Relationship QIA http://relationshipqia.com Questions Information Answers Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:14:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 British Colonial Era Anti-Sodomy Laws Still Reign Around The World http://relationshipqia.com/awesome/british-colonial-era-anti-sodomy-laws-still-reign-around-the-world/ http://relationshipqia.com/awesome/british-colonial-era-anti-sodomy-laws-still-reign-around-the-world/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:14:56 +0000 http://buzzfeed.com/miriamberger/british-colonial-era-anti-sodomy-laws-still-reign-around-the View this image › John Gara for BuzzFeed An Indian court ruled on Wednesday that the country’s anti-sodomy law was legal — a landmark setback in the global march forward for LGBT rights, and in particular the fight in commonwealth countries to repeal British colonial era same-sex bans. “The 2009 ruling was a real beacon […]

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An Indian court ruled on Wednesday that the country’s anti-sodomy law was legal — a landmark setback in the global march forward for LGBT rights, and in particular the fight in commonwealth countries to repeal British colonial era same-sex bans.

“The 2009 ruling was a real beacon of hope to other struggles against similar laws,” UK LGBT rights activist Alistair Stewart told BuzzFeed in an email, referring to the court’s initial overturning of the law, before it was referred back to the supreme court. “To have overturned it would have been an incredibly important symbolic victory.”

The Indian Penal Code of 1860 was the first law to outlaw sodomy in the British colonies. It went on to serve as the model for anti-sodomy laws throughout the commonwealth. Of the 76 countries that criminalize homosexuality, more than half do so using laws from the British colonial era, according to Stewart.

England decriminalized “homosexual conduct” in 1967, followed by several other commonwealth countries or former territories, including New Zealand, Hong Kong,
Australia, and Fiji. But activists worry that the India ruling may have negative legal repercussions for cases in other commonwealth countries that, like India, still maintain a similar legal system. As a 2008 Human Rights Watch report “This Alien Legacy,” argued: “Eliminating these laws is a human rights obligation. It means freeing part of the population from violence and fear. It also means, though, emancipating post-colonial legal systems themselves from imported, autocratically imposed, and artificial inequalities.”

As the world continues to react to the ruling, here’s a rundown of some of the other commonwealth countries currently in the midst of critical fights against sodomy bans based on similar colonial era laws.

1. Jamaica

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In Jamaica, the colonial-era law banning sodomy is known as the “buggery law.” The 150-year-old law bans anal sex and sets a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and hard labor. Anything judged to be “gross indecency” between men can bring two years in prison. LGBT activists say these laws translate into violence and LGBT persecution.

While campaigning in 2011, Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller suggested that she might put the law to a vote; so far, her government has not taken any legislative action.

As BuzzFeed recently reported, opposition to changes in Jamaica has gained an international following: activists from the United States and United Kingdom opposed to LGBT rights have urged Jamaican Christian conservatives to resist repealing the law, arguing that homosexuality is a choice and connected to pedophilia.

In June, Javed Jaghai, an LGBT activist, brought a rare court challenge to the 1864 anti-sodomy law. His case is still pending.

2. Belize:

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Section 53 of Belize’s Criminal Code, written in 1888 and derived from India’s 1860 law, mandates that “every person who has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person or animal shall be liable to imprisonment for 10 years.”

A current case is underway in Belize challenging the law. Caleb Orozco sued the attorney general in 2012, arguing that the anti-sodomy law violates constitutional guarantees to freedom of conscience, freedom of expression, and the right to non-discrimination to all citizens. He is awaiting the Supreme Court’s ruling.

3. Singapore:

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For the second time this year, Singapore High Court Judge Quentin Low in October dismissed a challenge to Singapore’s law criminalizing sex between men, a law also based on the British legal code.

Tan Eng Hong brought the case after being arrested for having oral sex in a public bathroom at a mall. In court, Hong’s lawyers presented several scientific studies that proved that homosexuality is as incontrollable as having blue eyes; the sodomy statute, Hong’s side argued, violates the Singapore constitution’s ban on “absurd and entirely arbitrary” laws. In response, the defense argued, based on one study, that “no consensus has been reached” on the “contentious issue” of homosexuality’s causes.

Hong has appealed the ruling.

4. Uganda:

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Uganda has gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous countries for LGBT rights, in part because of recent moves to strengthen its already restrictive anti-homosexuality laws inherited from the British. Under the current law, gay people face 14 years to life. Since 2009, some Ugandan lawmakers have been pushing to enact an “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” that would impose even harsher penalties — and potentially death. In November, authorities arrested a key LGBT rights activist, sparking fear that darker days lie ahead. International attention — and pressure — on these cases continues.

