While researching my book Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses, I was prepared to encounter some seriously gruesome material. But many of the facts I uncovered weren’t gross so much as just plain bizarre. Here are some of the strangest pieces of trivia I uncovered:
1. Mozart’s skull is inscribed with the phrase “musa vetat mori.” (“The muse prevents death.”) And he’s not the only one with an embellished skull: the forehead of Descartes’ supposed skull is covered in a poem praising his genius.
2. Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, kept her husband ...
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