There have been countless events and incidents throughout history that seem just too strange to be true. Today, the historical medical cures and contraceptives that people used seem like they were the brain child of a mad scientist and not a legitimate solution. (At least people were creative.)

Not only was medicine less developed, but the laws and socially acceptable behaviors were much different as well. You’ll be shocked to see some of the things that people did and used throughout history. The strange photos below are a perfect example of some of the weird stuff that has happened over the years.

Even if the pictures were innocent, some of these seem sincerely crazy. What the?

1.) The oldest known selfie (1839).

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2.) A portrait taken of a woman while she was mid-sneeze (1900).

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3.) A “knocker-up” waking up clients (20th century).

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4.) Nine kings gather to mourn the death of King Edward VII (1910).

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