The main advantage of women at all times considered - beauty. Therefore, the fairer, but beautiful sex in every way tried to save or to exaggerate its beauty. Sometimes it was very dangerous and risky ...
You know what men think especially boring? Buxom female body, that's what! Why, do you think, in the 19th century the stronger sex with such zeal whaling? To enable women to drag away his body corsets of whalebone and maim internal organs, of course.
In the 19th century it was fashionable to have arsenic in order to "give a person blooming, eyes - shine and body - an attractive roundness." Acceptance of arsenic, of course, regulated by a set of rules - the moon should be coming first reception - only one grain (not yet developed resistance), and when you've started, you should continue to eat this stuff all my life - or death.
True, there were side effects - arsenic accumulates in the thyroid gland and causes goiter. And sometimes death. But when it comes to beauty, who can stop it ...
In this case, women are not just subjected to danger for the sake of their health slim figure - they voluntarily take up residence in your body disgusting parasites.
Tapeworm eggs received in the form of pills, after which these creatures grow in the intestine, absorbing the nutrients intended person. The owner lost weight, the parasites grow and tolstel.
Some worms reach a length of 30 meters. However, if desired, then it was possible to get rid of the "guests", but just imagine that one of you is pulled centimeter by centimeter long, flat, sticky and wriggling worm ... Brrr.
4. Stop racking
Many historians are inclined to believe that the roots of the Cinderella fairy tale to be found in China. In other cultures, somehow it does not seem so valuable asset, if the girl a unique one in the whole country shoe size. But when it comes to China, the last millennium, everything falls into place.
This tradition seems to have originated somewhere in the late 10th century. The idea was to tight, as far as possible to tie the foot of a little girl, with the result that over time they were supposed to become the "Golden Lotus". Fetid, rotting lotuses with deep folds such that they can not be cleaned. (Men do not see, because the bare feet were not even accepted to show my husband.)
The process of "maturation Lotus" was terribly painful, and ended with an irreversible deformation of the feet and lameness. But this is what the Chinese and sought.
Unsteady gait and foot size puppet - for the sake of it and transferred all the torment.
5. Radioactive cosmetics
The biggest advantage in the popular 1930 French cosmetics Flo-radia considered its content of thorium chloride and bromide of radium. Advertising cosmetics promised miracles: "Provides cell vitality, enhances blood circulation, makes the skin smooth, eliminates the fat prevents the expansion of pores, removes blackheads, pimples, redness and pigmentation, protects, stops aging and smoothes wrinkles, gives a fresh and youthful appearance ».
This cosmetics caused women raptures, while on its application have not begun to fall off the jaw.
Plant name "Belladonna" means "beautiful woman." Once the juice is instilled into her eyes, why they began to "shine" with the expanded pupils. However, then for this beauty had to pay loss of vision.
7. Lead powder
The 1700s were very demanding complexion. At the time, hardly anyone survived to mature years, surviving diseases that a person covered rash or acne, why even after recovery remained unsightly marks.
The best way to hide defects was considered to lead powder. It was an excellent remedy - an inexpensive, well fall on the skin, leaving it smooth and silky.
But then ... a brain tumor, paralysis, almost all body systems begin to fail ... Belle was comforted by how beautiful it is in a coffin.