This is a grave from the Victorian age when a fear of zombies and vampires was prevalent. The cage was intended to trap the undead just in case the corpse reanimated.
ARE YOU GUYS SERIOUS?!
This was to protect against body snatching!
Here: educate yourself.
Seriously? Trust me, fear of premature burial was there (it’s been stipulated in more than one will that the head is to be cut off before burial “just in case”, so that the person doesn’t wake up underground), but if there were any legitimate fear of zombies, no one would have ever even thought of a “Waking Mortuary”, where rich British people stayed after death, until they started to decompose. No one actually woke up in any of those Waking Mortuaries, by the way.
Even that fear was far more transient a cultural standpoint than the totally legitimate fear of body-snatchers, especially in England. France allowed dissection of executed criminals and unclaimed cadavers from the Revolution onward, but England didn’t allow any sort of dissection (aside from on executed felons - and they had nowhere near as many as in France) until nearly 50 years later.
The only way anatomists could get bodies for quite a while was by buying them from “ressurectionists” who would rob fresh graves. Or, if given the opportunity, would just kill transients and sell those bodies. It was the case of Burke and Hare, who started as resurrectionists but later started killing family-less boarders at Burke’s boarding house, that finally brought the need for cadavers by the medical community to the forefront of the judicial system.
There was finally a law passed in 1832, after the Burke/Hare case, allowing unclaimed corpses to be used in dissection research. This drastically cut down on the number of graves that had bodies stolen from them, but until cement vaults and other structural/security components became standard on graves (not until the 1930s in some places), rich people DID still have their graves robbed for any valuables they may have had on them.
So yeah. Resurrectionists. Body snatchers. Literal grave robbers. All problems. Zombies? Not so much.
Henrietta Maria of France, wife of King Charles I of England.
On Sunday of June 18th, the Imperial French Army was defeated by the combined armies of the Seventh Coalition near Waterloo in present-day Belgium. The Seventh Coalition, which included the armies of Britain, Prussia, the United Netherlands, Hanover, Nassau, and Brunswick, was commanded jointly by the Duke of Wellington and Field Marshal Gebhard von Blücher. Their defeat of the Imperial French Army, under the command of none other than Napoleon Bonaparte, marked the end of Napoleon’s rule as emperor and his Hundred Day’s return from exile.
Today, the site of the battle is marked by the Lion’s Mound monument.
Execution of Charles I of England, 1649
Former Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley never thought of a gimmick he wouldn’t try, including a mechanical rabbit that delivered fresh balls to the umpire and hiring a 13-year-old MC Hammer as his “Executive V.P.”
In 1972, Finley offered his players cash for growing a mustache by Father’s…
Lemon Date Energy Bars
(makes 8-16 depending on how small you cut them)
- 1 lb pitted dates
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1 tbs lemon zest (zest from 1 lemon)
- 2 tbs lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tsp lemon extract
In a food processor mix pitted dates, almonds, cashews & lemon zest until a thick paste forms. Add in the lemon juice & lemon oil extract and pulse a few times to combine. (If you want a few bigger chunks of nuts in your bars, pulse the nuts first and set some aside. Then incorporate the chunks into the final mixture)
Take the the bar mixture and press into a parchment lined 8- inch brownie pan, cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Cut the bars into smaller rectangles (or any size you prefer). Wrap them up in plastic wrap. Foil is kinda tricky- it sticks to the bar too much. Keep the bars covered, in the fridge for up to a week.