All posts by Charlie Hintz

  • Adopt A Skull from the Mütter Museum

    Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum is offering the chance to help preserve the skulls from the 150+ year old Hyrtl collection. The collection, on display at the Mutter Museum, consists of 139 skulls collected by Viennese anatomist Joseph Hyrtl...

    • Posted November 22, 2013
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  • McKeesport Castle

    The Hitzrot House, also known as the McKeesport Castle. Built for Dr. Henry W. Hitzrot in 1892 by Frederick C. Sauer in McKeesport, PA. After Hitzrot’s death, the house was purchased by the Fraternal Order of the...

    • Posted November 22, 2013
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  • World’s Tallest Water Slide

    The world’s tallest, fastest and steepest water slide is being built in Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City. It is called Verrückt Meg-A-Blaster. Though the park will not release height and speed details until the slide opens, it...

    • Posted November 21, 2013
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  • Prohibition Tower of Liquor Barrels

    A tower of liquor barrels to be burned during the Prohibition, 1924.

    • Posted November 21, 2013
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  • Giant Worm Monster Found in Vietnam?

    Japanese weird news site Karapaia recently posted this video, depicting what they claim to be some kind of giant worm monster in Vietnam. A crowd watches as the beast is lifted onto a trailer.

    • Posted November 19, 2013
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  • 12 Weird Things Available to Buy Right Now

    Are you looking for the perfect gift for that weird, hard-to-shop-for family member who collects skulls, bugs and taxidermy? Are you that weird family member? Either way, here are some amazing, beautiful and bizarre oddities for sale...

    • Posted November 18, 2013
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  • Video of the Bizarre Magnapinna Bigfin Squid

    A rare Magnapinna bigfin squid captured on video at a depth of 7800 feet in the Perdido Area of Alaminos Canyon in the Gulf of Mexico.

    • Posted November 18, 2013
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  • Winchester Mystery House

    Following the death of her husband in 1881, Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester, moved West. She bought an unfinished farmhouse in Northern California and began to construct her mansion in 1884. Except...

    • Posted November 7, 2013
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  • Inside the Whale Warehouse

    Take a peek behind the scenes of LA’s Natural History Museum into the Whale Warehouse, where massive whale skulls, narwhal tusks and over 4,000 dolphin specimens are stored. “The public only gets to see a carefully curated...

    • Posted November 7, 2013
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  • Poon Lim: World Record Survivor at Sea

    Poon Lim survived in a raft at sea for 133 days by fishing, swimming for strength and drinking the blood of seagulls when rain was sparse. Holding a world record for survival at sea is a recognition...

    • Posted November 6, 2013
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  • Elongated Skull Unearthed in France

    7,000 years of history has been unearthed in Obernai, in the French province of Alsace during an archeological survey. Amongst the finds was a Merovingian period (5th-8th century A.D.) grave that held the remains of a woman...

    • Posted November 6, 2013
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  • The Bloody Benders

    The Bender family ran a small inn and general store from their home near Cherryvale, Kansas where they brutally murdered passersby and buried the bodies in the orchard. John (Pa) Bender Sr. and son John Bender Jr....

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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  • Vintage Halloween Pinups Vol. 2

    The second installment of the Cult of Weird vintage Halloween pinup spectacular features more glamorous Hollywood starlets with creepy shadows, black cats and jack-lanterns. Adele Jergens Betty Grable Kathleen Case Vintage Halloween Pinup Vintage Halloween Pinup Anne...

    • Posted October 31, 2013
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  • Vintage Halloween Pinups

    Check out these vintage Halloween pin-ups featuring Hollywood starlets with spooky shadows, glowing jack-o-lanterns and peeping scarecrows! Betty Grable Dusty Anderson Gloria Saunders Bobbing for Apples Girl Lillian Wells Clara Bow Joyce Holden Martha Vickers Julie London...

    • Posted October 30, 2013
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  • Jesus and Mary on Google Street View

    The Lord works in mysterious ways, such as photo bombing Google Earth. Apparently Jesus and Mary have grown weary of appearing on grilled cheese sandwiches and other random objects. They have decided to join the ranks of...

