12 Strange Things From the Past With Weird Purposes

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Just like us, people of the past used all kinds of handy little devices and gizmos. And the relatively recent past holds so many interesting things that we’ve never heard of and even struggle to imagine. These things were absolutely normal and quite common during that time. But a lot has changed over the years, and some of them look totally alien, strange, and absurd to us today. So, we’ve got a fun challenge for you! We’ll show you a picture of a strange object from the past, and you’ll have 5 seconds to guess what it was used for!

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#2 1:15
#3 1:59
#4 2:50
#5 3:22
#6 4:14
#7 4:55
#8 5:40
#9 6:28
#10 7:18
#11 8:00
#12 8:49

Use of the guillotine: By Wellcome Collection/Wikimedia, CC BY 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35998503, https://wellcomecollection.org/works/wtscubqg
A number of different devices were invented to administer smallpox vaccinations. Invented by Mallam in 1874, this device is curved to fit a childs arm. Four double blades are triggered from the base using the lever on top. All of the blades would have been prepared by being dipped in lymph material from the pustule of a person already vaccinated. Pustules are skin blisters filled with pus that appear approximately five to eight days after vaccination. Vaccination did not give life-long immunity.: By Wellcome Collection/Science Museum, London, CC BY 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36207456, https://wellcomecollection.org/works/qdff67un
Chair, German, 17th century: By Wellcome Collection/Wikimedia, CC BY 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36331169, https://wellcomecollection.org/works/mxcurvwr
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SUMMARY:
– #1. This is a face cover that women in Europe used in 1939. It was to protect their makeup from the elements!
– #2. If you figured out that it’s a robotic cat that was invented in 1963, then you’re right on the money! Back in the day, the problem of rodents was much more urgent, and people tried to think of different ways to scare them off.
– #3. It’s actually a tonsil guillotine that was used in the 1920s. Obviously, medicine has come a long way since then, and the methods they used at the start of the 20th century weren’t exactly humane like they are now.
– #4. This is a dental key that was introduced in the 18th century.Well, you see that claw at the end? That was used to extract teeth.
– #5. This device is called a scarificator. This thing was invented in 1874 to administer the smallpox vaccine by creating four small wounds in the skin.
– #6. It’s called a food pusher, and it was used around the end of the 19th century. Its only function was to teach toddlers to eat correctly. They used it to push their food to the spoon or fork and then ate it.
– #7. This is an inkwell and pounce holder that was used in Europe in the 20th century before we ever had ball-point pens.
– #8. The thing you see before you is actually a carpet stretcher from 1860. The spikes on the bottom stretch the carpet and smooth it down, and the cup is for nails or tacks.
– #9. It’s not an itsy-bitsy flask, it’s an antique perfume pendant that was used in Europe throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. Obviously, things were not as hygienic then as they are today, and the stench of city streets was often unbearable.
– #10. It’s a real light bulb that was used during WWII, and its purpose was to hide the presence of people in houses while still providing some light.
– #11. This is a 19th-century egg cutter! It’s pretty easy to imagine how it works. You put a soft-boiled egg into a cup top side up, clamp it into this device, and squeeze until it cuts through the shell.
– #12. This is a parturition chair, and it was used in the 1800s to help deliver babies. I mean, you don’t really need an operator’s manual, it’s pretty self-explanatory. The pregnant woman sat in the chair, and the opening in the middle gave midwives access to deliver the baby!

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46 thoughts on “12 Strange Things From the Past With Weird Purposes

    BRIGHT SIDE

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    Hey guys! What would you rather buy – a robotic cat or a carpet stretcher?

    iisparkelqweenii LoVeR

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    I thought the first on was for the sun

    Sivolee Paul

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    0:52 not gonna lie but bfore he sed it I guessed it right becoz girls nowadays were makeup quite often to look attractive not being rude by saying they shouldn't look attractive… they can wear makeup if they want

    Duncan Dominick

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    Teeth extractor – It's super scary

    zhao jie

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    Do you know chineses

    Karen Thomas

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    Couldn’t tell the size of half of the items!

    Game Biggest

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    0

    Lucy. Adams. X

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    I got every single one correct, what’s my prize 🙃

    wesley rodgers

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    My grandparents had No 12:-)

    ansonfung2010 ansonfung2010

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    Robot cat of course.

    Manda Markotić

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    12

    Aarav Nigam

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    None of my guess was right, but I enjoyed your video. It's nothing unusual you are my favorite bright side.

    Shakeeb

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    O

    mohamed abobakr

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    Nothing!

    LightningToast3

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    Id like to try the black lite bulb on vid thumbnail

    Renato Tolentino

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    10

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    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    subscribe to me if you like high quality gaming i beg plzzzzz

    Faizan Hanif

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    Nice

    leon s paul

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    past is better than future

    Kalel Jocen DavidTube

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    4/12 haha

    underaged loli hunter

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    Hi

    Ryan Melville

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    Wow I actually knew one, the carpet stretcher.

    TheCynedd

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    I only got the egg cutter and the "black-out" light bulb correct.

    Vishal Deep Singh

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    I just keep watching jumping kitty

    Michael Murillo

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    That cat timer got so annoying 😂

    Morrigan Steel

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    Got four

    John Opalko

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    I recognized the tonsil guillotine and the birthing stool.
    I also recognized the egg cutter but that was only because I had already seen one on another channel.

    SURESH KUMAR K

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    0

    Kira Łe

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    I got two right!!😃

    princess_jess09 GAMES!

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    none OwO

    Jared Quinney

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    This is really interesting

    perdition79

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    That birthing chair could have served double duty in the recent version of the movie Casino Royale.

    jennifer Melius

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    I got no right

    Bonnita Claus

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    How fascinating, I knew what several of the items were. It pays to be curious I’m a collector of miscellaneous oddities.

    Ranodeep Dutta

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    Light bulb came from the Bright Sides profile pic hahahahahahaha

    Bonnita Claus

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    I have been looking for a Food pusher since the 60s when I first learned about them. I know a lady in Alton Illinois Who had lived in a house that did not have an address but a name.

    brayn valdez

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    Robotic cat

    xinhui zheng

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    I got non right

    angel whispers

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    I recognize the egg cutter, carpet stretcher, birthing stool and vaccine delivery system immediately.
    The vaccine thing also had a predecessor in medieval medicine for bloodletting and a descendant currently used by diabetics to put their skin to use at home testing systems.
    I straight-up guessed that the clear cone was for keeping makeup out of the rain.
    The perfume bottle pendant can still be seen at certain Renaissance fairs and steampunk events.

    MrMJmusicLover

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    Woomp there it is! 😅😅

    Nicholas Higgs

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    1 😢

    Dusty Long

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    I only knew one item, number 11 😉

    Trisha Parinja

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    I thought you guys have a website, right? I was looking and I could not find it. Anyone tell me??

    Darrell Cole

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    Didn't get any of them…thought i had the last one…but no it was a birthing chair…Have read stories that included a birthing chair, but never saw one til now…Thanks Bright Side for educating this old fool.

    rouge turtle

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    Andrea Benge

    (February 20, 2019 - 11:26 pm)

    None

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