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Here’s a sample of the silly ideas of yesteryear, things people used to take for granted. Hey, don’t laugh too hard. You probably believe in Black Holes. Ha!
Hans Horbiger’s “Ice Theory”
Now here’s a guy who looks like he has a wild theory. Horbiger was a 19th century Austrian engineer who convinced an embarrassingly larger number of people that ice was fundamental to the universe, leading to ice planets, ice galaxies, and of course, ice people – our ancestors.
You read that right. It was once believed that somewhere in India grows a tree that in turn grows lambs as its fruit.
William Herschel’s Cold Sun
Eighteenth Century astronomer William Herschel believed that the Sun was actually cold rather than hot. He also believed it was inhabited.
Blood On The Moon
It was said that Pythagoras believed one could write on the Moon, with blood for ink, using mirrors. No word on what we might say, nor to whom.
The Continents Are Fixed
Well, who knew continents were floating on top of a sea of magma? It feels pretty ‘fixed’ to us.
The Sexual Reich
William Reich believed that sexual energy ultimately controls the universe. It’s an idea that has attracted young people for 60 years. Then they learn it’s money that controls the universe.
Phlogiston was the fifth element after Earth, Water, Wind and Fire. According to Johann Joachim Becher it was an invisible ‘lighter fluid’ that made things burn. It had to be there! Well, just goes to show you.
You know this one, right? Ptolemy’s Earth-centered universe. That IS how it seems, so don’t be hating on Ptolemy. He did what he could.
You Are Bile And Phlegm
The idea that we are all just bile and phlegm helped Medieval monks despise their bodies so they could whip themselves with greater enthusiasm.
People just assumed a pregnant woman could control her unborn baby’s thoughts. Who’s to disagree? ‘No!’ said George, 45. ‘Even in the womb, my thoughts were my own.’
Europeans thought California was an island until the 18th Century. Today’s seismologists suggest they were just premature. Think of the surfing!