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People do weird things with dead bodies. We dress them up, we put them in specific poses, and occasionally we stick them in strange places like some kind of corpse squirrel. For example, we found dead people in…
A big pile – partly
The Vikings never do anything the way everyone else does. When excavating in Dorset, England, archeologists discovered a mass grave, full of bodies genetically identified as Scandinavians – Vikings. The weird part is that it was actually two piles – one of bodies and one of heads. There were 51 heads in the pile, but, oddly, 54 bodies.
Due to its preservative effects, the bogs of northwestern Europe are one of the richest sources of human remains in the world. The preservation is so good that not only are the bodies’ hair preserved, so is their hair color.
Tiger shark stomach
In 2010, fishermen got a surprise that would have been sure to give them a permanent case of the willies – after catching a tiger shark and before releasing it, the shark regurgitated a human foot.
Hurricane Sandy swept through the US in 2012, blowing over trees. Underneath one was a grisly surprise: the roots had twined in and around several pieces of human remains, the remnants of centuries-old Yellow Fever victims.
The Google maps car accidentally captured a grisly scene in Richmond, Virginia, down by the train tracks – the scene of the murder of a 14-year-old boy. When the family found this four years later, Google promised to take it down.
Under a parking lot
This is the most personally famous person found on this list. Richard III of England was found buried under a parking lot in Leicester, England – mainly identified by his injuries and severely bent spine, since he had very bad scoliosis.
People are creepy. That is the only way we could possibly get this tradition: burying people in buildings to assure their survival. In Germany, it was the custom for a long time to wall up a child in the foundations of a building in order to make the structure invincible. Greek tales also mention this practice in stories, where a building continues falling down until a person is sealed in its walls.