May 18

Great people whose bodies are not intact after death: Einstein’s brain was even cut into 240 pieces


It is not easy to preserve the integrity of the bodies of famous people after death.

The quality of life is increasingly improved, it is not new to be passionate about collecting something. There are even many bizarre museums such as the lost love museum, the UFO museum, the body museum, the toilet museum, etc., with all sorts of collectible topics that ordinary people can’t think of. But among them, the strangest collection is the collection of celebrity organs!

Professor Einstein’s brain: too high IQ is also a sin

As we all know, the Jews are known for their intelligence. Just to mention the top physicists in the world, 10 of them, 8 or 9 are all Jews. Einstein was also one of those geniuses. However, the more famous, the more fearful people are. Perhaps he himself did not think that because of his popularity, his brain was stolen after he died!

Early in the morning of April 18, 1955, Professor Einstein died at Princeton Hospital, at the age of 76. As for his own post-mortem, he once said very clearly: Cremation, no need to hold a grand funeral, ashes are scattered in a secret location, do not want to be worshiped. His son also complied with his will, cremated and scattered ashes into the Drava River.

But unexpectedly, just 2 days later, Hans, Einstein’s son, just opened the “New York Times” and immediately saw a shocking news on the front page of the newspaper with the headline: “What clues have been found in the New York Times?” Einstein’s brain”. In the article it was written: “Using the latest methods of studying Einstein’s brain will give us the answer to the biggest mystery – where the secret of genius lies…”


Hans realizes his father’s brain has been stolen without god knowing, demons don’t! The person who stole Einstein’s brain was none other than Thomas Harvey.

Back on the morning of April 18, Harvey, as chief of pathology at Princeton Hospital, was assigned to perform an autopsy on Professor Einstein. After carefully completing the task, this doctor should put the internal organs back in place. However, instead of filling his skull with brains, he replaced it with cotton.

Thomas Harvey is interviewed by reporters at Princeton University

What he did went unnoticed until he received an angry call from Hans, who discovered the problem at this point. He tried to explain his actions and solemnly promised Hans that he would do everything to protect the professor’s brain. In the end, Hans reluctantly agreed, but Harvey wasn’t left alone either.

The fact that he acted voluntarily had a great impact on Princeton Hospital. To the public speaking, “retaining the brain” was no different from the behavior of a demon, not to mention Einstein was greatly admired. The hospital asked him to hand over his brain and transfer it to a more suitable neurologist, but he refused. In the end, Harvey was fired by the hospital.

Harvey in 1994 holding a glass jar containing Einstein’s brain tissue

After losing his job he drove to Philadelphia, where he carefully photographed Einstein’s brain, measured it, and finally carefully cut it into 240 pieces, each numbered to know they were in parts. which of the brain. The cut pieces were soaked in collodion and formalin for preservation. Then he took Professor Einstein’s brain and left without a trace.

46 Slices of Professor Einstein’s Brain

Just like that, 23 years have passed, but the study of Einstein’s brain still shows no sign of progress. Harvey has traveled all over America. Not only was it difficult to find a job, but his wife who often threatened to “throw away that broken brain” also divorced him.

Perhaps, the decision of Princeton hospital was not wrong, he was just a pathologist. Comparing the similarities and differences of the brain to find out the difference in the intelligence of each person is the job of a neuroscientist. But even if Harvey regretted it, it was too late.

Chopin’s heart: Just wanted to return to his hometown, who expected it to be cut off

Famous Polish pianist, Chopin not only has a beautiful skin but is also a talented artist. However, beautiful skin will one day wrinkle. When talent is targeted, the heart also suffers.


In 1849 in Paris, Chopin was 39 years old and struggling with death. He begged his sister to bury her heart at home and keep the body in Paris. The wish after death to still go to the homeland really makes people emotional. His sister cut the heart out and put it in a bottle of heavy wine, then smuggled it back to Warsaw.

After that, the heart remained in the home for many years, in the process also transferred to many relatives to keep, and was finally buried in the column of the Holy Cross church in the center of Warsaw.

Chopin the last moments of his life on the hospital bed

Thinking everything was resolved, unexpectedly World War II broke out, the Nazis were very interested in Chopin’s heart. In the end, their goal was to create a better race.