    • Posted October 28, 2013
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  • Dollhouse Graves

    These grave markers are as sad as they are sweet. Dollhouses built by grieving parents for their beloved daughters.

    • Posted October 24, 2013
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  • Lilly Gray: Victim of the Beast

    In the Salt Lake City Cemetery there is a peculiar old gravestone that has been the source of much speculation. The small granite marker of Lilly Gray (1881-1954) bears the inscription Victim of the Beast 666. Who...

    • Posted October 23, 2013
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  • Steam-Powered Hearse at House on the Rock

    Though this hearse looks like an amazing piece of vintage steam-powered machinery, it was actually built in the 1980s by woodworker Mike Olp for Alex Jordan’s bizarre collection at House on the Rock in Wisconsin. Apparently two...

    • Posted October 23, 2013
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  • Bizarre Lamps by Evan Chambers

    Artist Evan Chambers fashions these bizarre lamps from copper, bronze and glass. His process involves making molds of natural found objects such as tentacles, hawk legs and opium poppies. He then casts them in bronze, silver-solders them...

    • Posted October 22, 2013
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  • The Monster that Challenged the World (1957)

    Little Cindy was never the same after that day. Behind the scenes shot of The Monster that Challenged the World with a young girl.

    • Posted October 20, 2013
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  • Memoirs of Burning Man 2013

    This cinematic narrative of the Burning Man 2013 experience was shot and edited by Nader Husseini with footage from his iphone and GoPro cam.

    • Posted October 19, 2013
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  • James Bond’s Lotus Espirit Submarine

    The Lotus Espirit submarine car prop from the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me was recently bought at an auction for $920,167 by Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors. Since a different car was...

    • Posted October 18, 2013
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  • 18-Foot Oarfish Found

    The carcass of a true sea serpent was found floating off the coast of California by a snorkeling marine science instructor. It took more than 15 people to drag the rare oarfish to shore. Oarfish are deep...

    • Posted October 17, 2013
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  • World’s First Pregnant Sword Swallower

    Thrill Kill Jill of the Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow became the world’s first pregnant sword swallower in 2011. During her pregnancy Jill and her husband Tyler Fyre continued to perform. She swallowed swords, danced with snakes, and played...

    • Posted October 14, 2013
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  • Spooky Vinyl: Halloween Horrors

    The nostalgic cover art for the 1977 Halloween Horrors album caught my attention online several years ago. When I stumbled across the album by accident at a resale shop one day, it was impossible to pass up....

    • Posted October 14, 2013
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  • Giant Killer Asian Hornets

    These giant Asian hornets have been responsible for at least 42 deaths, and 1,675 have been injured in the Shaanxi province of China since July. The venom of the Vespa mandarinia destroys red blood cells, which can...

    • Posted October 14, 2013
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  • Giant Squid Found on Beach

    The carcass of a mythical giant squid was found on a beach in Spain almost fully intact. It measured 30 feet long and weighed in at 400 pounds. Post by Cult of Weird.

    • Posted October 14, 2013
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  • The Immortal Jellyfish

    The Turritopsis nutricula jellyfish is the only thing known to man to achieve biological immortality. By renewing cells through a process of cell transdifferentiation, the hydrozoan continually reverts back to an immature polyp stage. Theoretically, the jellyfish...

    • Posted October 14, 2013
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  • Amphicar: Not a Good Car, Not a Good Boat

    The Amphicar is a German-made amphibious automobile produced between 1960 and 1968. With front wheel steering and numerous other shortcomings, only 3,878 were ever made. The performance was said to be modest in and out of the...

    • Posted October 14, 2013
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  • Jet Powered Hovercraft

    I’m not sure it really seems like a great idea to ride on top of a jet engine mounted on a hovercraft.

    • Posted October 14, 2013
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  • Volkswagen Aqua Concept Hovercraft

    The Volkswagen Aqua is a concept hovercraft designed by 21-year-old Yuhan Zhang from China to be driven on a variety of terrains. The main engine of the hybrid Aqua is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, with...

