10 Historic Facts That Show Unexpected Sides of the Past

We are used to basing our decisions on certain facts about history that we learned in school or from books. But there are a lot of facts that few people know about that break the stereotypical knowledge about the past. For example, who would have thought that in the beginning of the 20th century children were medically treated with cocaine and that at first no one wanted to buy toilet paper in the USSR but then it became so popular that stores actually ran out of it?

We at Bright Side have collected several unexpected and very interesting historical facts that nobody will tell you about in school.

1. Dangerous medicine

A commercial for cocaine toothache drops for children, 1885.

Cocaine was incredibly popular at the end of the 19th and in the beginning of the 20th century as a medicine and as a stimulant. Even Freud himself was amazed by cocaine and recommended

10 Historic Facts That Show Unexpected Sides of the Past

it for many disorders. Cocaine was added to foods and beverages (for example, the first recipe of Coca-Cola included a little cocaine), and it was used as a base for the production of many kinds of medicine, including medicine for children. Society only noticed the bad side effects of taking cocaine much later. It took until 1963 for the UN to include cocaine in their list of prohibited drugs.