Morbid Fact Du Jour for March 13, 2015

Today’s Eliminated Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

When measles struck nineteenth-century Hawaii and the Fiji Islands for the first time, it eliminated  a quarter of the native population.

Culled from: Plague, Pox and Pestilence

More food for thought for the anti-vaxxers.


Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

Okay, perhaps a bit sexist but still funny…


Morbid Tattoos!

So, this is interesting.  (Thanks to Ear for the link.)

“In late 19th-Century Poland, prison tattoos were cut from the bodies of deceased inmates and preserved to identify connections between convicts.

“Today, those samples are art, and 60 of them have been captured in haunting and beautiful photographs by Katarzyna Mirczak. The photographer found them at the Department of Forensic Medicine at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and wanted to show how prisoners would use a variety of inventive — but often dangerous — materials to tattoo intricate designs in their skin.”

18 Preserved Prison Tattoos That Are Still Attached To Skin

Why isn’t this a thing? You know, like how in the 19th century, people would save hair from their loved ones and turn it into memorial artwork hung on the wall or worn in a brooch?  We could cut the tattoo off and frame it and hang it on the wall to remember them by. I think it’s a sweet idea. Of course, my ideas don’t often sync with normal people…

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