All posts by Charlie Hintz

  • 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
    • 0
  • 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
    • 2
  • 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
    • 25
  • Tibetan Butter Sculpture

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

    • Posted May 30, 2013
    • 0
  • Stonehenge and Easter Island Explained

    Suddenly it all makes sense.

    • Posted May 30, 2013
    • 3
  • Coin-Operated Peep Show

    Coin-operated peepshow, 1954

    • Posted May 29, 2013
    • 0
  • 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
    • 0
  • 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
    • 3
  • Snake Charmer

    Vintage photo of a circus sideshow snake charmer.

    • Posted May 24, 2013
    • 0
  • 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
    • 0
  • 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
    • 2
  • Hangman’s Tree

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

    • Posted May 16, 2013
    • 4
  • Crab Hat

    Vintage photo of a woman wearing a crab hat.

    • Posted May 16, 2013
    • 0
  • 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
    • 2
  • 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
    • 0
  • 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
    • 0
  • 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
    • 0
  • The Death Trunk of Murderer Emma LeDoux

    On the evening of March 24th, 1906 an unmarked trunk left at a train depot in Stockton, CA began to draw suspicion when a foul smell was traced to it. Police were summoned and the trunk was...

    • Posted May 10, 2013
    • 1
  • Ray Harryhausen

    Legendary stop-motion animation pioneer and special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen died today at the age of 92. His work includes creatures from The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, Jason and the Argonauts, One Million Years B.C., King Kong,...

    • Posted May 7, 2013
    • 0
  • The Legend of Margorie McCall

    The legend of the "Lady with the Ring," a woman who was accidentally buried alive, but revived when the grave diggers returned to steal her valuable jewelry.

    • Posted May 6, 2013
    • 13
  • Cannibalism & Human Evolution

    Can intelligence be eaten? In 1971 a book hit the shelves suggesting human evolution was driven by cannibalism. The book is The Beginning Was the End by Oscar Kiss Maerth. The book proposes that early cannibalistic apes...

    • Posted May 6, 2013
    • 1
  • The Morthouse

    This circular stone building, called a morthouse, houses a revolving wheel upon which a coffin would be placed & kept under lock and key. When another body was deposited, the wheel would be turned slightly to accommodate...

    • Posted April 24, 2013
    • 0
  • Rat King

    Rat kings are groups of dead rats found with their tails mysteriously and elaborately knotted, stuck together with blood, dirt or excrement. The photo above is of a mummified rat king comprised of 32 rats, the largest...

    • Posted April 24, 2013
    • 0
  • The Grave with a Window: The Burial Place of Timothy Clark Smith in New Haven, Vermont

    A grave with a window in New Haven, Vermont is the final resting place of Dr. Timothy Clark Smith, who was afraid of being buried alive.

    • Posted April 24, 2013
    • 1
  • Beauchene Style Antique Bear Skull

    View on Etsy This Beauchene style exploded bear skull was handcrafted by taxidermist Rob Reysen. The vintage skull has been carefully dissected into four slices to show the intricate interior bone formations. The large canines are split...

    • Posted April 14, 2013
    • 0
  • Bubonic Plague 2012

    Oregon man Paul Gaylord contracted a rare case of the bubonic plague, as known as the “Black Death” in 2012 when he was bit by a stray cat he had named Charlie. Paul was trying to help...

    • Posted April 11, 2013
    • 2
  • Futuro House: The UFO Home of the 1960s

    Though the Futuro House production ended long ago, these flying saucer-shaped homes can still be found in some unexpected places.

    • Posted April 11, 2013
    • 22
  • Marilyn Monroe X-Rays Bring Big Money at Auction

    1954 X-rays of Marilyn Monroe's chest and pelvis sold at an auction in 2010 for $45,000.

    • Posted April 8, 2013
    • 0
  • Man and Space

    Man and Space is a 1963 United States Air Force documentary reviewing the Air Force System Command’s bioastronautics life sciences program, whose studies were intended to assure man’s safety in space exploration.

    • Posted April 3, 2013
    • 0
  • Tragedy of the SS Morro Castle

    The luxury cruise ship SS Morro Castle burning at sea in 1934 The SS Morro Castle was a luxury cruise ship launched in 1930, named for the Morro Castle fortress that guards the entrance to Havana Bay....

    • Posted April 3, 2013
    • 1
  • Genesis 6 Giants, Mighty Men of Old

    “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which...

    • Posted March 25, 2013
    • 2
  • Prehistoric Human Hand Fossil

    This fossilized human hand was found Bogota in 100-130 million-year-old rock.

    • Posted March 25, 2013
    • 2
  • Giant Footprint in Billion-Year-Old Granite

    In 2002, James Snyder discovered a giant, fossilized footprint embedded in billion-year-old granite in California’s Cleveland National Forest.

