hey like a rly long time ago u said tht in George Washington's time, people bought teeth--esp slaves' teeth--for reasons other than dentures. what reasons r there to own teeth other than dentures?? i apologize bc this is alrdy a ghastly topic but i just couldn't think of...other reasons to own teeth.
MOST OF THE TEETH WERE ACTUALLY SOLD OR PURCHASED FOR DENTURES. SOME WERE LIKELY BOUGHT AS DECORATIONS OR CURIOS, BUT THE MAJORITY OF HUMAN TEETH SOLD WERE USED AS A REPLACEMENT FOR MISSING TEETH.
THERE IS AN INACCURATE NARRATIVE BOUNCING AROUND THAT GEORGE WASHINGTON HAD TEETH FORCIBLY PULLED FROM HIS SLAVES TO MAKE DENTURES, WHILE THE TRUTH IS MUCH MORE ROUNDABOUT AND MUCH MORE SINISTER
THE SALE OF HUMAN TEETH FOR DENTURES WAS VERY PROFITABLE. JUST ABOUT ANY WAR WOULD MEAN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF PROFITS FOR SCAVENGERS WHO WOULD DESCEND ON THE BATTLEFIELD AND STEAL THE TEETH OF THE DEAD, MAKING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS (AND WE’RE TALKING 18TH CENTURY DOLLARS) ON THEIR SALE. THIS ACTUALLY LED TO A SLANG TERM, “WATERLOO TEETH,” USED TO DESCRIBE THE FACT THAT, FOR A TIME, MOST HUMAN-TEETH DENTURES IN FRANCE WERE TAKEN FROM SOLDIERS KILLED AT WATERLOO.
SO, BECAUSE SO MUCH MONEY COULD BE MADE ON THE SALE OF HUMAN TEETH, MANY SLAVES WOULD HAVE THEIR TEETH PULLED IN THE HOPES OF USING THE PROFITS TO BUY THEIR FREEDOM AND THE FREEDOM OF THEIR FAMILY. IN AMERICA, MANY (BUT NOT ALL) HUMAN TEETH SOLD WERE PULLED FROM THE MOUTHS OF SLAVES.
SO, WHILE THESE STATEMENTS ARE ALL TRUE:
GEORGE WASHINGTON BOUGHT HUMAN TEETH AND MAY HAVE OWNED DENTURES MADE FROM HUMAN TEETH
IT IS VERY LIKELY MANY OF THOSE TEETH MAY HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM SLAVES
SLAVES WERE OFTEN FORCED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THEIR TEETH AND THEIR FREEDOM SINCE THEIR TEETH WERE THE ONLY MEANS THEY HAD TO GET THE FUNDS TO BUY THEIR FREEDOM
THE COHESIVE SINGLE STATEMENT OF “GEORGE WASHINGTON HAD HIS SLAVES’ TEETH PULLED BY FORCE TO MAKE HIS DENTURES” IS NOT TRUE AND, HONESTLY, LETS HIM OFF THE HOOK EASY, SINCE HIS ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN AND SUPPORT OF THE INSTITUTION OF SLAVERY IS WHAT FORCED THE SLAVES TO SELL THEIR OWN TEETH IN THE FIRST PLACE
I found an amazing book in a garage sale. Probably from the second half of the 18° century because at some point they talk about something happening in 1754. It’s called “Histoire des animaux” (History of Animals) and there’s really fun things in it.
Just look at the cover, that thing could come straight out of a Myst game.
It describes a lot of different animals and there’s very pretty pictures for each of them. There’s also many strange parts in every description, so I’m going to share some of them with you.
“It’s said that [owls] rush to help other birds of prey, when they see them attacked by a lot of other birds.”
“[The eel] is full of life ; its body, skinned and cut into pieces, still moves for a while, especially around its heart.”
The giraffe is called chameleopard for some reason…?
“[Sea urchins] can have up to two thousand legs. They can walk in every direction.”
I LOVE THIS BOOK YOU GUYS. AND WAIT THERE’S MORE.
“SEA BISHOP - That amphibian aquatic monster is described in a chronic from the Netherlands, saying that in 1433, one captured a fish, in Poland, that had the shape of a man, a mitre on its head and all the clothes of a bishop ; it walked on feet, didn’t avoid touch and really wanted to return to the sea.”
ALL OF MY WHAT
Look, there’s a unicorn too! And “when it is chased by hunters, it falls from a cliff right on top of its horn, that absorbs all the fall, so that it does not get hurt.” :D
THERE’S A “SEA MONK” TOO, I’M SCREAMING
Also the next page states that sparrows hunt down pigeons to open their throat and eat the grains inside.
There’s a phoenix too! But the entry says that it probably doesn’t exist since “modern people think it is a myth”. Also that “it lives five hundred years in the desert.”
Also the sphinx “never existed in nature”, you guys. But the sea bishop and the sea monk? “PROBABLY TOTALLY LEGIT” THOUGHT THE GUY WHO WROTE THIS BOOK.
THE FLASH #23 Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON • Art and covers by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO • Variant cover by HOWARD PORTER “RUNNING SCARED” prelude! Barry Allen is at a crossroads. He’s lied to the woman he loves about his life as The Flash, and a rift is growing between him and his heroic young partner. Now, his greatest enemy has threatened to strike down everyone close to him! It’s time to make a tough choice that will launch The Flash into his most incredible mission yet: a siege on the 25th century stronghold of Eobard Thawne! On sale MAY 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T