Category Archives: Bizarre
1-The woman who grew a new ear on her arm
Doctors at Johns Hopkins have successfully grown an ear on a woman’s arm. Sherrie Walters, 42, had an ear grown on her arm to replace one removed after developing bassal cell carcinoma in 2008. The illness meant that she had her ear, a piece of her skull and her ear canal removed.
She is now the first person ever to have their ear regrown using cartilage taken from her rib. The team of surgeons, led by Dr. Patrick Byrne, took rib cartilage to shape a new ear, according to Red Orbit. In an experimental procedure, it was placed under the skin and allowed to grow for four months before being transplanted into her head.
2-The former beauty queen who had her skull temporally attached to her stomach
A former beauty queen was shocked as she awoke to find a portion of her head missing after having a quarter of her skull removed and then stored in her stomach for six weeks after a near-fatal fishing accident. Surgeons removed the rear quarter of Jamie Hilton’s skull and placed it in her abdomen, which enabled the bone to remain sterile and nourished while brain swelling from a head injury subsided.
Mrs. Hilton, 36, had won Mrs. Idaho in 2009 and competed in the Mrs. America beauty contests. Mrs Hilton’s skull remained in her abdomen for 42 days until it was re-attached in a successful operation and then, three months after her near death experience, she returned home, and is considered a ‘walking miracle.
3-The little boy who was given ‘devil’s horns’ implants to remove birth mark
Doctors have treated a young boy with a large birthmark on his face… by implanting horns in his forehead. George Ashman, 5, was born with a bright red blemish on his forehead and his mother Karen, 33, feared he would endure a lifetime of bullying. So when he was four he underwent a surgical procedure to stretch the ‘normal’ skin on his forehead so the birthmark could be removed and covered with the new unblemished tissue.
Doctors inserted two tissue expanders under the skin, which gradually inflated so they looked like two perfect devil’s horns. After four months theimplants were removed and the blemish was cut out, allowing the new skin to be stitched together, leaving just a small Harry Potter-style scar on George’s forehead.
4-The teenage boy with cancer who had his leg detached and turned 180 degrees in order to play again
Dugan Smith, after fighting bone cancer, is able to keep up his previously active lifestyle after doctors have managed to reattach his right leg – backwards.
Smith, 13, was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2008 and had to undergo surgery to amputate his knee and thigh. He chose to have “rotation-plasty,” which means his lower leg was turned around and attached to the remainder of his thigh, allowing his ankle to take the place of his knee. There were a number of procedures available, but this was the only one that would allow him to keep his leg. The surgery cut out the middle part of his leg and rotated the bottom half 180 degrees to move it up and reattach it to the blood vessels. It was performed at James Cancer Hospital in Ohio. Less than three years after the amputation surgery, Smith is able to play sports such as baseball and basketball and go skiing.
5- The little girl who saved her hand by having it grafted to her leg
Ming Li, 9, had her hand severed after a tractor ran over it while she was walking to school in July 2010. Doctors said it was too badly damaged to put back on her arm so they attached it to her right leg. After three months, the hand was reattached to her arm. Dr Hou Jianxi, from the hospital where Ming is being treated in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, said her hand was repairing well and that the blood was flowing normally through her hand.
She was able to move her wrist but will need more operations over the next two years to remove scars and improve its movement, he said.
6-The man who grew a fingertip on his stomach
Doctors in China saved a man’s partially-severed finger – by attaching it to his stomach. Furniture worker Wang Yongjun, 20, cut off the end of his middle finger with an electric saw in an accident at work. Wang, of Liaoyang, Liaoning Province, was rushed to the hospital where doctors had to think fast. Dr Huang Xuesong said the muscle and skin had been cut away from the end of his finger leaving only the bone showing.
Doctors operated and attached Wang’s finger to his stomach in the hope that new skin and muscle would grow around it. Dr Huang said the technique was a way of restoring blood circulation to the injured finger so that the body could repair itself. He says the surgery was a complete success and that Wang would have a brand new fingertip – separated from his stomach – within a month.
The woman with Europe’s largest fake breasts
Beshine currently holds the title of “Biggest Breasts in Europe” and though she started her boob od(d)yssey as a humble B cup, she’s now a mind boggling Z-cup, thanks to expander implants which she refills as regularly as she can.
