Morbid Fact Du Jour for January 19, 2018

I was doing so well at keeping up my resolution of a Morbid Fact per Jour and then the dreaded flu hit me and kept me bedridden for three days.  However, that pestilence which doesn’t kill me only builds up my antibodies!  

Today’s Gripping Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

On June 18, 1970, tragedy struck at Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park. After climbing over barriers and ignoring signs warning hikers not to go into the Merced River, thirty-year-old La Puente resident Yolanda Fuentes and her nine-year-old daughter Christine, along with five other members of their party, sat on the rocks in the raging river to cool off and take photos, less than sixty feet from the lip of the falls. A woman who was standing in the water taking photos dropped her hat into the water. Little Christine sloshed over to retrieve it and was pulled into the strong current. Her mother Yolanda chased after her daughter and was gripped by the rushing water. One by one, the hat, Christine, and Yolanda were all swept over the ledge to their deaths. Yolanda’s decomposed body was found over two months later. Christine’s body was never found.

Culled from: Death In California: The Bizarre, Freakish, and Just Curious Ways People Die in the Golden State


Malady Du Jour

I have a book that collects images of various specimens used for the Body Worlds exhibits.  Of course, the ones with maladies are the most interesting.  This particular example is of a torso with severe deformation of the spinal column and thoracic wall caused by a hereditary disorder of bone formation and development.  How uncomfortable must this person have been?  

Culled from: Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies


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