44 Photos From Extraordinary Moments In History
Get ready for some great historical nuggets of interest and intrigue. We have 44 - count 'em - 44 photos that chart extraordinary, fascinating, and plain bizarre moments in history.
To wet your whistle, not only do we have a young Marilyn Monroe working in a munitions factory, but we also have awestruck photos of the first tattoo lady, the Statue of Liberty's face arriving by boat, Bea Arthur's military ID, a hunky 21 -year old Winston Churchill, and baseball great Lou Gherig's audition photo to play the role of Tarzan.
Telephone ad from 1959.
Which is your favorite phone in this ad? Is it the old-timey phone of the past or the phone of the future? First, I'm wondering why hipsters haven't picked up on the old-timey for their artisan coffee shops. Meanwhile, the phone of the future is...blowing my mind! In 1959, why did they think this would be so futuristic? Was a fatter phone the thing of Ray Bradbury sci-fi novels? And how far ahead were they thinking in the future - was it like 4 months?
Ironically, 1959 was the same year the first car phone was invented. The General Post Office radio telephone service for cars launched in South Lancashire, England.
Batgirl Gets Fitted
It's the 1960s, and Yvonne Craig is being dressed for her role as Batgirl for the campy ABC TV show, Batman. Though you can't tell from this photo, Batgirl wore a purple and yellow outfit. It gets better, she also rode around on a purple motorcycle - just like Prince did. How cool is that?
Craig has been called a pioneer of female superheroes for television. She also appeared on Star Trek as the green-skinned Orion slave girl Marta in the episode "Whom Gods Destroy." I haven't seen the episode, but I assume she gets busy with Capt Kirk.
This young lady working in a Van Nuys, CA factory in 1944 would soon become a movie star by the name of 'Marilyn Monroe'.
Before Marilyn Monroe was the World's most famous movie star, she worked at a military factory in Van Nuys, CA. Yes, at the height of WW II, young Norma Jean helped the war effects at Radioplane Munitions Factory by assembling parts for airplanes.
The pictures were taken by David Conover in 1944, while he was on assignment for Yank magazine.
The photos of soon-to-be Marilyn assembling drone parts which were taken by David Conover who was on assignment for Yank magazine. helped to launch her career into stardom.
At the time, Conover worked for the U.S. Army Air Force's First Motion Picture Unit. His commanding officer was none other than Ronald Reagan. That's some crazy Back to the Future synchronicity.
The first photo taken of Macchu Picchu in 1911.
Imagine being Macchu Picchu - and not having your photo taken until 1911. Well, there's darn good reason for this. Machu Picchu wasn't discovered until 1911. Well, I mean, Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru, wasn't discovered by an American with a camera before then. That's when American archeologist Hiram Bingham gots his first look and snapped a photo.
Bingham arrived in Peru with a small team of explorers to search for the famous “lost” cities of the Incas. Little did he realize he'd be discovering one of the future top tourist destinations in the world.
Way to go, Hiram Bingham!
The first selfie in space by Buzz Aldrin, in the Gemini 12. (1966)
Yes, this is the very first space selfie. In 1966, astronaut Buzz Aldrin took an orbital mission on Gemini 12 and performed the world’s first successful spacewalk. The mission of the Gemini program was to show that astronauts can effectively work outside of spacecraft - which paved the way to the first moon landing in 1969. The flight lasted a total of 5 hours and 30 minutes. The spacecraft is now on display at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.
And, as stated, the mission gave Buzz Aldrin some selfie-taking time. As they say, the mission was one small step for selfies, one giant leap for selfie-kind.
They actually measured how the size of the donut hole changed through the years of 1927, 1937 to 1948.
How could this be? I'm I seeing things correctly - or did the size of donut holes go down between the years of 1927 to 1948. I blame the illuminati. It seems like a good thing; that just means there's more donut to eat with a smaller hole. No complaints here. Though, if I owned a donut production factory, a smaller hole could dip into profits. Where's the compromise? If this trend continued, then the donut would've eventually evolved into a small cake.
One theory for the smaller donut holes; with the invention of the first donut machine it become easier to make donuts with smaller holes. On a more serious note: Smaller donut holes could also prevent donut breakage.
