Historical artifacts and photographs are always fascinating – they’re like mysterious little keys to another culture – but this roundup of some of the strangest and most mesmerizing artifacts from history might just take the cake. From a piece of bread that dates back to Pompeii to some truly disturbing melted wax figures from a fire at Madame Tussauds wax museum in London, these images are sure to make you think: “yeah, that’s super weird, but I kind of like it.”

Artifacts are objects made by human beings that – with the passage of time – come to represent a cultural or historical moment in the popular imagination. Which is why really weird artifacts are still so interesting – what do they reveal about the societies that created them?

For that matter, in the future, what will our cultural artifacts say about us?



Preserved Loaf Of Bread From Pompeii

Photo:  Jebulon/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Snapshot Of The Models For ‘American Gothic’

Photo: flickr/CC0

17th-Century Memento Mori Ring

Photo:  Death Salon/Twitter

19th-Century Mysterious Carved Coffins Found In Edinburgh

Photo:  اقتباسات من هنا وهناك “”/Facebook

Melted Wax Figures After A 1925 Fire At Madame Toussads In London

Photo: The Ratibor Post/Twitter

Eight-Legged Doll Walking Doll From 19th-Century Russia

Photo: flickr/CC0

19th-Century Mugshot Of The Son Of The Man Who Modernized Mugshots


WWII Crash-Test Dummy

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

Tipu’s Tiger, Life-Sized Wooden Mechanical Organ From 1793

Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

“Hiding Mother” Photograph From Victorian England

Photo: Anonymous/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

A 19th-Century “Cluster Of Rats” Carving From Japan

Photo: N0MAD/Twitter

17th-Century Palm Reading Chart

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

19th-Century Map Of A Woman’s Heart

Photo: flickr/CC0

19th-Century Ad For Medical Leeches

Photo: Metaweb/CC-BY

Jar Of Pickled Moles

Photo: Dr Hannibal Lecter/Twitter
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