    • Posted October 14, 2013
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  • The Grand Victorian Era of San Francisco’s Historic Cliff House

    Of it's multiple incarnations, the Victorian chateau era of San Francisco's Cliff House was by far the most grand.

    • Posted October 14, 2013
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  • Moon Farms to Banish Starvation

    The May 1954 issue of Mechanix Illustrated magazine Frank Tinsley’s illustration of orbiting, saucer-shaped farms proposed that in fifty years much of the world’s food could be grown in the sky using the unbelievable new science of...

    • Posted October 3, 2013
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  • Simca Fulgur 1958 Concept Car

    The Simca Fulgur was a concept car designed in 1958 by Robert Opron for the Simca automobile company in France. It was intended to show what cars in the year 2000 would look like. The Fulgur was...

    • Posted October 3, 2013
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  • Aghori: Cannibal Sect of Hindu Monks

    The Aghori monks are a Hindu sect known predominantly for their taboo practices such as the ritual cannibalism of the dead. The Aghori are Shaivites, ascetic sadhus devoted to Shiva. They believe the Hindu god of transformation...

    • Posted October 2, 2013
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  • House of Mystery #236

    The cover art for DC Comics House of Mystery #236 by Bernie Wrightson. This issue featured the stories “Death Played a Sideshow” and “Deep Sleep.”

    • Posted October 2, 2013
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  • The Real Amityville Horror

    The real Amityville Horror is the strange story of the brutal DeFeo murders that took place 13 months earlier. This A&E documentary explores the true story behind the Amityville Horror: the bizarre circumstances surrounding the brutal murders...

    • Posted October 1, 2013
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  • These Creepy Vintage Halloween Costumes Will Give You Nightmares

    Halloween used to be way creepier! These vintage costumes are terror-inducing.

    • Posted October 1, 2013
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  • Peugeot Motor-Boat Car

    This hybrid boat car made by the French Peugeot company looks like a swanky way to spend a day on the lake. However, the car was not actually amphibious. It was a boat hull mounted on a...

    • Posted October 1, 2013
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  • Naked and Scared Challenge Shut Down

    This Halloween Pennsylvania’s Shocktoberfest Scream Park was set to debut the Naked and Scared nude haunted house challenge before the municipality shut it down. This video from Inside the Magic shows a few early victims touring Shocktoberfest’s...

    • Posted September 30, 2013
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  • Jeweled Skeletons of Christian Saints

    The new book Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs by Paul Koudounaris provide a rare look at the Europe’s jeweled skeletons of Christian saints. In the 16th century the Protestant Reformation lead to...

    • Posted September 29, 2013
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  • Krokodil: Flesh-Eating Drug Hits US

    A flesh-eating narcotic drug from Russia called Krokodil has finally hit the US with two cases reported in Arizona by the Banner Poison Control Center. Krokodil is a home cooked, desomorphine-based mixture of codeine and other ingredients...

    • Posted September 27, 2013
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  • Pacu: Invasion of the Testicle Biters

    The pacu is a vegetarian relative of the piranha native to the Amazon. They have very human-like teeth used for breaking open the cases of nuts that fall in the water. However, it seems that under the...

    • Posted September 26, 2013
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  • Rodney Alcala: Serial Killer Who Won The Dating Game

    That time a serial killer won The Dating Game.

    • Posted September 25, 2013
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  • Madonna of the Rosary

    While exploring resident Mad Taxidermist Rob Reysen’s old cow barn last year, we stumbled upon this antique religious picture. Thankfully, Rob managed to salvage it from the garbage pile for me. After being assaulted by hordes of...

    • Posted September 22, 2013
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  • Inside Amityville: The Story Behind My Amityville Horror

    Tony Brueski of Real Ghost Stories Online talks with filmmaker Eric Walter about the making of his documentary My Amityville Horror. The film explores the controversial story of The Amityville Horror from the perspective of Daniel Lutz,...