The late Margot Kidder as 'Lois Lane' in the film, "Superman" 1978, RIP.
Here's the greatest Lois Lane of all-time, Margot Kidder - who is draped in nothing but a Superman blanket.
Kidder was born in the town of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories of Canada. She started her career appearing in low-budget Canadian films and was cast to play opposite of Christopher Reeves in the 1978 screen version of Superman. It took a year of filming to wrap the movie, and Kidder went on to appear in a total of four Superman movies. Lois Lane was Kidder's most iconic role - though her screen time in Superman III was roughly five minutes long.
The Statue of Liberty's face, 1886.
This is kind of creepy. But cool. But creepy. And no, this isn't a scene from the Nicholas Cage/John Travolta movie, Face Off. The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States from France and was dedicated in the New York Harbor in 1886. It was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame.
But what's this no-assembly policy, France? If you look at this photo, apparently The Statue of Liberty was like an Ikea couch and needed to be unpacked and put together. The face of the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York in 1885.
This group of children shucked oysters for 4 hours before going to school for half a day, then returned to schuck oysters for another 3 hours at the Maggioni Canning Company in Port Royal, South Carolina.
Crazy enough, the Maggioni Canning Company in Port Royal, South Carolina is still in operation to this day. But holy shades of child labor laws! These old-timey kids had to split their time going to school and working at the canning company shucking oysters. But these kids look pretty happy, don't they? Maybe oyster shucking was a good thing for children?
L. P. Maggioni and Company first began operation in 1870 and was started by an Italian immigrant. It's now South Carolina’s largest provider of wild harvested bushels and single oysters. So a big thanks go out to all the children who had to put in their school days to make this happen.
Yay! Woodstock! Smelly hippies and don't take the brown acid. Wooddstock was a 4-day music festival held on a dairy farm in upstate New York which attracted over 400,000 people. In case you didn't know, the movie, Woodstock, is about the Woodstock festival.
Carlos Santana, who performed at Woodstock, was trippin so much on stage that he said his guitar felt like a snake - which caused him to play with a style that would prevent the snake from getting out of his hands. In some weird booking decision, the 1950's retro band, Sha Na Na, went on right before Jimmi Hendrix. The Who's Pete Townsend ended up punching activist Abbie Hoffman, who tried to interrupt their set when he came on stage and attempted a political rant. Hoffman might've been on same drugs as Carlos Santana.
A giant octopus attempting to pull a scuba diver back into its tank in Oregon.
This looks like a bad day for all involved. This soft-bodied, eight-limbed mollusc of the order Octopoda is trying to pull a scuba diver back into its tank. Will someone help him? This isn't the best way to make friends.
If the scuba diver tries to fight back, there's a good chance the octopus will spray him with ink, which they expel when they feel threatened. All octopuses are venomous, and only the blue-ringed octopuses are known to be deadly to humans. The octopus in this photo doesn't look blue - so that's one less thing to worry about.
More fun facts: An octopus has the agile ability to jet through water while several octopus are referred to as "octopi."
Vivien Leigh napping on the set of "Gone With the Wind" in 1939.
Frankly Scarlett I don't give a damn if you nap!
Yes, even stars of iconic, classic movies need a little rest. Thus the case in 1939 when Vivien Leigh took a nap on the set of Gone with the Wind. This was the first film in color to win an Academy Award. Though things were sometimes rocky on set.
Leigh hated kissing Clark Gable because she said he had bad breath. It didn't help matters that Gable would sometimes eat garlic before his kissing scenes with her.
Barbara O'Neil, who played Leigh's mother was 28 at the time, while Leigh was only 25.
Maud Stevens Wagner was the first known female tattoo artist in the US, 1907
I think I've seen this woman wandering around my Brooklyn neighborhood. Except, Maud Stevens Wagner was born in 1877.
She was a performer in a traveling circus and worked in sideshows. She got her tattoo start after she met her husband who was a sailor who traveled the world and said he learned to tattoo from the tribesmen in Janva and Borneo.
Maud loved his tattoos and received tattoo lessons in exchange for a date. The two fell in love and were later married - which meant more tattoos and more tattoo lessons. Maud and her husband specialized in hand-poked tattoos, despite the widespread of tattoo machines.
