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In this animation by artist Brian Andrews, animals with visible human skeletons are animated doing insect things. As our friend Skinner put it, it is “CREEP LEVEL OMEGA.” Titled Hominid, the video is an animated teaser based on the Hominid series of photo composites by the Andrews.
The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia wants you to adopt a skull. Among their strange and fascinating collection of medical artifacts and anatomical specimens is a collection of 139 skulls collected in the 1800s by Viennese anatomist Joseph Hyrtl, who was trying to debunk the then-popular pseudoscience of phrenology.
The catalog of the skulls hints at many interesting stories. Some specimens have already been adopted, including the skulls of a Viennese prostitute, a notorious Thai criminal, and a tightrope walker who broke his neck (adopted by the editors of a blog called Skull-A-Day). The same goes for Geza Uirmeny of Hungary (or possibly Romania), who attempted suicide at age 70 by cutting his throat, but remarkably survived, and perhaps even more remarkably “lived until 80 without melancholy.”
And, alas, there’s Andrejew Sokoloff, who belonged to a Russian sect that practiced castration as a safeguard against ungodly lust. Sokoloff “died of self-inflicted removal of testicles,” according to museum records, but his skull will be well cared for thanks to the generosity of Judy and George Wohlreich.
There are roughly 100 skulls still awaiting adoption, says museum curator Anna Dhody. They include sailors, soldiers, robbers, and Gypsies. Anton Mikschik, a 17-year-old Moravian shoemaker’s apprentice, killed himself after getting caught stealing. Maria Falkensteiner, a Tyrolean Joska Soltesz, a Hungarian reformist and soldier, died of pneumonia at 28.
Your $200 donation pays for the initial restoration and remounting of a skull of your choosing, and gets your name on a small plaque next to your adopted skull for the next year.