Chiropractor Beauty Contest.
Winning models Marianne Baba (L), Lois Conway (C) and Ruth Swensen standing next to plates of their x-rays. 1956 (via)
Vincent van Gogh, Head of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette (1885 – 1886) (via)
“[T]he process of ascertaining which of the thousands of skeletons belonged to a martyr was a nebulous one. If they found “M.” engraved next to a corpse, they took it to stand for “martyr,” ignoring the fact that the initial could also stand for “Marcus,” one of the most popular names in ancient Rome. If any vials of dehydrated sediment turned up with the bones, they assumed it must be a martyr’s blood rather than perfume, which the Romans often left on graves in the way we leave flowers today. The Church also believed that the bones of martyrs cast off a golden glow and a faintly sweet smell, and teams of psychics would journey through the corporeal tunnels, slip into a trance and point out skeletons from which they perceived a telling aura. After identifying a skeleton as holy, the Vatican then decided who was who and issued the title of martyr.”
The Haunted House (1929)
Larry Brent No. 24: Odyssey of the Skeletons
Cover illustration by Illustration by RS lonati, published, 1982
Alleged skeleton of Saint Pancras in the Church of Saint Nikolaus. The armour was commissioned in 1777.
Ectopagus (laterally conjoined) dicephalus dibrachius tripus twins.
“From Part IV of the collection of pictures of congenital abnormalities that form the basis of the four-volume atlas Human Monstrosities by Barton Cooke Hirst (1861-1935) and George Arthur Piersol (1856-1924), published 1891-93.
“Taken from the catacombs of Rome in the 17th century, the relics of twelve martyred saints were then attired in the regalia of the period before being interred in a remote church on the German/Czech border.” - Immortal, Toby de Silva (via Retronaut)