The Elbogen meteorite fell in modern-day Czech Republic in the year 1400. Such phenomena was poorly understood at that time, and many saw it as a bad omen from God. Supposedly in the 17th century it was chained in a dungeon, and later tossed in a castle well in the 18th century in order to prevent it cursing the townspeople.
Not biology or medicine, just the most reasonable response ever to a screaming rock from the sky. You remember the nonplussed Chelyabinsk, Russia residents, from earlier this year? THOSE are the insane ones.
The Elbogen meteorite was cut into roughly 15 pieces during the 19th century, to send to natural history museums across the world. So it’s not like this big bad guy right here was the one chained up. The chunk in the Field Museum is 60 grams (2.1 oz). The largest piece, at Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (The Natural History Museum of Vienna), is a hefty 79 kilos (174 lbs).
The original mass of the Elbogen meteorite was 107 kg - roughly 236 lbs. Definitely a size that could have rebelled and gotten angry at the townsfolk if it weren’t kept in line. Yes, I think they made the correct decision, making sure it was kept under control.
The Field Museum actually has a few pieces of this meteorite; some incredibly small, and one is on display now in our new World’s Columbian Exposition exhibit, as it was displayed at the Fair that year. The above piece was acquired after 1901 and was engraved by the donor. Although, having seen it in person, I can say with certainty that it does carry a strange chill about it…
#deadshit #oddities #firstskull #imweird #taxidermy #meow
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the majestic flapflaps…
Wait, are those breaching mantas?
no they are the majestic flapflaps
look at these beautiful seapancakes.
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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture that so fully summed up what it is to be a cat owner.
oh jesus fuck
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