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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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