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40 Strange Historical Facts That You Didn’t Learn In History Class

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The baby raffle

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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 the Loterie de Bébés 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.

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