5. Nigeria:

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In Nigeria, homosexuality has long been punishable by jail (up to 14 years) based on colonial-era legislation that deems sodomy “against the order of nature”. But a bill passed by Nigeria’s National Assembly in May 2013 severely raised the stakes: the law criminalizes gay marriage, same-sex “amorous relationships” and even membership in gay rights groups, carrying penalties of up to 14 years in prison. The law is still pending the president’s approval.

Several states in northern Nigeria also operate under a form of Shariah law in which homosexuality is punishable by death for men and whipping and/or imprisonment for women.

6. Malawi:

Malawi law has long criminalized same-sex relations between men (carrying a maximum of 14 years in prison); in 2011, Malawi also outlawed same-sex relations for women, making it punishable by up to five years in prison. In 2010, authorities arrested two Malawian men and charged them with public indecency after they announced their engagements.

After taking office in 2012, President Joyce Banda called for an end to these laws; she later distanced herself from this stance, facing opposition, but has enforced a still-standing moratorium on prosecution.

7. Malaysia:

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According to Malaysia’s archaic penal code: “Whoever voluntarily commits carnal intercourse against the order of nature shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to twenty years, and shall also be liable to whipping.” Several other states in this predominantly Muslim country have enacted a form of Shariah law that criminalizes homosexual acts for both men and women, with possible penalties of lashes and imprisonment.

Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has twice been accused of sodomy, though charges have ultimately been dropped.

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Nancy Grace’s 15 Worst Twitter Hashtags http://relationshipqia.com/awesome/nancy-graces-15-worst-twitter-hashtags/ http://relationshipqia.com/awesome/nancy-graces-15-worst-twitter-hashtags/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:15:18 +0000 http://buzzfeed.com/annanorth/nancy-graces-15-worst-twitter-hashtags View this image › Via inquisitr.com 1. #CrockPotWifeKiller View this image › Via Twitter: @NancyGraceHLN 2. #TooFatToDie View this image › Via Twitter: @NancyGraceHLN 3. #BabySnatcher View this image › Via Twitter: @NancyGraceHLN View this image › Via Twitter: @NancyGraceHLN View this image › Via Twitter: @NancyGraceHLN View this image › Via Twitter: @NancyGraceHLN 4. […]

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1. #CrockPotWifeKiller

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This Thoughtful Guy Made An Epic Proposal Video Over The Course Of Four Years While Traveling Through 26 Countries http://relationshipqia.com/awesome/this-thoughtful-guy-made-an-epic-proposal-video-over-the-course-of-four-years-while-traveling-through-26-countries/ http://relationshipqia.com/awesome/this-thoughtful-guy-made-an-epic-proposal-video-over-the-course-of-four-years-while-traveling-through-26-countries/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:15:10 +0000 http://buzzfeed.com/abagg/this-thoughtful-guy-made-an-epic-proposal-video-over-the-cou Now that’s a commitment. 1. Jack Hyer knew he wanted to marry his girlfriend Becca after their first date on September 30, 2010. So he decided to get a head start on his proposal by filming himself singing “I Would Walk 500 Miles” everywhere he traveled over the next four years. Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Bsz2Noi925M. […]

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Now that’s a commitment.

1. Jack Hyer knew he wanted to marry his girlfriend Becca after their first date on September 30, 2010. So he decided to get a head start on his proposal by filming himself singing “I Would Walk 500 Miles” everywhere he traveled over the next four years.

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2. He captured himself singing in Cambodia, Istanbul and Israel…

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3. And made sure to grab footage in Zanzibar, Mykonos, and The Great Wall too!

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4. Along his journey he also got to ride an elephant in Thailand…

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5. And pet a tiger there as well!

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6. Basically, his travels looked like a blast.

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7. But more importantly, after showing Becca the footage among friends and family, she said yes! Congrats, guys!

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People Who Fall For The Idea Of Someone Have These 12 Things In Common http://relationshipqia.com/awesome/people-who-fall-for-the-idea-of-someone-have-these-12-things-in-common/ http://relationshipqia.com/awesome/people-who-fall-for-the-idea-of-someone-have-these-12-things-in-common/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:15:44 +0000 http://elitedaily.com/dating/people-fall-in-love-with-idea-of-someone-have-in-common/1858649/ You may youre falling in love with someone, but you could actually just be falling hard for the idea of him or her. Its like the shiny, brand new sports car at the dealership down the road. It comes with all the fancy bells and whistles, and makes a hot damn impressive statement. It may […]

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You may youre falling in love with someone, but you could actually just be falling hard for the idea of him or her.

