All posts by Charlie Hintz

  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Prehistoric Human Hand Fossil

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

    • Posted March 25, 2013
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Skeleton Rocking Chair

    Memento Mori skeleton rocking chair

    • Posted March 17, 2013
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  • Antique Steer Horn Chair

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

    • Posted March 17, 2013
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  • 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
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  • 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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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Chopping Down A Redwood

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

    • Posted January 30, 2013
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  • 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
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  • Portable Living Room

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

    • Posted January 25, 2013
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Edith Clifford, Champion Sword Swallower

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

    • Posted January 14, 2013
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Human Body Slices

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

    • Posted January 11, 2013
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 18th Century Asylum Restraint Chair

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

    • Posted January 9, 2013
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Mummified Conjoined Twin Animal Fetuses

    The mummified conjoined remains of…something….

    • Posted December 5, 2012
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  • Hand of the Mysteries

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

    • Posted December 5, 2012
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Divya, World’s Hottest Taxidermist

    Meet Divya, the world’s hottest taxidermist:

    • Posted November 16, 2012
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Grizzly Bear Hide

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

    • Posted June 10, 2012
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Child’s Skull Before Losing Baby Teeth

    A child’s skull dissected to show placement of the adult teeth in the bone before the baby teeth have fallen out.

    • Posted May 15, 2012
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  • Time Travel and Project Pegasus

    Seattle attorney Andrew Basiago has been publicly making the claim since 2004 that between the ages of seven and twelve years old he participated in a secret U.S. government program that worked on teleportation and time travel...

    • Posted April 30, 2012
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  • Dissection on Display: Cadavers, Anatomists, and Public Spectacle

    Since Herophilus, the “father of anatomy,” performed the first public human dissection in the third century BCE, audiences have been spellbound by the cutting apart of cadavers. Dissection on Display: Cadavers, Anatomists, and Public Spectacle by Christine...

    • Posted April 23, 2012
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  • Harry Flavel House in Astoria, Oregon

    There are two Flavel houses in Astoria, Orgeon. The most well-known is the Flavel House Museum at Eighth and Exchange streets, the mansion originally built by Astoria’s first millionaire, Capt. George Flavel, in 1885. The other house,...

    • Posted April 23, 2012
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  • The First Earth Day

    The first Earth Day March 21st, 1970

    • Posted April 22, 2012
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  • The Two-Headed Boy from Bengal

    The Two-headed boy from Bengal was born in May 1783 in the village of Mundul Gait. Though first rejected and thrown into a fire by his mother, his parents soon realized they could make money from the...

    • Posted April 6, 2012
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  • The Georgia Guidestones

    Known as the American Stonehenge, the origin of the Georgia Guidestones (erected March 22nd, 1980) in Elbert County, Georgia is equally mysterious. The three large granite stones contain ten cryptic guides inscribed in the eight most common...

    • Posted April 3, 2012
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  • Early Accounts of Cannibalism

    A collection of historical accounts of cannibalism within tribes of the Congo and South Pacific Islands by early missionaries. CANNIBALISM IN THE FIJI ISLANDS “October 31st, 1839, Thursday. This morning we witnessed a shocking spectacle. Twenty (20)...

    • Posted April 2, 2012
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  • Beware the Stairs

    Stairs are the second most common cause of accidental death, ranking only below car accidents. The World Health Organization’s mortality statistics for fall on and from stairs and steps deaths are surprisingly high, typically with the U.S....

    • Posted March 28, 2012
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  • The Demented Dollhouses of Marc Giai-Miniet

    The strange and ominous shadowbox diorama dollhouses of french artist Marc Giai-Miniet.

    • Posted March 27, 2012
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  • Dissection Room

    Dissection room of a Bordeaux, France medical school c. 1890

    • Posted March 26, 2012
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  • The Gravestone of Laurence Matheson

    “Asleep” is the marble gravestone of Laurence Matheson (1930-1987), sculpted at the request of his widow by artist Peter Shipperheyn. The grave of Laurence Matheson is located in the Mount Macedon Cemetery of Victoria, Australia.