Beshine says that she doesn’t suffer from backache due to a strict program of back strengthening but does struggle to find clothes that fit and, not surprisingly, can no longer sleep on her stomach, though apparently lying on her back or side is still possible.
The woman who spent over 15k on illegal butt and hips injection
A woman who spent approximately $15,000 on illegal butt and hip injections shed light on the secret world of black market cosmetic procedures in a new book. In a raw and honest account, Vanity Wonder, 30, a mother-of-two from America’s Midwest, has revealed how she became addicted to silicone shots to increase the size of her behind. “Shot Girls” details her own experiences of seeking out and having the injections, and how she became an assistant to a black market practitioner, who treated women from a 17-year-old brought in by her proud mother, to a senior in her seventies with bifocals and false teeth.
The man who grew 6 in with painful surgery
A man in New York has “grown” over six inches through painful limb-lengthening surgeries intended to artificially increase his height. While the reason behind Apotheosis (his pseudonym) having undergone the surgery might be cosmetic, there are in fact numerous patients suffering from dwarfism or deformities who have and are currently going through the process of surgically lengthening their limbs.
Renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Dror Paley claims that the majority of the patients that visit her at St. Mary’s Medical Center for cosmetic reasons, are suffering from height dysphoria which she claims is one of the few psychologic-psychiatric disorders that actually can be cured with the knife.
Akash Shukla is just one of those patients who has undergone the surgery for the cosmetic reason depicted by Paley. At age eighteen, the young man from New Jersey discovered that he would ultimately only grow to be a mere 4’11.5? tall. Due to his short height, Shukla opted to undergo the painful process of lengthening his limbs in order to increase his height. Nearly 5’2? after surgery, Shukla is now significantly taller than before.
This rare procedure is performed by only a few doctors in the United States and costs roughly $85,000. Painful, time consuming, and expensive are just a few words to describe this incredible surgery which has assisted those like Shukla, Apotheosis, and many more, to achieve a height beyond that which they were otherwise destined to have.
The Russian woman who had over 100 lip injections
A woman desperate to look like Jessica Rabbit has won the dubious honour of being in possession of the world’s biggest lips after having 100 silicone injections. Kristina Rei, 22, was convinced her thin lips made her ugly so she opted to have them enlarged in the style of her favorite cartoon character, at a cost of more than £4,000.
Now the nail technician admits she has an addiction, but still plans to have her so-called trout pout made even more outrageous. Each injection costs roughly £40 and is ‘extremely painful’ but Kristina, from St Petersburg, Russia, insists nothing will stop her.
The fake doctor arrested for injecting butt implants with Fix-a-flat
“Dr.” Oneal Morris has a very literal solution for patients looking to add a little junk to their trunks. She injected a woman looking to add a little more oomph to her caboose, with a solution made of cement, superglue, mineral oil, and Fix-A-Flat tire mender. Thirty-year-old Morris was arrested by Miami Gardens’ police.
A patient asked Morris, a transgendered woman who is still legally identified as a man, to give her butt implants. So Morris cut her open and injected the crazy mixture. She then closed the patient’s wound with superglue. As a result of the procedure, the woman ended up in the hospital, treated for a serious condition by actual doctors. Morris was arrested on charges of practicing medicine without a license and from her arrest pictures, appears to sport some sort of junk in her own rear end as well.
The Russian Barbie who supposedly had her ribs removed to have a smaller waist
Valeria Lukyanova is the self-proclaimed “most famous woman on the Russian-language internet”. The 21 year-old Ukrainian first made a splash in her native Ukraine and neighboring Russia a few years back with her anime-style Barbie doll looks. After she first hit it big on the Russian-language internet, netizens started digging through her old social networking posts and profiles, cataloguing all the rumored surgeries she’d undergone—from nose jobs to rib removal. She certainly has a tiny waist.
The woman who had concrete injected in her face by fake doctor
New pictures of an alleged victim of previously featured ‘fake doctor’ Oneal Ron Morris show the horrific damage to her face after it was injected with a toxic mixture of cement and tyre sealant. Rajee Narinesingh, 48, from Miami, Florida, says her face was ruined by Morris, who had just been released from custody after she was accused of administering the potentially lethal shots to another victim.
