40 Strange Historical Facts That You Didn’t Learn In History Class
The baby raffle
When you enter a raffle, you hope to win something cool, right? A gift card to your favorite restaurant, or maybe a family vacation! What you don’t expect is to be in the running for a human infant, but that’s exactly what used to happen in Paris in 1911. The Paris Foundling Hospital needed a way to find homes for their orphaned babies and children, and so theÂ Loterie de BÃ©bÃ©s was started. Aspiring parents (unable to have biological children) would enter the lottery and hope that their names were chosen to get a baby. It sounds terrible, but considering the harsh conditions and difficult lives homeless and orphaned children were subjected to, it was actually a pretty humane option. Potential parents were investigated in background checks and the proceeds raised were divided and given to charitable causes.