These five people have been dead for hundreds – even thousands – of years, but rather than a dusty collection of bones, for one reason or another, they have been preserved.
Medicine has changed a lot in the last 100 years as have our shifting attitudes toward death. Where we now view it with reverence and a bit of taboo, to early medical students of the 19th century, it was seen as a curiosity as was the emerging technology of photography.
These pictures are sad reminders of mortality, secret pain, and blissful ignorance as they are the last appearance of some beloved famous people.
What a way to go! Yes, kiddies, funeral strippers are an actual thing in China, but not for much longer if the Chinese government gets its way, so if you want a stripper at your funeral, you’d better die quickly!
Before the age of the photograph, it was customary to make a death mask of people who had died particularly if said dead person was a notable individual. Because of this, we have very accurate representations of some of history’s most famous and infamous people.
We Americans love our death penalty, don’t we? Why, if there’s three things we love, it’s killing criminals, guns and of course… Jesus.
Old Mike was a traveling salesman who passed away from a heart attack or stroke in the city park of Prescott, Arkansas in 1911 and, strangely enough, became a tourist attraction for the next six decades.
We’ve featured a couple of creepy wakes from Puerto Rico before, but this is a whole new level of weird for us.
Renato Garcia was known for wearing his Green Lantern costume around his neighborhood in San Juan and, when he died, his neighbors and family, in a combination of both heartwarming and creepy, decided that it would only be fitting to not only have him in his beloved costume during his wake, but also have his corpse standing at attention.
When some folks went to their final resting place, they went in style and found a way to turn heads even after death with their unusual tombstones.
Imagine you are walking down the streets of Chihuahua, Mexico when you happen to notice a mannequin in the window of a bridal shop called La Popular. You can tell that she is old… not at all like the mannequins you see at department stores today, but something beyond that scratches at the back of your head. There’s just something… off about her.