Ms. Narinesingh, who, like Morris, 30, was born a man, but lives as a woman, has been left with lumpy shapes in her cheeks, a misshapen chin and a ballooning upper lip after the back room beauty treatment.
This building was built from 200,000 card keys. Each room and every wall, even the toilets, are made of card keys. The hotel was built by Bryan Berg, who has a world record in building a house of cards.
The Tonghe Shanzi Landscape Design company has built their incredible five star Xiang Xiang Xiang Pray House hotel entirely out of shipping containers! Looking like a drab shipping container village from the outside, the hotel oozes luxurious design inside its twenty-one cozy guest rooms, arranged on a hillside in Changski, China. Each room is fitted with traditional Chinese décor, skylights, high-design furniture and more!
The container hotels could also be designed in one city, and easily transported to another, making pop-up hotels possible anywhere. The Xiang Xiang Pray House will open in August of 2012.
Karl Lagerfeld has designed a hotel made entirely of chocolate.
This eccentric designer has created “The Magnum Chocolate Hotel Suite” to celebrate the launch of Magnum Ecuador and Ghana ice creams, which are made with specially selected cocoa beans sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms in Ecuador and Ghana. Using 10.5 tonnes of chocolate, it includes a chocolate sculpture of French male model, Karl’s muse, Baptise Giabiconi, draped seductively on the chocolate bed.
Designed by t3arc, the recycled pipe TuboHotel accommodates two people in a queen-size bed with panoramic views of the Sierra del Tepozteco, Mexico. The goal in designing the modular hotel was to build fast and affordable accommodation.
This amazing hotel, named “Controversy Inn,” consists of four train carriages recycled into a building that is comfortable, with beds that have a theme, and a breakfast room. “Controversy” is located at Farm in Hoogwoud, the Netherlands. This eco-hotel consists of various vintage items that are recycled into something new again. Like a table made of boards of traffic signs, and even a bed made from old ships.
They have the sun, the sand, and the sea, but you can’t get much more of the beach where they’ve also got the world’s largest and only sand castle hotel, made entirely of sand on Weymouth beach in Dorset, UK.
The open air family room with a sea-side view has a double and a single bed made of sand which will set you back a mere $21 (£10) a night to sleep under the starry skies. You can wake up to the ocean when the “tide laps through the door.
Palacio de Sal (Spanish for “Salt Palace”) is a hotel built from salt blocks. It is located at the edge of the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, 350 kms south of Bolivia’s capital, La Paz.
The hotel walls are made of salt blocks stuck together with a cement-like substance made of salt and water. During rainy seasons, the walls are strengthened with new blocks, while the owners ask the guests to avoid licking the walls to prevent deterioration.
Getting tattoos on ones body part is common today. Or rather we should say finding a person who doesn’t support any tattoo or piercing on his/her body parts is getting difficult.
Tattoos are hot today and they looks even hotter when they are 3D tattoos. Giving a realistic approach to a tattoo is not so easy and only expert hands can accomplish the task perfectly.
Today we bring you 30 examples of 3D Tattoo Designs to give you a lookout on how fashion aspired breed is going crazy for it. Check out these examples and share with us the one you support or like.
The number of hungry children in Africa will increase by 3.3 million by 2025 if current policy and investment trends continue, according to a new report from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
If current trends continue, child malnutrition in Africa is expected to grow from 38.6 million to 41.9 million by 2025. Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Burkina Faso, Niger, Somalia, and Sudan, will account for the sharpest increase, but West Asia and North Africa will actually see a decline of 2.3 million hungry children.Poor governance, inadequate infrastructure, limited access to markets, and low investment in agriculture contribute to the underperformance of Africa’s agricultural sector, the report contends. Sound policies and increased investments targeted to these areas, however, can strengthen food security and reduce child malnutrition significantly across the continent. Investments in rural roads and information and communication technologies, such as telephones and the Internet, can lead to more efficient markets and improve farmers’ productivity, while innovative crop, land, and water management practices would encourage more sustainable agricultural production.
The report also projects the impact of improved policies and increased investments. Under the “vision scenario,” the number of hungry children in Africa would decrease dramatically to 9.4 million by 2025 if policies and investments were put in place today to accelerate agricultural productivity and economic growth, reduce population growth rates, and improve access to education, health care, and clean water.