And the rest is tattoo history!
Burt and Loni are happy...for the moment
Burt Reynolds married Loni Anderson in April 1988. The had a quiet 20-minute ceremony on Burt's Florida ranch - that was also attended by five paparazzi helicopters circling over the ceremony -while throngs of reporters positioned themselves outside the gates.
Their marriage ended five years later but it took another 22 years to completely sever financial ties. That sounds a little bitter and like an ugly split.
Reynolds later said the marriage “was a really dumb move on my part." Adding: “I should have known that you don’t marry an actress. It wasn’t lollipops and roses.”
Marilyn has got to be my favorite of The Munsters. My second favorite is either Grandpa or Eddie Munster. Named for Marilyn Monroe, and played by several different actresses, the deal with Marilyn Munster was she was considered homely and unattractive by the rest of her monster family members.
Marilyn was originally played by Beverley Owen, who took the role because she thought the show would never succeed. But it did and she had to move from New York to Los Angeles. On numerous occasions, she was seen depressed and crying in the studios. She was fired but went on to marry future Sesame Street writer and director Jon Stone.
Who needs a pony when you can ride a boar, this boy saddled up his boar for a ride in the 1930s.
If there was ever a kid to ride a board - this small child has the perfect face for it. I'm pretty positive that he and the boar have the exact same expression. Then again, we aren't actually seeing the kid on top of the boar and riding away. It darn pretty much looks like he's "standing" near a boar - that could be rode.
Both boars and pigs are smart creatures. A boar is simply an intact male pig. So this board should be smart enough to know he doesn't want some kid in short pants on top of him.
Working hard to dig this locomotive out of snow after the Great Plains Blizzard in 1949.
You know that a blizzard is bad when it buries an entire train. In 1949, a blizzard whipped through the northern plains and was considered one of the worst in history - with heavy snow, sleet, cold temperatures, and winds of 50 - 70 miles per hour. Enormous snow drifts paralyzed much of the Midwest region. Airplanes were used to bring in food and medical supplies to isolated towns because snow blocked roads and railways.
Trains, submerged in snow drifts, had to be dug out by hand. Dynamite was also used to loosen ice-encrusted snow - to set the trains free. Conversely, hot chocolate sales went up during this period.
Marcia Marcia Marcia!
Maureen McCormick played Marcia Brady on the Brady Bunch - which ran from 1969 to early 1974, Friday nights on ABC. Her hot looks and perky personality made people scream, "Marcia Marcia Marcia!" Ma
But there was a dark side to this adulation. This came in the form of Jan Brady (played by Eve Plumb) who was not a fan of all the attention that was given to her older sister. Marsha was the popular girl to second fiddle Jan.
Did we mention that all the Brady kids had to share one bathroom and their dad was an architect who designed their house? What was up with that?
A fisherman and his catch in Istanbul, 1930.
Hey mister, is that a fish on your back or are you just happy to see me? Is this man a walking Salvador Dali painting? Either that is one very huge fish, or that is one very tiny man. Did he catch this fish or is he bringing it home from the Turkish Costco of the 1930s?
Bea Arthur ("Maude") in her U.S. Marine Corps ID photo, 1943. She was one of the first members of the Women's Reserve and, aside from driving military trucks, Arthur was also a typist.
Before Bea Arthur played "Maude" on TV's Maude and Dorothy Zbornak on TV's Golden Girls, she was in the U.S. Marine Corps. Why is that not too surprising from the tall actress with the deep voice?
During World War II, Arthur worked as a truck driver and typist in the United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve. She earned the rank of Staff Sergeant before receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1944.
Arthur also worked as a licensed medical technician before moving to New York City in 1947 - where she enrolled in the School of Drama at The New School.
And the rest is Bea Arthur history...
Michio Hoshino, a photographer well known for his photographs of dangerous wildlife, was mauled to death by a bear inside of his tent while on a shoot in 1996.
Don't you hate noisy neighbors at campsites? Apparently, that's what this grizzly bear must have been thinking. Remember that deal about always hanging your food in a tree when camping? Well, what happens when the bear thinks that you are the food?
