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Think Being Pregnant Is Bad Now?…Here’s How Terrible It USED To Be

Think Being Pregnant Is Bad Now?…Here’s How Terrible It USED To Be

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I am not, nor will I ever be, a pregnant woman. And while I do think there's some truth in the idea that men can suffer from womb envy, at the same time I am very glad I will never have to go through the things pregnant women do for just shy of a year.But things could be a lot worse for pregnant women...and they were for a VERY long time. Let's take a trip through the medically dubious and often blatantly sexist pregnancy myths of the past, shall we? 1. The wheat and barley pee test. Wikimedia Commons A document from ancient Egypt says that women in 1350 BCE would detect pregnancy by peeing on wheat and barley seeds. If the barley grows, it's a boy! If the wheat grows, it's a girl! While that might sound strange, the WEIRDEST part about it i...
These Photos All Have One Thing In Common, And It’s So Chilling

These Photos All Have One Thing In Common, And It’s So Chilling

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googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('VN_PG_DTAT_ATF'); }); When it comes to capitalizing on loss, 19th-century photographer William H. Mumler was an expert...for a while, anyway. In 1861, he noticed that a second figure appeared in the background of a photograph he was developing. Although it was obviously a flaw in the process, he knew that he could cash in on that error by capturing basic portraits, superimposing additional faces in the background, and presenting them as spirits.Fittingly enough, the phenomenon of spirit photography was born in a small, Boston-based studio. Up to that point, Mumler had little to no known attachment to paranormal activity. Getty Open...