    • Posted March 25, 2013
    • 1
  • 300 Million-Year-Old Screw Found in Rock

    While investigating the remains of a meteorite outside of Moscow in 1998, Russian scientists discovered a rock with a screw firmly fixed inside. Geologist estimate the age of the rock to be 300-320 million years old. Evidence...

    • Posted March 25, 2013
    • 9
  • Hands Resist Him: Haunted Ebay Painting

    In February of 2000 an anonymous seller listed a mysterious painting on ebay, claiming it was haunted. In the listing, the seller claimed the painting had been found abandoned behind an old brewery by an art picker,...

    • Posted March 23, 2013
    • 7
  • Golden Guide to Hallucinogenic Plants

    The Golden Guide® to Hallucinogenic Plants, published in 1976. The back cover blurb reads: What are hallucinogenic plants? How do they affect mind and body? Who uses them — and why? This unique Golden Guide surveys the...

    • Posted March 21, 2013
    • 0
  • Skeleton Rocking Chair

    Memento Mori skeleton rocking chair

    • Posted March 17, 2013
    • 5
  • Antique Steer Horn Chair

    Antique chair with steer horns for the back and legs. For sale here.

    • Posted March 17, 2013
    • 0
  • The Gods Hate Kansas

    The Gods Hate Kansas by Joseph Millard (1964, cover painting by Jack Thurston) INVASION FROM THE STARS It began with the landing of nine meteors in Kansas. Then, suddenly, it exploded into a massive catastrophe. First, the...

    • Posted March 10, 2013
    • 0
  • 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
    • 0
  • 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
    • 2
  • Conjoined Lambs Taxidermy

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

    • Posted February 22, 2013
    • 0
  • 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
    • 0
  • 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
    • 0
  • 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
    • 0
  • 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
    • 1
  • 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
    • 1
  • Heather Holliday

    Heather Holliday puts the sexy into the sideshow, blowing fire and swallowing swords with the Pretty Things Peepshow. She has also performed with the Coney Island Circus Sideshow and the Brothers Grimm Sideshow, and is currently the...

    • Posted January 30, 2013
    • 0
  • Pretty Things Peepshow

    The Pretty Things Peepshow combines Vaudeville, burlesque and sideshow acts that harken back to the early days of the traveling circus when Girly shows and dark, seedy hootchy-kootchy tents lined the midway beside freakshows and human oddities....

    • Posted January 30, 2013
    • 0
  • Chopping Down A Redwood

    Lumberjacks chopping down a giant Redwood in California c. 1900.

    • Posted January 30, 2013
    • 0
  • Fearful Tales of the Occult

    This is the first issue of the Australian comic book magazine Fearful Tales of the Occult, printed in 1977.

    • Posted January 26, 2013
    • 0
  • Portable Living Room

    TV Helmet (The Portable Living Room) by Walter Pichler, 1967 Small Room (Prototype 4)

    • Posted January 25, 2013
    • 0
  • Dynasphere

    The Dynasphere was a monowheel electric vehicle invented in 1932 by Dr. J. A. Purves from Taunton, Somerset, UK. It had 2.5 horse power and once attained a speed of 25mph.

    • Posted January 24, 2013
    • 1
  • The Gift of Psychokenisis

    Get that hairy chest and he-man appearance you have always wanted and admired with the gift of psychokenisis for only $10!

    • Posted January 24, 2013
    • 0
  • The Dark Fairy Tales of Miwa Yanagi

    Photographer Miwa Yanagi’s black and white fairy tale series is surreal and disturbing, featuring macabre twists on classic tales that will get under your skin and haunt you.

    • Posted January 23, 2013
    • 6
  • Ohio Big Foot Girl

    Misses Fannie Mills (August 30, 1860 or 1859 – 1899), known as “The Ohio Big Foot Girl,” had a disease called Milroy Disease which caused for legs and feet to become gigantic. She was born in Sussex,...

    • Posted January 22, 2013
    • 0
  • Eva C Excreting Ectoplasm

    Show medium Marthe Beraud (also known as Eva C. and Eva Carrière) excreting ectoplasm during a session c. 1910.

    • Posted January 20, 2013
    • 1
  • Houdini’s Box

    1924 photo of Harry Houdini and his box created to evaluate the abilities of Mediums during his crusade to disprove their powers.

    • Posted January 19, 2013
    • 0
  • Knife Thrower

    Vintage photo of a knife thrower and his lovely, trusting assistant. Related Freak Show: Most Famous Sideshow Performers Sideshow Banner Art by Fred G. Johnson Circus World Museum

    • Posted January 18, 2013
    • 0
  • Necropants: Macabre Icelandic Witchcraft Tradition

    The macabre Iceland witchcraft tradition of necropants involves wearing someone's skin to collect coins in the scrotum.

