Siamese Twins, Assassin Umbrella, Capone's Cell

See the death case of siamese twins Cheng and Eng, the Georgi Markov umbrella that played a role in a Cold War assassination and Al Capone's haunted cell in Eastern State Penitentiary.

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Little is known about this specimen other than its name, "The Fiji Mermaid." Is it a freakish mutant or an elaborate hoax? 960 1280

The Meade Art Museum at Amherst College, Amherst, MA  

This homemade fake head aided the only successful escape from the notorious Alcatraz prison. 960 1280

Alcatraz, San Francisco, CA  

In 1926, Richard Byrd claimed the first successful flight over the North Pole in this plane. But did he really make it? 960 1280

The Henry Ford Museum Dearborn, MI  

Unlocking the secrets of the Germans' Enigma coding machine helped the Allies win World War II. 960 1280

National Museum of the US Navy, Washington, DC  

The La Brea Tar Pits, a sticky, ancient graveyard, has preserved skeletons of extinct species such as this Mammoth. 960 1280

The George C. Page Museum, Los Angeles, CA  

Does this dummy found in Roswell, NM, prove that UFO rumors have more to do with secret military tests than real aliens? 960 1280

International UFO Museum and Research Center, Roswell, NM  

This rare and mysterious organism, the Angler Fish, lives a mile underwater in an uncharted frontier known as the Abyss. 960 1280

Birch Aquarium, San Diego, CA  

This harmless-looking object was part of a secret weapon used by Japan to strike the US mainland during World War II. 960 1280

Coos Historical and Maritime Museum, Coos Bay, OR  

This hatchet head was the key piece of evidence used against Lizzie Borden when she was accused of murdering her parents. 960 1280

Fall River Historical Society, Fall River, MA  

Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose was the largest wooden airplane ever built. Why did it fly only once? 960 1280

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, McMinnville, OR  

St. Petersburg Museum of History

St. Petersburg Museum of History

The St. Petersburg Museum of History in Florida has a set of binders in its collection that are filled with documents, reports and notes related to an incendiary tale of a woman who met a bizarre and combustible fate. 960 1280

  

Cause of Death not Confirmed

Cause of Death not Confirmed

The cause of death for Mary Reeser has still never been confirmed, but speculation has it that she died of spontaneous human combustion. 960 1280

  

Ohio’s Center for the History of Psychology

Ohio’s Center for the History of Psychology

Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a groundbreaking experiment to test the bounds of human nature, changing the way we think about authority forever. The device he used is now stored inside Ohio’s Center for the History of Psychology in Akron. 960 1280

  

A Simple Box

A Simple Box

For his shocking experiment, Milgram used a simple box with a few knobs, dials and buttons. Although the device was not really hooked up to another human, the study confirmed that most people were willing to obey a higher authority, even if it meant harming someone in the process. 960 1280

  

Lubec Historical Society

Lubec Historical Society

The Lubec Historical Society in Maine contains an oversized gold accumulator -- an iron pot with metal rods that once held the promise of unimaginable wealth. 960 1280

  

Electrolytic Marine Salts Corporation

Electrolytic Marine Salts Corporation

The Electrolytic Marine Salts Corporation was developed by 2 men who claimed to have the key to collecting gold from the ocean in Lubec, ME. 960 1280

  

Autry Museum

Autry Museum

The Autry Museum in Los Angeles plays home to a unique artifact that belonged to the poetic criminal known as "Black Bart." He robbed stagecoach after stagecoach, but never fired his weapon and always left a poem behind. 960 1280

  

Black Bart's Shotgun

Black Bart's Shotgun

The shotgun wielded by the unique bandit -- whose gentlemanly nature and prolific crime spree earned him one of the most unusual reputations in the history of the American West -- sits on display in LA. 960 1280

  

Martin Baseball Museum

Martin Baseball Museum

The capital city of Columbus, OH, is home to the Martin Baseball Museum, which has in its collection a rather unassuming piece of equipment. 960 1280

  

Early Baseball Mitt

Early Baseball Mitt

This early baseball mitt is linked to a determined pitcher, Arthur "Candy" Cummings, and his ex-war-hero catcher, Nat Hicks, whose revolutionary idea for the curveball marked a historic turning point in America’s national pastime. 960 1280

  

Neville Public Museum

Neville Public Museum

The Neville Public Museum of Brown County in Green Bay, WI, contains a small handkerchief that represents a fascinating story about one of the region’s most intriguing characters. 960 1280

  

The Handkerchief

The Handkerchief

The handkerchief belonged to a man who claimed to be the son of Marie Antoinette and heir to the French throne. 960 1280

  

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