Just outside Prague is one of the Czech Republic’s biggest tourist attractions— the Sedlec Ossuary, or “the bone church”, a small Roman Catholic chapel that’s decorated with the bones of an estimated 40,000 to 70,000 victims of both the Black Death and the 15th-century Hussite Wars. Now, the church needs extensive renovation or the whole thing is going to collapse. The problem is that no one knows how the bones are held together and no one has ever done a full renovation of a building made with hundreds of thousands of human bones— everything from skulls to pinky finger bones.
Meet Vladimir Franz, the tattooed professor who wants to be the next president of the Czech Republic
Vladimir Franz is many things… he’s a drama professor with a doctorate in law, an opera singer, a painter and a writer. When you first see him, you’ll also notice he’s covered almost entirely in tattoos, and he wants to be the next president of the Czech Republic. He he were to win, unseating current president Vaclav Klaus, he would be the first mostly tattooed head of state, and that would be fucking awesome.
These snapshots of the residents of Cold War-era Prague were taken clandestinely by the Surveillance Directorate of Czechoslovakia’s secret police (StB) between 1969 and 1989. The photos were assembled by The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes and the Security Services Archive for the 2009 exhibition and book, “Prague through the Lens of the Secret Police.”
This is the skull of someone’s pet dog from more than 30,000 years ago, buried with a mastodon bone clenched in its teeth. Found in Czech Republic by archaeologist Mietje Germonpré of Belgium’s Museum of Natural History and colleagues, it’s one of three canid crania they discovered from the era. The skulls support other recent research suggesting that dogs were domesticated 15,000 years earlier than previously thought. This news is one of Archaeology magazine’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2011.
Remains of gay caveman found in Czech Republic. But that’s impossible, since homosexuality wasn’t invented until the 1960s.
At least archaeologists are pretty sure that said caveman was gay. It’s not like they can re-animate the bones and ask him, though I’m really hoping for that sort of thing to happen at some point in the future. But burials speak volumes by themselves, and when scientists discovered a buried skeleton in a suburb of Prague that was male, but buried in the manner of a woman, the conclusion they came to was “OMG that’s so gay.”