Its like the shiny, brand new sports car at the dealership down the road. It comes with all the fancy bells and whistles, and makes a hot damn impressive statement.

It may be super impractical or way out of your price range. It might also not even be the right option for you. But you love the status that comes with it, and what makes you happy.

In the dating world today, you might believe your love for someone is real.

But you could actually just be infatuated with the idea of this person SO much, it comes across as love. In reality, its nothing of the sort.

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People who love the idea of someone have some if not all of these 12 things in common.

1. You always want to be in a relationship, and you feel incomplete when youre alone.

2. Youre rarely satisfied with staying in and having an intimate date because you want to go out and be seen with your guy.

3. Youre always keeping your eyes peeled for the next best thing that comes along.

4. You decide if you like what you see on someones social media profile before you meet the person. You dont wait to see what the persons truly like on the inside.

5. When you DO meet that person IRL, you already have your notions that take priority.

6. You compare what you have in your relationship to what other couples have.

7. You put on a smile and try to convince yourself youre happy because its better than facing reality.

8. You depend on someone else to fill a void in your life.

9. You build up a dream world for your love life when you want to escape reality.

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10. You settle, but you may not even know youre doing it.

11.Your conversations are fluff. Theres no raw substance behind them, and you dont really want to get to know one another.

12. There is no real depth to the relationship, and serious issues are rarely discussed.

The mind has a tendency to play tricks on us all.

But when youre truly in love with someone, youd do anything for the person. You wouldnt be able to picture life with someone else.

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Aurora Victims Names And Stories Begin To Emerge http://relationshipqia.com/awesome/aurora-victims-names-and-stories-begin-to-emerge/ http://relationshipqia.com/awesome/aurora-victims-names-and-stories-begin-to-emerge/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:14:42 +0000 http://buzzfeed.com/summeranne/aurora-victims-names-and-stories-begin-to-emerge 1. Alex Sullivan View this image › Facebook: alex.sullivan.180 Alex Sullivan was planning to have a great weekend celebrating his 27th birthday and his first wedding anniversary that was coming up Sunday. His last Facebook update reads “#TheDarkKnightRises OMG COUNTING down till it start cant wait going to be the best birthday ever.” View this […]

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1. Alex Sullivan

Alex Sullivan was planning to have a great weekend celebrating his 27th birthday and his first wedding anniversary that was coming up Sunday. His last Facebook update reads “#TheDarkKnightRises OMG COUNTING down till it start cant wait going to be the best birthday ever.”

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A photograph of theater shooting victim Alex Sullivan and his wife Cassie are shown, Saturday, July 21, 2012, at a memorial near the movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

3. Matt McQuinn

Matt McQuinn died shielding his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, from the bullets sprayed by the gunman. Yowler survived and is recovering after undergoing surgery. McQuinn’s family’s lawyer credited McQuinn and Samantha’s brother with saving the woman’s life.

4. John Larimer

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Larimer was a U.S. Navy sailor. His commander Jeffrey Jakuboski said “I am incredibly saddened by the loss of Petty Officer John Larimer — he was an outstanding shipmate. A valued member of our Navy team, he will be missed by all who knew him. My heart goes out to John’s family, friends and loved ones, as well as to all victims of this horrible tragedy.”

5. Jessica Ghawi (Redfield)

Ghawi, 24, who wrote under the name Jessica Redfield, interned at Mile High Sports Radio and wrote for the sports website Busted Coverage. She was an avid hockey fan who moved to Colorado to follow her dream of being a sports reporter. Her last blog entry was about escaping a mall shooting in Toronto.

6. Jon Blunk

Jon Blunk’s girlfriend Jansen said on the Today Show that he was fatally shot after he pushed her under a seat. She said “I know I would not be here today if Jon had not been next to me in that movie theater.”

7. Micayla Medek

Medek, 23, worked at Subway sandwich shop and described herself on facebook as “a simple independant girl who’s just trying to get her life together while still having fun.”

8. AJ Boik

AJ was a high school student and his friends have posted loving rememberances of him on facebook and twitter.

9. Rebecca Wingo

Jessica Wingo was 32 years old. Steve Hernandez, Wingo’s father, wrote on facebook “I lost my daughter yesterday to a mad man, my grief right now is inconsolable, I hear she died instantly, without pain, however the pain is unbearable.”

