12. Kerosene for Bed Bugs

Kerosene For Bed Bugs

To combat bed bugs, people covered their beds in kerosene. This method did not work. Kerosene is highly flammable so don’t try this at home.

11. Dying People Became Medicine for the Living

Dying People Became Medicine For The Living

This Chinese practice, called mellification, involved a dying person transforming his body into medicinal candy for the living.  The dying person would only consume honey until his death.

10. Cannibalism was Commonplace

Cannibalism Was Commonplace

In the 17th century, the wealthy believed that consuming the dead would be beneficial to their health.



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