Once upon a time in Britain almost 15 thousand years ago, people were using human skulls as cups. Nowadays this only happens if you select "donor" on your driver's license. Strap in for some awesome jokes.
Ancient civilizations in South America used to dabble in human sacrifice. Civilizations such as the Aztec would sacrifice animals and humans alike. Which sounds bad, but what if you wanted the harvest to be successful? What else could you do?
Some early pharaohs wanted to be buried with their servants, while their servants were still alive. Servants would be knocked on the head before being sealed in with their deceased former boss. They really should have unionized.
People being buried alive used to be a real problem. Patents exist for safety coffins with mechanisms for alerting those above that you've woken up. Nowadays you can just send a text. "Dude I'm still alive lol."
Every Egyptian pyramid has been robbed. In fact, the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb was a big deal because grave robbery was so prevalent in ancient Egypt. But to be fair, if there's anything that's asking to be robbed, it's a pyramid.
Christopher Columbus was once thrown in jail for his actions against the native people of Hispaniola. As governor of the Indies, Columbus was accused of cutting off the noses of his constituents and parading women through the streets naked. After his jail time, Columbus learned his lesson and never did anything wrong ever again.
Calvin Coolidge was the thirteenth president and a total hoot. Nicknamed "Silent Cal," he was known to take a backseat on government policy, opting to be a rather uninvolved president. He would, however, call for his bodyguards and then hide, just to freak them out. Oh Calvin, you're so silly.
Parents used to give their kids drugs. Actually, parents still give their kids drugs, but before, they were giving their kids morphine. Sadly, this practice only came to light when children began to pass away, to the surprise and heartbreak of their parents. Mmmmm, medicine.
In the 1800s Mexican general Antonio López de Santa Anna was hit by cannon fire, and doctors had to amputate his leg. Four years after the battle, he had his leg dug up and reburied with military honors. The leg was beloved by many.
Johnny Cash grew up on a farm and served in the Air Force, before he took up a guitar and changed American music forever. However, Cash only took three vocal lessons before his coach told him to stop, in an attempt to preserve Cash's nature singing style. Now that's a ring of fiery good advice!
At one point in time, dentures were made from the teeth of dead soldiers. This practice was partially due to the high rates of casualties from battle in the 1800s, and the no-longer-in-use teeth were shipped all over the world. Ahh, the good ol' days.
In 1840, Ramon Artagaveytia was born in Uruguay. In 1871, Ramon boarded the ship America, which caught fire and sank, leaving him horrifically scarred. Many years later, in 1912, Ramon overcame his fears and boarded the Titanic.
For most of history the swastika was a symbol of goodness and good fortune. The symbol is over 3,000 years old, and it has even been found on ancient artifacts from Troy, which date back to 1000 BCE. In some countries, such as India, the swastika is still widely used on temples and holy sites. Too bad that one guy had to ruin it. I forget his name. Shmitler or something.
Until around 1950, the Olympics included competitions in fine arts. The art had to be Olympic themed. In 1912 a man named Walter Winans actually won medals in both arts and athletics in the same year. He won silver in the running deer competition, a shooting event, and gold for his sculpture “An American Trotter." Hot damn.