Weird History

The Most Ridiculous And Over-The-Top Status Symbols Throughout History

Humans love to assert their social status through the use of recognizable, lusted-after symbols even when, objectively speaking, the symbols themselves seem to make little sense. Status symbols from history prove that this is no contemporary phenomenon. For example, did you know that the Rolls Royce of ancient Iraqi culture was fancy board games? Or that to really stand out in 18th-century France you needed a pineapple? How about unwrapping a real-life mummy in 19th-century England to gain some prestige?

Like the strange beauty rituals people are willing to submit themselves to, the weirdest status symbols from history range from the bizarre to the downright macabre. Take a (very expensive) trip down memory lane remembering the strangest, most outlandish status symbols from history.