Are These "Death Underpants" History's Craziest Get-Rich-Quick Scheme?

Iceland in the 17th century was a pretty bleak place, where citizens suffered from frequent natural disasters, pirate attacks, and a brutal class system. Like many people throughout history, residents sometimes sought refuge in magic, using spells to attempt both pragmatic outcomes (increasing crop yields, controlling the weather) and more outlandish goals (becoming invisible, creating a monster to steal goat’s milk).

Necropants (or nábrók, as they’re known in Icelandic) belong firmly in the latter category. As Dylan Thuras from Atlas Obscura notes in the new video above, necropants may be one of history’s most extreme get-rich-quick schemes—and/or one of its most extreme fashion statements.

According to the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft, the basic steps to creating a pair of necropants are as follows: 1) Get permission from a male friend. 2) After said friend dies, dig up his body and skin him from the waist down. 3) Step into his skin. 4) Get a coin from a poor widow, and place it in the scrotum area along with the proper magical sign, or stave. 5) Presto: Never-ending money!

For more on necropants—and a replica of them on display at the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft—watch the Atlas Obscura video above. The video also features mortician and author Caitlin Doughty, host of the Ask a Mortician channel on YouTube and an expert in all things corpse-related. And for more on staves, see the Sorcerer’s Screed—a famed book of Icelandic white magic just released in English for the first time.

Keep Your Cat Busy With a Board Game That Doubles as a Scratch Pad

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Cheerble

No matter how much you love playing with your cat, waving a feather toy in front of its face can get monotonous after a while (for the both of you). To shake up playtime, the Cheerble three-in-one board game looks to provide your feline housemate with hours of hands-free entertainment.

Cheerble's board game, which is currently raising money on Kickstarter, is designed to keep even the most restless cats stimulated. The first component of the game is the electronic Cheerble ball, which rolls on its own when your cat touches it with their paw or nose—no remote control required. And on days when your cat is especially energetic, you can adjust the ball's settings to roll and bounce in a way that matches their stamina.

Cheerable cat toy on Kickstarter.
Cheerble

The Cheerble balls are meant to pair with the Cheerble game board, which consists of a box that has plenty of room for balls to roll around. The board is also covered on one side with a platform that has holes big enough for your cat to fit their paws through, so they can hunt the balls like a game of Whack-a-Mole. And if your cat ever loses interest in chasing the ball, the board also includes a built-in scratch pad and fluffy wand toy to slap around. A simplified version of the board game includes the scratch pad without the wand or hole maze, so you can tailor your purchase for your cat's interests.

Cheerble cat board game.
Cheerble

Since launching its campaign on Kickstarter on April 23, Cheerble has raised over $128,000, already blowing past its initial goal of $6416. You can back the Kickstarter today to claim a Cheerble product, with $32 getting you a ball and $58 getting you the board game. You can make your pledge here, with shipping estimated for July 2020.

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Bigfoot Is Selling His California Home, According to a Creative Real Estate Listing

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Zillow

When Bigfoot isn't lurking in the woods, he's apparently reading, baking, and practicing social distancing in his home in the California Redwoods. At least that's what's depicted in a new real estate listing spotted by Laughing Squid. The post also suggests that Bigfoot is looking for a change, and the cryptid's former home can be yours for just under $1 million.

The house for sale at 5649 Hillside Drive in Felton, California, has a lot to offer, with five bedrooms and three baths spread out over 1872 square feet. In case that wasn't enough to entice buyers, the sellers also held a Bigfoot photo shoot to show off the property.

The images featured in the listing show a person in a Bigfoot costume enjoying the secluded sanctuary. According to the photos, he uses the home's ample deck space to play the ukulele and read the paper with his coffee. Indoors, he can be seen reading a book about edible mushrooms, baking cookies, and doing yoga in the workout room. Bigfoot also appears to be obeying his state's social distancing guidelines, with pictures showing him chatting with a friend on a video call and wearing a face mask.

Bigfoot reading the newspaper.
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Bigfoot doing yoga.
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Bigfoot baking cookies.
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Bigfoot reading book.
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Bigfoot on the computer.
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Bigfoot wearing a face mask.
Zillow

While this particular property may not be home to a real Bigfoot, the California Redwoods are considered the Bigfoot capital of the world. The region is the site of the Bigfoot Discovery Museum, and numerous Bigfoot sightings have been reported there over the years.

If you're interested in living like a sasquatch, you can contact the house's agent through Zillow. The home is listed for an asking price of $999,000.

[h/t Laughing Squid]