Giraffe Leg Lamp, Wet Specimens & Teeth

This week’s edition of strange and amazing things you can buy online right now (unless they sold sometime after this was posted) comes from a couple of my favorite shops, as well as a few new ones I just stumbled across. Dust off your shelves and make room in your cabinet of curiosities for these bizarre and unique pieces.

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Taxidermy Giraffe Leg Lamp

Taxidermy giraffe leg lamp from Pandora's Box in Milford, MA
This is a one-of-a-king original taxidermy giraffe leg lamp from Pandora’s Box in Milford, MA. You can find this in their Etsy shop right here.

Preserved Walking Leaf Insect

Preserved walking leaf insect display from Bug Under Glass
An expertly preserved Phyllium giganteum walking leaf insect display from Bug Under Glass. I will have one of these someday! You can get this one here.

Antique Circus Wagon Wheel

Antique circus wagon wheel from Woolly Mammoth in Chicago
An antique circus wagon wheel dated no later than the 1930s from Woolly Mammoth in Chicago. It is available on Etsy here.

Mummified Deep Water Isopod

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This is a mummified deep water isopod from a shop I just discovered called The Curioddities Cabinet. This amazing little specimen is available here.

Human Tooth Lockets

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These locket pendants are handmade by Bonelust Studio with real human molars for her Tooth Fairy line of jewelry. Get yours here.

Wet Specimen Octopus

Octopus wet specimen in glass sphere
Another great piece from The Curioddities Cabinet: a wet specimen octopus positioned inside a glass globe on an antique Victorian medicinal vaporizer. Get it right here.

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Love Plastinated: Story of the Heart

A plastinated couple for Body Worlds Story of the Heart

This powerful image of a plastinated couple is from the Body Worlds exhibit Story of the Heart, about the cardiovascular system.

Las Momias de Guanajuato

Guanajuato, Mexico is home to El Museo De Las Momias, a unique museum where the mummified remains of over one hundred 19th century cholera victims are on display.
Las Momias de Guanajuato mummies on display in Mexico

The cholera epidemic gripped the city of Guanajuato in 1833, causing large numbers of deaths in a short period of time, causing new cemeteries to be opened. Years later local taxes made it quite costly to keep the remains interred, so families began to remove them. The naturally mummified bodies were stored in a building which eventually became this museum.

In an attempt to control the spread of the disease, bodies were buried very quickly. This lead to dying people being buried accidentally. As a result, some of the mummies bear eternally horrified expressions.

The mummified remains of a bearded man in a jacket at the El Museo De Las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico

A row of mummies on display at the El Museo De Las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico

Mummified remains in glass coffins at the El Museo De Las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico

A cholera mummy at the El Museo De Las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico

A mummified woman and fetus at the El Museo De Las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico

Mummified man holding a piece of paper at the El Museo De Las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico

Mummified remains of a woman in a casket at the El Museo De Las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico