What really happened inside America’s most controversial haunted house? For the first time ever Daniel Lutz, the oldest of the three children who lived in the Amityville house, tells his story in the new documentary My Amityville Horror.

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In their lifetime, koalas continually visit one small group of trees regularly, which we humans call their “home trees”. They only venture into another koala’s home trees for mating and otherwise don’t socialize with one another because they spend almost all of their time eating and then sleeping because it takes so much energy to digest 500 grams of Eucalyptus every day.

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These vintage surgical tools look and sound more like medieval torture, including the tonsil guillotine and the bloodletting scarificator.

Amputation Knife (1700s)
Knives used for amputations during the 18th century were typically curved, because surgeons tended to make a circular cut through the skin and muscle before the bone was cut with a saw. By the 1800s, straight knives became more popular because they made it easier to leave a flap of skin that could be used to cover the exposed stump.

 

Artificial Leech (1800s)
Bloodletting with leeches was such a popular treatment for a range of medical conditions that an artificial leech was invented in 1840 and was used frequently in eye and ear surgery. The rotating blades would cut a wound in the patient’s skin, while the cylinder would be used to produce a vacuum that sucked up the blood.

 

Mouth Gag (1880s-1910s)
This wooden, screw-shaped mouth gag would be inserted into an anesthetized patient’s mouth to keep the airway open.

(via The Strange Case of Jeremy Bentham)

Upon his request in a detailed letter attached to his will, the body of British philosopher Jeremy Bentham was dissected and preserved after his death in 1832 by his disciple Thomas Southwood Smith. The head and skeleton were placed in a wooden cabinet Bentham called the “Auto-icon.” The skeleton was dressed in Bentham’s clothes and padded with hay.

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