Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Moving Skull Puzzle...!

Most of us find little comfort in going to a morgue, and may not even been to one. That's probably a good thing.

However, if you were to experience what this doctor did in 1901, it may have been a scary time. I'm certain that my reaction would have different that the good doctor had I been there.

The Moving Skull

Pranks in the dead house used to be a common occurrence. There are numerous accounts of medical students posing as dead people and faking ghost haunts, but one doctor had a totally different night fright.

As he told a New Orleans newspaper in 1884, he once had a patient with an aneurysm. As the case puzzled the doctor, he decided that he was going to perform an autopsy upon the patient’s death. The doctor did not have to wait long for the patient to die, and the body was sent to the dead house to await inspection.

The doctor went to the dead house an hour before midnight. There, he cut open and examined his former patient. As the doctor did his work by one lit gas burner, he heard a shuffling noise from the corner of the room. It caught him off guard because he believed that he was the only living person in the room.

He inspected the area from where the noise came. But he only saw five skulls resting on the floor that were being prepared by the medical students for their cabinets.

He went back to work on his autopsy. No sooner did he start than he caught sight of some movement from that area. He stopped his work again and watched as a skull moved slowly toward him.

He eyed the floor, expecting to find string pulling the skull, but his inspection yielded no tricks. The doctor, claiming to feel rather peculiar at that moment, sat on a stool and smoked his pipe. He could not take his eyes off the skull.

The skull moved again, coming straight at him. It screeched along the floor until the doctor could not take the suspense any longer. He jumped up from his stool and picked up the skull. Inside was a rat that had managed to get itself stuck inside the brain cavity. The rat was freed, and the doctor went back to work.

So this doctor calmly sits down and smokes his pipe after seeing the skull move? Must have had nerves of steel, or was smoking something other than tobacco in his pipe, ya know?

Coffee out on the patio again today. Blood test at the V.AQ. later, but there's no rush.


Momlady said...

I would have been out of there in a heartbeat! Good one, HJ. Have a beautiful day.

linda m said...

That is one brave doctor. That moving skull would have had me running like a chicken from that room. Have a great day and good luck at the VA today.

HermitJim said...

Hey Momlady...
I feel exactly the same way! Wouldn't be sitting there smoking my pipe, for sure!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Linda...
I'm afraid my reaction would have been the same.
Thanks fort coming over this morning!

JO said...

I guess he knew that wasn't possible and the screeching then let him know what it was. After all he is a Dr. hahaha I wonder what I would do, who am I kidding I would have ran like hell.

Hope you blood work goes well. It's 50 here this morning and had lots of rain, with more to come high today 66 degrees I'll take that over triple digits.

Hermit's Baby Sis said...

Hey, Bubba - I'm home! Great, unbelievable trip, but glad to be back.
I'll come visit soon, and check out the new bathroom. In the meantime - good story today, and terrific ending. I would have left the room, especially when I saw the rat!

Big hugs ~

HermitJim said...

Hey Jo...
No doubt about it...I would have run as well. Glad the temps are better on your end, but sorry about all the rain!
Thanks, sweetie, for dropping by today!

Hey Sis...
I'm so glad you are back safe and sound! Little concerned when I reade about all that's going on in France.
Bathroom is almost all done, except for the new tile for the floor. They are supposed to come back and finish that this week. I really like it!
Thanks for the visit today!

Dizzy-Dick said...

I believe that I would have done exactly what that doctor did. There had to be a logical explanation. . . maybe.

HermitJim said...

Hey Dizzy...
You're a lot braver than I, I'm afraid. Don't look for me 'cause I'm gone!
Thanks for coming over today!