True life is often far stranger than fiction. History, alternatively known as humanity’s trial-and-error period, is chock-full of scenarios bizarre enough to render your favorite movies, TV shows, and books obsolete.
Assembled below are historical photos of the astonishing things people have done throughout time, some of which aren’t more than 30 years old. Thought you’d seen it all? Wait ’til you see kids “swimming” on dry land.