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Weird Science: Galileo's Missing Fingers Found at Last

Severed Fingers I know it is a little late for Halloween but do you guys want to hear something really scary? They just rediscovered two of Galileo's fingers in Italy.

Actually, two of his fingers and a tooth.

I realize that sounds a bit strange, but not nearly as odd as the fact that they have been actively missing for 100 years.

Oh yeah, they know where the hand and three of the fingers are, but those other two rogue fingers and that damn tooth have been a mystery for over a century.

Some dude bought a jar at an auction that contained the tooth and two fingers because he suspected that they might belong to Galileo.

*head explodes*

Yeah, a guy (or it could have been a girl, the article I read was vague on that point) was at an auction, saw a jar up for bid that had two severed fingers and a tooth in it and put down cold hard cash when he or she had a hunch that the detached digits might belong to the father of modern science.

Galileo-sustermans_galilei

Of course.

So then he (or she) takes his purchase to Museum of the History of Science in Florence where they have this on display:

Galileo's_finger

That is one of the other three of Galileo's fingers. The middle one, in fact. Yes, the gentleman who discovered four of Jupiter's moons is flipping all of you the bird.

Anyhoo, this person takes the fingers (and the tooth) to the museum where the scientists verify that yes, indeed, these appear to be Galileo Galilei's appendages.

And also his tooth.

Mystery solved.


ps - If you know what is good for you, you will not go around doing google image searches for 'severed fingers'. You are just going to want to trust me on this one.



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paper napkin

Thank God. Texting must have been impossible!

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah


And now he can flip people off Tennesse Style.

Hope

Ummm.... ick?

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah


Right?

Redneck Mommy

I totally want to google 'severed fingers' now.

It's an impulse I can't resist. I know I'm going to be cursing you out soon enough.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah


DON'T DO IT!

Keri

Does that finger look REALLY long to anybody else??!

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah


I was thinking that. Was Galileo, like, 6' 8"?

Laurie

I think what I've finally taken away from this (besides that picture, my eyes, my eyes) is that I can somehow lose my keys in my house for...a long time, yet random people can hold onto a single tooth for a hundred years.

Heidi

When I first read (skimmed?) the title of this post, I thought it was Vincent Gallo's missing fingers that had been found.

And he seemed nasty enough to be capable of having missing digits. Ick all around.




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