Weekend Weird: Santa’s Dead, Mummified Head, Burning Down Bad Spirits, and More

By on October 6, 2017

The grave of St. Nick has been found, Jeremy Bentham’s head goes on display, and more in this week’s roundup of weird news.
The mummified head of Jeremy Bentham

In October of 1913, the chief statistician for the Wisconsin Board of Health published an article detailing some of the odd notes he had seen made by doctors from around the state:

  • A mother “died in infancy”
  • “Went to bed feeling well but woke up dead”
  • “Died suddenly at the age of 103. Up to this time he bid to reach a ripe old age.”
  • “Deceased had never been fatally sick”
  • “Died suddenly. Nothing serious.”
  • “Pulmonary hemorrhage – sudden death. (Duration, four years.)”
  • “Kick by horse shod on left kidney.”
  • “Deceased died from blood poison, caused by a broken ankle, which is remarkable as the automobile struck him between the lamp and the radiator.”

And now this week’s other weird news and media:
Weird news

Looking for some spooky fun? The Milwaukee Paranormal Conference is next weekend

Jeremy Bentham’s mummified head goes on display

And his body is coming to New York next year

Watch the 1991 Halloween special Claymation Comedy of Horrors

Woman burns down home to destroy bad spirit

How the tiny population of Easter Island built hundreds of statues

Archeologists may have found the real grave of Saint Nick in Turkey, which means the oil-leaking bones in Bari are fakes

DNA confirms amazing Australian isle insect not extinct

A bronze arm has been discovered on the Antikythera shipwreck

Louvre pulls sculpture for too sexually explicit

Mysterious half-decomposed gorilla arm washes up in Ireland

Ex-FBI agent opens cold case review into who betrayed Anne Frank

The art of skeleton articulation

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