The Mysterious "Accidental Mummies" of Medieval Siberia

Russian archaeologists are once again digging at Zeleniy Yar, a remote excavation site near the Arctic circle. This same site produced nearly a dozen extraordinary mummies a few years ago — including unintentionally preserved corpses wearing copper masks. The researchers are now hoping to learn more about this… » 4/14/14 9:40am 4/14/14 9:40am

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

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; … » 7/07/12 1:00pm 7/07/12 1:00pm

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

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… » 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