The not-so-distant past was filled with so many totally crazy things that we struggle to even imagine how they could possibly have been absolutely normal. Here are some everyday activities and common practices that were totally ordinary in the past despite how absolutely ridiculous and dangerous they may seem to us today. Suntan vending machines, water massagers for breasts, toothache remedy with cocaine, babies in cigarette ads and what not. Beauty contest Suntan vending mac
Transcript On the 24th of December every year children around the world put out milk and cookies in the hopes of luring a magic fat man into their home who will leave presents behind before sneaking into the house next door. How did such an odd tradition begin? You can pretty much blame Northern Europe, where the winter weather is cold and dark and depressing. And the coldest and darkest and depressingest day is the Solstice on December 21st or 22nd when the sun only gives a
by History Channel VOTE ON S.I.A. HOLIDAY POLLS ~ LEARN ABOUT OTHER HOLIDAYS For many people of the Christian faith, Easter is the most important holiday of the year. It is the culmination of the religious season of Lent and the day on which Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
In addition to it’s religious importance, Easter is also a popular secular holiday thanks to it’s association to the Easter Bunny, colorful decorated eggs, and, of course, all that candy.
by History Channel VOTE ON S.I.A. HOLIDAY POLLS ~ LEARN ABOUT OTHER HOLIDAYS There's no doubt about it, Valentine's Day is one of Americas most popular holidays. More than 62% of Americans celebrate by sending greeting cards and flowers, giving candy or other gifts, enjoying romantic dinners, or all three. But, the history behind Valentine's day turns out to be somewhat surprising. For example, the roots of Valentine's day go all the way back to a raucous ancient Roman fertil
by Anthonism Bet You Didn't Know: Christmas Did you know Christmas wasn't always celebrated on December 25th? Get the whole story behind the holiday. VIDEO: History of the Christmas Carol Get the facts on the tradition of Christmas carols, and find out how "Jingle Bells" came about. Christmas Unwrapped - The Origins of Christmas The celebration of Christmas as we know it today stems from the traditions of several different cultures. VIDEO: The Christmas Tree From millions of
by Anthonism Ever ponder the story of Thanksgiving beyond food, family, and football? Well, here is some food for thought; while you sit down to celebrate the Pilgrim's point of view of Thanksgiving, Native Americans will be honoring their arrival on Plymouth Rock with what they've deemed a National Day of Mourning. Now, let us honor them by understanding their perspective of this rich, yet bloody holiday. It's the least we can do to give a little more depth of meaning to
by Therese Oneill, The Week Getty Images Leave no slice behind. Not eating the last piece of pie would have hugely insulted your friends in 1905. According to etiquette books of the past, it was pretty easy to be offensive. To show you were of good breeding, you had to adhere to strict parameters surrounding speech, behavior, dress, and eating. Some of those mores were so detailed and odd that they are absolutely foreign to us now. At any rate, by the standards of 100 years
by Anthonism Bet You Didn't Know: Halloween This may come as a surprise to you, but Halloween is about more than just costumes and candy. It has evolved from the Celtic holiday, Samhain, which began roughly 2,000 years ago. It was believed that during the transition out of harvest season into winter, a bridge was created into the world of the dead. To protect themselves, the living spawned a few pagan rituals to keep these roaming ghouls and ghosts at bay. From these orig
In this day and age, it almost seems that every holiday is merely a sad excuse for people, especially the late teens and early twenties crowd, to get drunk and party. Apparently, the vast majority of people are clueless of what any particular holiday is actually about. Take NYC for instance; leading up to every July 4th, the dominant newspaper headline is who won the bickering battle of where — the east or west side — the Macy's Fireworks Show will be hosted. Thomas Jeffer