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Fighting-women of the Fon (Dahomey people) and their neighbors the Ashanti in present day Benin. Originally retained as an elite royal guard, Dahomey amazons held semi-sacred status as celibate warrior "wives" of the King. They prided themselves on their hardened physiques and highly-trained martial skills, and constantly strove to outperform their male counterparts. By 1890 they comprised over 30 percent of the Dahomey fighting force.

Two Anatomical Models, 17th Century. A pair of models with removable chest and abdomen covers. Some religious restrictions on dissection were lifted in the 15th century, which led to the wider study of anatomy, using models like these as extra teaching aids. Both figures show the heart and lungs. One shows a pregnant female with a baby in the uterus, and the other the kidney and intestines in a male.

Ectrodactyly involves the deficiency or absence of one or more central digits of the hand or foot and is also known as split hand/split foot malformation (SHFM). The hands and feet of people with ectrodactyly are often described as "claw-like" and may include only the thumb and one finger with similar abnormalities of the feet. It is a rare form of a congenital disorder in which the development of the hand is disturbed. It is a type I failure of formation –longitudinal arrest.

Ectrodactyly - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In August of 1867 Union Pacific railroad worker William Thompson was attacked by a band of Cheyenne Indians, scalped, and left for dead. Reviving from the attack and retrieving his scalp, which the Indians had dropped, Thompson made it to Omaha with the scalp in a bucket of water. Doctors were unable to reattach the scalp, and it was eventually donated to the Omaha Public Library, where it was displayed for many years. Source: Nebraska State Historical Society RG2411-5587b,c

scalps | Genealogy of Religion

The Andover Vampire Skull - The Andover skull – experts say it’s real.

Forthtell: Beeheaded: Bee Is To Bee, To Bee Or Not To Bee

Mercury Exposure from CFL Bulb Foot Injury Mercury Exposure from CFL Bulb Foot Injury

Lamprey Disease. Watch out. Contagious.

In 1960, 7 year old Roger Woodward survived being swept over Niagara Falls after falling out of a boat. He is only one of 4 people to survive without any protective gear. Of the other three, two were attempted suicides and one was a stunt.

Lucy Burns was an American suffragist. After protesting in D.C., she was arrested and sent to a workhouse. To break their spirits, the jailers began what has become known as the "Night of Terror." Lucy Burns was beaten and handcuffed to her cell door with her hands above her head and left that way for the entire night. Of all the American Suffragists, Lucy Burns spent the most time in jail. Here's to our right to vote!

A Glasgow smile, also known as a Glasgow grin, Chelsea grin or Cheshire grin, refers to the wound that results from slashing a person’s face from the edges of the mouth to the ears. The cut leaves a scar that makes the victim appear to be smiling broadly. The practice is said to have originated in Glasgow, Scotland, but became popular with English street gangs.

the preservation of Julia Pastrana (b. 1834), a Mexican First Nations circus performer with hypertrichosis. Theodor Lent managed her and eventually married her. During a tour in Moscow in 1860, Pastrana gave birth to a baby with features similar to her own. The child survived only two days, and Pastrana died of post-birth complications five days later. Lent then had his wife and son mummified and displayed them in a glass cabinet.

Medical Cases | Medical Cases for medical students and Doctors

Angélique-Marguerite du Coudray was a famous midwife who traveled France from 1759-1779 with this mannequin she designed to teach midwife trainees about delivering babies.

Cemetery Gun: The gun, which the museum dates to 1710, is mounted on a mechanism that allows it to spin freely. Cemetery keepers set up the flintlock weapon at the foot of a grave, with three tripwires strung in an arc around its position. A prospective grave-robber, stumbling over the tripwire in the dark, would trigger the weapon—much to his own misfortune.

Miner Boy: Children were cheap labor in the mines. This boy spent 10 hours a day in that outfit with only the light from that tallow wick lamp. He cleaned & played the part of a "canary" (kids were easier to replace than good miners). He was probably Finnish or Swedish & indentured to the company for the purpose of paying his fathers debts. The unions fought bloody battles to get these children out of the coal mines. This little guy worked (& likely died) in Utah or Colorado mines / Scott Cooper

10 Feral Human Children Raised by Animals A feral child is a human child who has lived isolated from human contact from a very young age, and has no (or little) experience of human care, loving or social behavior, and, crucially, of human language. Some feral children have been confined by people (usually their own parents); in some cases this child abandonment was due to the parents’ rejection of a child’s severe intellectual or physical impairment.

10 Feral Human Children Raised by Animals

Genie is the pseudonym for a feral child who spent nearly all of the first thirteen years of her life locked inside a bedroom strapped to a potty chair. She was a victim of one of the most severe cases of social isolation ever documented. Genie was discovered by Los Angeles authorities on November 4, 1970.

firefighters in the Malaysian village of Kampung Jabor were called in to remove the bloated snake (pictured) from a roadway. The reptile had swallowed an entire pregnant sheep and was too full to slither away and digest its supersize meal.

Photo in the News: Python Eats Pregnant Sheep