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Ape Woman Buried

Posted in Death, Science with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2013 by elgrayso

This website doesn’t often feature recent news, but there was an interesting story that came out just over a week ago that I thought I would share.
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Mexican ‘ape woman’ buried 150 years after her death

An indigenous Mexican woman once described as the “ugliest woman in the world” has been buried more than 150 years after her death and a tragic life spent exhibited as a freak of nature at circuses around the world.

She sang and danced for paying audiences, becoming a sensation who also toured Europeand Russia. She and Lent married and had a son, but she developed a fever related to complications from childbirth, and died along with her baby in 1860 in Moscow. Her remains ended up at the University of Oslo in Norway.

Mexican ambassador Martha Bárcena Coqui, who is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, formally received Pastrana’s coffin at a ceremony on 7 February at Oslo University Hospital before the coffin was flown to Mexico.

“Today, it’s almost incomprehensible that a circus used corpses for entertainment purposes. Hers was used in a way we today would consider to be completely reprehensible,” he said. “It’s important that we now have a clear end to the way she was treated.” [read more from The Guardian]

The Feejee Mermaid

Posted in Animals with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2011 by elgrayso

The Fiji mermaid (also Feejee mermaid) was an object comprising the torso and head of a juvenile monkey sewn to the back half of a fish, covered in paper-mâché. It was a common feature of sideshows, which was presented as the mummified body of a creature that was supposedly half mammal and half fish, a version of traditional mermaid stories. [from Wikipedia]

The Monkey Waitress of Kayabuki

Posted in Animals with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2011 by elgrayso

Kayabuki

the footage of a restaurant called Kayabuki in Japan. The restaurant is apparently known for it’s dressed up monkey waiters (and waitresses). For more information, visit this blog.

One Got Fat

Posted in Animals, Death, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2011 by elgrayso

UPDATE (sep/2011): I have since learned of the Rifftrax of this very film

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