Historical Shower Thoughts That Made Us Say Whoa

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Vote up the random historical musings that make you say whoa.

Most of us are accustomed to the widely discussed "shower thoughts," or thoughts we have while our minds are not otherwise preoccupied with daily tasks. For some of use, those thoughts lead to contemplating the vast questions of our history here on Earth and beyond. 

Have you ever considered how long sharks have been around; or how much we actually do not know about the generations that came before us? Historical shower thoughts leave us pondering the existential questions we would otherwise be too disposed to ask.  

Photo: Wellcome Collection / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 4.0

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    1,388 VOTES

    Food Allergies Are Complicated

    From Redditor /u/chemical-mastermind:

    There have likely been times in history when a leader was believed to be poisoned but they probably had a severe food allergy and no one realized it.

    1,388 votes
  • 2
    1,218 VOTES

    The Brain Named Itself

    From Redditor /u/potato-salad-2006:

    The brain is the only object that has named itself over the course of human history.

    1,218 votes
  • 3
    1,114 VOTES

    History Is Happening All Around Us All The Time

    From Redditor /u/Nazamroth:

    We probably lived through several world events that will later be in history books and marked as important, and we basically just shrugged and went on with our lives.

    1,114 votes
  • 4
    924 VOTES

    Someone Once Thought To Invent Clothing

    From Redditor /u/BreatheMyStink:

    There must have been a brief window in human history where it was weirder to see a stranger in clothing than it was to see a stranger [without].

    924 votes
  • 5
    962 VOTES

    Time Is A Construct

    From Redditor /u/Ayham_abusalem:

    We are living in someone's future and someone's history, simultaneously.

    962 votes
  • 6
    821 VOTES

    Never Doubt A Good Idea

    From Redditor /u/Cpt-Wow:

    So many inventions throughout history must have been delayed or never even invented because the person that thought of it first assumed it was such a good idea that it must already be a thing.

    821 votes