There have been countless events and incidents throughout history that seem just too strange to be true. Today, the historical medical cures and contraceptives that people used seem like they were the brain child of a mad scientist and not a legitimate solution. (At least people were creative.) Not only was medicine less developed, but the laws and socially acceptable behaviors were much different as well. You’ll be shocked to see some of the things that people did and used throughout history. The strange photos below are a perfect example of some of the weird stuff that has happened over the years. Even if the pictures were innocent, some of these seem sincerely crazy. What the?

1.) The oldest known selfie (1839).

2.) A portrait taken of a woman while she was mid-sneeze (1900).

3.) A “knocker-up” waking up clients (20th century).

4.) Nine kings gather to mourn the death of King Edward VII (1910).

5.) “Pin boys” set up bowling pins while people play games (1914).

6.) A prohibition and anti-saloon league sign, speaking out against liquor.

7.) A police officer on a Harley-Davidson transports a prisoner in a holding cell (1921).

8.) Two girls take a “horseman” picture together (1920).

9.) Two winners of a beauty pageant, back when the standards of beauty were much different (1922).

10.) A beach official measures bathing suits to make sure they aren’t too short (1920).

11.) A couple enjoys an old-fashioned zipline at a fair (1923).

12.) The Isolator was a helmet worn to help the wearer focus, rendering a person deaf. They even had a supply of oxygen (1925).

13.) A full-faced swimming mask that was to help protect women’s skin from the sun (1920s).

14.) Adolf Hitler rehearsing his speeches in front of a mirror (1925).

15.) The LA Public Library’s bookmobile program for the sick (1928).

16.) A zookeeper gives penguins a cooling shower from a watering can (1930).

17.) The One Wheel Motorcycle, which could reach a top speed of 93 mph (1931).

18.) A cat posed for a cigarette card, found in Army Club Cigarettes (1932).

19.) Makers of the London double decker bus prove that they weren’t a tipping hazard (1933).

20.) A mother is consumed by her worries and watches over her children during the Dust Bowl (1936). This photo of Florence Owens Thompson is actually one of the photos on this list that became quite famous in its own right.

21.) This is possibly the first GPS, an auto-scrolling map that would help people navigate in real time (1930).

22.) A Model T elevator garage in Chicago (1936).

23.) Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel sharing a smoke break (1938).

24.) This bicycle fit a family of four and it included a sewing machine (1939).

25.) Infants wear gas mask hoods during a London bombing drill (1940).

26.) WWII soldiers get their last kiss before being deployed (1940s).

27.) A small puppy sleeps in between Russian soldiers (1945).

28.) An Austrian boy is excited about his first pair of new shoes in years (1946).

29.) A bear cub laps up a bowl of honey in a cafe (1950).

30.) A man dresses his dog up in a suit and puts his cat in the dog’s lap for a picture (1950s).

31.) There used to be ice-cold whisky dispensers, sometimes found in offices (1950s).

32.) The winner of the Miss Atomic Bomb pageant is crowned (1950).

33.) Afghan women, casually dressed, use a public library before the Taliban rule (1950s).

34.) Paul McCartney takes a mirror selfie (1959).

35.) Young women attend a house party in this colorized photo (1950s).

36.) Fidel Castro lays a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial (1959).

37.) Fritz the bulldog, a TV celebrity, is groomed by a barber (1961).

38.) The Cat Mew machine, designed by the Japanese to keep away mice (1963).

39.) A young woman takes her pet lobster out for a walk (1950s).

40.) A young boy attends Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech (1963).

41.) “TV Glasses,” a product that never caught on (1963).

42.) A dramatic photo of a utility worker receiving CPR after being electrocuted, “The Kiss Of Life” (1967).

43.) Young Osama Bin Laden with his family in Sweden, in the green shirt on the right (1970s).

44.) Bill & Hillary Clinton play volleyball before getting married (1971).

The moments captured in time are completely out of context now, but even keeping that in mind doesn’t help how strange some of this seems. Don’t laugh, though. In 50 years, what you’re doing today might seem completely crazy to other people. Click below to share this strange gallery.

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Captain Mark D. Anderson of the United States Navy and historian Jean Muller were searching for artifacts from The Battle of the Bulge in the mountainsides of Luxembourg when their metal detector alerted them to something just under their feet. Below Anderson and Muller was a foxhole that was dug during the crucial World War II battle and in it they found the belongings of an American soldier, Technician Fifth Grade Louis J. Archambeau. Among the things that Archambeau, who died in the battle, left behind was a camera with an undeveloped roll of film in it. Anderson and Muller developed the film and, after spending 70 years in a foxhole, a dead soldier’s photographs were finally brought to life. This is T/5 Louis J. Archambeau’s World War II experience, told by his very own photos.

