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10 Things That People Did Differently Before Technology



People were employed to be computers

Before people had technology in computers to solve their problems, people with special intelligence would often get hired to act as a computer. Rich people would hire an individual to think, analyze, and even make critical decisions for them. It might interest you to know that people still do that, in the form of life-coaches or therapists. 



A wealthy mathematician or astronomer would require the help of fast thinkers by hiring them to fill charts and write down equations. They were hired massively in teams and would take some rotations so as not to burn out quickly. Very smart, calculated with qualitative reasoning and even calculated Halley’s Comet. You sure don’t want to try that without proper technology today!

Early sleep, early rise

Once upon a time, people would go to bed for 3-4 hours, then they would wake up after a few hours to think and ponder about life, try and do some chores and at some point, return to rest.


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Giving yourself a chance to rest for 7-8 hours isn’t natural. The invention of the alarm clock and being able to light up and make our world blossom or dark with just a flip has changed the natural habits of sleeping.


Broken pots to clean teeth

In countries like Spain and China, before modern innovation, people loved to jab their teeth with pig hairs to clean them. The Chinese used to do theirs with urine! Apart from the option to use clay shards, there were also alternatives.



The Elizabethans decided and choose to be apathetic and lazy as their best choice. They refused to brush their teeth and even went further by trying to persuade their subjects that having rotting teeth was ‘in fashion’.

Longer nailed celebrities

Another odd thing people did depended on their fingernails – growing them long was all in the rage. Keeping your nails very short was a difficult thing before 1875. However, few societies couldn’t have cared less since items like nail clippers didn’t yet exist. That doesn’t seem to be agonizing by any means after working so hard and their nails would just snap off. Long toenails were an indication of how robust your bank account was, which is bizarre and quite the opposite today. Some cultures worked so hard that their nails would, eventually, simply snap off.

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In the world today, people consider nail care somewhat more important. You also know that actors shave with their knife in western movies? Individuals would deliberately trim down their fingernails in a similar manner. 


Wetting the bed as an alarm alternative

Thank God for the technology behind alarm clocks! Before, people had strange approaches to ensure they made it to take a shot at a time or to make sure they get to work on time. Funnily enough, people would try to estimate what time they would wake up by drinking glasses of water, prompting them to wake up to ‘go’. 


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The English took waking up more seriously and would pay individuals to slam against their windows with sticks early in the morning. The less privileged who would try to take up this job, which was called a knocker-upper, and would stand to earn a shilling for one particular effective wakeup.

Using corncob as replacement of toilet paper

At some point, the Americans didn’t have the advantage of delicate toilet paper to clean themselves after using the restroom. At that time, leftover corn cobs were kept and stored instead of throwing them away. They had plenty of corn being utilized for bathroom needs.

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The Romans were known to put a sponge on a stick and share it, while the Greeks would prefer to tidy up their bottoms with broken pots of stoneware. Yet, it wasn’t until the point when toilet paper came in 1935 and was advertised as splinter-free that life truly changed for everyone. Who thought that paper would be considered such innovative technology?


The use of a frog to preserve milk

Frogs have skin coated in a peptide that kills any harmful bacteria found in milk, as checked by sciences. So, before the invention of the refrigerator, this was being used as a way to store milk. It wasn’t a popular drink then because of its inability to sustain under a warm or heat temperature and was deemed unsafe to drink.


By applying this method of using frogs, the milk might still have some crumbly and kind of funky taste, but it was safe to drink – until the refrigerator was invented and the frogs were retired.

The perfume replacer: nosegays for body odor

Nosegays, the popular flower, were used to cover up body odor before the invention of perfume, deodorant, and cologne. Have you ever thought about what individuals need to really have a good smell? Nosegays were just perfect: the ideal thing to use at that time because taking a bath was considered so extravagant. So, people who couldn’t wash regularly used the flower as a way to smell better. Nature’s very own technology!

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The attractive blossom would help diminish the gross smell while also adding a truly necessary color touch to any outfit. One excerpt from one 18th century book reads, “when you are in a crowd, smell (the nosegay) and you will pass through without difficulty”. This only gave a deep explicit from the use of flowers.


Answering phones to tell people what time it was

Before automated messages or clocks came on board, it was a real person that would answer the phone and tell you the precise and accurate time while trying to reset your clocks. Imagine living in a world where there are no clocks – people would be late or early to any arrangement, causing chaos.

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In 1993, the first speaking clock hotline began taking calls and was fully active 24 hours a day. You would be greeted by a real person on the other end when making a call. This activity boomed to the extent that phone organizations and companies would even hold rivalries and competitions to discover any young lady with the most brilliant voice. Today, technology is pretty different! 

People didn’t care what time it was until trains came along

Before the arrivals of trains, every town had their own specific way to monitor the time and didn’t stress over what time it was. You could have two urban communities close to each other, operating 30 minutes off from each other and nobody would notice.


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It was quite important your clock was correct with the train’s clock if you had to take it before going somewhere. In the modern world, trains are standardized and kept in line with communities. The first railway company to normalized time was the Great Western railway in England, you sure can blame them whenever you feel guilty going late to work!

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