The Weerdinge Men were uncovered by a farmer in 1904 in a peat bog in the Netherlands. They have been radiocarbon-dated to between 160 BC and 220 AD. One of the bodies has a hole in the chest through which the intestines spilled out. The cause of death for the other is unknown. It is suspected that the Weerdinge Men may have been victims of cruel punishment or ritual killing.
The lack of oxygen and unusual chemistry of the bog water kept the bodies preserved for roughly 1,980 years. After their discovery, the bodies were rolled up, wrung out, and stuffed in a box to be transported to the morgue.
Now that’s a cup of Joe! Or should we say Billy!! Proof that some of the best and rarest items come in the most unexpected shapes and forms. This distinct coffee cup speaks of more than just Java… it speaks of dreams … before Billy Jamieson became a household name, he was pitching the premise of a one-of-a-kind reality show to powerhouse executives as “Heads or Tales”… not a bad idea given the nature of the show that would eventually become known as History Television’s “Treasure Trader”.
We are big fans of Billy and Jessica, so this item is Not For Sale.
The missing remains of Staff Sgt. Thomas L. Meek of Lisbon La. and Capt. Henry S. White of Kansas City, Mo. were found 70 years after their dive bomber crashed in the South Pacific.
In July 1943, White and Meek left the Turtle Bay Airfield on Espiritu Santo Island in New Hebrides (now called Vanuatu) and never returned. The plane crashed on a nearby coral reef but searches failed to yield results until 2010, when both the remains of White and Meek were discovered. Also found in the aircraft were U.S. and Australian coins, U.S. military captain’s bars, and a U.S. military I.D. tag bearing Meek’s name and service number.
The Great Exhibition, which took place in Hyde Park, London, in 1851, included a number of taxidermy exhibits. Hermann Ploucquet, a German taxidermist, exhibited anthropomorphic taxidermy: animals engaged in human activity. The Morning Chronicle of August 12, 1851 noted that Ploucquet’s exhibits were “one of the most crowded points of the Exhibition.” The Great Exhibition, which attracted some six million visitors, is generally held to be the turning point for taxidermy; many of the displays were of a high technical standard and utilized great artistry in scenes and tableaux that, compared to the simply posed species on display in museums, provoked great excitement. Queen Victoria recorded in her diary that his work was “marvelous.”