My Dumb Little Brain Is Totally Blown After Seeing These 20 Incredibly Fascinating Pictures For The First Time Last Week

1.Emu eggs look like something straight out of Game of Thrones:

Emu eggs (looking like very large avocados) with a sign $35 each
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2.This is what Abraham Lincoln looked like when he became president in 1861...

Smiling slightly with a bow tie
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...and this is what he looked like four short years later, in 1865:

With a bow tie but many more lines on his face

He quite literally had seen some things.

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3.This is Pauline Musters, the shortest woman ever to live:

A woman standing on a small table

She was 24 inches tall when she died at the age of 19.

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4.In 1933, A.L. Kahn caught a 5,000-pound manta ray off the coast of Florida:

A man stands next to a huge manta ray

And then he brought it to New Jersey.

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5.Hotels used to have to put up signs explaining that electricity is safe and not to be feared:

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"The use of electricity for lightning is in no way harmful to health, nor does it affect the soundness of sleep."

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6.In 1955 it cost $4.75 to go on 10 rides at Disneyland:

Magic Key book &quot;10 Adventures in Disneyland&quot;

That's a little over $50 today.

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7.In the 1930s, this couple won an Atlantic City dance marathon after dancing for 1,473 hours:

A couple sitting and holding awards

Mamma mia!

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8.And, yes, people did fall asleep standing up while dancing at these marathons:

A man holding a sleeping woman as her legs dangle on the dance floor
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9.Someone had to hand-carve all of the presidents' eyes on Mount Rushmore:

Person wearing a wide-brimmed hat and perched on the side of the mountain and carving the eyes

Looks chill!

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10.This extremely complicated thing is what the steering wheel of a Formula 1 race car looks like:

A steering wheel with many controls of different colors
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11.This is the message then-president Jimmy Carter sent aboard the Voyager spacecraft to any aliens the ship might encounter:

A letter dated June 16, 1977, &quot;a present from a small distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music,&quot; it &quot;is likely to survive a billion years into our future,&quot; and we &quot;hope to someday join a community of galactic civilizations&quot;

12.California once had a place called the California Alligator Farm where children were encouraged to get up close and personal with alligators and even take them for rides:

A small child sitting on an alligator on the grass and holding a muzzle attached to its mouth
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13.This terrifying picture is a close-up of a man with Bruce, the mechanical shark created for the movie Jaws:

A man with his harm in the shark's mouth, cleaning the &quot;gums&quot;
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14.This is what a toucan's skeleton looks like:

A bird skeleton with a huge bill behind glass

Not sure what I was expecting.

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15.This is a real 19th-century advertisement for cough medicine with a very special ingredient — heroin:

Scientifically compounded, scientifically conceived Glyco-Heroin (Smith): adult dose is 1 teaspoonful every two hours; children 3 or more, 5 to 10 drops for coughs
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16.In Las Vegas in 1955, you could purchase a hotel plot for $3 million:

&quot;Hotel site for sale&quot; sign in the middle of an arid landscape

Deal of a lifetime!

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17.In 1926, two students were able to fully dissect an entire intact nervous system from a human body:

A framed image of the branches of the nervous system following the shape of a human body

It took over 1,500 hours. It's now on display at the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine.

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18.In 1876, Virgil A. Gates patented the "Moustache Guard," an absolutely brilliant invention for "holding the moustache out of the way of food or liquid while eating or drinking":

A strap that goes around the ears and holds the mustache up

A true visionary.

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19.This is what a 100-year-old marriage certificate looks like:

A frayed, yellowed, folded sheet from 1922 with flowers on it
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20.And, finally, most importantly, bananas float in rum but sink in cognac:

Two glasses, one of rum and one of cognac, with bananas floating in rum and at the bottom of the cognac

Essential knowledge.

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