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On this day in 1895, scientist Wilhelm Roentgen discovers X-Rays.
When Wilhelm Roentgen took the very first X-ray photograph — a ghostly image of his wife’s hand — in 1895, the German physicist not only earned himself the very first Nobel Prize in Physics, he also gave the world the gift of creepy skeletal photographs and seeing bizarre things stuck inside living but unlucky people.
Pictured: 1896 X-ray of Roentgen’s wife’s hand, similar to the very first X-ray picture. Upon seeing her skeletal hand, she reportedly exclaimed, “I have seen my own death!”
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I always wanted to be pretty. I wanted to look like the girl they called the town tramp. She wore tight clothes, too much make-up and had big yellow hair. I thought she was the prettiest thing I’d ever seen. People would say ‘oh, she’s just trash’, and I’d reply, “well, that’s what i’m going to be when i grow up. trash”.
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Made infamous by the movie “The Silence of the Lambs”, acherontia lachesis, or ‘The Deaths-Head Moth’, has long been associated with evil or the paranormal. They have been frequently thought of as harbingers of bad luck, and have been mentioned in writings of Edgar Allan Poe and the artwork of Dali and Wulfing, as well as in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”.