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Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses

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  • Posted May 14, 2013

    The curious fates of some famous corpses. In this collection, t

    The curious fates of some famous corpses.

    In this collection, the author set two rules for who could be included.They had to be famous during their life.Something weird had to have happened to their remains.The entries range form Saint Nicholas to Hunter S. Thompson.There are tales of remains being turned into religious Relics.Famous skulls were often stolen for the pseudo-science of phrenology that was popular during Victorian times.Other cases involved how to deal with political corpses, bodies being stolen to be held for ramsom, or even parts of bodies being taken as souvenirs by loved ones and the curious.These stories of corpses cover a large amount of history and help to show changing opinions and practices when dealing with the dead.

    The entries are short, usually just a few pages, and give a brief history of the person's life and then tells the strange events that happened after their deaths.The entries are subdivided into categories such as scientific,last wishes, or collectible corpses.The entries are presented in an informative,entertaining,and straightforward manner without being gruesome or morbid.

    This would be a perfect book for anytime that you just have a few minutes to read like sitting in a waiting room, the bathroom,or when you just want to read a few minutes before going to sleep.It should have appeal to a wide range of readers, especially those who like odd bits of history.
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  • Posted April 5, 2013

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    an interesting read

    To some people this would be a chilling subject, but to those who have an interest in the ways of the past and even the present, this is an enjoyable and head shaking collection of stories. Really what were those people thinking?

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