1. Eva Perón’s body was kept on her husband’s dining table
Eva (Evita) Perón of Argentina was famous throughout the world for using her position as First Lady to improve the lives of the poor and fight for women’s rights. Eva was just 33 when she died of cancer, just after Perón’s second inauguration in 1952. She was immediately embalmed, but was buried 20 years later. A mausoleum rumored to be larger than the Statue of Liberty being built for her couldn’t be completed, because Juan Perón’s regime was overthrown by the military and he fled to Spain.
The corpse which is said to look like a wax doll, remained with the military, and was kept in wooden crates and moved to different locations throughout Buenos Aires; because the new regime feared her gravesite would become a pilgrimage for the many who loved her. Finally a year after Juan Perón died, Eva Perón was finally laid to rest at the Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires. Her embalmed corpse is kept in a steel vault which is said to be able to withstand a nuclear bomb.
2. Rasputin’s penis is exhibited in an erotica museum after being lost for several decades
Grigori Rasputin lover of the wife of the Russian Tsar was apparently a ladies man with a huge penis. In 1916 he was assassinated, and castrated. The discarded member was found by a maid. It has also been claimed that one of his lady friends took it as a souvenir after his autopsy. As per another rumor a group of women in Paris worshiped his penis for fertility reasons. Recently, Russian Museum of Erotica bought the infamous, 11 inches long penis for $8,000.
3. Lord Horatio Nelson’s body was preserved in brandy
Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, was one of Britain’s most revered military heroes. Nelson died of bullet wounds, on Oct. 21, 1805 while leading the Royal Navy to a decisive triumph in the Battle of Trafalgar during the Napoleonic Wars. Nelson’s body was pickled in French brandy, then, at Gibraltar, his coffin was put into a larger casket filled with more brandy. Then he was taken to England, where he received a full state funeral.
4. The Mystery over Mozart’s skull
In 1902, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria acquired Mozart’s skull, which was missing its lower jaw. At first in 1801, Vienna gravedigger Joseph Rothmayer dug the skull out of a group grave, and from there skull of Mozart the famous Austrian composer, passed through various hands. It belonged to a sexton, before becoming part of the phrenological collection of one Dr. Hyrtl (which, excluding Mozart’s skull, would go on to become part of the Mütter Museum’s skull collection). It then ended up in the hands of the Mozarteum in 1902.
5. Voltaire’s body was disguised so he could have a proper funeral
Voltaire, the “sparkling wit” of the new Republic was terrified of the fact that his bones would end up in the trash, a common fate for those who criticized the Church in the eighteenth century. So, when the French author became ill, it was decided that in case he died, his body would be propped up, and dressed grandly to look as if he was still alive. He would then be driven in a “star-spangled coach” to his family estate near the Swiss border, away from any possible danger of interference. However, when he actually died his nephew decided to drive Voltaire’s corpse, denuded by an autopsy of his heart and brain, to a French monastery instead.
6. The conjoined twins whose bodies were cast facing each other and are on display in a museum
Chang and Eng travelled round the world as an exhibition, for years, and finally became naturalized U.S. citizens, & settled on a North Carolina plantation, bought slaves, and married sisters in the early 1840s. In January 1874, Chang suffered a bout of pneumonia, and died. Three hours later Eng passed away from blood loss, because the brothers shared an artery and blood vessels. The brothers are now displayed in the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia.
7. Anne Boleyn’s heart was preserved by her husband who had ordered her killed
Henry VIII split up with his first wife to marry the witty and sophisticated Anne Boleyn. However, Henry had Anne Boleyn beheaded at the Tower of London in 1536, suspecting she was having affairs with commoners. Her heart was torn out, and Henry kept it in a heart-shaped casket in a church alcove in Suffolk until it was rediscovered in 1836 and reburied underneath the church’s organ.
8. Einsten’s brain was preserved in a jar at his doctor’s office
On April 17, 1955, the greatest scientist of his generation Albert Einstein died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Immediately after his brain was discovered stolen. What happened was that Dr. Thomas Stolz Harvey the person assigned to attend to Einstein, after determining the cause of death, went about removing, measuring, and weighing Einstein’s brain. Next, he interjected and immersed the brain in formaldehyde. Finally, he returned the rest of the body to be cremated.
Later Dr. Harvey cut the organ up into a thousand slides and 240 blocks. He put them in squares of celluloid and gave most of them away, while keeping the remainder of Albert Einstein’s brain in two formalin-filled glass jars for himself.
9. Galileo’s stolen fingers resurface in a jar 300 years later
In 2009, two fingers cut from the hand of Italian astronomer Galileo 300 years back were found again. A man bought them at an auction , and brought them to the Museum of the History of Science in Florence, museum director Paolo Galluzzi said. Three fingers along with his last tooth remaining in his lower jaw were kept in a sealed glass jar. The jar disappeared sometime after 1905. The jar along with the contents was bought by the person at an auction, and finally was brought to the museum. The jar matches the description “in every minute detail.”