Detail : Allegories of the History of Italy. Giulio Aristide Sartorio. Italian 1908-1913. encaustic on canvas.
Artificial Arm from the Victorian era. It was more advanced than one might expect of an artificial limb from that era. It was capable of articulating in several different ways, including at the elbow, wrist and fingers.
Instead of decomposing normally, bodies buried in the tombs beneath the cathedral in Venzone, Italy were perfectly preserved and still recognizable even after many decades. Townspeople periodically retrieved and commune dwith their dead loved ones. In modern times, scientists finally traced the source of this wonder to Hypha tombicina, a microscopic, parasitic fungus that rapidly dehydrates the bodies before decomposition can even begin.
Le Van couldn’t cope with the loss of his wife in 2003. He had trouble sleeping without her so for 20 months he slept on-top of her grave. He had trouble sleeping outside due to the rain and heavy winds so he decided to dig a tunnel to her grave, but his kids stopped him. He wouldn’t give up, so he unearthed her remains, wrapped them in pieces of paper and a clay mould and put a dummy mask on her face. The man has been sleeping next to his dead wife ever since. Local authorities can’t convince him to bury her back. I guess he doesn’t really like the whole “till death do us part” thing.