Between 6,000 & 9,000 years ago, the people of the Levant decorated the skulls of their dead with plaster, gave them shells for eyes, and painted intricate details of hair and moustaches on them. It's not known why. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
A 'stereotype' was originally a plaster-cast copy of a block of typeset letters, that printers could use to reprint unchanged text (for example books) without having to re-set the type from scratch en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In 1955, someone dropped a 600-year-old plaster Buddha Statue only to discover the plaster was covering a solid gold statue beneath en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Today I learned about the "Linxia cheetah", a fossil cat from China that is now known to have been a forgery. The Linxia cheetah was constructed using a combination of assorted bones and plaster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aci…
In 1954 a team f Thai movers were tasked with transporting a plaster statue of Buddha. The rope used to move it snapped, however, causing the statue to burst open and reveal the world's largest gold statue en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
During the siege of Leningrad, civilians became so starved that they would eat the plaster off walls and even resorted to cannibalism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eff…
Drywall is called β€œDrywall” because before it, walls were made with plaster layers that were wet and took time to dry between layers. Drywall came in to the market as a faster and cleaner alternative to the β€œwet wall” process of plaster layers. activerain.com/blogsview/…
In 1955, a plaster buddha statue more than 600 years old was dropped during an attempt to move it to a new location. After some of the plaster coating was chipped off, it was revealed that the plaster was covering a statue made of solid gold. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
For the purpose of having life-like sculptures on Barcelona's Sagrada Familia, GaudΓ­ did plaster casts of anaesthetised turkeys and chickens and even of stillborn babies. travegraphics.com/sagrada…
The catacombs or Paris are only a small part of the mines (or quarries) of Paris, an extensive gypsum deposit under the city from which we get "plaster of Paris" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
The Woman of Seine was the unknown woman whose body was pulled out of the Seine River.A post-mortem pathologist at the morgue was so taken by her beauty that he made a plaster cast death mask of her face.Now that mask is used as the face of the CPR mannequin and is the most kissed face on earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%2…
Oscars are normally made of solid bronze and plated with 24-karat gold. Due to a metal shortage in WWII, Oscars were made of plaster. Following the war, recipients of the plaster Oscars were invited to redeem their figures for the bronze plated gold figures. oscars.org/oscars/statuet…
Today I learned about death masks - plaster casts that were made of historically significant people to preserve what their faces looked like. Including Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin. elistmania.com/20-death-m…
That, in 1955, someone dropped a 600+ year-old plaster statue of Buddha, only to discover after some of the plaster chipped off, that the statue was actually solid gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
In 1955, someone dropped a >600 year old plaster buddha statue... to discover the plaster was actually covering a solid gold statue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
After dying, the victims of ancient Pompeii left cavities beneath the volcanic deposits when their bodies decayed years later. When excavating, scientists filled these holes with plaster and made casts of the victims' last moments alive. www2.brevard.edu/reynoljh…
The ancient Teotihuacanos finished their pyramid with lime plaster imported from surrounding areas, on which they painted brilliantly colored murals. There was also once a temple on top of the Pyramid of the Sun, which has since been destroyed by both deliberate and natural forces en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyr…
Birds do not pee, instead, they excrete nitrogenous wastes in the form of uric acid, which emerges as a white paste. And uric acid doesn’t dissolve in water easily. Hence its ability to stick to your windshield like blobs of white plaster. audubon.org/news/what-mak…
Today I learned of Luis Resto who not only removed the padding from his boxing gloves but put plaster over his hands to win a fight over Billy Collins Jr who later retired after eye injuries from that fight. youtu.be/5V5R6sx2S2g
A doctor so infatuated by his patient that he kept her deceased body in his home for 7 years--he preserved the corpse with plaster, metal hangars, and danced with her every night. the-line-up.com/carl-tanz…
"The Punished Suicide", in 1863, tannization preservation was performed on the body of a girl who died by suicide. Her skin and hair was peeled, treated, and placed on a plaster cast of herself. Later on wood, snakes, and red wax were added to represent hers, and others, punishment in Hell. deadmaidens.com/2016/10/2…
In the 1800s it was common practice for museums to fix sculptures that had broken-off noses by creating & attaching a plaster replica. Today, Copenhagen’s Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum removed over 100 plaster noses, to give their sculptures a more pure look, & put them on display as a Nasothek. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Trees and plants in Pompeii were identified by pouring plaster into the cavities left in the volcanic lava by their roots. telegraph.co.uk/travel/de…
