The History was not as beautiful as we read
By saying that the history was not as beautiful as we read in our books, we don’t want to mention all the wars that were ruining the world, the diseases or the people that died because of all this. We mean literally. Of course we can’t compare today’s world with what was happening hundreds or thousands of years ago, but let’s just see the history from another angle. It is disgusting though – read at your own risk.
1 Medieval London smelled horribly
London in the Middle Ages wasn’t really a town with fresh and crispy air. The streets were the place where the excrement was thrown, together with rotting food and dead animals. In some places, the streets were effectively impassable. The river wasn’t either a nice place. Butchers threw rotting meat into the Thames, and blood was left to congeal on the banks in the sun. By the 14th century, the stench was so great that the King was forced to ban the slaughtering of animals inside the city. Besides that, tanneries were boiling leather, producing a stench that suffocated the entire city.
2 Syphilis was very common in Renaissance Europe
In 1495, a group of French soldiers returned from the New World, and they brought the nasty disease with them. Today we know it as syphilis, the disease was the Renaissance equivalent of the AIDS pandemic. Weeping pustules would explode across people’s faces, hair would fall out or the flesh would be eaten away right down to the bone. There were no hospitals, so, those that caught the “French disease” were left to suffer out in the open. The disease was a good sign of people’s fornication. The patients were suffering from a disease which had no cure and above all this, they were being mocked by the society.
3 Ancient Greeks weren’t making delicious wine
In fact, it tasted terrible. We all know how important wine was in ancient Greece. They even had a god dedicated to wine, they were writing poems and were celebrating this divine drink. But the truth was that their ancient wine was disgusting. The trouble was that no one knew how to preserve wine for long periods, and ancient vintners tried all sorts of crazy solutions. Resin or marble dust was added to wine at the vineyard, with salt and lead being two other favorites. Others simply gave up, and they left their wines outside to oxidize until they were bursting with bacteria. As a result, wine usually became a thick, tar-like substance. Today, nobody would drink that. In order to make it drinkable, Ancient Greeks would often cut their wine with seawater.
4 Roman toilets were a nightmare
Celebrate the fact that we have private toilets today, because there were times, especially in ancient Rome, where toilets were a room for more than one. Public restroom meant something completely different for ancient Romans. This meant that 50 people (or more) would sit in a circle (on toilet seats) in plain view of one another. Once they were finished, they would use a communal sponge which was dirty (yes, every user of the toilet was using the same sponge to clean their private parts after they used the toilet). We’re sorry to put this picture in your head. But we’re not finished – Roman toilets were pretty modern for their time but, they were far from what we have today. There was no U-bend and the toilets were opened directly into drainage channels through which insects and “biting creatures” were constantly emerging.
5 The Vikings were packed with parasites
The Vikings spent a lot of time on ships, sailing through the northern seas, so it is clear that they had difficult lives. The bad thing was they were struggling with a lot of problems on their ships, and one of them was their guts being completely infested with parasites. Most Vikings were exposed to an unpleasant health issue from a very early age. By the time they reached adulthood, their insides were filled with the sort of parasites that were destroying their insides. Researchers who studied Viking stool, have found eggs indicating chronic roundworm and liver fluke infections.