It’s officially spring, and that means fire pit season is just around the corner! Nothing like drinking a beer in the backyard with some friends, while you gaze deeply into dancing flame pondering your existence and the future of mankind. Boy, do we have a special addition for you.
For more than a century, the taxidermy diorama “Arab Courier Attacked by Lions” has stood in Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Depicting a man on camelback fending off Barbary lions, the bizarre display has intrigued—and repulsed—generations of visitors. Throughout all those years, however, the piece…
The art of needle felting is creating something 3D from wool by just stabbing it over and over until it achieves the shape you want. Or something like that. Watch as sculptor Stephanie Metz shows you how she makes her ‘Unnatural History’ teddy bear skulls through fascinating needle felting in the video below.
Researchers at the University of Pisa, Italy, have solved a longstanding mystery around the honeycombed skull of one of the Italian martyrs beheaded by 15th century Ottoman Turk invaders when they refused to give up their Christian faith.
Seriously, any museum with a "Cabinet of Death" display is something you don't want to sleep on. The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities in London displays the entire collection of the proudly eccentric Mr. Wynd, and it's full of weird and wonderful things (mostly weird though).
Clockmaker Fritz Oswald made novelty clocks with rotating eyeballs, with one eye displaying the hours and the other displaying the minutes. They can look cute or completely deranged depending on what time it is.
Archaeologists in Norway have found an 8,000 year-old skull at a Stone Age site that could very well be of human origin. Remarkably, it contains a grey, clay-like substance thought to be the preserved remains of the brain. If confirmed, it could be one of the oldest human brains ever found.
These chocolate confections are made in a mold cast from a real skull. It's weird that this fact makes them more delicious sounding, right?
Mmmm, chocolate. So delicious. So healthy. Why settle for chowing down on a boring old bar when you could instead… nibble… on this anatomically correct… human… skull? Alas, poor cocoa; this might be the creepiest treat ever created.
This impressive photo shows a curious behavior sometimes seen in wild giraffes called osteophagia. It literally means "bone eating."
It's not news that we can 3D print bones or even successfully implant 3D-printed skull fragments. But a team of Dutch brain surgeons has taken things to the next level by replacing the bulk of a woman's skull with a 3D-printed dome. It's a little bit gnarly to watch.
Archaeologists in Mexico City made a grisly and awesome discovery this week, after a subway extension project uncovered a stretch of pre-Hispanic development—including four skulls that were once displayed on a broad rack of bones from sacrificial offerings.
Normally, intentionally elongated or flattened skulls are associated with ancient Mesoamerican cultures. But this exquisite specimen, which dates back some 1,500 years, was recently found at a dig in Alsace, France.
Dead media like cassette tapes, video tapes, CDs, DVDs and so forth should die. I have no problem admitting that. They take up space, offer a worse experience and are just unnecessarily inconvenient now. Who cares that I have a CD tower filled with music? Where would I ever listen to all that? But none of that applies…
Made of comfy polyurethane foam, Fabio Novembre's new Jolly Roger chair looks like it's capitalizing on the Pirates of the Caribbean trend that unfortunately faded a few years back. However, the film presumably spawned a new generation of pirate wannabes that will find the chair's subtle skull shaping more marvelous…
Annabel de Vetten of Conjurer's Kitchen really puts the death in "Til death do us part" with this morbid wedding confection. Instead of flowers and flourishes, her latest wedding cakes are decorated with chocolate animal skulls.
Skull-based accessories are usually only popular with a certain demographic who've embraced the morbid side of life. But damned if this Last Laugh watch from Mr. Jones hasn't crossed the border into mainstream territories with a clever mechanism that shows the hour and minutes on the skull's teeth.
Remember the scene in Hamlet where he delivers an impassioned soliloquy to his dead friend's skull? Yeah, that was fine. But now wouldn't that scene have been vastly improved if Yorick's skull had started spontaneously spouting blood from its eye sockets?
Russian artist Dimitri Tsykalov has an unsettling knack for sculpting and arranging everyday foodstuffs into forms that would be more at home in a gross anatomy lab than a kitchen. Cauliflower takes on the appearance of undulating folds of grey matter. Lunch meat is transformed into the muscles of the head. A…
Americans shouldn't let this go to their heads — but recent forensic research suggests that their heads are getting bigger. National Geographic recently reported the discovery that skulls of white Americans have significantly increased in size since 1825, allowing for a tennis ball's worth of new brain. But why?…