Today I learned of Cynthia Plaster Caster, a girl who used to plaster cast famous rockstar's penises, Including Jimmy Hendrix, David Bowie and more en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyn…
Today I learned of Yeseria, a technique of carving plaster used by the Spanish Moors. The technique refers to the geometric patterns carved into plaster to decorate building interiors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes…
Radiologist Carl Tanzler, obsessed with one of his patients, exhumed her body after two years, encased it in wax and plaster of paris, and slept with it for another seven years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
In 1955 someone dropped a >600 year old plaster buddha statue to discover the plaster was actually covering a solid gold statue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Vesuvius victims in those hauntingly detailed plaster forms were "flash-heated" into instant Rigor Mortis, so their "lifelike" pose held as ash filled in around them. news.nationalgeographic.c…
3 Alcatraz escapees used: fake heads of plaster, paint, human hair in their beds to fool night guards, drill made from vacuum motor to loosen air vents, 50+ raincoats for raft, paddles from a musical instrument, and a fake bolt made from soap to close their escape hatch. fbi.gov/news/stories/2007…
The Golden Buddha was completely plastered over before 1767 to prevent it from being stolen. This hidden golden statue was only re-discovered in 1950 when the ropes broke while trying to move it causing the plaster to break when it hit the ground revealing the $250 million of gold underneath. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
A boxer by the name of Billy Collins was beaten by a boxer with plaster in his gloves. He was beaten so bad that his eyes were completely shut. He was told he could never box again and a couple of months later he committed suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Casting body parts in a large volume of plaster of Paris is extremely dangerous. mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news…
There is a 5.5 ton solid gold statue that no one knew was gold until the surrounding plaster cracked in 1955. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
A "super groupie" named Cynthia Plaster Caster made plaster molds of the penises and breasts of dozens of rock stars over four decades. Her collection includes the dicks of Jimi Hendrix, Aynsley Dunbar, and Jello Biafara, and the boobs of Suzi Gardner among many others... mtv.com/news/1122292/lege…
In the late 1880s, the body of a drowned 16-year-old girl, who apparently committed suicide, was made into a plaster death mask because of her beauty and enigmatic smile and used to model a first-aid mannequin in 1958. thisgirlwithkaleidoscopee…
A groupie became an art phenomenon by taking plaster casts of famous music artist's junk en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/P…
In the movie Sleepaway Camp (1983), the final scene was done by a naked college student wearing a plaster mask of the actress's face. sleepawaycamp.wikia.com/w…
A plaster casting of the hands of former United States President Abraham Lincoln was stolen in December of 2015 fbi.gov/wanted/seeking-in…
Dangerous things (borax, now a common household cleaner; alum, now used in depilatories; and plaster of paris) were added to food to enhance flavour, smell, appearance, and texture while lowering the cost for manufacturers and retailers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adu…
Due to a metal shortage during WWII, Oscar statuettes were made of painted plaster for three years. Following the war, the Academy invited recipients to redeem the plaster figures for gold-plated metal ones. oscars.org/oscars/statuet…
Millions of people have learned CPR on a mannequin whose face was modeled after a girl who drown in the 1800's. Her face was preserved because the pathologist on duty at the mortuary was so entranced by her face that he had a plaster cast made of it. bbc.com/news/magazine-245…
Giant, rat-sized snails can eat through plaster and puncture car tires -- and these "ticking environmental time bombs" are invading South Florida theweek.com/article/index…
There is a woman making plaster casts of famous penises, including Jimi Hendrix en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…
During WWII the Academy Awards' famous golden man statuette was made out of painted plaster due to a shortage of metal during the war. oscars.org/oscars/statuet…
In 1801 a convicted murderer named James Legg was hanged, crucified, skinned, and a plaster cast made of his body after an argument over whether Michelangelo's depictions of crucifixions were anatomically correct. guardian.co.uk/artanddesi…
During World War II, the Oscar awards given out by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were made of wood and painted plaster because most common metals were very scarce at the time. oscars.org/awards/academy…
Today I learned of a self-proclaimed β€œrecovering groupie" named Cynthia Plaster Caster who creates plaster casts of rock stars erect penises. She has made casts of rock legends from Keith Moon to Jimi Hendrix (the largest cast in her collection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyn…
The testicles on Oscar Wilde's tomb have been a matter of controversy. First they were considered overly large by officials, and were covered with plaster; then they disappeared and were allegedly used by the cemetery manager as a paperweight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osc…

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