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26Timothy Dexter

An 18th-century American businessman named Timothy Dexter faked his own death to see how people would react. About 3,000 people attended Dexter's mock wake. Dexter did not see his wife cry, and after he revealed the hoax, then he caned her for not grieving his death sufficiently. - Source


27. In 1730, a French scholar named Louis de Jaucourt spent 20 years writing a six-volume work on anatomy. He sent it to be published in Amsterdam to avoid French censorship, but the ship carrying the sole manuscript sank. - Source


28. After the collapse of the South Sea company in 1720, which bankrupted many and severely affected the economy of England, a proposal was made in parliament to place bankers in sacks filled with snakes and throw them into the River Thames. - Source


29. Macaroni was an 18th-century expression for fops who dressed in high fashion with tall, powdered wigs. The joke being made in "Yankee Doodle" is that Americans were allegedly naive enough to believe that a feather in the hat was a sufficient mark of a macaroni. - Source


30. In 1740, Christina Johansdotter, a suicidal Swedish woman, exploited a loophole in dogmas. Suicide leading to Hell and infanticides being punishable by death, so she decided to kill a child since repenting for a crime granted forgiveness, thus leading her to Heaven after her execution.- Source


31Window taxes

In the 18th century, to discreetly tax rich people more, Scotland, England, and France imposed window taxes based on the number of windows your residence had. To this day you can see many bricked over windows from that time. - Source


32. In 1799, a boy named Conrad Reed found a 17lb. of rock made of gold in a creek in North Carolina and used it as a doorstop in the family's home for several years. In 1802, Conrad's father, John Reed, showed the rock to a jeweler, who recognized it as gold and offered to buy it. Reed, still unaware of the real value of his "doorstop," sold it to the jeweler for $3.50.- Source


33. James Price was an 18th-century chemist/alchemist who claimed to be able to turn mercury into gold. When challenged to perform the conversion for the second time in front of credible witnesses, he instead committed suicide by drinking prussic acid (cyanide).- Source


34. The first person in Britain to be eaten by a tiger was Hannah Twynnoy who was a Barmaid working at a pub called the White Lion in Malmesbury in 1703.- Source


35. Orcas Island, famous for its resident pods of orcas, was actually named after Horcasitas, the Viceroy of Mexico, who sponsored an expedition there in 1791. The name “orca” originated in Ancient Rome; therefore “Orcas Island” is probably the most coincidental place name on Earth.


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36Zong

In 1781, a British slave ship named Zong threw over a hundred slaves into the ocean to claim insurance on their death. - Source


37. In 1787, a man was hanged for deserting and re-enlisting in the British Army 47 times, in order to get the large bounty obtained upon joining the army. - Source


38. Benjamin Lay was an 18th century Quaker vegetarian abolitionist who once kidnapped the child of slaveholders temporarily, to show them how Africans felt when their relatives were sold overseas. - Source


39. Charles Byrne (nicknamed as “The Irish Giant”) in 1783 feared that grave robbers would steal and dissect his body after his death. He requested that his coffin to be weighed down and buried at sea. Before the burial, his corpse was stolen, dissected, and his skeleton is still on display in Hunterian Museum in the Royal College of Surgeons.- Source


40. Charles Domery was an 18th-century soldier known for his immense appetite. During his service, he ate dozens of live cats, pounds of raw meat and grass, and once tried to eat the severed leg of a crew member who was hit by cannon fire before other members of the crew wrestled it from him.


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41Wig theft

Wig theft was a problem in 18th-Century England, with thieves using children, dogs, and monkeys to snatch the expensive wigs of wealthy people on the street. - Source


42. Newspapers are so big (broadsheet) because the british government began taxing newspapers in 1712 based on the number of pages a newspaper had.- Source


43. There was an 18th-century British sport called cock throwing that involved tying up a rooster and taking turns throwing sticks at it until it died. This game was popular among children. - Source


44. Bedlam Asylum was one of the most popular tourist attractions of 18th century London. Visitors paid a penny to watch suffering inmates. Entry was free on Tuesdays. - Source


45. When vaccines and similar treatment were first introduced in the 18th century, religious leaders condemned them, saying that diseases are sent by God to punish sinners. To try to cure the sinners would be going against God's will. - Source


46The Great Snow of 1717

On February 27, 1717, a series of massive snowstorms began in New England. A week later, 95% of the deer population had died and many single-story homes were completely buried. - Source


47. Benjamin Franklin made a list of 250 synonyms for being drunk in 1737. This list became very popular to show off in pubs at the time. - Source


48. When the first US ship arrived in China in 1785, the Chinese loved the American flag by calling it "as beautiful as a flower". Since then, an informal Chinese name for the United States has been the "flower flag country". - Source


49. In the 1790s, the Guillotine was so popular that toy replicas were being sold to kids to behead their dolls and rodents, and the wealthy had tiny ones on their dining table for slicing bread.- Source


50. Benjamin Franklin tried to abolish slavery in 1790 by petitioning Congress and writing many essays on abolitionism. - Source

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