Eerie Photos Not Suitable For All Viewers

By Sophia Maddox | June 6, 2023

The Culture With Elongated Heads - The Mangbetu people

You’ve heard that a photo is worth a thousand words, but photos like the collection here have stories with so much more to say. These pictures give an insight into what life was like in eras as disparate as the 18th century and the 1970s. You’ll see what life was like for a kid in America during the baby boom, and how the Native people of America lived long before the modern metropolis existed. These rare historical aren’t just informative, they’re a fun look at a time long gone, and maybe a time that you wish you could go back to. Prepare to be astonished and read on!

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The Mangbetu people, a Central Sudanic culture now living in the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have the strange and bewildering tradition of head binding, also called Lipombo. The Mangbetu people so desire the human head to have an elongated appearance that they bind infants’ skulls with tightly wrapped cloth, beginning when the child is about one month old and continuing until the age of three or so. At that young age, the bones of the child’s skull are not yet fused together so they are malleable. The Mangbetu people believe that the elongated skulls are a symbol of power and intelligence. 

The San Andreas Fault shortly after the 1906 quake that ripped San Francisco apart

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Source: Photograph by G.K. Gilbert

The great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 was one of the most destructive quakes to ever hit the west coast. When it occurred at 5:12 in the morning, no one was ready for the chaos that would ensue. The quake ruptured from the northernmost section of the San Andreas fault to the to the triple junction at Cape Mendocino. Violent punctuations of rumbling shocked the San Francisco area as a constant secure occurred for nearly a minute straight. The quake was so intense that it left fissures in the ground, sign posts for the destructive nature of quakes to come.