10 ordinary things that were scandalous 100 years ago

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Reading in bed - Reading in bed is a widely practiced habit believed to help people fall asleep; it is commonly done by many individuals nowadays.

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Reading in bed - In the 19th century, reading in bed was seen as a risky action with potential dangers. 

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Women wearing pants - Women were not allowed to wear items of clothing considered to be for men for many centuries.

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Women wearing pants - However, until the mid-20th century, it was socially unacceptable for women to wear anything other than skirts or dresses.

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Abstaining from drugs - It’s hard to imagine, but just 100 years ago hard drugs like heroin and cocaine were not only legal but actively encouraged.

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Abstaining from drugs - Heroin was prescribed by doctors and used in cough syrups, while Sigmund Freud utilized cocaine to address depression and indigestion.

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Tomatoes - In the 18th century, these tasty fruits became known as "poison apples" when several nobles experienced lead poisoning from consuming them on pewter plates.

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Tomatoes - Tomatoes had a bad reputation for a while, with even the 19th-century poet Ralph Waldo Emerson describing them as "objects of much terror."

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Motor vehicles - During the early 20th century, the introduction of cars faced criticism due to their expensive nature.

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Motor vehicles - Many people did not believe that cars were a good substitute for the reliable horse and carriage, which never required tire replacements.

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Purple color - in 1903, the Boston Globe published an article titled ‘Colors That Will Drive the Brain to Madness.’

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Purple color - The article contained phrases like ""purple is the most dangerous color there is" and "dead purple will kill you eventually."

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Turning 100 - The average life expectancy for an American man was 48.3 years in 1900. Presently, it has increased to 76.3 years.

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Turning 100 - It is becoming increasingly common for individuals to live past the age of one hundred as life expectancy continues to rise.

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Daily cleansing - In the early 1900s, it was unusual for individuals to engage in more than one weekly washing routine.

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Daily cleansing - Water was frequently in short supply, and it wasn't until the introduction of indoor plumbing that individuals started washing themselves daily.

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Smoking restrictions - Until the mid-1900s, smoking was allowed in various places including restaurants, bars, and airplanes. 

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Smoking restrictions - Nowadays, the majority of places have banned indoor smoking, which would have been surprising to most people 100 years ago.

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Tattooed women - A hundred years ago, tattoos were associated with crime and underground society. 

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Tattooed women- Nowadays, tattoos have become widely accepted in society, and research has shows that a greater number of women are choosing to get tattoos compared to men. 

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