25 Reasons The Ancient Romans Were Out Of Their Minds

Posted by , Updated on June 26, 2014

From using crushed mouse brains as toothpaste to puking up their meals just so they can eat more, these are 25 reasons the Ancient Romans were out of their minds.

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Rich Romans would have huge feasts that lasted for hours. They would vomit in order to keep eating

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Emperor Caligula's horse lived in a marble stable with an ivory manger.

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He also tried to make his horse the Consul, which is the highest elected office in the Roman Republic

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People socialized at communal toilets. Rome had about 150 of them.

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Romans used urine to clean their clothes because it contains ammonia

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Roman physicians recommended gladiator blood in order to aid fertility

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Early Rome had very few women so they would kidnap them from neighboring tribes

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The word "decimate" derives from the Roman practice of killing every tenth soldier if they tried to mutiny

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On the opening day of the Colosseum 5,000 animals were killed

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Since then it is estimated that over half a million people and one million animals died there

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Romans were petrified of anything to do with the "left" (including being left handed). In fact, our word "sinister" derives from the ancient Roman word for "left"

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After birth a baby was placed at his father's feet. If the father took the child into his arms it showed that he accepted responsibility. If not, it would be left for dead.

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When children couldn't fall asleep mothers would put goat dung in their diapers

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To clean themselves, Romans covered themselves with oil and then scraped it off with a special tool

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They ate stuffed flamingos

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Girls were expected to marry by age 13 or 14

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When Roman soldiers were first ordered to invade Britain in 43 AD they refused because it was "beyond the known world and there could be monsters".

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After Cicero was murdered for criticizing Rome, Fulvia, the wife of another politician, apparently pulled his tongue out and stabbed it repeatedly with her hairpin

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To make sure that gladiators weren't faking their deaths, the bodies would be bashed with mallets after the competition.

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To escape a forced marriage, Emperor Valentinian II's sister sent Attila the Hun her engagement ring as a plea for help. He interpreted it as a marriage proposal and demanded Rome as dowry.

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Romans actually recorded several UFO sightings

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Having murdered both his wife and his mother, Nero's last words were "What an artist I die!"

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Romans used powdered mouse brains as toothpaste

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Julius Caeser hated going bald so he made it illegal for anyone to stand above him and look down on his bald patch. The consequence for doing so was death.

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There were people in Rome who earned their living by plucking other people's armpits

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