The Strange Odyssey of an Oklahoma Outlaw's Long-Lost, Long-Dead Mummy

Elmer McCurdy lived his life with one foot in the grave. A schemer and heavy drinker, he saw himself as an outlaw. Problem was, he kept botching the job. A train robbery in 1911 went up in smoke after Elmer applied too much nitro to the safe—destroying the strongbox and the loot. »10/22/15 6:40pm10/22/15 6:40pm

How Ancient Embalmers Pulled the Brains and Guts Out of Mummies

We've unearthed mummy upon mummy from Egypt, the oldest dating back to 3500 B.C., but one thing has remained a bit of a mystery: what does the mummification process actually entail from a surgical point of view? How did they remove the brains, guts, and other vital organs—what tools did they use and how did they train… »11/14/13 3:00pm11/14/13 3:00pm

Paint Made From People: The Fascinating History Behind Extinct Colors

You’d think a paint named “mummy brown” would be the product of good marketing. In fact, it dates back to the 16th century, when actual mummies were ground up and sold as paint. On Hyperallergic today, Allison Meier takes a look at the surprisingly riveting history of extinct pigments. »7/02/13 5:47pm7/02/13 5:47pm