27 Classic Things That Are Actually Quite Modern (and Vice Versa)

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27 Classic Things That Are Actually Quite Modern (and Vice Versa)

Teenagers have only been around since the 1940s? Animation has been around for millennia? Everything we know is a lie!

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Beach vacations are as recent as the Industrial Revolution. The beach is the holiday spot- but until the 18th century, beaches were seen as a scary place, what with all those shipwrecks, diseases, and sea monsters. It changed when British doctors got to prescribing the restorative sea to treat pretty much any complaint of their high-class patients. CRACKED.COM

Human races are an 18th-century invention. Of all the ways people have ever looked down on others, racism is pretty recent. The classification of humans on distinct races, distinguishable by skin color, was the work of German anthropologist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach. CRACKED.COM

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Until pretty recently, you couldn't drink on St. Patrick's Day. For most of the 20th century, Irish pubs remained closed on March 17th - because it was a goddamn (well, godblessed) religious holiday, and authorities didn't want this solemn day to be tarnished by drunkenness. Only in 1970 was the law changed. CRACKED.COM

The five-day workweek is barely 100 years old. Until the 20th century, workers only got Sundays off. A New England mill added Saturdays to accommodate Jewish workers in 1908, and other companies followed suit. The two-day weekend became the standard during the Great Depression. CRACKED.COM

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Hраюбе work ТОЛ FLAMETHROWERS WERE CREATED IN THE 7TH CENTURY. Byzatines used Greek fires in naval battles. They were especially useful because the fire would continue to burn while floating on water. CRACKED.COM

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BRAIN SURGERY HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE THE NEOLITHIC PERIOD. Archeologists have found holes intentionally carved by instruments into skulls. Some have edges of healing visible, meaning that the prehistoric humans survived the surgery. CRACKED.COM

A. A P VENDING MACHINES R к WERE DESIGNED IN 1 L &I к THE 1ST CENTURY. Hero of Alexandria created a machine that dispensed holy water after a coin was inserted. CRACKED.COM

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