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Amongst a collection of medical oddities housed at the Surgeons’ Hall Museum in Edinburgh lies a tattered pocketbook. It is dark brown—nearly black—with a pebbled texture and gold lettering that has begun to fade with age. Upon closer inspection, the words ‘EXECUTED 28 JAN 1829’ and ‘BURKE’S SKIN POCKET BOOK’ come into focus, revealing the item’s true origins. This is a book bound in the skin of William Burke, the notorious murderer and body snatcher of Burke & Hare fame.

The waiting room of the abandoned United Community/Southwest General Hospital in Detroit. Seriously looks like something out of Left 4 Dead 2.

Abandoned police precinct in Highland Park, MI. Next to it are various abandoned municipal buildings, including a courthouse and fire station. This is indicative of Detroit's dramatic population fall and the subsequent mass abandonment and urban decay it caused.

A mysterious art installation found inside the abandoned Woods Cathedral Church of God in Christ in Detroit--the church has been abandoned since 2005, and no one knows who assembled this.

Battleship Island: Japan's rotting metropolis Abandoned after the collapse of coal mining in 1974, this island is full of abandoned high rises.

To find this place: Forest Carnival, Romania. Lovely and Monkey Island like // pinned by @welkerpatrick

"The spawning season of the firefly squid runs from March to May. During this time, the squid can be seen gathering in large numbers in Toyama Bay in Japan. Toyama Bay lies above a deep, v-shaped canyon in which the sea floor drops away suddenly. The flow of the ocean currents usually wells up from the bottom of this canyon and pushes the squid to the surface.

The Hawaiian Bobtail Squid has luminescent eyes powered by light organs housing bioluminescent bacteria, Vibrio fischeri bacteria. Via quorum sensing, the bacteria are able to detect when they are assembled in large numbers by releasing autoinducers and at threshold levels, luciferase is produced for "glow-in-the-dark". In turn, the squid controls the light by flushing out 95% of the bacteria and "turns off" the light during the daytime. The remaining bacteria multiply and by night the eyes a...

"Fried Eggs" calcium and limestone formation in Luray Caverns, located in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.

Taken from the catacombs of Rome in the 17th century, the relics of twelve martyred saints were then attired in the regalia of the period before being interred in a remote church on the German/Czech border.

Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Painting of a scene from Yotsuya Kaidan, the Japanese ghost story of Oiwa. Oiwa is the onryo who inspired Sadako from Koji Suzuki's Ringu trilogy and its subsequent film adaptations.

Stendhal syndrome, Stendhal's syndrome, hyperkulturemia, or Florence syndrome is a psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is particularly beautiful or a large amount of art is in a single place. The term can also be used to describe a similar reaction to a surfeit of choice in other circumstances, e.g. when confronted with immense beauty in the natural world. - I think...

Neural tube defects: INCREASED AFP, normal hCG and DECREASED estradiol. 2-3% of all AFP are high, but only 10% show a NTD. Seems like I should know that AFP that is >2.5 times MOM is present in 80% of NTD. If DM mom, just need >2. If twins, need >4.5! Other things a/w increase: renal, teratoma, hygromas, hydrops, turner, bowel obstxn, twins, wrong age, fetal demise, FMH.

Neural tube defects

abandoned Six Flags - New Orleans

battleship island, japan

"Sada Abe (阿部 定 Abe Sada?, May 28, 1905 – after 1970) is remembered in Japan for erotically asphyxiating her lover, Kichizo Ishida (石田 吉蔵 Ishida Kichizō?), on May 18, 1936, and then cutting off his penis and testicles and carrying them around with her in her handbag (Source: Wikipedia)."

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