Veronica Moser

Veronica just started swimming lessons. Her great aunt said “She was excited about life as she should be. She’s a 6-year-old girl.” Her 15-year-old cousin said “She was just a radiant happy, little girl. She was just so happy. She could brighten anyone’s day.” Veronica’s mother Ashley was also seriously wounded and is in critical condition at the hospital.

Jesse Childress

An Air Force statement released today said 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress was among the 12 killed.

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Brooklyn Bridge Closed As Officers Talk To Man Threatening To Jump http://relationshipqia.com/awesome/brooklyn-bridge-closed-as-officers-talk-to-man-threatening-to-jump/ http://relationshipqia.com/awesome/brooklyn-bridge-closed-as-officers-talk-to-man-threatening-to-jump/#respond Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:14:43 +0000 http://buzzfeed.com/hunterschwarz/brooklyn-bridge-closed-as-officers-talk-to-man-threatening-t 1. At about 3 p.m. Friday, onlookers noticed a man climbing the Brooklyn bridge. View this image › instagram.com Weesie Vieira @weesiev At the #Beekman beer garden, just saw a man climb up the wires to the top of #Brooklyn Bridge. Seems to just be sitting there. #NYPD? BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { if (bfjs.isMobile() || !isIE8()) […]

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1. At about 3 p.m. Friday, onlookers noticed a man climbing the Brooklyn bridge.

4. Police closed the bridge to vehicles and pedestrians.

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Joe Jonas Got Super Real About Why He Likes To Save PDA ‘For The Bedroom’ http://relationshipqia.com/awesome/joe-jonas-got-super-real-about-why-he-likes-to-save-pda-for-the-bedroom/ http://relationshipqia.com/awesome/joe-jonas-got-super-real-about-why-he-likes-to-save-pda-for-the-bedroom/#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 22:15:59 +0000 http://elitedaily.com/entertainment/celebrity/joe-jonas-saves-pda-for-the-bedroom/1620653/ Joe Jonas has just toldWomens Health that hes totally against PDA, so really theres no way of knowing if Joe Jonas and I are actually dating. Were just keeping it all hush-hush. Maybe sometimes weeven hold hands. Of course, Im joking. But the DNCE singeris dead serious about keeping the kissing to himself. He said, […]

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Joe Jonas has just toldWomens Health that hes totally against PDA, so really theres no way of knowing if Joe Jonas and I are actually dating.

Were just keeping it all hush-hush. Maybe sometimes weeven hold hands.

Of course, Im joking. But the DNCE singeris dead serious about keeping the kissing to himself. He said,

Look, when you really like somebody, that kind of goes out the window. But even around friends and stuff, I think you keep that for the bedroom or behind closed doors.

Especially at the beginning of the relationship, youve got to be cautious of that.

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This Woman Was On The Phone With Her Boyfriend When This Craziness Happened http://relationshipqia.com/awesome/this-woman-was-on-the-phone-with-her-boyfriend-when-this-craziness-happened/ http://relationshipqia.com/awesome/this-woman-was-on-the-phone-with-her-boyfriend-when-this-craziness-happened/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 22:14:59 +0000 http://www.viralnova.com/phone-call-possession/ Growing up, I was always told that “The Exorcist” was one of the scariest films ever made. I still haven’t seen the classic, so for now, I’ll have to rely on this home video of a demonic possession to fill the void. While on the phone with her boyfriend, a woman in Mexico begins seizing […]

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Growing up, I was always told that “The Exorcist” was one of the scariest films ever made.

I still haven’t seen the classic, so for now, I’ll have to rely on this home video of a demonic possession to fill the void.

While on the phone with her boyfriend, a woman in Mexico begins seizing up and enters a state of paralysis, with her fingers becoming claw-like. Her bizarre behavior could be brushed off as an actual seizure or as a means to gain internet stardom, but it’s not as easy to explain what happens next.

Read More: This Is The Real Interview That Inspired The Events Portrayed In ‘The Conjuring 2’

So, what do you make of the video? Do you believe it’s legit, or do you think it was staged by another faker trying to use scare tactics to go viral?

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Nessa’s Relationship Advice – Gavin and Stacey – Series 3 Episode 1 Highlight – BBC One http://relationshipqia.com/videos/nessas-relationship-advice-gavin-and-stacey-series-3-episode-1-highlight-bbc-one/ http://relationshipqia.com/videos/nessas-relationship-advice-gavin-and-stacey-series-3-episode-1-highlight-bbc-one/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:52:32 +0000 http://relationshipqia.com/?p=5060 Sitcom. Gavin starts his new job in Cardiff and Stacey is thrilled to be at home again. Smithy comes to terms with life in Essex without his best mate, while Nessa is adjusting to life in Dave's caravan down in Sully.