1.) Company C, 1st Battalion, 317th Infantry Regiment

6.) Louis J. Archambeau’s camera

(Sources: The Trouble Shooters, Wikipedia) The Battle of the Bulge resulted in more American casualties than any other battle in World War II. Spanning December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945, roughly 19,000 American soldiers lost their lives. However, the battle was an even bigger blow to the Germans, who lost much of their war resources. You can share this amazing war photography using the button below.

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Today is the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first single, “Love Me Do.”

Oct. 5, 1962 marked the beginning of an eight-year period that would transform the four young Liverpudlians into rock/pop music demigods. Having survived the test of time, The Beatles’ music is incredibly popular around the globe to this day.

Despite its popularity, the group’s recordings have not yet found their way onto streaming music services such as Spotify.

Nevertheless, you can still get your “Fab Four” fix on the web. The Internet is swarming with Beatles fans just like yourself, who have produced plenty of content with which to engage. Here are six ways to enjoy The Beatles online.

1. Learn How to Sing Beatles’ Vocal Harmonies

Most bands are lucky to have one great singer. The Beatles had four. Not only could every member of the band sing, the band had a unique ability to create lush vocal harmonies.

From the following video, you can learn how to sing all three parts of the song “Because,” from the album Abbey Road. This song is arguably The Beatles’ most impressive and complex in terms of harmonizing. The same singer recorded a video of himself singing all three parts at once, if you need to hear how it sounds before learning the individual parts.

Now go find two euphonic friends, study this video for an hour, then impress all your buddies at the next party.

2. Baby, You Can Drive The Beatles’ Cars

Well actually, a double-decker bus, a yellow submarine, the “Magical Mystery Tour” bus and a car. Play the game Ticket to Ride, from Free Addicting Games.

In the game, you’ll be responsible for picking up John, Paul, George and Ringo from various locations in Liverpool, then driving the quartet to the airport so they can fly to New York and play a concert at Shea Stadium. The game doesn’t boast Xbox 360-quality graphics, but it’s still fun. It takes about five minutes to play, but you can always replay it to beat your best time.

If this game is any indication of reality, there are a lot of ducks in the streets of Liverpool. Try not to run them over! (Note: You will need Adobe Shockwave to play this game. If you don’t already have the software, the game will prompt you to download it for free.)

3. Find Out What The Beatles Were Doing on This Day 50 Years Ago

This one is for the true Beatles fanatic. On his website, Beatles expert Bruce Spizer updates the trivia section weekly, explaining what The Beatles were doing 50 years ago.

Between 1998 and 2011, Spizer wrote eight books on The Beatles’ recording career, so he’s well-qualified to present a great deal of arcane information about the band. This is an especially good time to start following Spizer’s updates, given the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ debut release.

4. Show Off Your Beatles Knowledge by Acing Beatles Quizes on Sporcle

Now that you’ve learned all there is to know about The Beatles from Bruce Spizer, head over to Sporcle to put that knowledge to use. Sporcle has over 500 Beatles-themed quizzes, as well as a very engaging format.

The quizzes are timed, and as you type in correct responses, the list of answers fills itself out. Can you name all six people who have been in The Beatles? Did you know “Torquete et Clamate” means “Twist and Shout” in Latin? Sporcle will help take your Beatles trivia to the next level.

Beatles on Sporcle

5. Feast Your Eyes on Beatles Fan Art and Photography

Many Beatles images have become iconic over the years, the album covers of Abbey Road and Let It Be, to name a couple. The Internet contains a wealth of Beatles photographs and also a great deal of fan art inspired by those photographs.

The Flickr pool “Photos of The Beatles” has nearly 6,000 photos of the group, and there are over 100,000 search results listed for “The Beatles” on deviantArt, which you can sort by popularity.

Beatles Fan Art Collage

6. Watch a Beatles Documentary

The documentary The Beatles Explosion is available for free on Hulu (which unfortunately means you’ll have to endure a few commercials).

There is very little music in the film; rather, it is almost entirely clips of reporters interviewing members of the band throughout the early years of their careers. Basically, it is nearly two hours of drolleries at the expense of the American and British press. When one reporter tells the group that Detroit University is trying to “stamp out The Beatles movement” and “they think your haircuts are un-American,” John Lennon promptly replies, “Well, that was very observant of them, because we aren’t American.”

Between the interview scenes, you’ll watch cuts of shrill-screaming young fanatics. You can watch the entire documentary below. Look for a particularly interesting scene about 24 minutes from the end, when a reporter interviews a Minnesota police officer about his experience with The Beatles.

Fan art images courtesy of Bobsmade, Denise Esposito, GuillermoVA, and Akagnma via deviantART.

