King Tut's Body Cooked While Inside the Sarcophagus

More proof of the mummy's curse? A recent examination of Tutankhamun's mummified remains shows that it spontaneously combusted shortly after burial. It's one of two incredible new insights into the life — and afterlife — of the world's most famous pharaoh. » 11/04/13 9:20am 11/04/13 9:20am

That mummy found in a German attic contains human bones

Early last month, a ten-year-old German boy found a mummy in his grandmother's attic. Many considered it a hoax. But a radiological analysis shows that the mummy contains actual human bones, though probably not from an ancient Egyptian. The find could open a criminal case. » 9/06/13 1:20pm 9/06/13 1:20pm

German boy finds a mummy in his grandmother's attic

Last week, 10-year-old Alex Kettler stumbled upon three mysterious cases in a corner of his grandmother's attic. Neither his grandmother nor his father knew what was inside — so they pried them open to take a look. You can imagine their surprise at discovering a large sarcophagus holding a true-to-life mummy. » 8/05/13 6:30am 8/05/13 6:30am

The Science of Mummies

Mummies are well-preserved bodies that have been frozen (sometimes literally) in time. By studying these remnants of the past, we learn about ancient cultures — and bizarre death rituals from history. But how do you get answers out of a mummy? That's a science unto itself. » 8/02/13 11:11am 8/02/13 11:11am

We all missed the greatest eBay auction of all time

This honor goes to "Mummified Cat Slam Dunking A Mummified Bird," which up until recently was for sale for a discount $750 buy-it-now price (via Geekologie). Because if there's anything that distinguishes you as an individual of taste and distinction, it's a barf-out effigy of Bastet schooling Horus on the basketball… » 9/27/12 11:30am 9/27/12 11:30am

Scotland's two mummified bog bodies are the Frankenstein remains of six …

Britain's only prehistoric mummies resided in Cladh Hallan, only Scotland's South Uist island. They belong to a class of mummie known as "bog bodies," corpses naturally preserved in sphagnum bogs. A new discovery reveals that these mummies — one male and one female — aren't unusual just because they're British; they're… » 7/07/12 1:00pm 7/07/12 1:00pm

Calvin Coolidge: Mummy Slayer, the no-budget sequel to Abraham…

To demonstrate that the "President + Monster" formula can be exploited to no end, sketch comedy group The Sketchersons have created a trailer for Calvin Coolidge: Mummy Slayer. This film sees the alliterative (and largely uncelebrated) Chief Executive of 1923-1929 battle hordes of meticulously preserved Egyptian corpses. … » 6/14/12 7:00am 6/14/12 7:00am

Powdered Mummy, Gladiator Blood, and other Historical Medicines Made…

An Adam's apple a day keeps the doctor away? History is full of bizarre medical remedies, but few are as gruesome as the field of corpse medicine. Many doctors, from ancient times to modern, prescribed concoctions made of human organs, salves of human fat, and the ground-up remains of embalmed corpses to treat a host… » 6/09/12 9:30am 6/09/12 9:30am

Gruesome shadow art transforms garbage and mummified rats into severed …

Sculptors Tim Noble and Sue Webster use metal scraps, taxidermied animals, and other detritus to create immensely foreboding scenes hidden within unassuming silhouettes. For example, that sculpture at top — British Wildlife (2000) — consists of "88 taxidermy animals; 46 birds (35 varieties), 40 mammals (18 varieties),… » 3/13/12 6:40pm 3/13/12 6:40pm