We can't escape the strangeness of the past, so we might as well embrace and learn from it. Below you'll find a series of photos that range from entertaining to horrifying.
For example, you'll laugh about the old fat rolling contraption. It may have provided a good massage, but we all know that the average person can only reduce body fat with a change in diet and some exercise.
You'll also see what the beginnings of plastic surgery looked like, how astronauts prepared for takeoff, and the sad realities of early circus entertainment.
Times are changing fast, and today's scenes will one day become a spectacle to future generations.
#1. Flashback to 1924, when having a disability or medical condition brought you into the Ringling Brothers and Barnun & Bailey Circus of Freaks.
#2. This photo of a Blackfoot Chief during a recording session at the Smithsonian Institution in 1916 proves that we cannot view history as that thing that happened a "really long time ago."
#3. Tourists enjoying that they were there after the fact at the Sequoia National Forest in May 1951.
#4. Good ole American vaudeville with the Three Stooges, who actually look like gangsters when out of character.
#5. The disappearance of Stalin's advisors.