I've lost track of exactly how long we've all been stuck inside, but it's been a while, and there are only so many good shows on Netflix. Understandably, the Internet has started to get a little bored and has come up with some interesting concepts to keep us entertained, including the "dadosaur."
But none of them have been quite as creepy as one museum's challenge to fellow curators. The Yorkshire Museum in the United Kingdom recently took to Twitter to ask museums to share the creepiest things in their collections, and they didn't disappoint.
The Yorkshire Museum started their thread with a weave that's older than most countries.
MUSEUMS ASSEMBLE! It's time for #CURATORBATTLE! 💥— Yorkshire Museum (@YorkshireMuseum) April 17, 2020
Today's theme, chosen by you, is #CreepiestObject!
We're kicking things off with this 3rd/4th century hair bun from the burial of a #Roman lady, still with the jet pins in place...
CAN YOU BEAT IT? 💥 pic.twitter.com/ntPiXDuM6v
National Museums Scotland shared this monstrosity, which is supposed to be a mermaid.
Unfortunately for us, they have more than one of these things.
Many museums have one but they usually look more like our other ‘mermaid’...— Natural Sciences NMS (@NatSciNMS) April 18, 2020
We have a little more information about this one: The posterior half was formed from a Pacific wrasse, & the head/thorax were sculpted, with fish jaw inserted in the mouth. #CreepiestObject pic.twitter.com/7MrPcaZqdh
Egham Museum has a collection of dolls that put most horror movies to shame.
The Victorians were crazy.
STEP ASIDE ALL.— York Castle Museum (@YorkCastle) April 17, 2020
These are hand-made models of figures playing cards and of gold miners hauling gold nuggets to the surface. BUT the figures are made from crab’s legs and claws… Typical Victorians, they loved weird/creepy stuff. #CreepiestObject pic.twitter.com/A5NHiPGnVh
WHAT. EVEN. IS. THIS.
We are not a museum, but we have so many creepy things in SOCH (a database for Swedish digital cultural heritage). One of my favourites: This cute little kitty cat (Speldosa, katt med harpa, 1906. Kulturen, CC BY-NC-ND). https://t.co/bSdazHIVX2 pic.twitter.com/ZDb2j9ug4v— Larissa Borck (@Larissa_Borck) April 17, 2020
The Royal Armouries shared this horrifying mask used for public humiliation.
Turn the creep up to 💯 and check out this iron mask that was exhibited in the @TowerOfLondon as an Executioner's Mask. However, due to its grotesque appearance, we think it's more likely part of an elaborate scold’s bridle - an iron muzzle designed for public humiliation 😱 pic.twitter.com/1nG4mMZRex— Royal Armouries (@Royal_Armouries) April 17, 2020
"This severed lower leg by Kerry Jameson has sprouted its own legs and a rather beastly head," the York Art Gallery explains.
Why does it look so evil?!
Thankfully no one is walking around in one of these plague masks nowadays.
Thanks for thinking of us @HottyCouture and wow, will we be having nightmares tonight with all these #CreepiestObject|s ! Here is the one we just can't hide from you, one of our many creepy gems – our Plague Mask (1650/1750)! #curatorbattle pic.twitter.com/JrMjqAJSIM— Deutsches Historisches Museum (@DHMBerlin) April 17, 2020
Imagine finding a mummified cat underneath your floorboards.
Ok so our entry for #creepiestobject is, of course, our mummified cat. It was found concealed in the floorboards above our State Room surrounded by a ring of hazelnut shells. The X-ray below was taken at a local vets (no one else had a machine big enough!) #CuratorBattle pic.twitter.com/O9nUoBp6gC— York Mansion House (@YorkMansionHse) April 17, 2020
Why would anyone make this thing?
The rocks have eyes.
Bringin’ our A-game for this #CURATORBATTLE! What is it? Just a CURSED CHILDREN’S TOY that we found inside the walls of a 155-year-old mansion. We call it “Wheelie” - and it MOVES ON ITS OWN: Staff put it in one place and find it in another spot later on…. #Creepiestobject pic.twitter.com/FQzMzacr8a— PEI Museum (@PEIMuseum) April 17, 2020
This one is straight out of a horror movie.
Halloween costumes used to be a lot more terrifying.
@RedHeadedAli how can we ignore such a call to arms?— Norwich Castle (@NorwichCastle) April 17, 2020
This particular item has caused a few nightmares for our followers this week.
Our #CreepiestObject is...this pincushion! Complete with tiny children's heads. You're welcome, Twitter.#CURATORBATTLE pic.twitter.com/0YdmCE5dYD
"Can I offer 'Tirpitz' here?" the Imperial War Museums asked. "Saved from drowning after her German ship sunk the South Pacific, served as a mascot on HMS Glasgow for the rest of the FWW, eventually auctioned off for pork (raising £1,785 for charity) in retirement. No wonder she looks like she's seen things."
Can I offer 'Tirpitz' here? Saved from drowning after her German ship sunk the South Pacific, served as a mascot on HMS Glasgow for the rest of the FWW, eventually auctioned off for pork (raising £1,785 for charity) in retirement. No wonder she looks like she's seen things. pic.twitter.com/gYdkvK60Yb— Imperial War Museums (@I_W_M) April 17, 2020
Japan was just as creepy as everyone else.
If there's one thing we won't miss during the rest of quarantine, it's these creepy objects.