History consists of a lot of different events, and some of them are so hilarious and weird that they resemble the plot of a movie or a cartoon. For example, in the 15th-19th centuries, Europeans bought mummies to make medicines out of them. 150 years ago, engineers literally raised Chicago together with all of its buildings and streets by a few feet.
Bright Side was really surprised to know that some historical moments that sound crazy, are actually true.
15. A baboon officially worked for the railroad.
In the 1880s, in South Africa, a baboon named Jack worked as an assistant together with James, a railroad signalman. James was a double leg amputee, so he taught the baboon to help him operate the railway signals under supervision.
At one time, passengers claimed that the station was operated by a monkey. An official investigation was initiated, but the authorities made sure that the baboon was qualified enough to become an official employee. His salary was 20 cents per day. In 9 years of work, Jack never made a single mistake.
14. In Egypt, it was really easy to buy a mummy.
In the 11th century, scientist and doctor Avicenna describes the treatment of some diseases with the help of mumijo. A person who translated his scientific works made a mistake and as a result, the translation said that mummies possessed healing properties. So in the 15th century, Egypt started selling embalmed corpses.