40 Strange Historical Facts That You Didn’t Learn In History Class
The origin of the vibrator
The vibrator as we know it today is a thing of beauty. It’s there for us in good times and bad and just makes life a little more manageable. How fascinating can it be, though? Well, it didn’t land on our list of strange historical facts for nothing. In the Victorian era, doctors routinely diagnosed women with “hysteria.” Symptoms included irritability, anxiety, and stomach bloat. To treat the condition, doctors would induce orgasms. So many women started complaining of hysteria (shocking) that doctors got tired of getting them off by hand. So,Â Dr. J. Mortimer Granville invented the vibrator in the 1880s to take some of the load off of those poor, overworked doctors. Thanks, doc!