“Weird History” Shows Funny Things That Happened in the “Old Days”

There’s nothing like taking a stroll through history. There you'll find fascinating, intriguing, and even hilarious facts about the way things were in the past. One such history lover is Andrew Rader, who has a host of information and photos from the past that show just how different things were. Some things no longer exist, while others are just odd events that happened way back when. Here are some of the best history facts from Rader’s collection.


Selfies in 1920

A suffragette showing off her pants in 1916

The last four letters were removed in 1949

Samuel Reshevsky, age 8, defeated several chess masters at once in France in 1920

The Great Freeze of London, 1947

PEZ dispensers were originally designed to help stop smoking

Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding cake, 1947

19th century reasons for admission to an insane asylum

French aviator Charles Godefroy flies through Arc de Triomphe in Paris, 1919

Couple on a 2-person bicycle, 1886

Tracked motorcycle built for rough terrain, 1939

When your roommate’s having a party and you need to study — the Isolator Helmet, 1925

How about a spin on a monowheel motorcycle, 1933