These speak to my darker side. I know zombies are uber-trendy, but I've always been a sucker for the un-dead...
Skulls of the American flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) presented to the Academy of Natural sciences, Philadelphia by Thomas B. Wilson in 1846
Mysterious~ In June 1836 five young boys, hunting for rabbits on the north-eastern slopes Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, found 17 miniature coffins hidden inside a cave. They were arranged under slates on three tiers, two tiers of eight and one solitary coffin on the top. Each coffin, only 95mm in length, contained a little wooden figure, expertly carved with painted black boots and custom made clothes.
Civil War Surgical Card Collection (1860s) The Army Medical Museum's staff mined incoming reports for 'interesting' cases -- such as a gunshot wound to the 'left side of scalp, denuding skull' or 'gunshot would, right elbow with gangrene supervening' -- and cases that demonstrated the use of difficult surgical techniques, such as an amputation by circular incision or resection of the 'head of humerus and three inches of the left clavicle.' [Washington, DC.]