Wife selling was a traditional English practice for ending an unsatisfactory…

wife-sellingWife selling was a traditional English practice for ending an unsatisfactory marriage. Instead of dealing with an expensive and dragged-out divorce, a husband would take his wife to market and parade her with a halter around her neck, arm, or waist, before publicly auctioning her to the highest bidder.

Europeans traditionally swam the breaststroke, while Native Americans swam…

Europeans traditionally swam the breaststroke, while Native Americans swam the front crawl. When two Native Americans won an 1844 swimming competition in England, newspapers criticized their barbaric, “un-European” form. Europeans refused to use the faster front crawl for decades.

The bar tab of a 1787 farewell party for George Washington…

George-WashingtonThe bar tab of a 1787 farewell party for George Washington is still intact. “According to the bill… [The Founding Fathers] drank 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, 8 of whiskey, 22 of porter, 8 of hard cider, 12 of beer, and 7 bowls of alcoholic punch”. The party had 55 attendees.

A German man was locked up in a high-security psychiatric hospital…

A German man was locked up in a high-security psychiatric hospital for claiming that a bank was involved with money-laundering, and was released years later when the bank was raided for money-laundering. The responsible bavarian Secretary of Justice and the involved psychiatrists were not punished/didn’t have to face any consequences.

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