The bear made an unexpected entrance inside a tent. I'm sure his appearance scared the camper so much that he had to grab a camera and take a photo of the beast. Not really much of a fight - since bears can weight up to 700 lbs. and rip you to shreds with their massive claws.
In this case, here is the last photo taken by wildlife photographer Michio Hoshino. He had the notoriety for taking dangerous wildlife photos - as this image would attest.
Beautiful abandoned place.
This is creepy and cool - all at the same time. This abandoned abode looks like it was once inhabited by The Munsters.
Hmmm, I wonder what the asking price is for this property? Sure it would need a little fixing up - but it would make for a nice weekend getaway place. Then again, we did learn some lessons about fixing up properties from the 1986 Tom Hanks vehicle, The Money Pit - where they bought a house for a suspiciously low price. Most likely, doors will fall off their hinges, staircases will come tumbling down, and a bathtub will fall through the floor.
Grace Slick was hot back in the day - and that say was during the 1960s. Slick was a former model who jumped to fame with the San Francisco psychedelic music scene. She's best known for performing with the Jefferson Airplane - whose best known song is White Rabbit.
The Jefferson Airplane rebranded in the 70s - and changed their name to The Jefferson Starship. They went on to do the theme song, Nothing's Going To Stop Us Now, to the Andrew McCarthy movie, Mannequin - which was about a mannequin that comes to life. And then there's some sort of love story.
Portable Christmas music to get one into the Holiday spirit while doing the dinner preparation during the 1950s.
Check this out -here's how they did portable music back in old-timey days. This housewife looks absolutely delighted to be partaking in some Christmas music with the Pandora of the day. Imagine a time when you actually had to put your stereo system on a cart in order to listen to music while in the kitchen while holding a roast dinner.
Around this time, portable battery-operated reel-to-reel tape recorders were introduced to the public - but were a bit pricey. Cassette decks were introduced in the 60s for home use - and became the portable music of choice for those making Christmas dinner.
A dashing 21 year-old Winston Churchill in 1895.
Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945. That term went so well, that Churchill decided on a sequel to this term and became Prime Minister again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill's big claim to fame was leading Britain to victory in World War II.
Known for looking like a bulldog, and having a big appetite for Scotch, here's a photo of young Churchill from back in 1895. He was a second lieutenant in the 4th Queen's Own Hussars regiment of the British Army and he earned a wage of £150 a year. Later that same year, he traveled to Cuba where he observe the county's war of independences.
Portrait of a Victorian bride.
According to an article in the April 19, 1901 edition of the Islington Gazette, "a spinster bride of forty is becoming more and more frequent, especially in high society.” Yes, as the Victorian era was coming to a close, some women were seeing the advantage of marrying a little later in life, once the women has gained maturity and life experience. This was part of the changing norms of society - where high society Victorian brides were usually between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five.
In the case of this photo, this women looks like she could star in the Tim Burton movie, Corpse Bride.
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and their grandchildren on a Christmas card from 1987.
First of all, great use of kilts in this Royal Family photo. The second thing that sells me is the shoes. In 1987, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip pose with their four grandchildren: Prince William, Prince Harry, Peter Phillips, and Zara Phillips.
The holiday cards usually reflect what's going on in the world and with the Royal Family. What's going on in 1987 is The Year of the Kilt.
Ann-Margaret takes a ride
Ann-Margaret - hell ya! What's there not to like about this photo. You got young, hot Ann-Margaret, you got a very cool motorcycle, and you got the open road. Viva la America!
One thing I never knew, Ann-Margaret's last name is Olsson. She is a Swedish-American singer/actress who is known for her roles in Bye Bye Birdie, The Cincinnati Kid, Carnal Knowledge, Tommy, and Grumpy Old Men.
Oh yeah, she also starred opposite Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas; in fact she was once billed as the female version of Elvis Presley. Trying to capitalize on the 'female Elvis' she recorded a rendition of "Heartbreak Hotel."
Sweet teenage couple listening to records back in 1948. *Note the milk and cookies.
This is what it was like to be a teenager back in 1948. You would put on records, pour a glass of milk, and eat some cookies. What more would you want? Note that no one in this photo is checking their iPhone or checking a Facebook feed. These were much simpler times.
