1. Animals were arrested, and tried in court for crimes against humanity.
Biting, charging, and giving sour milk were just a few accusations leading to animal arrests. If found guilty, these animal criminals would be sentenced to death.
2. Syphilis was called the “French Disease” because medievals believed the French were the most promiscuous of all nationalities of peoples.
3. You know those red and white poles that mark barber shops? Well, brace yourself for their macabre origin…
Medieval barbers didn’t just clip hair. They also performed the roles of dentists and surgeons. Bandages soaked with blood would be rinsed and hung from a pole outside the barber’s shop to dry. These strips of blood-stained fabric would twist in the wind, forming the spiral pattern of the barber pole we are familiar with today.
4. Taking out the garbage was a chore the medievals did not trouble themselves with very often.
Rooms in homes would be lined with leafy branches, and dust, debris and garbage would simply be swept beneath them. Mice and rats would do away with edible garbage, and the branch leaves would keep them out of site as they nibbled away. The leaves also served to hide non-edible trash, so branches were replaced as the leaves withered.
5. Anal sex was quite common during medieval times.
It was an accepted form of birth control, and the most common way for promiscuous young girls to remain virgins until their wedding night. It was also the manner of sex for male family members who molested their sisters, daughters, and nieces. Familial molesters had an interest in keeping their victims virgins for a wedding night to a rich nobleman whose shared wealth would only be forthcoming to a new wife’s family if she was proven to be a virgin on the wedding night.