Attorney Andrew Basiago claims a secret government program called Project Pegasus sent him back in time to Gettysburg in 1863.
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 Quigley traces the past and present of public dissection, from Herophilus’s first cuts to the revival of anatomy as entertainment through spectacles like Gunther von Hagen’s Body Worlds, including the attacks on anatomy in the Middle Ages, the influence of Renaissance anatomist Andreas Vesalius, the procurement of bodies through execution and body snatchers, and the withdrawal of dissectors behind medical school doors in the early 20th century. It reveals that the anatomical spectacle is not new, but has remained in the gray area between education and entertainment for centuries.
The story of the Flavel House in Astoria, Oregon, the haunted home of “Hatchet” Harry Flavel that was abandoned and left to rot to spite the city.
The first Earth Day March 21st, 1970
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 boy’s deformity. He spent four years as an anthropological freak, arousing pity and fear from families and servants of the privileged class until succumbing to a cobra bite.
Refusing to let British representatives of scientific enlightenment perform an autopsy on the boy, the parents used their savings to give him a decent burial outside the town of Tamluk.
But Mr. Dent, an agent for the East India Company, plundered the grave, dissected the corpse and gave the head to a colleague who was about to sail for Europe. The skull was in the possession of distinguished scientist and surgeon John Hunter, and eventually ended up among the bizarre specimens and medical anomalies of the Hunterian Museum.
In life, both heads could act independently of each other, though only the primary one could talk. It was established through examination that the boy possessed two complete brains.