Here's some trivia, the word "teenager" was not even a word until the late 1940s. The word "teenager" was like the word "millennial" of today. Life Magazine of the day wrote, "the modern notion of the teen years as a recognized, quantifiable life stage, complete with its own fashions, behavior, vernacular and arcane rituals."
The first drive-in theatre in California. (Los Angeles, 1935)
I love drive-ins. You get to sit in your car and watch a movie. The first drive-in movie theater opened its gates in 1933 and was located on Crescent Boulevard in Camden, New Jersey.The concept was the baby of Richard Hollingshead, who not only loved movies but was a sales manager at his father’s company, Whiz Auto Products, in Camden.
Before opening for business, Hollingshead experimented in the driveway of his house with different projection and sound techniques. He mounted a 1928 Kodak projector on the hood of his car, pinned a screen to a trees, and placed a radio behind the screen for sound. He opened Park-In Theaters, Inc. less than a month later. And the rest is drive-in history.
A Kenyan woman holding her dik-dik in Mombassa. (1909)
This photo looks like something taken during New York Fashion Week. But it's actually from 1909 and a Kenyan woman holding a dik-dik. What's a dik-dik, you say? Good question.
A dik-dik is a small antelope that lives in the bushlands of eastern and southern Africa. These tiny critters stand about 12 inches and weigh roughly 7 lbs. Dik-diks are named for the alarm calls of the females. ("Dik-dik!") Both the male and female dik-dik make a shrill, whistling sound to alert other animals that predators are in the vicinity.
A policeman in New York City stops traffic so a cat can carry its kittens safely across the street, 1925.
1925 was a whole different New York City. And 1925 had a whole different New York City police force. Here's an old-timey officer stopping traffic so a cat can pass while carrying its kitten.
During this era in New York City history, immigrant families started moving into specific neighborhoods in and around Manhattan. Thus why we have Little Italy and Hell's Kitchen. Though, the Immigration Act of 1924 severely limited the number of immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe. Also, the 1920 census showed Brooklyn was the most populous borough over Manhattan.
Still, it was a carefree time; especially for kittens crossing busy city streets.
Doris Eaton Travis in 1920. She was a dancer, stage and film actress, dance instructor, writer and rancher, who was the last of the acclaimed Ziegfeld girls.
Talk about an old time hottie. Doris Eaton was the last of the renown Ziegfeld girls - who began performing on Broadway when she was 13-years old. In 1981, Eaton joined the Ziegfeld Follies and was the youngest cast member of the show. She performed in stage shows and silent movies throughout the 20s and 30s.
Later in life, Eaton took on a career as an Arthur Murray dance instructor and local television personality in Detroit. Being a Ziegfeld girl must be good for you health, Eaton lived to be 106 and died in 2010 - one month after her last performance.
Old photo of one of the famous gargoyles at Notre Dame.
Who doesn't love gargoyles? They always remind me of the movie, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Gargoyle comes from the Latin word, meaning gullet or drain. This particular gargoyle is perched on top of Notre Dame Cathedral and oversees Paris. The gargoyle has a passageway inside that carries rainwater from the roof and out of the gargoyle's mouth - making it look like its spitting on Parisians. In reality, the gargoyles prevent deterioration of the cathedral's masonry.
Gargoyles have been used throughout history. In Ancient Egypt, they took the form of a lion's head. They could also be found on Greek temples. These type of statue spouts were even found in the ruins of Pompeii.
Some very brave New York painters in the 1930s.
Before there were extreme sports and the X Games - there were guys like this in the 1930s who painted skyscrapers. Look at them just hanging there - like it were the most ordinary thing in the world.
Skyscrapers continued to grow in height throughout the 1920s. After World War I, a real estate boom occurred in the U.S. which cased a surge in the construction of new skyscrapers. A large part was improvements in technology. Building steel frame became efficient while improvements in elevator design made tall buildings easier to ascend without pesky stairs.
And thus, rise of tall building caused the need to paint tall buildings - that's where these guys came in.
Young girl posing with a Komodo Dragon at the London Zoo in the 1930’s.