Bacardi – Canada – Banned as it “objectified and demeaned women” (ASC)
Kiss Tobacco – Israel – Banned as it contains “obscenity and ressemblance of human beings”
Paddy Power – Ireland – Banned as “the betting odds referred to each woman’s chances of either being knocked down by the truck were offensive and demeaned older people”
Energizer – Chile – Rejected by the client
Department of Health – UK – Banned as it can “frighten and distress children”
Gucci – UK – Banned
Six Feet Under TV Series – UK – Banned as they were “offensive, shocking and likely to cause undue distress”
Diesel – UK – Banned as its “sexual image was likely to cause serious or widespread offence and was unsuitable in a magazine that could be seen by children”
The Rules of Attraction (movie) – USA – Banned as “the copulating toys were considered offensive and obscene”
Tom Ford – USA – Most Complained as “it was sexually explicit”
The Breast Cancer Fund – USA – Rejected by advertising spaces run by Viacom “over fears that its depiction of mastectomy scars would prove to be too shocking to the public”
-Allergic to own new-born child
According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), pemphigoid gestitionis is a skin condition in which blisters appear on the abdomen and, in the worst cases, over large regions of the body. Women can develop the condition during the second or third trimester and after giving birth. In the rarest of cases, children can be born with the rash.
Joanne Mackie, 28, developed agonizing blisters and an excruciating rash shortly after giving birth to son James. The painful welts across her back, legs, arms and chest caused her so much pain that she could not hold the newborn, and was forced to cover her arms in muslin cloth. After a few months the rash was gone but the mother-of-one’s skin had been left scarred with dark patches where the blisters once were.
-Allergic to water
Known as aquagenic urticaria, this condition is said to only affect one out of every 23 million people in the world. Being allergic to water is extremely rare, and most that are allergic to it are confined to their homes. The person is hypersensitive to the ions found in non-distilled water, so most have to be very careful when drinking water, or they drink distilled water.
Teenager Ashleigh Morris can’t go swimming, soak in a hot bath or enjoy a shower after a stressful day’s work – she’s allergic to water. Even sweating brings the 19-year-old out in a painful rash. When Ashleigh gets wet her body explodes in sore, itchy red lumps that take about two hours to ease. She has to wash. But showering is a painful experience and she can only do it for a minute at a time. These brief showers are the only contact Ashleigh has with water.
-Allergic to sex
Medical researchers have found that some women are allergic to their male partner’s seminal fluid, the thick liquid that carries sperm. Doctors know the disorder as “human seminal plasma hypersensitivity.” In rare cases, the allergic response can cause death. But there is good news. The malady is usually treated by allergists, although it takes some effort by concerned, caring male partners. To desensitize a woman’s immune system against semen, doctors can either apply diluted samples of semen to a woman’s vagina every 20 minutes, gradually increasing the concentration over the course of several hours, or the women can receive allergy shots containing small amounts of semen over the course of several weeks. Both techniques require sex two or three times a week to train their immune system.
-Allergic to wood
Wood allergies can definitely be troublesome. While people are allergic to certain types of wood or sawdust, there are cases when people are allergic to any type of wood in many types of forms, whether it is dust or solid. Along with wood allergies comes the fact that you can’t touch paper, use a pencil, or be a lumberjack! The allergy can be so strong that it can cause the skin to look as if it was burned. In most cases wood allergies cause skin irritation, coughing, sneezing, and hives.
Dan Hill, a 32 year-old banker, quit his £80,000 a year job to live his dream of being a carpenter, only to discover he had developed an allergy to wood. Luckyly for him, he found a wood he was not allergic to – Welsh oak – and moved from the workshop in Devon to Swansea to start a furniture business with his brother.
-Allergic to exercises
Don’t go laughing if a friend tells you he or she is allergic to exercise. He may be one of the 1,000 people who actually have this allergy. Exercise-induced anaphylaxis (EIA) is a severe allergic reaction caused by exercise, and may be related to eating certain foods before exercising. This life-threatening allergic reaction is usually seen when the victim is allergic to certain foods or medications and works out after partaking of the offending item. Shellfish, wheat, hazelnuts, grapes, and drugs such as ibuprofen, antibiotics, cold medications and herbal supplements can be the culprits. Attack symptoms are fatigue, warmth, itching, redness of the skin, then large hives, collapse and unconsciousness. They may have swelling of the throat, difficulty breathing, choking, nausea and vomiting.
