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[Dec. 17th, 2010|11:48 am]
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Wikipedia teaches me the most interesting things. I never even knew Henry IV's head was missing...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_IV_of_France#Missing_head

" The head of his embalmed body was lost after revolutionaries ransacked the Basilica of St Denis and desecrated his grave in 1793.[37] An embalmed head, reputed to be that of Henry IV, has passed between private collectors since. The French journalist Stephane Gabet followed leads to track down the head in the attic of a retired tax collector, Jacques Bellanger, in January 2010. According to Gabet, a couple purchased the head at a Paris auction in the early 1900s, and Bellanger bought it from the wife in 1955.[38] It was confirmed by a multidisciplinary team led by Philippe Charlier, a forensic medical examiner at Raymond Poincare University Hospital in Garches, to be the lost head of Henry IV using a combination of anthropological, paleopathological, radiological and forensic techniques in 2010.[37][39] The head had a light brown colour, in excellent preservation.[37] A lesion just above the nostril, a hole in the right ear lobe indicating a long-term use of an earring, and a healed facial wound, which Henry IV would have got from the assassination attempt, were among the marks that identified the head.[37][39] Radiocarbon dating gave a date of between 1450 and 1650, which fits the year of Henry IV's death, 1610.[37] However, the team was not able to recover uncontaminated mitochondrial DNA sequences from the head, so no comparison was possible with other remains from the king and his descendants.[37] The head will be reinterred in the Basilica of St Denis after a national mass and funeral in 2011.[39]"

And is a national mass and funeral really necessary? I mean he's been gone awhile...


Oh, and a caption contest.

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[User Picture]From: skittish_derby
2010-12-17 07:10 pm (UTC)
the picture made me think of 'manos the hands of fate' from mystery science theater 3000..

lol.

and that is a wide range for dates for that head.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2011-01-31 03:06 pm (UTC)
Seriously wide. I was wondering about that too, but I suppose they just can't say for sure.

And I never really got into Mystery Science 3000, thinking about registering for it for my wedding. Is that too geeky? lol. I've heard such wonderful things about it and I think me and Mr. Random would have a great time watching them all.
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[User Picture]From: skittish_derby
2011-01-31 04:49 pm (UTC)
nah, it isn't geeky-- sharing movies and things like that is a great investment on your relationship.. much more lasting than vacations and other expensive things. (I think anyway)
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[User Picture]From: kinirokitsune
2010-12-18 02:22 am (UTC)
Well, I learned something new. I never knew that Henry IV head was missing. Still, it nice that the may have found the head and will give it a proper burial.

As for the caption: This gives a new definition of the term "red handed"
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2011-01-31 03:08 pm (UTC)
Haha, love the caption! And yeah, I suppose it is. Just seems like a lot of money was spent, it could have been just a private ceremony for the current royals, as far as I'm concerned. I don't know.
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[User Picture]From: ellensparkleyes
2010-12-18 08:37 am (UTC)
was dna testing on Tut necessary? not in imo, but it still got done.

~~~~~

"does this outfit make my package look small?'

"dude, i really don't want to check out your package, again."
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2011-01-31 03:08 pm (UTC)
I like that they did DNA testing on Tut. I find that sort of thing fascinating though.

lol, looks like there was some definite package checking out here. ;)
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[User Picture]From: harmonic_motion
2010-12-18 05:13 pm (UTC)
That is one odd picture all right, but words fail me. :-p
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2011-01-31 03:11 pm (UTC)
You are welcome. ;)
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[User Picture]From: tjoel2
2010-12-19 03:51 am (UTC)
"Honey, I think I need a couple more hand prints in some other strategic places on this outfit."
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2011-01-31 03:13 pm (UTC)
Haha I agree. ;)
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[User Picture]From: unwrittenformat
2010-12-20 07:37 pm (UTC)
Necessary? Nah. Respectful and quite nice? Kind of, ya haha.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2011-01-31 03:18 pm (UTC)
I suppose so. It just seems so extravagant with the current economy to have a national mass and funeral. Maybe I'm just jaded. Probably, actually. lol
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2011-01-31 03:19 pm (UTC)
I am sooo excited for you. So much in fact that I didn't click on any of your links. Blessings to you and yours!
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