    • Posted January 15, 2013
    • 17
  • Radio Police Automaton

    Illustration of a remotely-controlled robot cop from 1924, complete with a telegraphone, dynamo, loud speaker and tear gas.

    • Posted January 15, 2013
    • 0
  • Edith Clifford, Champion Sword Swallower

    “Champion Sword Swallower of the World” Edith Clifford c. 1900.

    • Posted January 14, 2013
    • 1
  • The Devil Automaton

    An Italian automaton depicting the Devil, carved in wood around the 15th or 16th centuries, could roll its eyes and move its tongue, emit a noise and spit smoke from the mouth.

    • Posted January 12, 2013
    • 0
  • The Louvre Doll

    The ‘Louvre Doll’ is an ancient French voodoo doll found in a jar with an inscribed tablet. It depicts a nude woman in a kneeling position pierced by thirteen needles.

    • Posted January 11, 2013
    • 1
  • Human Body Slices

    Human body slices showing the differences between thin and overweight anatomy.

    • Posted January 11, 2013
    • 1
  • Ectrodactyly – The Lobster Claw Syndrome

    Ectrodactyly, or lobster claw syndrome, is the name given to the condition in which hands or feet have a claw-like deformation.

    • Posted January 11, 2013
    • 0
  • DeLorean Limo

    This DeLorean stretch limo with three full sets of gull wing doors was created by Rich Weissensel. It began as a sketch and an order for a custom stainless steel frame after meeting John DeLorean at the...

    • Posted January 11, 2013
    • 0
  • Anesthesia

    Tens of thousands of patients a year in the US alone wake up during surgery. Due to a paralytic agent to prevent muscle twitches and tape over the eyes, the patient is unable to move or alert...

    • Posted January 10, 2013
    • 0
  • 18th Century Asylum Restraint Chair

    Patient in restraint chair at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, Wakefield, Yorkshire c1896

    • Posted January 9, 2013
    • 0
  • The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello

    The crew of a royal dirigible accidentally stumbles upon a savage, horrifying cure for their plague-infested world in this steampunk-inspired animated short film.

    • Posted January 7, 2013
    • 0
  • 1900 Artificial Legs

    Studio photo of a young girl wearing a pair of artificial legs c1900. The legs were manufactured by James Gillingham, a boot- and shoemaker based in Chard, Somerset.

    • Posted January 5, 2013
    • 0
  • Boston Corbett – Mad as a Hatter

    BOOTH’S KILLER WAS MAD AS A HATTER: Boston Corbett, the Union Sergeant who shot and killed John Wilkes Booth, led a colorful and increasingly bizarre life. After his wife died in 1858, he castrated himself to avoid...

    • Posted January 4, 2013
    • 0
  • Santa’s Sleigh and Flying Saucer Collide

    If Santa did not make it to your house this year, maybe this why…

    • Posted December 26, 2012
    • 1
  • Safety Pins in the Windpipe

    A collection of safety pins from a doctor’s cabinet of objects caught in patients’ windpipes.

    • Posted December 13, 2012
    • 0
  • The Human Skin Shoes of Big Nose George Parrott

    The doctor that performed the autopsy on Big Nose George Parrott used the outlaws skin to make himself a fancy pair of shoes.

    • Posted December 7, 2012
    • 0
  • Mummified Conjoined Twin Animal Fetuses

    The mummified conjoined remains of…something….

    • Posted December 5, 2012
    • 0
  • Hand of the Mysteries

    Hand of the Mysteries is the alchemical symbol for the transformation of man into god.

    • Posted December 5, 2012
    • 7
  • The Furniture of Michel Haillard

    Michel Haillard uses horns and exotic hides to craft his bizarre amalgamation of baroque and tribal styles into furniture fit for a barbarian king. See more at www.michel-haillard.com

    • Posted December 2, 2012
    • 0
  • Mound Builders and the Giants of Ancient America

    Jim Vieira discusses his 20 years of research into the mound builders of ancient America, including his compilation of thousands of reports of giant skeletons ranging from seven to over eleven feet tall unearthed from burial mounds...

    • Posted December 1, 2012
    • 13
  • Antique Pronghorn Antelope Taxidermy

    View on Etsy This antique taxidermy pronghorn antelope shoulder mount is estimated to be from the 1950s or 60s. It is yellowed, with slight damage to the lip as visible in the photos. Though not actually an...

    • Posted November 25, 2012
    • 0
  • The Mummified Monk

    The mummified body of Buddhist monk Phra Khru Samathakittikhun (or Loung Por Daeng) remains on display in Thailand in Wat Kunaram on Koh Samui island per his request, some thirty years after his death. He hoped his...