-Allergic to the sun
It’s not that uncomun for people to be allergic to the sun, but there is special type of sun allergy, called solar urticaria, that is very rare. It is said that very few people in the world suffer from it. Solar urticaria (SU) is a rare condition in which exposure to ultraviolet or UV radiation, or sometimes even visible light, induces a case of urticaria or hives that can appear in both covered and uncovered areas of the skin. The most common locations include the “V” of the neck, the back of the hands, the outside surface of the arms and the lower legs.
-Allergic to modern living
For most people talking on a mobile phone, cooking dinner in the microwave or driving in a car is simply part of modern living in 21st century. But completing any such tasks is impossible for people like Debbie Bird – who is allergic to modern technology. The 39-year-old is so sensitive to the electromagnetic field (emf) or ‘smog’ created by computers, mobile phones, microwave ovens and even some cars, that she develops a painful skin rash and her eyelids swell to three times their size if she goes near them.
Officially in the UK, electro-sensitivity (ES) does not exist as a medical condition. Doctors say there is little scientific evidence to back up a link between EMF and poor health. They claim the symptoms, often attributed to flu or viruses, are psychosomatic. But campaigners disagree. They reckon around 500 people are already being treated for ES and as many as five per cent of the population could be affected.
-Allergic to kissing
It may sound humorous that kisses can also trigger allergic reactions in humans. Real kisses can develop hives, rashes, itchy eyes, blisters on eyelids, puffy lips, wheezing and respiratory distress. A small peck on the cheek does not pose any serious dangers but passionate kisses can. Though this allergy doesn’t mean one is allergic to another’s lips or…tongue, the person who suffers from this allergy is usually one with a severe food or medicinal allergy. Because of the close contact and sharing of saliva, food particles or particles from medicine can be left in the mouth, causing an allergic reaction in some.
In 2003 Jamie Stewart, 17, went into anaphylactic shock at the dance in Dingwall in the Scottish Highlands when he kissed his workmate Liza Macfarquharn under the mistletoe. The teenager had a peanut allergy and Liza had just eaten a bag of nuts.
-Allergic to underwear
It’s that type of reaction in which skin develops rashes, itching and even blisters. The underwear allergy is very troublesome to the extent that it is painful while touching or rubbing that area. Anyone suffering from underwear allergy can get rid of it very easily and quickly. The main reason responsible for causing this type of allergy in both men and women could be the different types of fabrics used in making it such as polyester, cotton, latex etc. The best solution for avoiding this type of allergy is to use high quality, skin friendly and bacterial resistant underpants. In case of severe reactions, one should consult a dermatologist.
After several appearances without underwear, star Britney Spears was said to suffer from this kind of allergy.
-Polish the knob
Polish the knob. That’s right, you heard me: whack off or, (for the ladies) tickle the oyster. Studies have shown that a whopping 90% of disease is stress-related. And what’s the number one (most fun) way to get rid of stress? Not only can it help you relax, studies have shown that there are many health benefits from masturbation, including cardiovascular and cervical health in women, and a possible reduced risk of prostrate cancer in men. So go ahead, rub one out – doctor’s orders!
Take a sugar pill. Otherwise known as a placebo, any fake type of medicine or drug can actually produce results, often on a par with, or better than, those of so-called “real” medicine. Even heroin users have been known to get off on nothing more than an injection of water. Bottom line: the mind is a powerful drug – all you’ve got to do is BELIEVE.
Laugh! That’s right, a good, hearty chuckle can cure all sorts of ailments, from stress to depression. Even forced laughter has been shown to have benefits: participants in a Laughing Club in Shenzen, China have found themselves more outgoing and lighthearted after their daily group laugh. So get some perspective on yourself and your life by looking long and hard in the mirror and having a good guffaw (we’re doing it behind your back anyway!)
Put maggots in your wound. For serious burns or persistent wounds that just won’t heal, doctors today recommend the use of blowfly larvae – that’s right, those disgusting, slithery, wormlike creatures you never want to see in your burrito. Turns out these little suckers just LOVE to dissolve dead tissue and bacteria and can do so better than a surgeon. Nobody said medicine was pretty.
