34 Everyday Objects That Humanity Can’t Seem to Wrap Its Collective Mind Around

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34 Everyday Objects That Humanity Can’t Seem to Wrap Its Collective Mind Around

Whenever you make the mistake of stepping outside of your apartment, you’re immediately engulfed by confusing things. There are precious few things you can safely assume you understand correctly, and after this list, there will be even fewer. Sorry about that!

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Uncle Sam is a symbol of the U.S. government. Не was once a caricature of it. Uncle Sam dates back much earlier than the recruitment posters from the Great War. The phrase Uncle Sam was a derogatory term for U.S. officials during the War of 1812. When Sam himself started showing up in political cartoons, it was to depict the American government as bumbling jackasses. CRACKED.COM http://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences-and-law/ political-science-and-government/us-government/uncle-sam

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These days mermaids are seen as playful and sweet. They used to mean death by seduction. In mythology, mermaids are brutal sociopaths who lure sailors to their deaths. According to scholars, they sing an irresistibly sweet song that fills the body and soul with a fatal lethargy. Sailors who crossed paths with a mermaid would become so obsessed that they would crash into the rocks and die. CRACKED.COM Jane Ellen Harrison, 1922 Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion.

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Guy Fawkes is an icon for toppling theocracy. But he was trying to install one. Anarchists use Fawkes as an icon because of his attempt to blow up Parliament in order to destabilize the British government. But he wasn't trying to destroy an evil theocracy; he was trying to create one. Fawkes wanted to blow up the Protestant revolution and restore Catholic domination. CRACKED.COM http://www.history com/news/guy-fawkes-day-a-brief-history

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The pink triangle is second only to the rainbow as a symbol of support for sexual diversity. It got its start in Nazi Germany. The Nazis categorized people in concentration camps with colored triangles, and for gay men those triangles were pink-and also larger than triangles marking other groups. This was so that gays could be spotted at a distance and singled out for abuse. CRACKED.COM http://www.thepinktriangle. com/history/symbol.html

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CRACKED.COM In 18th century Europe, the introduction of house numbers was often met with protest, destruction, and vandalism. 52 The numbers weren't seen as a convenience, but as a tool for military conscription, taxation, and government surveillance.

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When the telephone was invented, people were scared that it would attract evil spirits and the Devil. The invention was so poorly received that newly constructed phone lines would often be sabotaged and stolen. CRACKED.COM

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100 Many real musicians (whatever that means) thought that the rise of autotune was going to kill music, somehow. When the tool's popularity was hitting new heights in the '00s, there was a contingent of artists concerned that the technology was going to make music creation too accessible, putting their livelihoods at risk. The industry somehow survived. CRACKED.COM Death Cab For Cutie even wore ribbons to raise awareness of the technology when they attended the Grammy Awards in 2009.

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The hi-tech campaign to relocate books to Google and replace books with Kindles is, in its essence, a deportation of the literary culture to a kind of easily monitored concentration camp of ideas... This death of intellectual privacy was also a dream of the Nazis. And when I hear the term Kindle, I think not of imaginations fired but of crematoria lit. -Alan Kaufman, comparing Kindles to the Holocaust in 2011. kindle GRAGKED.COM

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People were afraid that electricity would make women and kids targets. Roaming murderers and rapists would see any women and children in a house with the lights on, the thinking went, and attack at once. CRACKED.COM

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