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In spite of being British and in the past, Regency England was more DTF than we are.

5 Ways 19th Century England Makes the Modern World Look Tame

#5. Sex and Marriage

Divorce basically didn’t exist in England until the 1850s, and even then only for wealthy men. So for people during the Georgian period, once you got married to someone you were pretty much stuck with them until one of you died of syphilis. But just like today, people wanted to make sure they were sexually compatible before marriage. This and the fact that birth control was basically nonexistent meant that by 1800 almost 40 percent of supposedly virginal brides were knocked up at their wedding. Almost 25 percent of first-born children were born out of wedlock completely.

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The truth of it isn’t all Macklemore and funny coats and tiny bicycles.

4 Harsh Realities About Working at a Thrift Store

#4. The Wealthiest Customers Are the Worst

The thrift store I worked at was in a really wealthy neighborhood, so obviously we got a solid handful of rich, bored housewives who’d come in out of idle curiosity for how the other half lives (spoiler alert, rich people: not as well as you). The wealthy customers would talk to me as if being around donated clothes meant that I was also some kind of discount, donated human. One such woman sneered when I told her an Abercrombie shirt was $2.99, because she expected it to be free, apparently. After I finished ringing her up, she stood by the register and pointed out every dismal aspect of our store like a judgmental stepmother.

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