Apparently in the 1930s, the London Zoo had no problem with little girls grabbing a Komodo Dragon by the tail. The London Zoo is the world's oldest scientific zoo. It opened it's doors for animal loves in April 1828 and was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific study. Maybe this little girl is conducting a scientific experiment to see if a Komodo Dragon would scream if pulled by the tail?
The zoo eventually opened to the public in 1847. It now houses 698 species of animals, with 20,166 individuals, making it one of the largest collections in the United Kingdom.
Stewardesses working for Southwest Airlines of Texas wearing hot pants and leather boots in 1972.
When was the last time you saw a flight attendant wear hot pants and leather go-go boots? Is there some place we could write to get this work uniform reinstated?
Southwest Airlines began operation on March 15, 1967. The company was originally called Air Southwest Co. and was intended to fly only within the state of Texas. In 1971, it changed its name to Southwest Airlines and moved its headquarters in Dallas. The airline flew only two routes: between Dallas Love Field and Houston Intercontinental Airport and between Dallas Love Field and San Antonio.
Soon after, hot pants and go-go boots were made the mandatory uniform
Baseball legend Lou Gherig posing for the camera as Tarzan (1936).
Here's baseball great Lou Gherig as we never seen him before, posing in a lion cloth while dressed as Tarzan. Gherig was setting his sights to move beyond baseball and be in the movies. Most of all, he wanted to play Tarzan and even auditioned for the role - taking time to pose for some publicity shows. Tarzan author, Edgar Rice Burroughs, was not impressed. He sent Gehrig a telegram with the backhanded compliment, "Having seen several pictures of you as Tarzan...I want to congratulate you on being a swell first baseman."
Stella Grassman being tattooed in the early 1900s
So you might already know that Maud Stevens Wagner was the first known female tattoo artist in the United States. Well, what about Stella Grassman? Back in the early 1900s, a woman covered in tattoos was considered a sideshow oddities. Stella Grassman was one of the most famous. Her moniker was the aptly named: “Tattooed Lady.” She came into fame in the late 1920s when she worked for the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Stella and her husband who is in the photo (he went by the name Deafy) owned a tattoo shop on the Bowery in New York.
No longer a circus oddity, I'm sure I saw about a dozen Stella Grassman contemporaries in Williamsburg this past Saturday night.
Death-defying mountain goats are seen climbing the steep dam wall in Italy’s Gran Paradiso National Park. Wow!
To me, it looks like these mountain goats are kissing the dam wall in Italy’s Gran Paradiso National Park. But they are actually climbing up the face of the wall. I mean, they don't call them mountain goats for nothing. But these extreme goats are actually grazing - they are licking the stones of the dam for their salts and minerals. Sure, there might be an easier way - but no one told these goats about it. Apparently, they have no fear of falling to a grizzly death.
These goats are skilled climbers because they live in very steep and rocky terrain at altitudes of up to to 4,600m and have no fear of falling. So if you're traveling in the region - look out falling goats could be possible.
Benny Hill Loves the Ladies
In the age of #metoo - there's something very creepy about Benny Hill. What you have is a non-threatening older man chasing around scantily clad women in fast-motion and Yakkity-Yak on the saxophone.
Benny's real name is Alfred Hawthorne Hill and he was was born on 21 January 1924 in Southampton, England. His grandfather had been a circus clown. Inspired by his favorite comedian, Jack Benny, Hill changed his name to Benny - and began t seek a career in show business.
At one time, the Benny Hill was one of the most widely-viewed shows in the world. Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon were both fans and tried to get him to be a guest on The Tonight Show - but Hill declined because he didn't want to travel the distance to Los Angeles.
Two mummified cats found in Egypt, from around 1200–700 BC.
Cute. Cats are even adorable when they're mummified. Cats were considered sacred in ancient Egyptian culture. Upper and Lower Egypt had a religion that centered on the worship of such animals as cats. Ancient cats were adored for controlling vermin and killing snakes. The domesticated cat was a symbol of grace and poise.
Animal mummification began in ancient Egypt and was a big part of Egyptian culture. The reasons they mummified cats was to allow their pets to go on to the afterlife or to act as offerings to a particular god,
An Egyptian farmer in 1888 was digging in the sand near Istabl Antar -only to find a mass grave of mummified cats buried in pits at great numbers. Me-ow!