    • Posted September 22, 2013
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  • My Amityville Horror

    What is it like to live with the stigma of being involved in arguably the most controversial real-life haunted house story ever told? In the new documentary My Amityville Horror, Daniel Lutz tells his story for the...

    • Posted September 22, 2013
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  • End of the World Dioramas

    Photographer Lori Nix constructed these end of the world dioramas to depict nature consuming the remains of human civilization after some man-made or natural disaster has emptied a city of its inhabitants. Lori is no stranger to...

    • Posted September 19, 2013
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  • Remains of Six Found in Cars at Bottom of Lake in Oklahoma

    The skeletal remains of six bodies in two cars that were last seen over 40 years ago have been found at the bottom of a lake in Oklahoma.

    • Posted September 18, 2013
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  • The Guillotine Blade of Marie Antoinette

    This guillotine blade on display at Madame Tussauds wax museum in London is believed to be the actual blade that beheaded French queen Marie Antoinette on October 16, 1793. It was purchased from the executioner’s family. Marie...

    • Posted September 16, 2013
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  • Mummified Body Found in Chicago

    This information that comes with this photo states the mummified body pictured was unearthed in Chicago on Oct. 29th, 1903. It goes on to say the body was dug up in a gravel pit at 56th St...

    • Posted September 16, 2013
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  • Contortionist Leilani Franco Scores 3 Guinness World Records

    Amazing contortionist Leilani Franco has received three world records in the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records for her amazing abilities. She now holds the records for the most full body revolutions maintaining a chest stand in...

    • Posted September 13, 2013
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  • The Girl and Death: The Art of August Brömse

    August Brömse (1873-1925) was a Czech artist heavily influenced by contemporary German art and culture. His Girl and Death series originated in 1901-1902. It is believed to echo his relationship with concert singer Eisa Schünemann. The series...

    • Posted September 13, 2013
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  • Stuffed Animals in Costumes

    This is a trailer for the 1965 film about eccentric Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter and his hand-made anthropomorphic taxidermy museum. Check out the new book and documentary about Potter’s work here: Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy

    • Posted September 13, 2013
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  • Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy

    The Death and Burial of Cock Robin by Walter Potter When Victorian-era English taxidermist Walter Potter’s tiny museum of his own personal anthropomorphic creations was auctioned off in 2003 (read about it in Still Life by Melissa...

    • Posted September 13, 2013
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  • Traveling Museum Box by Ron Pippin

    Ron Pippin has been making amazing and bizarre things for a very long time that fall somewhere between natural history museum diorama and steampunk art. This Traveling Museum Box is one of his creations from 1994. Check...

    • Posted September 12, 2013
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  • London’s Malplaquet House is an enormous Cabinet of Curiosities

    The Malplaquet House is filled floor-to-ceiling with art, religious artifacts, and natural history specimens.

    • Posted September 12, 2013
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  • Cold War Home Built 26 Feet Underground

    Underground shelters built in fear of a nuclear attack were usually cramped spaces with just enough amenities to survive a few months. When wealthy recluse Girard “Jerry” B. Henderson built his Cold War bunker in 1978, he...

    • Posted September 8, 2013
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  • Girl to Gorilla Sideshow Act

    The girl-to-gorilla trick is an old sideshow act based on the principles of the vintage Blue Room or Pepper’s Ghost illusions. For decades it mystified eager crowds in dimly lit tents as one of the top-grossing grind...

    • Posted September 6, 2013
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  • The Dying Drunkard

    On Sunday, August 25th Christina and I embarked on an expedition to the sanctuary of the surreal: the House on the Rock in Spring Green, Wisconsin. House on the Rock is home to extravagant and often unnerving...

    • Posted August 26, 2013
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  • Circus World Museum Brings Circus History to Life in Baraboo, WI

    Circus history comes alive at Circus World in Baraboo with Big Top performances, sideshow and the world's largest collection of vintage circus wagons.

