Summerwind haunted mansion in Wisconsin

Summerwind Mansion: What Happened Inside Wisconsin’s Most Notorious Haunted House?

A corpse in a closet, shooting at ghosts, and the spirit of 18th century explorer Jonathan Carver. What happened inside Wisconsin’s most notorious haunted house?

Wisconsin City Bans Kangaroo Service Animals

Don’t try anything funny in Beaver Dam. Officials decide kangaroos cannot be used as service animals in Wisconsin city.
Wisconsin city bans the use of kangaroos as service animals

A Wisconsin woman made headlines in February when she was asked to leave a McDonald’s in Beaver Dam following a call to the police.

The reason?

Apparently people were freaked out by the baby kangaroo she brought into the restaurant. Despite the fact that it was wrapped in a blanket and strapped into an infant car seat. It turns out wild animals are prohibited by city codes.

The woman showed police a letter authorizing her use of the kangaroo as a therapy pet while she copes with cancer.

Now, the Beaver Dam Common Council has voted 14-0 in favor of an amendment that bans the use of kangaroos as service animals. According to the decision, only dogs and miniature horses will be allowed. Citations will be issued for anyone attempting to cope with emotional distress by way of any other animal.

Kangaroos banned as service animals in Beaver Dam
Jimmy, the offending kangaroo.

via Beaver Dam Daily Citizen

Mummified remains of Peder Winstrup

Mummified Remains of Bishop Peder Winstrup Present New Mystery

The well-preserved remains of bishop Peder Winstrup prove to be a unique time capsule from the 17th century.

Mortality in Wax: Hellish Tableaus from the 17th & 18th Centuries

Italian wax relief sculptures from the 1600-1800s depict death and the battle for the mortal soul.
Damned Soul Wax relief

Morbid Anatomy recently shared an entry posted to the Victoria and Albert Museum’s blog last October called Welcome to Hell! with some incredible and macabre depictions of death in wax. These highly detailed and unnerving scenes were memento mori, serving as reminders of mortality.

Here are some of the gruesome wax reliefs in the museum’s collection:

Damned Soul wax relief
“Damned Soul” wax relief done in the style of Gaetano Giulio Zumbo, Italy, ca. 1670-1700.

Souls at death and purgatory
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Group of four coloured wax reliefs, possibly by Giovanni Bernardino Azzolino, Italian, probably 1620s. Showing (from top left): Soul at Death; Soul in Purgatory; Blessed Soul; Damned Soul.

Time and Death wax relief
Time and Death, wax relief, Naples, 1700-1740, attributed to Caterina de Julianis, Italy (probably Naples), before 1727.

Photos and info via Victoria and Albert Museum

Mothman’s Curse: A Children’s Book

New children’s book Mothman’s Curse by Christine Hayes explores the bizarre legend in a heart-pounding fictional story for young readers.
Mothman's Curse book by Christine Hayes
Mothman’s Curse by Christine Hayes
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There was a rash of sightings of a creature that become known as the Mothman in Point Pleasant, West Virginia in 1966-67. Encounters with the creature, described by numerous witnesses as a large flying man with ten-foot wings and glowing red eyes, seemed to correlate with other bizarre events in the area, culminating in the collapse of the Silver Bridge on December 15th, 1967. 37 vehicles caught in rush-hour traffic plunged into the icy waters of the river beneath, killing 46 people.

Reports of the mothman ceased in the aftermath of the disaster.

But now he’s back…

…In a new book for young readers by Christine Hayes called Mothman’s Curse.

Mothman’s Curse

Mothman's Curse by Christine Hayes

When Josie and her brothers uncover a haunted camera, the Mothman legend becomes a terrifying reality that threatens their entire town in this spooky and action-filled novel.

Josie may live in the most haunted town in America, but the only strange thing she ever sees is the parade of oddball customers that comes through her family’s auction house each week. But when she and her brothers discover a Polaroid camera that prints pictures of the ghost of local recluse John Goodrich, they are drawn into a mystery dating back over a hundred years. A desperate spirit, cursed jewelry, natural disasters, and the horrible specter of Mothman all weave in and out of the puzzle that Josie must solve to break the curse and save her own life.

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Mothman statue in Point Pleasant, West Virginia
Mothman statue in Point Pleasant, WV. Photo: Kevin Bowman/Creative Commons