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Sitcom. Gavin starts his new job in Cardiff and Stacey is thrilled to be at home again. Smithy comes to terms with life in Essex without his best mate, while Nessa is adjusting to life in Dave's caravan down in Sully.

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10 Disturbing Things That Happened To Famous Corpses http://relationshipqia.com/awesome/10-disturbing-things-that-happened-to-famous-corpses/ http://relationshipqia.com/awesome/10-disturbing-things-that-happened-to-famous-corpses/#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:15:41 +0000 http://listverse.com/2014/03/05/10-disturbing-things-that-happened-to-famous-corpses/ Nobody gets out of life alive. Even presidents, kings, artists, and celebrities end up kicking the proverbial bucket sooner or later. But what happens to our bodies after death? Most end up buried, cremated, or laid to rest in some form or fashion, but sometimes things get a little creepy. Bodies are stolen, misplaced, or […]

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Nobody gets out of life alive. Even presidents, kings, artists, and celebrities end up kicking the proverbial bucket sooner or later. But what happens to our bodies after death? Most end up buried, cremated, or laid to rest in some form or fashion, but sometimes things get a little creepy. Bodies are stolen, misplaced, or even mutilated postmortem. When weird stuff happens to the rich and famous, it’s frighteningly fascinating.

10John F. Kennedy

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Whether you think there was a lone gunman or a conspiracy of Oliver Stone proportions, there’s no denying the JFK assassination was weird. From magic bullets to changes in parade routes, the case is full of bizarre circumstances and odd coincidences, but perhaps the strangest mystery of all is the case of JFK’s missing brain.

Of course, there wasn’t much of a brain to go missing. One of Oswald’s bullets hit Kennedy in the head, spraying bits of skull and matter everywhere. When Kennedy finally arrived at the hospital, doctors noticed Jackie Kennedy was clutching something in her hands, which turned out to be a big glob of the President’s brain. But what happened to the rest of it?

After the autopsy, the brain was placed in a stainless steel container, which the Secret Service locked away in a White House cabinet. In 1965, Robert Kennedy transferred the brain to the National Archives along with a locker of other autopsy materials, like blood samples and bone fragments. The next year, officials were going through the materials when they noticed a few items were gone—like the locker full of tissue and the President’s brain. Baffled, officials searched for the missing body parts and questioned over 30 people, but no one had any clue where JFK’s brain had gone.

The disappearance was kept secret until 1978, when the House Select Committee on Assassinations publicly revealed that someone had misplaced JFK’s gray matter. Conspiracy theories abound over Kennedy’s missing brain. Most conspiracy theorists suspect the government “lost” the brain to make sure no one found out how many bullets actually hit Kennedy or what angle they had really come from.

Another theory posits that Robert Kennedy stole his brother’s brain to cover up JFK’s health problems or possibly his drug use. While it’s true Kennedy was using large amounts of medication to deal with back pain, Kent Sepkowitz of The Daily Beast makes a strong argument against this theory. According to Sepkowitz, analysis of Kennedy’s brain in 1966 would have revealed little about his physical health. Even today, doctors couldn’t determine if JFK abused drugs simply by studying his cerebrum.

Regardless, the brain is still very much missing. Perhaps there’s some conspiracy afoot, or perhaps the brain got lost in the bureaucratic shuffle, proving that you can’t trust Washington with anything.

9 King Tut

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King Tut, how’d you get so funky? And so . . . burnt? That question puzzled archaeologist Christ Naunton. As director of the Egypt Exploration Society, he was flipping through the notes left by Howard Carter—one of the guys who discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb—when he came across an odd observation. Carter believed the boy king had once caught on fire. Curious, Naunton phoned Robert Connolly, an Egyptologist who had a few samples of Tut’s flesh lying around the office. Naunton borrowed a few bits of bone and muscle tissue and, after observing them under an electron microscope, determined Carter was right.

How exactly did Tut go up in smoke? It was probably thanks to a hasty burial. While researchers are divided on how the boy king died (some say malaria, others think assassination, and Naunton says he was struck by a chariot), most archaeologists agree he had a fast funeral. The paint in his tomb wasn’t even dry before the sarcophagus was set inside. Due to this rushed atmosphere, one of the embalmers got sloppy.

