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I Just Learned People Used To Eat Corpses For Medicine And Honestly, It's Only Kind Of Surprising

Feelin' under the weather? Spread some "blood marmalade" on your toast.

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At executions, poor people would line up and pay the executioner for some of the spilled blood.

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It was important that the blood was as fresh as possible because there was more "life" left in it. (??????)

A few yummy treats included skull chocolate...

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A "brain scientist" — or someone who passed for one in the 1600s — used to mix crushed-up skull and chocolate to cure a stroke.

The most shocking part? Europeans condemned Native Americans if they consumed human remains.

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In a bizarre twist of politics, Queen Isabella of Spain decreed that only cannibalists could be enslaved so colonists used the practice of endocannibalism — the practice of honoring loved ones by eating their remains — as an excuse to subjugate the native peoples. This was not in any way an aggressive act as the Europeans described; instead, it was the way that the indigenous used to express their grief.

Learn more in Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History ($7.12).

If this wasn't enough to scratch your curiosity or if your gag reflex is stronger than mine, you can read more about "The Gruesome History of Eating Corpses as Medicine" here.

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