Death doesn’t mean everything stop for you. There are lots of ways we can live on after shuffling off the mortal coil. From body parts taken from famous bodies, to cells that won’t stop growing, to a taxidermied person on display in a museum, we look at bodies and body parts that don’t let death slow them down. Thanks to our special guests, Dumb & Busted podcast.
For more than a century, the taxidermy diorama “Arab Courier Attacked by Lions” – a man on camelback, fending off Barbary lions with a long dagger – has stood in Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Throughout all those years, the piece has kept a disturbing secret from hundreds of thousands of visitor eye. Created by French taxidermist Edouard Verreaux in 1867 and acquired by industrialist Andrew Carnegie for the museum in 1899, “Arab Courier Attacked by Lions” was long known to contain real human teeth. As recently as last summer, however, staffers believed it contained no other human remains. During a restoration that began last year, a CT scan revealed that—like its camel and lions—the display’s rider was constructed with “natural” materials. In this case, an actual human skull. My name’s Moxie and this is your brain on facts. (more…)
“The body is a temple and it’s our job to decorate it.” From tatau in Polynesia to Sailor Jerry to the oppressed class that gave rise to the Yakuza, we touch on some highlights from the history of tattoos.
For those who don’t know me personally, I’m coming to you today from Richmond, VA, the #4 most tattooed city in America, depending on which list you’re looking at, a city with 15 tattoo shops per 100,000 people. Our unnofficial motto is “The body is a temple and it’s our job to decorate it,” right after “We don’t like the way things are, but don’t you dare suggest changing it.”
Tattooing is one of the earliest visual art forms and has served as a means of self-expression for thousands of years. The process was probably discovered when ash or dirt became embedded in an open wound, leaving an indelible mark when healed. The word tattoo is derived from the Tahitian word ‘tatau’ which means to mark. The earliest known reference to the word was made by Joseph Banks, a naturalist aboard Cpt. Cook’s the Endeavour, “I shall now mention the way they mark themselves indelibly; each of them is so marked by their humour or disposition”. By the 1700s, the word tattoo was in use in Europe. The term and knowledge of the practice was probably re-introduced to Europe by sailors returning from Polynesia. I say “re-introduced,” because early Britons used tattoos in ceremonies. The Danes, Norse, and Saxons tattooed themselves with clan sigils, an early form of family crest. The practice took a major hit when Pope Hadrian banned tattooing in the eighth century, but it was the Norman Invasion of 1066, with its ink-antagonist Normans that caused it to disappear from Western Europe until the 16th century. (more…)
In the age of bigger, better, faster, more, it’s easy to default to thinking that we invented everything, that the complex things that make up our lives couldn’t have existed in the times we view as primitive. Oh, how wrong we are.
WOW, who knew whats under our feet..very well done, and incredibly informative. Where do you get your topics? EXCELLENT JOB, EXCELLENT DELIVERY...KEEP IT COMING...P L E ASE !!!
I listen to dozens of podcasts, however I can count on one hand the ones that I listen to immediately as soon as an episode is available. Your Brain on Facts is on that list.
Moxie's soothing tones, the flow of mood and information, and of course the abundance of facts have made this comfort listening and one that I'm sure some of my friends would like me to stop talking up. And I will... as soon as they start listening. Because they're going to love this. And so will you.
I know podcasts are the "thing"now, and trading podcast recommendations is the new icebreaker conversation topic. And there are some fabulous podcasts out there -- I subscribe to many of them myself.
But on Tuesday mornings I wake up just a little earlier, am in just a slightly happier mood, and get settled on my train just a bit quicker . . . all so I can listen to the YBOF Podcast.
It puts me in a fabulous mood, and as a trivia buff I find myself thinking "I wonder if she'll mention this? I wonder if she'll include that??" And of course she does. And much, much more.
Thank you for making Tuesday morning the best morning of the week.
So... your podcast is amazing, plus, your voice is so beautiful. Thank you for recommending! �
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