Mummification involved a lot of flammable chemicals. Embalmers drained the kingly bodies of fluid and preserved the corpses with a mixture of plant oils and resin. Since these particular undertakers were in such a hurry, Naunton thinks they spilled some of the oil on King Tut’s burial shroud. Over time, the oxygen probably started a chemical reaction, lighting the linen and frying Tut’s body. With all that oil and oxygen, the fire probably reached nearly 200 degrees Celsius (390 °F), leaving the Pharaoh nice and crispy.

8 Mata Hari

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We’ve mentioned Margarethe Zelle, better known as Mata Hari, quite a few times on Listverse. After all, she’s one of the most famous spies of the 20th century. Originally an exotic dancer, Mata Hari was hired by the French to charm information out of German officials. She was accused of working as a double agent and executed by firing squad in 1917. Historians debate whether she was actually guilty, but there’s one fact that no one can dispute—her body is missing.

When no one claimed her cadaver, the Museum of Anatomy in Paris swooped in and added her corpse to their collection. What happened next would have made Vincent Price faint in horror. Museum curators chopped off her head, dipped her dome in wax, and mounted the new trophy in their “notorious criminals” wing.

In 2000, the French government decided to shut down the anatomy museum, so the director set about cataloging all the valuable attractions the museum had to offer. At the top of the list were the heads of the dead and infamous, but when he started inspecting the skull collection, he realized Mata Hari’s head was gone. As if that weren’t bad enough, her entire body had disappeared, along with all the paperwork related to her acquisition. Some suspect her body was lost when the museum moved buildings in the ‘50s, while more macabre minds think a creepy fan might have stolen her skull. Either way, the dancer has disappeared for good, and that’s the naked truth.

7 Pope John Paul II

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Even though he passed away in 2005, Pope John Paul II can’t seem to stay in one place. Originally, he was laid to rest in the Grottoes beneath St. Peter’s Basilica, but after his beatification in 2011, he was placed in the main room of the church. His corpse hasn’t moved around much since then, but for some strange reason, people keep stealing his blood.

In 2013, Father Augusto Baldini was traveling outside of Rome when thieves snatched his backpack. The poor priest probably had a heart attack when he realized what had happened, because the bag held just one of three samples of John Paul’s blood. After he was shot in 1981, the Vatican preserved some of the pontiff’s plasma, and Baldini was supposed to deliver the relic to a church near Rome. Panicking, he called the police, who found the backpack a few hours later. It was just lying in the grass, the vial untouched.

That wasn’t the last time crooks would swipe the Pope’s bodily fluids. In 2014, Italian cops received an emergency call from the Church of St. Peter of Ienca reporting that someone had broken into the church and filched a container holding a piece of cloth stained with John Paul’s blood. The media freaked out, suspecting a Satanist plot. More level-headed minds assumed a collector stole the relic, knowing its price would skyrocket after the Pope is canonized. It turns out that the scrap was stolen by junkies who were probably more interested in the gold and glass case than the strip of bloody cassock.

6 Alistair Cooke

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For over 20 years, Alistair Cooke hosted PBS’s Masterpiece Theater, introducing TV dramas with his trademark, “Good evening, I’m Alistair Cooke.” He was also known across the pond for his BBC radio program, Letter from America, where he put a distinctly British spin on American events. As he grew older, Cooke developed lung cancer, and the beloved broadcaster passed away in 2004. Shortly before Cooke’s cremation, his story took a ghastly turn.

Michael Mastromarino was an ex-dentist who dealt in human flesh. Working with a string of funeral homes, Mastromarino secretly paid undertakers $1,000 per body and stripped corpses of bones, skin, and cardiac valves. He sold the parts to tissue-processing companies, which used the remains for dental implants, skin grafts, and heart procedures. Mastromarino and his ghoulish gang raked in millions of dollars, and to cover their tracks, they sewed PVC pipes back into the sagging bodies.

After Cooke died, Mastromarino bought his body and sold his cancer-ridden bones for $11,000. However, the buyers didn’t know they were dealing with infected remains. Since it’s illegal to use cancerous body parts, Mastromarino doctored the paperwork to say Cooke died of a heart attack.

This wasn’t the first time he’d altered a death certificate. Quite a few of his bodies were plagued with hepatitis and HIV, exposing innocent patients to horrible diseases. He even changed Cooke’s age from 95 to 85, since companies can’t buy the remains of the very old.

Fortunately, Mastromarino’s crimes came to light in 2005. Hoping to avoid heavy sentences, he and seven funeral directors pleaded guilty to their nightmarish crimes. However, Mastromarino never served out his sentence of 15–30 years, as he died in 2013 of metastatic liver cancer. As for Cooke’s remains, chances are good that his bones were implanted in somewhere between 15–20 people living across the US, Canada, and Europe. That means someone reading this list could have a piece of Alistair Cooke somewhere in their system.

