Archive for February, 2012

Aokigahara: Suicide Forest

Posted in Death, Video with tags , , , , , , on February 15, 2012 by elgrayso

Aokigahara is a forest that lies at the north west base of Mount Fuji in Japan. It is the second most popular suicide destination in the world (San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge being the first) and over 100 bodies are discovered in the forest each year. VICE made an incredibly interesting short documentary on the forest which follows a park worker on suicide patrol. The documentary is only 20 minutes long and is well produced and fascinating. I couldn’t get the the video to embed, but I highly recommend clicking the link and watching it:

Watch “Aokigahara: Suicide Forest” on VICE.com

Alien Autopsy

Posted in Science with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2012 by elgrayso

Perhaps the most famous alien autopsy is supposed to have been performed on the body of an alien recovered from the crash of a “flying disk” near Roswell, New Mexico on June 2, 1947.


A 17-minute, black-and-white film of poor quality, purporting to be footage of the autopsy, surfaced in the 1990s, promoted by Ray Santilli, a London-based entrepreneur, who claimed he had received it from an unidentified, former military cameraman. The film was exposed as a hoax in 2006, when Santilli admitted the film was not in fact authentic, but a staged “reconstruction” of footage he claimed he had viewed in 1992, which had deteriorated and become unusable by the time he made his film. Santilli claimed that a few frames from the original were embedded in his film, but he never specified which ones. In 1995, before being exposed as a hoax, the film was sold to television networks and broadcast in more than 32 countries. [from Wikipedia]

Fragonard Museum

Posted in Death, Museums, Science with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2012 by elgrayso

The Musée Fragonard d’Alfort is a museum of anatomical oddities located within the École Nationale Vétérinaire de Maisons-Alfort in Maisons-Alfort, a suburb of Paris. The museum’s most astonishing items are the famous “écorchés” (flayed figures) prepared by Honoré Fragonard, the school’s first professor of anatomy, appointed in 1766 and in 1771 dismissed from the school as a madman. His speciality was the preparation and preservation of skinned cadavers, of which he prepared some 700 examples. Only 21 remain; all are on display in the museum’s final room. [from Wikipedia]

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