For one reason or another, sometimes bodies go unclaimed. Actually, it happens more often than we'd like to think about. What happens after that is a little up in the air. So, this week, we're looking at some of the options of what can happen if no one calls dibs on you after you die.
Ever find yourself with a stack of bones thinking, 'Man, what am I going to do with all these things?' This week we discuss some historical creativity and pragmatism put to work on exactly this problem.
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Why are the elves leaving for The Undying Lands when they're immortal? How is Aragorn so old in The Lord of the Rings when he's supposed to be human? What the heck are the things in The Dead Marshes? Well, hold onto your nerd glasses, my friends. This week we're diving into some of the intricacies, complications, and conceptualizations of death in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
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Watch any period piece and you know that a little blood on a handkerchief means death from tuberculosis. Well, it's not just for the movies and it's not just for the history books. So, let's talk about our old pal scrofula, er, tuberculosis.
When you look at superstitions, basically everything means you're going to die. We looked around for some of the more interesting ones to see if we could surprise each other with what we found. Buckle up. It's about to get silly.
Our first morbid mystery! We talk through a case that's fascinated people ever since the body of a mysterious woman was discovered in the Isdal Valley in Norway in 1970. Missing labels, puffy jackets, secret codes, and way more about isotopic analysis than you ever knew you needed to know. Accident? Suicide? Murder? Where do you land?
Sometimes when the going got tough, the best way to make it better was to have a big party and sacrifice some children. Although far from the only culture to do so, in this episode we take a deep, deep dive into the Incan ritual sacrifices.