This Czech Church Holds a Chandelier Made With Every Bone in the Human Body

Architecture made from human bone is found throughout the world—often, but not always, constructed by church authorities encouraging us to reflect on our mortal fate, and to behave accordingly. One of the most famous such sites is the Sedlec ossuary, about a half-hour outside Prague, which owes its fantastic bone creations to a handful of dirt.

While the specifics have been lost to time, legend has it that during the 13th century, a local abbot went to the Holy Land and brought back a palmful or two of soil from Golgotha, the site of Jesus’ crucifixion. The abbot deposited it in the cemetery of what’s now the Church of All Saints in Sedlec, quickly making the graveyard the most desirable spot to be buried for miles around. After a few terrible plague epidemics and the Hussite wars, the ground was practically overflowing with bodies, and the ossuary (a storehouse for bones) was constructed to hold some of the extra skeletons from the cemetery.

In the 15th century, a half-blind monk may have started arranging some of the ossuary's many bones into artistic assemblages (supposedly, he regained his sight in the process), but the real highlights of the place were created by a talented Czech carpenter named František Rint in the 1870s. Today, tourists love to gawk at the coat of arms created for a local noble family out of the bones, and the chandelier said to contain at least one of every bone in the human body.

As Dylan Thuras notes in the video for Atlas Obscura above, the ossuary is currently being repaired—a difficult task since no one’s really sure how the bone structures are being held together.

The video delves a little deeper into the history of the site, shows off some of its wonders, and at the end recommends some less-visited ossuaries—for those who like their vacation destinations both spooky and very obscure.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

Header image Pudelek via Wikimedia // CC BY-SA 4.0

The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It

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ChopBox

When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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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.
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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]