    • Posted August 23, 2013
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  • Theda Bara

    Silent film actress Theda Bara (1885-1955) was one of cinema’s earliest sex symbols, gracing the silver screen in risque costumes as femme fatale characters that earned her the nickname “The Vamp.” Though photos still exist, most of...

    • Posted August 12, 2013
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  • The Knife Thrower’s Girl

    The beautiful assistant for a 19th-century knife-throwing sideshow act.

    • Posted August 7, 2013
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  • Mechanical Centipede

    Photo of an experimental mechanical centipede vehicle.

    • Posted August 7, 2013
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  • Batmobile Limo

    • Posted August 6, 2013
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  • Smithsonian Giant Skeleton Conspiracy

    Newspapers of the 19th century reported many discoveries of giant human skeletons, which have since seemingly vanished without a trace. Is the lack of evidence proof of a Smithsonian conspiracy to cover up their existence, or proof...

    • Posted August 2, 2013
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  • Breast Protectors for Female War Workers

    These WWII workers are modeling safety gear for female workers, including the plastic breast protector to keep our most important national treasures out of harm’s way.

    • Posted August 2, 2013
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  • Weirdest Facebook Posts for July

    The Cult of Weird community is growing at dizzying rates across our various social media profiles, including Twitter (@CultofWeird), Tumblr and Google+. However, by far the largest, fastest-growing and most entertaining is the Cult of Weird Facebook...

    • Posted August 1, 2013
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  • Ferrari Modulo Concept Car

    The futuristic Ferrari 512 S Modulo concept car designed by Paolo Martin for Pininfarina. The Modulo was unveiled at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. It has a canopy-style roof that slides forward to permit entry, as well...

    • Posted July 29, 2013
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  • Mike the Headless Chicken PBS Documentary

    This video clip from a PBS documentary details the strange life of Mike the headless chicken, who lived for a year and a half after the farmer’s axe took his head in 1945.

    • Posted July 25, 2013
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  • Anatomy for the Blind

    This old photo depicts a talk and touch session for the blind about human anatomy, 1913.

    • Posted July 24, 2013
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  • LSD Experiments: The Confused Cat

    This 1960 film report from the US government depicts a cat under the influence of LSD.

    • Posted July 24, 2013
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  • Whales Almost Swallow Divers

    Divers have a close call with humpback whales while diving Souza Rock on the central California coast.

    • Posted July 23, 2013
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  • Death on Display at the Paris Morgue

    Death became a popular pastime at the Paris Morgue in the late 19th century, where bodies were displayed publicly for identification.

    • Posted July 22, 2013
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  • The Lobotomy of Rosemary Kennedy

    Rosemary Kennedy was lobotomized at the age of 23 to calm her violent mood swings and spent the rest of her life incapacitated.

    • Posted July 19, 2013
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  • The Accidents of Youth (1819)

    A volume of cautionary tales published in 1819 meant to invoke obedience in children lest they maim or kill themselves.

    • Posted July 17, 2013
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  • Victorian Spiritualist

    Vintage promotional photo for a Victorian-era spiritualist.

    • Posted July 2, 2013
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  • Clam Licking Salt Video

    This video is titled “Clam Licking Salt.” However, clams do not have tongues. It is in fact a clam foot trying to dig.

    • Posted June 21, 2013
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  • Wavelength

    Are dark and strange truths about non-human alien entities and disturbing government experiments buried in the obscure 1983 sci-fi film Wavelength? Read the article here. Watch Wavelength in it’s entirety right here.

    • Posted June 21, 2013
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  • General Robley’s Tattooed Heads

    Major General Horatio Gordon Robley with his collection of tattooed heads featured in P.T. Barnum‘s dime museum, 1883.

    • Posted June 19, 2013
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  • Life Cycle of a Beetle

    Vintage shadow box made in Denmark in the 1920s showing the life cycle of a beetle. This odd and beautiful piece is available on Etsy right here.

    • Posted June 17, 2013
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  • World Record Black Sea Bass

    These vintage photos depict fisherman with their world record black sea bass caught off of California’s Catalina Island. A world’s record 384-pound black sea bass caught by Franklin Schenck of Brooklyn with rod and reel off Catalina...

