Morbid Fact Du Jour for January 30, 2015

Today’s Raging Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Setsuko Ogawa (21 at the time) was participating in morning physical exercise at the fifth army headquarters, 800 meters from the hypocenter of the atomic bomb explosion in Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Although she sought refuge at a nearby park, raging fire forced her to flee into a small river. She was then rescued by soldiers and accommodated at an army headquarters. On August 9, she was transferred to another location, but died on August 11.

Here is Setsuko’s dress, photographed by Hiromi Tsuchida.

Culled from: Nagasaki Journey: The Photographs of Yosuke Yamahata August 10, 1945


Dream Job Du Jour!

Tamara sent this link to me stating that it looked like my “dream job”.  She knows me well!

Now hiring: Ramsey County seeking someone to do dirty work during autopsies
“Examples of Work Performed” include the following:

— Removing internal organs for pathological examinations

— Collecting tissue and body fluid samples

— Removing jaws and teeth for identification purposes

— Removing foreign objects or projectiles and transporting the samples to the proper laboratory for further study

— Disposing “anatomical waste”

— Processing bodies upon intake by taking height and weight measurements

— Returning internal organs to body cavities and sewing shut incisions
If only it paid better than my current position…


Mortuary Photograph Du Jour!

Howard graciously sent me a link to a mortuary photograph along with information about the photographer.

“This is from the ‘Costică Acsinte Archive’ which is the project run by Cezar Popescu for the digitization and long term storage of Costică Acsinte’s photographic work: around 5.000 glass plates negative, a much smaller number of film negative and an unknown number of photographic prints. The gross of the archive is in the custody of Ialomița County Museum.”

The Flickr site is especially fascinating.  I adore the photos with cracked edges.

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