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In the information age, one of society’s favorite things to talk about is the increase in violence in our communities. Apparently, back in the day people were very peaceful and didn’t go around killing each other the way they do now (just, you know, raping, lynching and committing genocide, harmless

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One of the things that has scared me since I was a child – almost a black hole that I can’t let my mind wander into – is the thought of what surgery was like prior to the 20th century. Thinking of the traumas suffered at the hands of doctors

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Text via The Human Marvels Picked Punks have been a part of every well stocked cabinet of curiosity and perhaps the most controversial of all sideshow exhibits. A ‘Pickled Punk’ is a sideshow term for a preserved human fetus, usually deformed and usually displayed as a specimen in a jar

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I know who the real drug lords are: not the guys chopping off heads in Mexico or ambushing the US military in Afghanistan. The real drug lords are the pharmaceutical giants, whose sales extend into the hundreds of billions every year. This post was originally going to be just about

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As a kid, I loved ghost stories, but it wasn’t until I grew up and started watching TV that I began to comprehend how fascinated human beings are with spirits. But long, long before all these “ghost hunting” TV shows became popular, our ancestors were busy trying to capture images

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It really cracks me up, in a sad kind of way, that there are some ignorant people out there who truly believe that Europeans “invented” civilization. It takes very little research to find out that while the great cities of Europe were awash in their own shit, cities in the

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Since my first post on Victorian post-mortem photography, I have had the chance to explore more about the subject and find new troves of photographs. They offer an intriguing glimpse in to life over a century ago, when people immortalized their children with professional photographs of their corpses. In fact,

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Imagine walking into someone’s living room, and seeing a large and beautifully staged portrait of them posing with their brother, sister, mother or father. Except the other person in the photo is a pale, waxy corpse, dressed up and slumped in a chair or leaning on the living for support.

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