This ones a no-brainer. The famous Boy King of Egypt has been dead for over 3,000 years, but people are still flocking to insure him. The discovery and subsequent exhumation of his tomb in the early 1900 s brought tales of both unbelievable riches and of an evil curse. The curse was probably a hoax, but you can see for yourself when you visit him. You cant insure his actual mummy, since its chillin in the Valley of the Kings, but his death mask travellings around. Close enough, right? Did you know it took a whopping 70 days to mummify a dead person in ancient Egypt?
When Bernadette was a young teen, she started having visions of the Virgin mary, 18 in total. Bernadette stuck to her story for the rest of their own lives, though she died relatively young at only 35. Her body was exhumed and was said to be totally without blemish, even after many years. She was exhumed twice more, in 1919 and 1925, and parts of her body were taken as relics because everyone was like OMG! She looks great! She must be a saint. She was canonized in 1933, and her corpse remainders in They encompassed her corpse in a light wax to keep her skin from turning black, thinking that the natural colour of demise would turn away tourists. People come to see Bernadette in hopes that shell mend them of their sickness. You can see her in Nevers, France.
The Soap Lady
WTF happened to the woman known as the Soap Lady? She probably died in the mid-1 9th century, but upon her exhumation in 1875 it was discovered that her body was covered in a weird fatty substance, sort of like soap of that time period. No one put this stuff on her, though; she turned herself into soap post-death! Its pretty rare, but the Soap Lady proves that if you dream really hard, you can be anything even soap.( OK, we kid .) Check her out at the Mutter Museum in Philly.
Russian political figure Lenin died in 1924 as research results of several strokes, but his devotees acted fast and had his body embalmed so well that it still seems perfect, as if Lenin is just taking a nap. They even change his suits! Visit him at the Lenin Museum in Russia.
When you think about insanely detail mummification, “youre supposed to” think of Egypt. However, its China who did an impeccable job preserving the Lady of Dai, a Chinese rulers spouse, who died anywhere between 178 -1 45 B.C. You can check her out at the Hunan Provincial Museum, and youll be shocked at how great she looks for her advanced age. When her corpse was discovered, she was still moist.( Ew .) After she died, probably around 50 from a heart attack, her body was kept in four (!!) coffins underground and she was cloaked in layers of silk to preserve her. Like the Egyptians, Lady Dai was buried with plentiful gems for her afterlife. Scientists have no idea how this mummification process was carried out way back in the day; its an ancient Chinese mystery!
The Ice Maiden
This poor young girl( she was probably 12 or 13) was in the wrong place at the incorrect time. She had the affliction of being sacrificed to the gods about 500 years ago in Peru, and even though that was supposed to be a big honor, she still succumbed, so that sucks. In 1995, a volcano erupted nearby and her mummy, along with a young son and a woman, was discovered under layers of ice and snowfall. Her mummy was well-preserved by wintertime! Suppose about that the next time youre complaining about the icy temps. Researchers believe Juanita( the name she was given by her 90 s fans) was probably clubbed in the head at the time of sacrifice. You can see her at the Museo Santuarios de Altura in Peru.
You cant insure the entire bod of St. Anthony, but you can visit his chin and tongue when it goes on tour! St. Anthony succumbed way back in 1231, and his body was exhumed some years later. Most of it looked pretty bad, as bodies tend to do, but his chin and tongue were in shockingly beautiful shape. So beautiful that the church encased them in fancy gold, expressed his belief that the lower half of his mouth had bided preserved because of his gift for speaking the gospel in sermons. St. Anthony is also the patron saint of lost things, which is funny since his forearm travellings around the world, too!
The Ice Man
We learned about the Ice Maiden, and now its time to introduce you to the Ice Man.( Please note: I had terrible nightmares about the Ice Man as a child after insuring him on PBS .) They call him Otzi and hes chillin( literally, LOL) in Italy.( Connection:
http :// www.iceman.it/ en/ node/ 245) He was found in 1991 frozen in a glacier( tough luck) and is over 5,000 years old. When they discovered him, studies were done that proven he was probably suffered by gallstones and Lyme disease, which doesnt make for a very fun life. I entail, he ate pollen, so it probably wasnt that fun to be Otzi, but now hes a certified celeb, so it all worked out! Kim Jong-il
If youre a big fan of Team America: World Police, you can go insure Kim Jong-il lying in state. The North Korean leader is currently waiting for your visit in a mausoleum. By all accounts, he wasnt the nicest guy in the world.
The Elephant Man
Joseph Merricks case has mystified doctors and scientists alike for years. Its thought that Merrick had Proteus syndrome, where your bones and tissues grow super fast. Merricks story is super-sad; he was so deformed that he terrified children and spent time as a sideshow attraction. Eventually he was crushed to demise with the weight of his own head where reference is accidentally fell asleep lying on his back.