It can be hard to think back to decades and centuries past and really grasp just how different—and often odd—life was like back then. Luckily, there are photographs that show the strange and weird events that shaped the world's history.



John Lennon's Glasses After Murder

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Yoko Ono recently posted this morbid old photo on her Twitter. They're John Lennon's bloody glasses from the day he was assassinated in 1980.

Lyndon B. Johnson And His Amphibious Car

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See the man driving this car? That's President Lyndon B. Johnson back in 1965. He loved to scare guests of his ranch by driving his amphibious car right into the lake.

A Carnival Of Ku Klux Klan

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This isn't a nightmare. It's a real photo of the Ku Klux Klan enjoying a carnival in Canon City, Colorado in 1925. How much fun could they have with those hoods on?

Hitler Before And After

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During World War II, people were understandably afraid of Hitler. Although he had an iconic look, on the right, the United States Secret Service showed what he could look like if he changed his appearance, on the left, in 1944.

Ronald McDonald, 1963

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If you thought McDonald's mascot Ronald McDonald, was scary now, check out how he looked back in 1963. This image will haunt your dreams.

Women's Archery, 1908

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Women had some really grand outfits during women's archery at the 1908 London Summer Olympics. Unfortunately, it didn't look like this was a popular event, judging by how empty the stands were.

Testing A Bullet Proof Vest

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Someone had to test the first bullet proof vests, right? This brave man took one for the team and got shot on purpose, in the name of science and industry.

First Photo Of Abraham Lincoln

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This is the earliest known photo of Abraham Lincoln from around 1846. Without his trademark hat and beard, you probably didn't even recognize him.

Che Guevara And Fidel Castro

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Though Che Guevara is generally seen as a symbol of rebellion and Fidel Castro as a tyrant, both men worked together to bring about the Cuban Revolution in 1956.

Elvis Presley In The Army

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No, this isn't a shot from a movie set. Believe it or not, Elvis Presley was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1958, which was well into his illustrious career. It wasn't just a publicity stunt. He took army life very seriously and spent two years fighting for his country.