Weird History 25 Photos That Show You Exactly How Weird History Really Was  

Mick Jacobs
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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

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Photo:  Félix Bonfils/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
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1920 – Students Learning To Swim Without Water

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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

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Photo:  Stumbler/Twitter
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