6 Interesting Adventures of Famous Corpses

As depressing as it is to ponder, when death comes to pass, our physical forms will still inhabit this world for a time – and at this point they become someone else’s responsibility.

What happens when you’re not around to look after yourself? A book by Bess Lovejoy recounts some wild stories surrounding some notable corpses – or pieces thereof. Ranging from humorous to disturbing, these famous historical figures may have had more adventures dead than alive.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Famous Corpses Napoleon

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Dion Diamond, 1960 Civil Rights Warrior In The Suburbs

Civil Rights Sit In Arlington Virginia

Featured above is Dion Diamond, a civil rights activist who took his charge against Jim Crow right into the heart of the nation’s capitol. Diamond was one of thirteen individuals–seven African Americans and six white–who were refused service at a People’s Drug Store in Arlington, Virginia, 1960. They then moved to another drug store, soon to be surrounded by a crowd of white teenagers who harassed them. And yet, the group persisted. Two weeks later and a number of sit-ins later, five major businesses announced the end of their segregation practices–soon to be followed by Alexandria and Fairfax County.

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A Native American Woman Operates A Switchboard In 1925

Native American Switchboard

Following decades of forced removal and ethnic cleansing on behalf of the US government, by the time the 20th century rolled around most indigenous North Americans were living west of the Mississippi River, and in much smaller numbers. As a further means of social control, though, in 1898 the federal government made it its goal to assimilate indigenous peoples into Euro-American society, which essentially meant that tribal governments, religions and customs were outlawed. The photo seen here was likely staged, meant to represent the convergence of two worlds: the exotic Indian meets modern “civilization”. As for the odd marks on the woman’s hand, it’s likely smallpox scars.

A Brief History Of Crossdressing

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Source: NY Post

Humans are designed to compartmentalize objects, ideas, and experiences. It’s how we survive. Our early ancestors’ ability to instantaneously decide a whether a situation was safe or dangerous was imperative if they wanted to keep their weak, hairless little bodies alive long enough to pass along their genes.

As societies developed, understanding our place within that structure, as well as everyone else’s, became just as important. We wanted to look at somebody and immediately know certain things about them (namely, were they trying to have sex with us, and were we trying to have sex with them). We would use visual cues to gather information about a person and tailor our behavior accordingly.
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