    • Posted March 26, 2012
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  • Cathedral of Ice

    The Cathedral of Ice from the 1926 film The Holy Mountain directed by Arnold Fanck. The 50 ft. tall cathedral was constructed from ice painstakingly shaped for months on an armature of metal pipes.

    • Posted March 26, 2012
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  • Atomic Bomb Shelter

    Ruth Colhoun and her children climb the stairs down into their new underground atomic bomb shelter in Van Nuys, California, 1951.

    • Posted March 26, 2012
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  • E.B. White

    “If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. if it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. but i arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire...

    • Posted March 26, 2012
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  • Wicked Bugs

    Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart, author of the New York Times bestseller Wicked Plants, is a darkly comical look at the creepy crawlies that infest, infect, and...

    • Posted March 20, 2012
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  • Seely’s Castle in Asheville, North Carolina

    Seely's Castle in Asheville, North Carolina is steeped in rumors of dark and disturbing affairs.

    • Posted March 19, 2012
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  • Wicked Plants: Amy Stewart’s Botanical Atrocities

    Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart explores the dark side of the plant kingdom, delving into the most infamous horticultural homicides.

    • Posted March 19, 2012
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  • Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull of Doom

    The crystal skull of doom was allegedly discovered by 17-year-old Anna Mitchell-Hedges in 1924 or 1927 while accompanying her adoptive father on an excavation of the ancient Mayan city of Lubaantun in Belize, where Mitchell-Hedges believed he...

    • Posted March 18, 2012
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  • Clay Sculptures by Ronit Baranga

    Strange clay and porcelain sculptures by Israeli artist Ronit Baranga. “The use of fingers and mouths in my work is full of intent and meaning. The fingers and the mouth are very sensual organs in the human...

    • Posted March 13, 2012
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  • Release Me Sculpture by Rob Reysen

    Rob Reysen of Lake View Taxidermy sculpted “Release Me” from clay, animal parts and a 250-year-old human skull. The final pieces are high-quality cold cast bronze. Besides his highly detailed and finely crafted taxidermy, Rob also specializes...

    • Posted March 13, 2012
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  • The Anatomical Collages of Juan Gatti

    Argentinian artist Juan Gatti began collaborating with film director Pedro Almodovar in 1988, which eventually inspired the “Ciencias Naturales” series.

    • Posted March 12, 2012
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  • Exploded Hand X-ray

    X-ray of a hand which was holding an explosive when the device detonated.

    • Posted March 12, 2012
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  • Woolly Mammoth Antiques & Oddities

    I finally had the chance to stop in at the Woolly Mammoth Antiques & Oddities shop in Chicago, which turned out to be a very unique and interesting excursion. There are not too many places where you...

    • Posted February 11, 2012
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  • Vertebrata

    Vertebrata by French photographer Marc Da Cunha Lopes features bizarre skeletal beings in everyday locations.

    • Posted September 5, 2011
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  • Crossover

    Pictures of a elaborately designed miniature setting of a forest, were filmed solitary and combined with 3D animations of firebugs and gardenspiders in post-production. Accompanied with sound effects and appropriate electronic music the bugs are taking action…...

    • Posted July 22, 2011
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  • Soviet Experiments in the Revival of Dead Organisms

    An experimental medical procedure breathes life into a severed dog head in this 1940 film Soviet documentary.

    • Posted July 22, 2011
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  • Alexander Graham Bell’s Dead Ear Phonautograph

    Alexander Graham Bell created his phonautograph in 1874 using the ear of a dead man to channel sound vibrations into an inscription on glass.

    • Posted July 20, 2011
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  • Top Secret US UFO Black Programs

    Researcher Michael Schratt reveals facts and figures from top secret US government “Black Programs” studying and creating UFOs. Related Project Blue Book Files Available Free Online

    • Posted July 7, 2011
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