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When we binge watch episodes of Mad Med, we fawn over the dapper suits, the delectable dress, and the classy attire. They had style back then, at least compared to today’s Miley Cyrus-esque attire, and we know it. If you don’t believe us, check out these 47 pictures from the past. You’ll be disgusted by your closet in no time.

Frank Sinatra stepping out of a helicopter with a drink.

A man ice skating in a suit (1937).

The definition of old school cool. Cary Grant in the 1950s.

Clint Eastwood with actresses Olive Sturgess and Dani Crayne in San Francisco, 1954.

A couple dancing in a 1950’s “Be Bop” theater as everyone looks on.

A young Harrison Ford.

A salesman has his motorized roller skates refueled at a gas station (1961).

A couple on Michigan Avenue in Chicago (1975).

A young boy stealing the show, back when middle school kids knew how to dance (1950).

Children of Chicago (1941).

A gang of greasers in NYC, 1950.

A young Kevin Spacey (1980s).

Teenagers and their first car (1950s).

High school fashion feature in Life Magazine (1969).

Dean Martin & Angie Dickinson on the set of Rio Bravo, 1959.

Marlon Brando’s screen test in “Rebel Without A Cause” (1955).

A young Michael Caine in 1959.

Caroline Kennedy walks ahead while her father, the most powerful man in the world, carries her doll. (1960).

An old family photo from the early 1900s.

The Beatles before they were famous.

Cosmos host and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson at a college wrestling match.

Three boys pose for a camera on the streets of Jamaica.

A young Sean Connery relaxing on the couch.

Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger sit opposite each other on a train to Bangor. (1967).

Sigourney Weaver in a suit.

Ernest Hemingway’s striking passport photo (1923).

Diana Rigg (Olenna Tyrell from Game of Thrones) in 1967.

Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and his cabinet – 1968. These men knew how to wear a suit.

Brigitte Bardot visits Pablo Picasso at his studio near Cannes in 1956.

Audrey Hepburn at a premiere on September 14, 1953.

Jimi Hendrix backstage at Monterey Pop Festival, 1967.

Sophia Loren, one of the only actresses to win an Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe awards.

6 time Golden Globe winner Paul Newman boating in Venice during a film festival (1963).

A businessman doubling as a graffiti artist.

David Bowie’s mugshot.

Elspeth Beard, shortly after becoming first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle. The journey took 3 years and covered 48,000 miles.

How they used to date in the 1950s.

Girl on a scooter (1969).

The gorgeous necklines of the 1950s.

Leather clad English rocker girl.

Women boxing on a roof in LA (1933).

Muhammad Ali looking dapper.

Girl with typewriter and a smoke.

The original way to ‘text’ in Class (1944).

Ellen O’Neal, the greatest woman freestyle skateboarder in the 1970s.

A stylish couple in the rain in London (1963).

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip at the horse races (1968).

Well, no more shopping at Sears for us. It’s time to step our game up a bit and be as classy as the past.

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1. Yaha Han as Camilla from the anime film Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.

Yaha Han as Camilla from the anime film Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust .

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Men and women have been dressing up as their favourite characters from anime, films, games, manga, TV, and books for over 100 years.

Cosplay World, by Brian Ashcraft and Luke Plunkett, features over 200 photos of stars of the art form, including Yaya Han, Crystal Graziano, and Spiral Cats.

2. Kamui as Wonder Woman.

Kamui as Wonder Woman.

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A Daft Punk costume built and worn by Bill Doran (left), and Knightmage as Venom from Spider-Man.

4. Checkley as Savage Opress from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Checkley as Savage Opress from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars .

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Boomie (left) of the cosplay group Strawberry Censor as Gon Destroyer from Blade & Soul, and Goldy as Alphonse Elric from the manga and anime Fullmetal Alchemist.

6. Danny Kelley as Superman.

Danny Kelley as Superman.

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Maria Rivera (left) as Wonder Woman, and Chaka Cumberbatch as Captain America.

8. Shawn Thorsson as a Spartan from Halo.

Shawn Thorsson as a Spartan from Halo .

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Voroninsky (left) as Empress Himiko from the video game Atlantica Online, and Jibrii Ransom as the Marvel Comics character The Black Panther.

10. Lyz Brickley as Garrett from the video game series Thief.

Lyz Brickley as Garrett from the video game series Thief .

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MangaFreak150 (left) as Cheza from the anime Wolf’s Rain, and Meagan Marie as Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones.

12. Namiko101 as Panty from the manga and anime Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt.

Namiko101 as Panty from the manga and anime Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt .

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13. Crystal Graziano as Raiden from Metal Gear Solid.

Crystal Graziano as Raiden from Metal Gear Solid .

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14. Mo Meinhart as spider queen Arachnia.

Mo Meinhart as spider queen Arachnia.

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