FUBARtrivia at Ripley’s Believe it or not! museum in London

  • Last week, FUBARtrivia visited London, England and stopped by at ”Ripley’s Believe it or not! museum”.
  • The museum is a collection of strange, amazing and rare objects and people from all around the world collected by the entreprenour Robert Ripley.
  • The London museum is the world’s largest Ripley’s Believe it or not! museum and it opened on August 20, 2008 at Picadilly Circus.
Outside Ripley's Believe it or not! museum in London at Picadilly circus

Outside Ripley's Believe it or not! museum in London at Picadilly circus

18th century's Thomas Wedders had the longest nose in the world with 19 cm

18th century's Thomas Wedders had the longest nose in the world with 19 cm

A self-deformed Peruvian skull.

A self-deformed Peruvian skull.

A woman with huge lips.

A woman with huge lips.

Patrick Deuel a.k.a. "The Half ton man". He was one of the heaviest persons with a peaking weight of 486 kg.

Patrick Deuel a.k.a. "The Half ton man". He was one of the heaviest persons with a peaking weight of 486 kg.

Scold's bridle, a Scottish torture device from the 16th century which was used to punish women using unwanted language.

Scold's bridle, a Scottish torture device from the 16th century which was used to punish women using unwanted language.

Iron maiden, a German torture device from the 18th century.

Iron maiden, a German torture device from the 18th century.

A man with four pupils.

A man with four pupils.

A two-headed goat.

A two-headed goat.

A very rare shrunken head from the Jivaro-tribe

A very rare shrunken head from the Jivaro-tribe

Sources and further reading:

Ripley’s Believe it or not! London Museum site

Leatherface in ”The Texas Chainsaw massacre” was inspired by a real person

Leatherface on The Texas chain saw massacre-cover

Leatherface on The Texas chain saw massacre-cover

In Tobe Hooper’s horror classic ”The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” from 1974, a group of hitchhiking teenagers find themselves out of gas in Texas. In search of gas they become terrorized by a cannibalistic, murderous family. One in the family is called ”Leatherface”, a chainsaw-wielding maniac who wears his victim’s carved out faces as masks.

Some may think that these acts of horror in the movie really happened, which is incorrect. However, the character Leatherface was inspired by a real person…

  • Ed Gein was an American killer and grave robber from Plainfield, Wisconsin during the 1950’s. He became known as ”The Butcher from Plainfield”.
Ed Gein: The inspiration for Leatherface

Ed Gein: The inspiration for Leatherface

  • Gein dug up bodies of women who resembled of his mother from the local graveyeards.
  • From the bodies he fabricated different items such as a lampshade, facemasks and a sheath made from skin, soup bowls out of skullcamps, socks from flesh and accessories made out of genetalia. Police also discovered that Gein also was interested in eating human flesh.
  • Gein performed strange transsexual rituals such as dressing up in skin from dead women to look more female.
  • Gein’s mother raised him in a disturbed, fanatically version of christianity where all women where prostitutes except for her.
  • Gein shot and killed a woman, removed her head and hang her upside down like a hunted deer in his house. He also shot and killed another woman.
  • Gein is often called a serial killer, despite the fact that he was guilty of only two kills and therefore not technically qualifies him as a serial killer. A serial killer is someone who has murdered three or more people at different periods of time.
  • Gein was arrested in 1957 and was classified as legally insane and therefore spent the rest of his life in a mental hospital until he died in 1984 of cancer.
  • Gein also inspired to the character Norman Bates in Robert Bloch’s novel ”Psycho” from 1959 which later became a movie by Alfred Hitchcock in 1960.
  • He also was inspiration for the character Buffalo Bill in Thomas Harris novel ”The Silence of the Lambs” from 1988 which became a movie in 1991. Buffalo Bill dresses in womans clothes and skins his victim for use of their skin, similiar to what Ed Gein did.

Hugo Boss made uniforms for the Nazis

Hugo Boss original black Allgemeine SS-jacket

Hugo Boss original black Allgemeine SS-jacket

The popular german fashionhouse Hugo Boss has footprints in a dark time of our modern history that probably not many of the clothe’s proud owners know about. Learn about the Hugo Boss nazi-involvement.

  • In 1997, a spokeswoman fron Hugo Boss told the press that they had became aware of connections between the company’s founder Hugo Ferdinand Boss and the german nazi regime.
  • Hugo Boss began as a familiy-run business in Germany 1923 which manufactured police and postal uniforms.
  • Hugo Ferdinand Boss joined the Nazi Party in 1931 and circa two years later, somewhere between 1932-33 his company began manufacturing uniforms for the nazis.
Hugo Boss current logotype

Hugo Boss current logotype

  • Hugo Boss company produced the new black unfiroms worn by SS (SchutzStaffel) units, brown shirts worn by SA (Sturmabteilung) storm troopers and also the black- and brown unfiroms for the Hitler youth.
  • Hugo Boss continued to manufacture unfiforms for the nazis throughout the Second World War.
  • According to the Austrian news magazine ”Profil”, the company brought forced laborers from Poland and France to its factory to increase their output in the later years.

Sources and further reading:

The New York Times-article from 1997

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