Thursday, March 26, 2015

Eye See You!

by Roberto Kusterle

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Another Bizaare Episode From History - Ethel Granger

Ethel Granger of England had the smallest waist on record. This was obtained through the "strong" encouragement of her husband to "corset train". Ethel wore the corset 24 hrs a day in an attempt to shape her body to please her husband. From there her husband moved on to piercing her for his own admiration and insisting she wear 5" heels daily. He slowly enlarged piercings in her ears, septum and eventually gave her 13 piercings in total. Ethel Granger's marriage seemed a life long struggle to please him. In these photos from 1959, her measurements were 36-13-39. She also had a pierced nose, which must have been very unusual in the 50s.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Carnival Sideshow Bizarre

Sideshow performer Johnny Eck the “Half-Boy” with his twin brother Robert.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Otzi, the Ice Man of the Alps

Otzi, the Ice Man of the Alps who was discovered in 1991. His mummy, created by having been covered with glacial ice shortly after his death, is the oldest known human skin ever discovered – 5,300 years old – and it is tattooed. Otzi has 59 separate tattoos.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

How Will You Die?

This is funny. I'll be devoured by juggalos. I guess there could be worse ways to go.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Now Available! CANCELLATION, a Horrific Short Story by Gail Smith

Now Available!

A horrific short story
by Linda Mooney
Writing as Gail Smith
Music And Press
ISBN 978-1-941321-43-0
Word Count:  2.2K

A young woman discovers the penalty for having excessive non-payments to her credit card company.

           Several things battered my abused senses all at once—the slatted bench I was sitting on, the black and white checkerboard floor tile under my feet that was smeared with redness, the blood dripping from my fingertips and watchband. A piece of something hanging from the tip of my nose. Images floated around me half-noticed, unimportant.
            A tissue dabbed at my face. When it pulled away, I saw it was spotted with blood. Voices faded in and out.
            “I don’t know how—”
            “Have you talked to any of the other eyewitnesses?”
            “Oh, God, I can’t believe it! Oh, God. Oh, my God!” This last voice was soft, very soft, and full of raw horror. Then I realized it was mine.               “...exploded, Officer. Blooey!”

Monday, March 9, 2015

Alnwick Poison Gardens

The gardens were established in 2005 by the Duchess of Northumberland whose affinity for the apothecary gardens inspired the collection of nearly 100 deadly and hallucinogenic plants.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Mourning Lockets With Hair

A stunning 18K hair locket mourning brooch in intricate lace of seed pearls - from the Georgian era, c. 1790- 1830, set with the locket center that holds a plaited lock of the hair of someone well loved, long mourned, who died over 170 years ago. Those below are more lockets containing hair from a dearly departed.

This is a Victorian Solid 10K Gold Yellow Mourning Jewelry Locket Victorian with Enameled Hand at Top. Hair inside the Locket.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Mourning Jewelry

Early mourning jewelry such as rings and pendants with skeletons or skull and crossbones reflects Memento Mori or As I Am So Shall You Be. The earliest depictions of these items are thought to go back to the late Middle Ages during the virulent plague known as The Black Death.