"Archaeologists knew they had found something special as they uncovered the tangle of human bones, but it was only as the scientific analysis of the skeletons progressed that the full international significance of the discovery became clear. What the archaeologists had found was a mass grave of executed Vikings.
Oxford Archaeology Project Manager David Score said: “To find out that the young men executed were Vikings is a thrilling development. Any mass grave is a relatively rare find, but to find one on this scale, from this period of history, is extremely unusual.”
The Proteus syndrome is characterized by the overgrowth of skin, connective tissue, brain, and other tissues. It has been hypothesized that the syndrome is caused by somatic mosaicism for a mutation that is lethal in the nonmosaic state.
The Fisk metallic burial case was released in 1848 by Almond Dunbar Fisk. The cast iron case was formed to the body, resembling an Egyptian sarcophagus with sculpted arms and a glass window plate for viewing the face of the deceased, without risking exposure to odor or pathogens.
The airtight cases were valued for their potential to preserve the remains of those who died far from home, until they could be shipped back for burial. Though most families could only afford a $2 pine coffin, At around $100, the Fisk coffin was an appealing solution to those wealthy families who needed a deterrent against grave robbers.
When Ken Morrish picked this apple off a tree in his garden, he thought a prankster had painted half of it red.
But after inspecting it closely he realised that the remarkable split colours on the fruit were a natural phenomenon. And the bizarre apple turned Mr Morrish into something of a celebrity in his village with scores of neighbours queuing up to take a photograph of it.
Experts say that the odds of finding an apple with such a perfect line between the green and the red are more than 1million to one. [source]
A boy playing in a cave in Edinburgh, Scotland, stumbled above the above dolls. 17 total were found, and eventually the dolls, creepy but otherwise unremarkable, were connected to a series of murders that occurred beforehand.
William Hare and William Burke owned a boarding house, and first sold the body of a tenant that had died to a university. After realizing they made quite a bit of money doing this, but lacking a supply of naturally-dead tenants, the two proceeded to kill 16 more people and sell the bodies to the same university. However, they were eventually found out and Hare quickly ratted out Burke in exchange for his own freedom. Burke was dissected in public after he was executed, and Hare vanished shortly after.
Found right after the murders ended, people began to realize the dolls resembled the 17 victims in number and appearance. No concrete links were ever made, and the true maker of the dolls and their purpose is still a mystery. Only 8 of the 17 dolls still exist, and are displayed in a Scottish museum.