However, the Poles soon figured this out and took Chopin’s heart out of the church and hid it somewhere else. It was not until 1949, on the 100th anniversary of Chopin’s death, that the box containing Chopin’s heart was handed over to the mayor of Warsaw and returned to the Church of the Holy Cross.

The place where Chopin’s heart is kept

However, it’s not over yet. Although Chopin’s heart has been returned, there are some experts who still want to try to conduct genetic testing on it, to determine if the cause of Chopin’s death is really tuberculosis. Stave – author of the book “Chopin’s Heart: Uncovering the Mysterious Disease of the World’s Most Famous Composer”, even hopes to be able to examine Chopin’s heart tissue.

But how can the symbol of “Polish spirit” be dissected and studied? After a wave of strong protests from the Polish people, this proposal was invalidated.

Galileo’s fingers: 3 cut fingers, is it hatred?

If talking about the most unfortunate of the famous people whose organs were stolen, it is impossible not to mention Galileo. Super genius is called “Father of modern astronomical observation”, “Father of modern physics”, “Father of modern science” but in the end still does not have a complete skeleton. .


Galileo died at the age of 78 in 1642. At the 95th anniversary of his death, an admirer severed three fingers and a piece of his spine from his body, and removed the last tooth of his lower jaw. . Because the thief could not be traced, Galileo’s body was eventually buried in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, opposite Michelangelo’s cemetery.

Before long, one of the three severed fingers was recovered and kept in the Museum of the History of Science in Florence. The vertebrae are kept at the University of Padua, where Galileo taught for many years.

Who dared to destroy Galileo’s body like that? It took a long time for this mystery to be solved. Turns out, at the time, an Italian marquis with a crazed admirer had stolen Galileo’s bones, fingers, and even teeth, put them in a jar and secretly smuggled them out.

The two fingers derived from the thumb and middle finger of Galileo’s right hand, along with the tooth, were later collected by the Marquis’ descendants and passed down from generation to generation. However, as time passed, future generations did not know what was in the jar and sold it calmly, which revealed the truth of the year.

Galileo’s Finger

Although in 1905, someone saw the jar containing his fingers and teeth, but then there was no sound. It wasn’t until 100 years later that the jar containing Galileo’s fingers reappeared at an auction and was purchased by a private collector.

At that time, no one knew it was Galileo’s remains. This private collector took it to the Museum of the History of Science to find out what was in the newly discovered vase. To this day, these remains of him are still displayed in museums as collectibles.

Becoming a celebrity is not easy, after dying, other people are tortured like that.

Edison’s Last Breath: Is it Creativity or Friendship?

In the Henry Ford Museum of Creation in Dearborn, Michigan, USA, there is a display area dedicated to Edison, where his statue and some personal belongings are located. What caught the most attention was a sealed test tube, as it contained Edison’s last breath.

Edison’s Last Breath

Although Edinson’s last breath was an exhalation to signal the impending death, Edinson’s last breath was to preserve a deep friendship. This story begins with Edison’s friend, Henry Ford, the founder of Ford.

Henry Ford is 16 years younger than Edison, when he learned about Edison’s deeds through the press when he was young, he began to pursue the same path as his idol. Finally, in 1896, the then 33-year-old Ford finally met the man he had admired for a long time. Edison also loved Ford cars.

The two gradually became close and discovered a lot in common. Since then, they have begun a friendship that will last a lifetime. Not only buying townhouses, they also often go camping with other American celebrities. Even when Edison was old and had to use a wheelchair, Ford bought a wheelchair so that he could race with Edison in wheelchairs.

Edison (left) and Ford (right)

Edison once said: “For Henry Ford, no words can describe my feelings for him. Only one word can fully express it – he is my friend.”

In October 1931, before Edison died, many test tubes were placed by his bed. He asked the doctor, every breath he exhaled was put into a test tube and sealed with paraffin. One of them sent to Henry Ford. This is the origin of the test tube in the Ford Museum.

However, there are many different opinions on this. Some consider this to be Edinson’s last wish. Others argue that Ford entrusted the job to Edinson’s son, Charles. Is this a creative idea or a ritual of superstition? Perhaps only the deceased Edinson knew that.


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