were so cramped and stuffy, this was the parent’s way of giving the baby fresh air. This was instructed by a child-rearing manual from that time, which referred to this process as “airing.” If someone did this in a NYC apartment today, they’d get DSS called on them.
Throughout his life, Nikola Tesla tried to find a way to transmit electricity wirelessly. Then in 1891, he invented the Tesla coil, based on a pretty simple concept. It was the first structure that could wirelessly transmit electricity. The magnifying transmitter, which you see here in this picture from 1899, was essentially a large-scale Tesla coil. In reference to his invention, Tesla said, “I feel certain that of all my inventions, the magnifying transmitter will prove most important and valuable to future generations.”
This is a photo of a mountain of bison skulls. During the 19th century, the American bison was hunted nearly to extinction. They were mainly hunted for their skins, but their bones were collected for the purposes of refining sugar (gross) and fertilizing plants.
This may seem like a scene out of horror movie, but what might be even more terrifying is that that’s actual blood. Well, horses blood to be exact. But don’t worry the horse wasn’t actually harmed. This is the result of a nosebleed. Just a nosebleed.
This guy was just not having it. In this photo from 1936, literally everyone in the crowd was saluting away, and this guy was just standing there arms crossed, like “Heil no.” The man from the photograph was identified as August Landmesser, and he was married to a Jewish woman.
This photo is so good it’s illegal. This photo was taken on top of one of the pyramids at Giza. It is illegal for people to climb on the pyramids, so this photo gives you a perspective you would normally never see. Vadim Makhorov, a Russian photographer, climbed the pyramid to take the amazing photo. Makhorov tooted his own horn a bit about climbing up the pyramid saying that he had to be “quite strong and agile” to do so. But in the end, he apologized (kind of) if it insulted anyone by doing so.
This couple has been in an embrace for over 6,000 years. The Lovers of Valdaro were discovered in the Italian city of Valdaro, for which they’re named. Some scientists believe that the couple may have frozen to death in that position.
This is the funeral of Puerto Rican taxi driver Victor Perez Cardona. It was Cardona’s final request to have his wake behind the wheel of his taxi cab. A wreath for his own funeral was in the back seat of the cab.
10. Katherine Switzer Trying To Finish The Boston Marathon
In 1967, Katherine Switzer was the first women to complete the Boston Marathon as an official participant. The Boston Marathon used to be an all-male race. In this photo, an official tried to pull her off the course, but was pushed by Switzer’s boyfriend. Women were officially allowed to enter the race in 1972. This year, at the age of 70, Switzer ran the race again.
Ever wonder what a knockout punch feels like? Yeah, none of us want it to happen to us, but we sure do feel for boxer that gets the KO. While we feel for the guy who got punched in the face, the guy who did the punching gets pretty hurt too. This is a photo of a boxer’s clearly broken hand after delivering a knockout punch.
This seems like it could be a scene out of David Lynch’s Eraserhead. But, I assure you, this was a very real scene from right before the onset of WWI. A mother was playing it safe by taking her baby for a walk in what is essentially an armored tank of a stroller, and she was also wearing a gasmask.
This sure is a rare find. Actually, given all the bullets flying around during WWI, maybe the odds of this happening aren’t as unlikely as you think. Well, anyway, these are two bullets that collided midair during the Battle of Gallipoli.