Why we call it "the living room": In years passed, it was the habit to hold a deceased person's viewing and wake at home in the front parlor. During that time it was referred to as "the death room". The Ladies Home Journal in 1910 declared the "Death Room" as no more and henceforth the parlor would be known as the "Living Room".
After death and desecration: The head of King Henry IV of France, found in the garage of a French pensioner in 2010. You can actually see where his ear was pierced too. Born in 1553, died 1610 when he was assassinated by a Catholic fanatic. Who knew that death to religious fanatics could be hereditary across cousins? The head has finally been proved by genetic testing to be that of Good King Henry's.
Page from Copernicus' De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium, Libri VI. Nuremberg: Ioh. Petreius, 1543. "This volume is the first edition of the work that set forth evidence that the earth and other planets revolve around the sun. Written by Polish astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), and published just before his death, the work was met by tremendous opposition because it contradicted religious beliefs of the time."