Let leeches suck on you. In Ye Olde Times, “doctors” would bleed people, often to death, with the mistaken belief that that could fix many ailments. Nowadays we know that a strategically placed leech or two can help with clotting and blood flow problems during surgical reattachment procedures. So the next time you lop off your finger, stick a nice juicy leech on top to help it heal back together.
-Breast Milk (for adults too!)
Drink human breast milk. Ahh, finally something that actually makes SENSE (and is nice to look at to boot!) Of course we know the importance of human breast milk for babies, but there is promising evidence that adults can benefit from it as well: Swedish researchers were able to kill a tumor cell with ingredients from human breast milk, and another man claims to have staved off cancer for four years. We’re willing to give it our breast shot.
Use a potato skin as a bandage. Have a nasty bruise or burn? A raw piece of potato placed directly on the wound has been shown to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. Boil them up like mashed potatoes, put them in a sack and apply to sore muscles and joints – a potato retains heat for a long time. And potato juice can help with digestion. No wonder Irish eyes are always smiling!
-St. John’s Wort
Take St. John’s Wart or Sam-e. Feeling a little blue? Don’t get hooked on scary pharmaceuticals with dangerous side effects. St. John’s Wart is taken from the flower of the same name and has shown, in some studies, to be at least as effective as a prescription antidepressant, and much more easily tolerated. Same goes for Sam-e, which has been prescribed for depression for Europeans for many years, and we all know how HAPPY they are!!
Eat an apple. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Turns out, that’s not too far off! Eating an apple can lower cholesterol, improve digestion, relieve asthma and treat anemia. And, according to one study, sniffing a green apple can help with panic attacks associated with claustrophobia. (The pesticides ON the apple, however, are a different story… )
-Underwater Cemetery (Miami, USA)
The Neptune Memorial Reef also known as the Atlantis Memorial Reef or the Atlantis Reef is an underwater mausoleum for cremated remains and the world’s largest man-made reef (covering over 600,000 square feet (56,000 m²) of ocean floor). The place was chosen at 3.25 miles (either 6.0 km or 5.2 km) off the coast of Key Biscayne, Florida. It is a type of burial at sea and the first phase is estimated to be able to accommodate 850 remains, with an eventual goal of more than 125,000 remains. The man-made reef, located three miles (5 km) off the coast of Florida’s Key Largo, opened in 2007 after a number of difficulties, including permits. The reef stretches across 16 acres (65,000 m2) of ocean floor designed as both a home for sea life and “a destination for divers”. Cremated remains are mixed into different structures and columns.
Among its residents: 86-year-old Edith Hink of Naples who passed away last year. Her family decided she loved the water so much, they’d try something new. Hink was cremated and buried at the underwater cemetery off the coast of Miami Beach.
-Sucre’s General Cemetery (Bolivia)
In Bolivia, at the Sucre’s Cementerio General, the family pays for a vault upon their loved one’s demise: $10,000 for seven years. After those seven years are up, the deceased’s corpse is moved from the vault into the ground. And after twenty years in the ground, the remains are removed entirely. Seems kind of harsh, but still: there are probably very few people whose deaths need more than 27 years of mourning.
Men are often buried with their workmates, betraying how tightly bound a Bolivian’s identity is to his profession. Here, they’re not so much family men who happen to work as truck drivers; they’re truck drivers who happen to have a family. In Sucre’s cemetery, large common vaults owned by unions — coal miners, lawyers and teachers among them — occupy a lot of ground. Likewise, children aren’t buried with their parents, but with other children under a large hill of white graves, which is both beautiful and sad. The kids’ shrines are filled with Disney characters, coke bottles, toys and poems. Adults, too, have shrines filled with the things they loved — often tiny liquor bottles, or a pack of cigarettes.
There’s a lot of history in Sucre’s cemetery, as well. Among the many presidents buried here is Hilarión Daza, who sparked the disastrous War of the Pacific with Chile, which cost Bolivia its coastline.