5 Mary Bateman

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Mary Bateman was quite the villainess back in the day. Born in Yorkshire in 1768, Bateman was constantly in trouble with the law, earning a reputation as a thief before her 13th birthday. As a housemaid, she stole everything she could get her hands on. However, it was her second occupation that earned her the nickname “The Yorkshire Witch.” When Bateman wasn’t cleaning, she was predicting the future and offering spells to superstitious locals.

In addition to scamming folks by magical means, Mary provided abortions and dreamed up cons like the Prophet Hen of Leeds. Bateman owned a bird that laid eggs supposedly inscribed with the apocalyptic warning “Christ is Coming.” Religious fervor swept the land and people came from miles around to visit Mary’s farm and see her doomsday chicken. Of course, they had to pay a pretty penny. Eventually, her fowl scheme was discovered when a group of skeptics found out Mary was writing the messages and shoving the eggs back inside the poor bird.

Bateman’s conniving ways led to her undoing. A young woman named Rebecca Perigo was suffering from a “flutter” of the heart and assumed there was witchcraft involved. She and her husband, William, asked Mary to nullify the spell. Bateman was only too happy to bilk the couple out of their cash, offering bizarre charms to counteract the curse. Perhaps to hide her deeds, Mary eventually decided to off the Perigos. She laced half a pound of honey with mercury chloride and told them to eat all of it. While William survived, Rebecca died a horrible death, and Bateman was executed via hanging.

Even in death, the locals were enchanted by Mary. First, she was put on display, where people paid to gawk at her body. Next, doctors dissected her remains, studied her organs, and decided to make a few bucks off the neighborhood sorceress. They skinned her corpse, cured the skin, and sold strips as magic charms to ward off evil. Even then, Mary’s body had one last stop. Her skeleton ended up in the Thackray Museum, where people still come to see the infamous Yorkshire Witch.

4 Richard The Lionheart

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Despite the fact that he was King of England, Richard the Lionheart didn’t spend much time in the British Isles. Richard lived most of his life in continental Europe, only visiting England for a few weeks after his coronation. In addition to speaking Occitan, his kingdom included regions like Normandy, Touraine, and Aquitaine. As we’ve mentioned before, he even died in France after taking a crossbow bolt to the shoulder.

By no means did the Lionheart’s story end there. Richard was gutted and his entrails were buried in Chalus, the town where he met his end. His body was shipped to Fontevraud Abbey, where he was interred with his parents. However, he wasn’t just missing his intestines. Richard was buried without his eponymous organ. The King’s heart was plucked out of his chest and mummified using a concoction of myrtle, daisy, mint, frankincense, and mercury. It was then placed in its own special casket and taken to the Church of Notre Dame in Rouen.

It may sound strange, but carving up kings was a common occurrence back in the Middle Ages. The body parts were strewn across the kingdom and served as markers. It was a gesture that meant “This guy was powerful, he controlled this territory, and now it belongs to his heir.” The heart was the most important part of this grisly process, which is why it was placed in Rouen. After all, Rouen was the capital of Normandy, the most important region in Richard’s domain. It remained there for over 600 years until 1838, when a historian stumbled across the old lead box. Of course, time had taken its toll, and the mighty Lionheart was just a pile of dust.

3 Thomas Paine

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Harvey Dent once said “You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” That sums up Thomas Paine’s life perfectly. Paine’s Common Sense led to America’s independence from Great Britain, but just a few years later, Paine was despised across the country. He was scorned by the government for condemning the elite and was branded an atheist for attacking organized religion. Towards the end of his life, Paine sank into poverty and depression. He turned to alcohol and died in 1809, miserable and alone.

Paine did have one fan, a radical writer named William Cobbett. In fact, Cobbett was such an admirer that he decided America wasn’t good enough for Paine’s corpse. He deemed England a better resting place for the man’s bones—after all, he had lived there for 37 years. He hoped Paine’s body and a proper monument to it would kick-start England’s democracy movement. In 1819, Cobbett armed himself with a shovel and visited Paine’s grave in New Rochelle, New York.

Evidently, early American customs officials were pretty lazy, because Cobbett smuggled the remains back to England without a problem. Unfortunately, once he got back home, nobody was interested in his box of bones. His plans for a memorial slowly faded and Paine’s skeleton was left in Cobbett’s attic until the writer’s death. After his passing, Cobbett’s kids had the pleasure of disposing of Paine’s bones, and that’s where things get mysterious.

