Bony: Galileo's Fingers Still Look Decent After 370 Years

November 5, 2012


Decent being a relative term of course. This is one of the three fingers cut from Galileo's hand in 1737 when his body was being moved to its final resting place after spending almost a hundred years at a temporary memorial (he died in 1642). Wow, who the hell cuts the fingers off a dead person? Witches, that's who. They use them to brew potions. Thankfully(?), two of the digits have made their way on display in Italy, where you can go see them at the Museum of the History of Science in Florence. This isn't new news mind you (the fingers were rediscovered in 2009), it's just news I found out when I clicked on a thumbnail that looked like a petrified animal penis. The more you know.

Hit the jump for another shot of this one and one of the others that looks even gnarlier.




Thanks to Nate, who's convinced cutting the fingers off of dead people leads to curses and he is CORRECT.

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