10 Crazy Facts About Life In Ancient Rome

Lucky Phallus

You know how a rabbit foot is a good luck charm for people? In Ancient Rome, it was a phallus. The bronze or wooden penises were worn as necklaces, hung in doorways (no pun intended), and used to make windchimes — all thought to bring good luck!

Flushing Toilets

From the Middle Ages until the late 19th century, it was common to use a pail that had to be emptied as a toilet. So it may surprise you to know that in Ancient Rome there was a somewhat modern sewage system, complete with flushing toilets and hot and cold water at your fingertips.