    • Posted June 13, 2013
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  • Home Dentistry in the 1920s

    A woman prepares to pull a child’s tooth with a pliers in this photo from the 1920s.

    • Posted June 11, 2013
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  • World’s Largest Kidney Stone

    This is the world’s largest ever recorded kidney stone, removed from a patient in Hungary. It weighs 2.5lb and is 17cm in diameter.

    • Posted June 4, 2013
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  • Mystic Eye 1953 Divination Board Game

    This weekend’s adventures into the dark corners and dusty shelves of the unknown unearthed an original Mystic Eye board game! Made in 1953 by Mister B Industries, Mystic Eye claims to be a powerful oracle and party...

    • Posted June 2, 2013
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  • Tibetan Engraved Skull

    An engraved human skull from Tibet. The carvings are said to be done to take a curse off a family or to guide the soul of a mislead human on the right path to enlightenment. Engraved in...

    • Posted June 1, 2013
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  • Tibetan Butter Sculpture

    The ancient art of Tibetan butter sculpture. Read about it here.

    • Posted May 30, 2013
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  • Stonehenge and Easter Island Explained

    Suddenly it all makes sense.

    • Posted May 30, 2013
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  • Coin-Operated Peep Show

    Coin-operated peepshow, 1954

    • Posted May 29, 2013
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  • The Sea’s Strangest Square Mile

    Short film explores a square mile of ocean floor that is home to bizarre alien-like creatures.

    • Posted May 28, 2013
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  • The Last Taxidermist in Paris

    Deyrolle is a 180-year-old taxidermy shop and natural history emporium in Paris. Founded in 1831 by well-known entomologist Jean-Baptiste Deyrolle, the shop was home to a historic collection of taxidermy mounts, beetles, butterflies and more until a...

    • Posted May 24, 2013
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  • Snake Charmer

    Vintage photo of a circus sideshow snake charmer.

    • Posted May 24, 2013
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  • Crawford Long’s Ether Amputation

    This tintype photo c. 1855-1860 is a staged portrayal of Crawford Long’s first use of ether as an anesthetic in a surgical procedure. Inhaling “laughing gas” become popular at parties in the early 1840s. Dr. Long noticed...

    • Posted May 24, 2013
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  • Eaten By Mountain Rats on Pike’s Peak

    In 1876, Pike’s Peak Signal Station attendant Private John O’Keefe told tall tales of life in the station to lawyer, newspaper man and drinking friend, Eliphat Price. O’Keefe recounted a story of large, man-eating rats that lived...

    • Posted May 20, 2013
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  • Hangman’s Tree

    Hangman’s Tree, the number one place to take your family for lousy food and warm beer.

    • Posted May 16, 2013
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  • Crab Hat

    Vintage photo of a woman wearing a crab hat.

    • Posted May 16, 2013
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  • Lina Medina: Youngest Mom Ever

    Lina Medina, pictured above with her doctor and her 11-month-old son, was born September 27, 1933. At the age of five years, seven months and 17 days she gave birth to a six pound baby boy, becoming...

    • Posted May 11, 2013
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  • Vintage Wisconsin Dells Bull Horn Ashtray

    View on Etsy Vintage bull horn ashtray vacation kitsch novelty from Wisconsin Dells. This antique souvenir is made from real bull horns, with a Wisconsin Dells decal on the base. Bull horn ashtrays usually including a metal...

    • Posted May 11, 2013
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  • Mummified Deer Head

    View on Etsy The naturally mummified head of a white tail deer with antlers intact. There is a cut in the forehead from someone starting to remove the antlers. Available Now Cult of Weird on Etsy COUPON...

    • Posted May 11, 2013
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  • Pronghorn Antelope Taxidermy

    Vintage North American pronghorn antelope taxidermy mount for sale. In great shape. Minor wear on one ear. SOLD Cult of Weird on Etsy COUPON CODES & MORE Copy & paste the link below to join the Cult...

    • Posted May 11, 2013
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