-The Merry Cemetery (Romania)
The original character of the cemetery is first of all suggested by its name: Cimitirul Vesel that means The Merry Cemetery. This paradoxical name is due to the vivid colours of the crosses and the amusing or satirical epitaphs carved on them. It is said that this joyful attitude towards death is a legacy of the Dacians who believed in the immortality of the soul and that death was only a passage to a better life. They did not see death as a tragic end, but as a chance to meet with the supreme god, Zalmoxis.
The cemetery dates back to the mid-1930?s and is the creation of the local folk artist Stan Ioan Patras, sculptor, painter and poet rolled in one. Patras used all his skills to create colourful tombstones with naïve paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons that are buried there as well as scenes from their lives.
-City Of The Dead (North Ossetia)
Christian churches, agricultural prosperity and a magnificent ancient necropolis, known as the City of the Dead attract tourists from all over Russia. The village of Dargavs, or as the locals call it, the City of the Dead, has a cemetery with almost 100 ancient stone crypts where people that lived in the valley buried their loved ones along with clothes and belongings.
The first mention about the City of the Dead dates back to the beginning of the 14th Century. The ancestors of Ossetians settled down on the five mountain ridges, but the land was so expensive they were forced to choose the windiest and most unserviceable place for their cemetery. In the times of the plague many people, with no one left to bury them, would come to the crypt and wait for their death.
Newgrange, County Meath, Ireland, was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange was built about 3200 BC. The kidney shaped mound covers an area of over one acre and is surrounded by 97 kerbstones, some of which are richly decorated with megalithic art. The 19 meter long inner passage leads to a cruciform chamber with a corbelled roof. It is estimated that the construction of the Passage Tomb at Newgrange would have taken a work force of 300 at least 20 years.
-Small River Cemetery No. 5 (Xinjiang, China)
In the middle of a terrifying desert north of Tibet, Chinese archaeologists have excavated an extraordinary cemetery. Its inhabitants died almost 4,000 years ago, yet their bodies have been well preserved by the dry air.
The cemetery lies in what is now China’s northwest province of Xinjiang, yet the people have European features, with brown hair and long noses. Their remains, though lying in one of the world’s largest deserts, are buried in upside-down boats. And where tombstones might stand, declaring pious hope for some god’s mercy in the afterlife, their cemetery sports instead a vigorous forest of phallic symbols, signaling an intense interest in the pleasures or utility of procreation.
Wadi-us-Salaam (Valley of Peace) is the largest Islamic cemetery, and one of the largest cemeteries in the world. Located in Najaf, Iraq, this cemetery holds the graves of many Prophets, and is located near the Holy Tomb of Hazrat Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as).
The cemetery covers 1485.5 acres (6 km²) and contains approximately 5 million bodies.
-Hanging Coffins (Philippines)
About six hours by bus from the Luzon island town of Banaue, north of Manila, the people of Sagada have devised a unique burial ritual involving the placement of dead relatives into caves after carefully preparing a hollowed out log. These coffins are carved by the elderly before they die; if they are too ill or weak their son or other close relative will do it for them. This ritual involves pushing the bodies into the tight spaces of the coffins, and often bones are cracked and broken as the process is completed.
After the deceased are put inside these coffins they are then brought to caves high in the cliffs where they join the coffins of other ancestors. The Segada people prefer to be buried in the cliffs than to be buried in the ground and have been doing this for more than 2,000 years.
-La Recoleta Cemetery (Argentina)
La Recoleta Cemetery is a famous cemetery located in the exclusive Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It contains the graves of notable people, including Eva Perón, Raúl Alfonsín, and several presidents of Argentina. Recoleta Cemetery is both an outstanding cemetery and a highly valuable architectonic piece. It is a true outdoors art gallery, a unique exhibition of different architectonic styles and sculptures. In 1946, Recoleta Cemetery was declared National Historic Museum, since, among its little streets, we can find the graves of national heroes, Argentine presidents, brave soldiers, great scientists, and renowned artists and celebrities.
-Single Woman’s Churchyard (England)
The Cross Bones Graveyard is an unusual cemetery located in the United Kingdom. It is a post-medieval disused burial ground in London, England. Originally, this graveyard was established as an unconsecrated graveyard for ‘single women,’ a euphemism for prostitutes and was known as the ‘Single Woman’s Churchyard’. It had become a pauper’s cemetery in 1769. It is believed that more than 15,000 people have been buried there.