People tend to take skin for granted. You don’t do much with it beyond the odd tattoo and some moisturizer, but it’s there all the time keeping your insides away from the outside. But once it’s done holding you together, ever wonder what happens to it? Turns out some people find more uses for it than you’re probably comfortable with.
If you’ve never been quite sure why Harvard has the reputation of being the pinnacle of Ivy league schools, wonder no longer. Unlike your crappy school that has a library full of books bound in paper and shame, Harvard’s packing books bound in the flesh of man. Turns out that, back in the day, using man leather as a book binding material wasn’t nearly as insane as it sounds in 2014.
The school has indentified three books bound in human leather; one a book of Roman poetry, one French philosophy and one a treatise on Medieval Spanish law bound in the flesh of a man who was flayed alive.
Why would anyone do such a thing? Eh, in the 17th century people thought it was classy. I like to think it’s like alligator boots today. Sure you could get crappy old cow leather, but isn’t alligator cooler? And if alligator is really cool, wouldn’t Bill from the mailroom be the coolest?
It stands to reason that whatever’s in medicine is in there to help you get better in some way. Like Tylenol has an analgesic effect, helps numb pain and Advil can reduce inflammation and whatever the hell is in it does that pretty well. But what on earth would human flesh do in pill form, other than creep you out?
According to South Korean media, people take human skin pills to help increase stamina and fight cancer, because science and some parts of Asia don’t always go hand in hand, at least when it comes to medicine. This is the land of bear gall bladders and unicorn horns to cure erectile dysfunction and vampirism, after all.
The capsules are said to be made from dead fetuses and babies that died soon after birth, if you want to feel even worse about them, and thousands of the pills get smuggled into South Korea from China because horror and mayhem are just the way pill pushers do business in China and Korea these days.
To ice the terror cake, the pills are also laden with deadly bacteria because no one cleaned those dead bodies first, thus taking the pills is likely to kill you, too.
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What do Psycho, Silence of the Lambs and Texas Chainsaw Massacre all have in common? They’re all loosely based on the story of real life, totally insane maniac Ed Gein. If America had a boogeyman, Gein would be it.
Though he was only convicted of a couple of crimes, the fact Gein had body parts from numerous women in his house made it clear that he was no average nut job. Amongst his collection of morbid trinkets included human skulls on the corner posts of his bed, human skin lampshades and upholstery, the pull string for a ceiling light made of human lips, a vest made from a woman’s torso, a belt made from human nipples and socks made from human skin, amongst many other things.
Some of the bodies Gein had exhumed from a graveyard, but others he had murdered himself to keep up his grisly and thoroughly insane hobby.
Craig Alan Bittner is a hero. Well, technically he’s a criminal, but he’s criminally heroic. Bittner used to be a board certified radiologist until he decided that committing all kinds of crimes was a more fun way to spend his time, including allowing his girlfriend to perform medical procedures without a license. But for our purposes his most interesting crime involves how he used the biomatter that his plastic surgery clinic produced. And by biomatter I mean human tissue. And by how he used it I mean he turned the fat form liposuction patients into biodiesel. Now that’s recycling!
Say, have you ever eaten emu? What about moose? Exotic meats are pretty cool, but you also have to special order them and they tend to cost a good chunk of change. That’s why it’s so refreshing to know there was a restaurant in Nigeria selling human meat for the discerning cannibal.
When police arrived at the establishment there were two heads wrapped in plastic in a fridge and, lest we think this was a comic misunderstanding, roasted human head was, in fact, on the menu.
Locals said they often saw weird people coming and going, which makes sense because weirdos are the sorts of people who pay for roasted human head at a restaurant when you can make it so much cheaper at home.