Weird History

26 Photos That Show You Exactly How Weird History Really Was 

Mick Jacobs
Updated May 15, 2020 109.6k votes 14.7k voters 470.7k views 26 items

List Rules Vote up the most strikingly bizarre photos that change your perception of the past.

True life is often far stranger than fiction. History, alternatively known as humanity's trial-and-error period, is chock-full of scenarios bizarre enough to render your favorite movies, TV shows, and books obsolete.

Assembled below are historical photos of the astonishing things people have done throughout time, some of which aren't more than 30 years old. Thought you'd seen it all? Wait 'til you see kids "swimming" on dry land.

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1865 – An Egyptian Street Vendor Sells Mummies
1865 – An Egyptian Stree... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 26 Photos That Show You Exactly How Weird History Really Was
Photo:  Félix Bonfils/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
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1920 – Students Learning To Swim Without Water
1920 – Students Learning... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 26 Photos That Show You Exactly How Weird History Really Was
Photo:  accountScout Compton/Twitter
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1930 – A Police Officer Judges An Ankle Competition
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Photo:  Britannia PR/Twitter
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1936 – Policemen In South Wales Racing Motorcycle Chariots
1936 – Policemen In Sout... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 26 Photos That Show You Exactly How Weird History Really Was
Photo:  Stumbler/Twitter
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