• Curiosity Jar

    View on Etsy Victorian-style cabinet of curiosity diorama jar containing an ermine skull, mummified toad and dermestid beetles. Available Now Cult of Weird on Etsy

    • Posted February 24, 2013
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  • Anita Page with the Ziegfeld Follies

    Ziegfeld Follies girl Anita Page poses in “costume” with a huge scimitar in this risque 1920s promo photo.

    • Posted February 23, 2013
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  • Conjoined Lambs Taxidermy

    Rare taxidermy of conjoined Siamese twin lambs with one head and two bodies.

    • Posted February 22, 2013
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  • The Peculiar Atrocities of Edward Gorey

    The grim works of Edward Gorey have garnered a cult following, but no one knew quite what to think when his manuscripts first started landing on the desks of publishers in the 1950s. According to this article,...

    • Posted February 22, 2013
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  • The Hand that Never Stopped Painting

    Controversial Norwegian artist Morten Viskum uses severed hands as paintbrushes for his series called “The Hand that Never Stopped Painting.” The mediums and subject matter vary from hand to hand. Viskum used paint, animal blood and gold...

    • Posted February 18, 2013
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  • The Strange Case of Jeremy Bentham

    Upon his request in a detailed letter attached to his will, the body of British philosopher Jeremy Bentham was dissected and preserved after his death in 1832 by his disciple Thomas Southwood Smith. The head and skeleton...

    • Posted February 18, 2013
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  • The Missing Head of King Henry IV

    The head of the embalmed French king Henry IV, who died in 1610, disappeared after revolutionaries ransacked and desecrated his grave in 1793. The head was finally tracked down to the attic of a French pensioner in...

    • Posted February 3, 2013
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  • Bad Taxidermy Vol. 1

    Taxidermists are responsible for preserving the animal kingdom through an expert knowledge of anatomy, chemistry and other delicate sciences, as well as the mastery of sewing, sculpture and myriad other skills necessary to bring an the empty...

    • Posted February 1, 2013
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