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Dangerous Things That Used To Be Normal In The Past

In this quiz you will learn about 10 dangerous things/substances that used to be "normal" in the past.

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  1. 100 years ago, what substance, that was available without a prescription,  was used to treat coughs & toothaches.
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    Marijuana
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    Mercury
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    Cocaine
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    Methamphetamines
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    Cocaine

    Cocaine was widely used in medicine about 100 years ago. It was available without a prescription at most drug stores. It was used as a sedative for children as well as a treatment for coughs and toothaches.

    Cocaine
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  2. Originally one serving of what beverage had 9 mg of cocaine in it
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    Pepsi Cola
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    Coca Cola
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    Root Beer
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    Birch Beer
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    Coca Cola

    Originally one serving of Coca Cola had 9 mg of cocaine in it. Combined with the caffeine it created a super-powerful effect stimulating all the systems of the person drinking it. However in 1903, they removed Cocaine as an ingredient from this famous drink.

    Coca Cola
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  3. Who was the first ever recorded Cocaine addict?
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    William Halsted
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    John Pemberton
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    Charley Pemberton
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    Dr. John Stith
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    William Halsted

    William Halsted was a physician who used Cocaine as an anesthetic during surgery. He then started taking it recreationally, thus becoming the first recorded addict.

    William Halsted
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  4. At the beginning of the 20th century, what could Americans lawfully do to children?
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    Make them be engendered servants
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    Make them drive cars
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    Sell them
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    Mail them
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    Mail them

    At the beginning of the 20th century, Americans could lawfully send children through he mail. It cost 15 cents if the child weighted less than a standard parcel.

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  5. Where did the stamp go when the child was mailed?
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    On their clothing
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    On a hat
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    On their shoe
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    On the outside of the box they were in
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    On their clothing

    The stamp would be attached to the child's clothing. Mailmen would accompany the children via train to their final destination.

    On their clothing
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  6. In the 1930s, especially in Britain, wire outdoor cages were used for what purpose?
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    Dogs
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    Birds
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    Children
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    Cats
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    Children

    In the 1930s, especially in Britain, wire outdoor cages were used to "air out" infants so that their mothers could get housework done. These cages were extremely unsafe and often collapsed.

    Children
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  7. In the 1800s, it was popular for wealthy people to have what in their garden?
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    A Gardner
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    A Dog
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    A Hermit
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    Children
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    A Hermit

    In the 1800s, it was popular for wealthy people to have a Hermit in their garden. The Hermits lived in makeshift homes and weren't allowed to bathe or trim their nails, but they were well fed. The homeowners would also often show the hermit off to their guests and be quite proud of their "living decorations."

    A Hermit
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  8. In the 19th century, what dangerous medical treatment became immensely popular and almost lead to the extinction of a species?
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    Blood letting
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    Leech treatment
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    Electro-shock therapy
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    Bull urine
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    Leech treatment

    Leech treatment was extremely popular in the 19th century and almost lead to the extinction of the species. The idea behind this medical treatment was to "balance" the 4 humors of the body that were thought to cause illnesses.

    Leech treatment
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  9. In the 1950s, what was an acceptable thing to be in toys that we now know is extremely dangerous?
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    Radioactive elements
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    Lead
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    Mercury
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    Arsenic
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    Radioactive elements

    Radioactive elements like polonium and uranium were found in the then-trendy laboratory and glass-blowing kits for children.

    Radioactive elements
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  10. In the 1920s, young girls painted watch dials with paint that glowed in the dark. What was in the paint that made it glow?
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    Lead
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    Radium
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    Mercury
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    Phosphors
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    Radium

    Radium paint was used on the faces of watch dials to make them glow in the dark. Because the girls who painted these watch dials often "sharpened" their paint brushes in their mouths, many of them died from cancer and bone diseases caused by the Radium paint.

    Radium
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  11. In the 1920s & 30s there was a health tonic that was made with Radium. Who is the most famous causality of this tonic?
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    John Rolfe
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    Maxwell Olsen
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    Even Byers
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    Peter Groff
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    Even Byers

    Even Byers was a wealthy American socialite, athlete, and industrialist most known for winning the 1906 U.S. Amateur in golf, and his death from multiple radiation-induced cancers after consuming a popular medicine made from radium dissolved in water (that was prescribed by his doctor). He is buried in a lead-lined coffin so to protect visitors from the radiation in his remains.

    Even Byers
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  12. In the early 19th century, there were places that displayed people from Asia & Africa. What were they called?
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    Side Shows
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    Fun Houses
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    Carnivals
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    Human Zoos
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    Human Zoos

    Voyages and discoveries, which were becoming more and more common at the time, fueled peoples' curiosity in other cultures. "Human Zoos" were seen as "proof" of Darwin's theory & white superiority. There were "zoos" in France, England & Germany. Whole tribes were often on "display" and forced to do religious rituals and war dances.

    Human Zoos
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  13. The mentally ill have been treated horribly in the past. What did asylum owners do that brought in a lot of money?
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    Kill patients
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    Nothing
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    Hosted "Amusment Excursions"
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    Sold patients
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    Hosted "Amusment Excursions"

    Asylum owners started hosting "Amusment Excursions" where people would pay to see the "crazy people" in the hospital. This was often dangerous, with patients dumping chamber pots over the heads of guests and many worse things.

    Hosted "Amusment Excursions"
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  14. In the past it was acceptable to collect what strange thing(s)?
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    Body parts
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    Dead babies
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    Teeth
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    Hair
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    Body parts

    In the past, it was common for wealthy men to have their own room dedicated to their body parts collection. And during WWII it was common for American soldiers to bring back skulls of the Japanese soldiers they killed.

    Body parts
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  15. In the 1940s & 50s what did doctors prescribe to expectant mothers to help with constipation and other ailments?
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    Mercury
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    Lead
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    Cigarettes
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    Radium
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    Cigarettes

    Doctors used to prescribe cigarettes to new and expectant mothers for a variety of reasons. All of which is just plain crazy!

    Cigarettes
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