The Missing Head of King Henry IV

The missing head of French 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 January 2010. The excellently preserved head include identifying marks such as an earring hole in the right earlobe and a facial scar from an assassination attempt in 1594.

A DNA match was made in 2012 to further confirm the identity of the head. Tissue samples from the head were compared to the DNA of King Louis XVI, whose blood was soaked up with a handkerchief and stored in a gourd to celebrate the French Revolution following his beheading in 1793.

The head of King Henry IV was reinterred with his body in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis after a national Mass and funeral in 2011.

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 skin back to life in all its elegance, beauty and power.

And then there are those who just wing it.

Let’s take a moment to acknowledge these fine achievements in the field of taxidermy with the Cult of Weird and our first collection of animal atrocities!

A drunken fox?

The king of beasts
The king of beasts. Undeniably.

He’s got the crazy eye.

Good ol’ Fido

What is this…?

Howling at the moon. While a squirrel steals your nuts.

Fluffy the family cat was just never the same after he got into the medicine cabinet.

Fox. Sitting on a chair.

Some taxidermists used to stuff taxidermy mounts with sawdust. This leopard got the whole log.

Ravenous lions.

Expertly crafted moose mount.


Polar bear

Albino weasel


They are truly majestic, aren’t they?

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