    • Posted November 16, 2012
    • 0
  • Divya, World’s Hottest Taxidermist

    Meet Divya, the world’s hottest taxidermist:

    • Posted November 16, 2012
    • 0
  • The Grave of John Dillinger

    Due to the his infamy as Public Enemy Number One and the controversy surrounding his death, John Dillinger’s body was buried under 5 feet of concrete and steel in the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis to prevent...

    • Posted November 13, 2012
    • 0
  • Bizarre Glass Sculpture by Andy Paiko

    Portland glass blower and artist Andy Paiko has redefined the form and function of glass, meshing organic and geometric shapes with bones and other oddities in bizarre and beautiful ways. See more of Andy Paiko’s work on...

    • Posted September 21, 2012
    • 1
  • Mummified Deer Skull

    Partially mummified deer skull. 30-40 years old, weathered, broken antler, broken jaw. Available Now Cult of Weird on Etsy

    • Posted August 19, 2012
    • 0
  • Vervet Monkey Skin

    Tanned, vintage vervet monkey skin approximately 30-40 years old. For display only, not taxidermy-mountable. Smells like monkey. SOLD Cult of Weird on Etsy

    • Posted August 19, 2012
    • 0
  • The Most Kissed Lips

    L’Inconnue de la Seine (or “the unknown woman of the Seine”) was an unidentified young woman pulled from the Seine River at the Quai du Louvre in Paris in the late 1880s whose death mask became a...

    • Posted June 12, 2012
    • 2
  • Grizzly Bear Hide

    Vintage grizzly bear hide from the 20s or 30s. SOLD Cult of Weird on Etsy

    • Posted June 10, 2012
    • 0
  • Burlesque Queen Miss Zorita Walking Her Snake

    Miss Zorita began performing at stag parties at the age of fifteen and eventually became a famous burlesque queen. Her routines often included the use of snakes, and her most remembered was called “the consummation of the...

    • Posted June 7, 2012
    • 0
  • X-Ray Pin-up Calendar Photos

    Pin-up models truly bare all in this first-ever pin-up calendar for the medical profession, where EVERY detail is revealed in x-ray. Check out the photos below:

    • Posted June 6, 2012
    • 1
  • More Cannibalism in the News

    The bizarre cannibal attacks last month were not the end of what is surely a zombie apocalypse on the rise. Two new cases have come to light that are equally disturbing. Homeless Woman Grabs Baby, Tires to...

    • Posted June 4, 2012
    • 1
  • Photos of 1955 Atomic Bomb Test

    Some rare and eerie photos of a replica town involved in an atomic bomb test in May 1955, including mannequins used to demonstrate the effects on people. Scorched, male mannequin in suit of dark fabric indicates a...

    • Posted May 31, 2012
    • 7
  • Miami Zombie Cannibal and Other Madness in the News

    As evident by the daily dose of deranged on the Cult of Weird Facebook and Twitter pages, there is a never-ending stream of strange things in the news like unidentified creature sightings, bizarre medical anomalies, obscure discoveries...

    • Posted May 31, 2012
    • 2
  • Mummified Deer Head

    At least 20+ year old mummified zombie deer head with a 10 point rack. Not Currently Available Cult of Weird on Etsy

    • Posted May 24, 2012
    • 0
  • Antique Ice Cleats

    Antique ice cleats, or creepers, were used around the 1880s to the 1920s to to gain traction on frozen ponds or lakes while harvesting ice. Available Now Cult of Weird on Etsy

    • Posted May 24, 2012
    • 0
  • Antique Child’s Leg Brace

    Rare child’s leg brace medical device from approximately the 1880s. The hinge at the ankle and knee are rusted and do not move. Found in abandoned log home before it was torn down. Available Now Cult of...

    • Posted May 24, 2012
    • 0
  • Vintage Taxidermy Bear Head

    The first offering from the official Cult of Weird shop of oddities and curiosities is this antique taxidermy black bear head mount, most likely from the 1920s or 1930s. Some areas are worn and showing their age...

    • Posted May 24, 2012
    • 0
  • Mike the Headless Chicken

    Mike the headless chicken survived the axe and lived to become a star attraction for 18 months before choking to death in 1947.

    • Posted May 21, 2012
    • 12
  • Man Arrested at Airport with Roasted Human Fetuses

    Chow Hok Kuen, a British citizen in Bangkok, was recently arrest by Thai police at the airport after they found six roasted human fetuses in his luggage. The infants, between the ages of two and seven months,...

    • Posted May 21, 2012
    • 1
  • Chernobyl Abandoned Amusement Park

    The city of Pripyat in the Ukraine was founded in 1970 to house the families of workers at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It was abandoned in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster, when the 30-kilometer area around...

    • Posted May 20, 2012
    • 0