Imagine a time when selfies were all the rage and parents of quintuplets tried to sell pictures of their babies to the media—wait, what year is this? You might be surprised to discover that some modern forms of entertainment aren’t that new after all. Check out this Mental Floss article, which describes some “crazy” ways that people entertained themselves prior to the invention of television.
Interesting tidbit: Rumor has it that Mary Shelley frequented public dissections of human corpses (these were quite popular!), and this provided some of the inspiration for Frankenstein. And if you’re interested in earning credit for reading and writing about Shelley’s famous novel, consider taking English 102 with StraighterLine!