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.
1865 – An Egyptian Street Vendor Sells Mummies11,396778Is this bizarre?
1920 – Students Learning To Swim Without Water8,4891,994Is this bizarre?
1930s – Melted Wax Figures After A Fire6,9021,666Is this bizarre?
1930 – A Police Officer Judges An Ankle Competition7,5051,841Is this bizarre?