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Just in case you wanted a reason to not sleep tonight, museums are sharing their most disturbing treasures from their collections.
It all started when Yorkshire Museum initiated a “Curator Battle” on Twitter asking fellow museums to share their #CreepiestObjects.
Kicking off with a strong contender, Yorkshire offered up a “3rd/4th century hair bun from the burial of a Roman lady, still with the jet pins in place”.
MUSEUMS ASSEMBLE! It's time for #CURATORBATTLE! 💥
Today's theme, chosen by you, is #CreepiestObject!
We're kickin… https://t.co/L1op49NRip — Yorkshire Museum (@Yorkshire Museum)
If ancient hair wasn’t disturbing enough, you’re gonna love this spell-breaking sheep’s heart:
@YorkshireMuseum Sheep's heart stuck with pins and nails and strung on a loop of cord. Made in South Devon, circa 1… https://t.co/OZOkbyJYkO — Dan Hicks (@Dan Hicks)
Or this gorgeous mermaid, which could give the Chucky or Annabelle dolls a run for their money:
@YorkshireMuseum Our #CreepiestObject has to be this ‘mermaid’... 😱💀🧜♀️ #CURATORBATTLE #TroublingTaxidermy https://t.co/GMSosyuqIX — Natural Sciences NMS (@Natural Sciences NMS)
Or how about gold-mining crabs playing cards:
@YorkshireMuseum STEP ASIDE ALL.
These are hand-made models of figures playing cards and of gold miners hauling go… https://t.co/z7NlkpsFnF — York Castle Museum (@York Castle Museum)
Perhaps a red-eyed bear drinking is more your cup of tea/unidentified liquid:
@YorkshireMuseum @LucyclaytonLucy Live from the Toy Museum of Penshurst Place, we present the Drinking Bear. Feed i… https://t.co/Bovxzu1sn3 — Penshurst Place (@Penshurst Place)
Or a 2000-year-old strangled and perfectly preserved corpse girl?
@YorkshireMuseum Terrible stuff! But the Girl of Yde, who was strangled, stabbed, dumped in a swamp and dug up 2000… https://t.co/317iJtkptM — Rutger van der Hoeven (@Rutger van der Hoeven)
Or something that could be straight out of the Exorcist:
@YorkshireMuseum One from @LeedsMuseums fabulous social history collection (May have already been submitted?)… https://t.co/aQw5XxgldV — Clare Brown (@Clare Brown)
At the time of writing, the thread has close to 1,000 replies. We can’t list all of the creepy objects so you’ll just have to sift through it yourself.
So, what are you waiting for?