Nobody is sure what happened to poor Thomas Paine. He might have been buried in Cobbett’s backyard, or he might have been sold off, one bone at a time. In the 1850s, an English pastor claimed to own Paine’s right hand, and in the 1930s, a Brighton woman swore she had his jawbone. There’s a possibility his rib ended up in France and some think his bones were fashioned into buttons for English coats. In 1987, an Australian man named John Burgess claimed he bought Paine’s skull while traveling in London, but no one has verified his claims. The only positively identified remains of Thomas Paine are his brain stem, which is buried on his farm, and a snippet of his hair that’s locked safely away where no crazy fanboys can find it.

2 Johannes Brahms And Johann Strauss

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Even if you don’t know the difference between a symphony and a sonata, you probably know the works of Johannes Brahms and Johann Strauss. Strauss’s “The Blue Danube” has shown up in everything from Looney Tunes cartoons to 2001: A Space Odyssey. If your mom ever sang you to sleep, you’ve undoubtedly heard Brahms’s classic “Lullaby.” In addition to creating timeless music, the Austrian composers were good friends and were buried next to each other in the Central Viennese graveyard.

Sadly, neither musician rested in peace for very long. In 2002, a Slovak man named Ondrej Jajcaj sneaked into the cemetery, opened their crypts, and yanked out their teeth with a pair of pliers. Why? He was adding their dentures to his growing collection. For several years, this psychotic amateur dentist collected hundreds of skulls and teeth from Viennese graves and planned to exhibit them in his own museum. In 2012, he even created a video of his prized possessions and uploaded the footage to YouTube. “Here, I, as an amateur,” he boasted while showing off his displays, “have managed to build an illegal historical collection of dental works.”

Officials are hoping to charge with him burglary and “disturbing the peace of the dead,” but Jajcaj may very well escape justice. He isn’t Austrian, which would make it difficult to try him. More importantly, since Jajcaj committed his crimes in 2002, the statute of limitations might have expired. Two years later, there isn’t much news on the situation. Jajcaj uploaded his latest YouTube video in 2013, so he was free as of then. If prosecutors can’t charge him, Strauss and Brahms might go through eternity without their chompers.

1 Ludwig van Beethoven

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While he gave us some truly memorable pieces of music, Ludwig van Beethoven lived a difficult life that ended with a mysterious death in 1827. Diagnosed with pneumonia, Beethoven suffered some weird symptoms, including a swollen belly, a black spleen, and a dried-up liver. Even stranger, his remains were scattered across the planet, thanks to souvenir hunters and idiot doctors.

During Beethoven’s autopsy, the surgeon hastily chopped up his skull, spraying bone fragments everywhere. By the time he was finished, the skull looked like a puzzle with several pieces missing. Beethoven’s temples were lumpy, his jaw was out of place, and he was missing his ear bones. The surgeon removed the ossicles with the hope of discovering the source of the maestro’s deafness. Predictably, the bones disappeared.

The next time any bones showed up was in 1990. Paul Kauffman was poking around an attic when he found a box labeled “Beethoven.” Inside was a fragmented skull. Kauffman discovered that his great-great-uncle was a doctor who had dug up Beethoven’s body in 1863 and possibly snatched his head. Of course, Kauffman was suspicious, so he asked experts at San Jose State University to take a look. After a DNA test, the scientists were pretty positive Kauffman had the real deal.

What did experts compare the skull to? Beethoven’s hair, of course. The composer’s unruly mane attracted mobs with scissors and those strands ended up, well, everywhere. For example, we’ve mentioned the company that turned a lock of Ludwig’s hair into a diamond worth $202,700. Other clippings made their way to establishments like the Library of Congress, the British Library, and the Beethoven-Haus, but the most fascinating story is that of the Guevara Lock.

Shortly after Beethoven’s death, a young composer named Ferdinand Miller snipped a few strands from his hero’s head. In 1883, Miller passed the hairs to his son, at which point the lock disappeared until 1943. That’s when the clippings somehow ended up in the possession of a Danish doctor named Kay Fremming. It’s believed that a Jewish refugee gave him Beethoven’s hair as payment for smuggling them out of Nazi-occupied Denmark. Finally, the lock traveled to London, where Dr. Alfredo Guevara and company purchased it for $7,300 at Sotheby’s before donating it to the Beethoven Center at San Jose. Now that is one incredible journey.

Read more: http://listverse.com/2014/03/05/10-disturbing-things-that-happened-to-famous-corpses/

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