10 Insane Things Made From Human Bodies

– It’s just skin, Steven. (playful music) Some people like to put
up artwork in their homes. Others are into say sculptures, but then there’s another
group all together that exists that likes to collect
things made of human flesh. Seriously, it doesn’t get
any weirder than this. Here are 10 Insane Things
Made from Human Bodies. Number one is a crash test dummy. Many auto makers use
crash test dummies to test the safeties of their vehicles, but what you probably
didn’t know is some of them use real human bodies for these tests. To make the outcome more realistic, air is pumped into the corpses’
lungs, and they’re fastened into a seat with the drivers
hands attached to the wheel usually through a bit
of glue or some string. After the vehicle is slammed into a wall, a simulated obstacle, like
a pole or highway media, or even rolled down a hill,
specialists are brought in to determine where on the
body damage was taken. As it turns out, using the dead is a much cheaper alternative to using crash test dummies that
we see in commercials. Reports show that between 1970 and 1999, over 300 bodies were used in crash testing by Daimler-Benz alone, a German company, with some corpses even
being those of children. Number two is clothing. While it may seem bizarre
and just really disgusting, wearing another person’s
body parts as attire is far from rare according to history. It’s been documented
that some native tribes took trophies from their victories and added them to their own attire. Aztec priests used to
actually wear the flayed skin of young men while dancing about the city, in the hopes that the gods
would grant them good harvest. Research also shows that in 1794, during the Reign of Terror in France, political leader, Antoine Saint-Just had a woman executed, flayed, and then turned into a fashionable waistcoat. In fact, it’s been said
that turning human skin into clothing was pretty normal
during the French Revolution as the leather it becomes through drying is a pretty decent quality. Still very gross though. Number three are kitchen utensils. Many centuries ago, around 450 AD, the city of Teotihuacan, which
is now modern day Mexico, was the sixth largest city on the planet. With a population of over 150,000 people, it became hard for every
family to acquire tools, especially cooking and eating utensils, so they did what they had to do and fashioned what they needed
out of their fellow citizens. Whenever someone passed away,
their friends and neighbors would get to quick work ripping
off the fresh body’s flesh and breaking off bones to
make tools and utensils. This had to be done immediately as once the person died,
their body would start getting cold and rigid from rigor mortis. Flesh would become harder to tear and the bones would
become too brittle to use. Yeah, don’t fall into too
deep of a sleep around these people ’cause you might just
wake up as a salad fork. Number four are sculptures. For centuries, artists
have been using the dead to make elaborate and wondrous pieces. In the late 1700s, Ulnar Fragonard, the director of a
Venetian school in Paris, made statues using corpses that he dug up from a local graveyard. Of course, his work was
met with much controversy but remains on display to anyone
who wants to see it today. I guess the penalty for grave
robbing back then was waived if it was done in order
to make a wicked vase. More recently, British
sculptor and visual artist, Marc Quinn, proved that
it’s what’s inside the body that’s more beautiful than people realize. In 1991, he revealed “Self,” an art piece, which at first glance, seems
to be a bust of the sculptor’s own head, but in reality
the frozen silicone head is made with over 10 pints
of Quinn’s own blood, uck. Number five is paint. For some people, being cremated
or buried isn’t good enough. They want to live on, and what better way than through painting. Between the 16th and 17th centuries, painters were known to
use a rich brown paint in their work that was color-wise somewhere between raw
umber and burnt umber. The color was called Mummy Brown, and it got that name because it was, well, you guessed it, made of mummies. Mummy Brown was made up of pitch, myrrh, and the ground up bodies
of mummified corpses. This paint was used by a number of artists right up until the late 19th century when it became well known for
where the color came from. Incredibly that didn’t stop
the paintings from selling, and bodies continued to
end up on canvases right up until 1960 when the process
was finally stopped. But hey, if you’d rather
not be mummified first, you can always have your blood drained and give it to Vincent Castiglia, a 34 year old Brooklyn painter who creates his work using human blood. That’s just creepy. Number six is a classroom skeleton. If you picture a college or
university science class, you can probably envision
a human skeleton hanging on a wheeling stand that’s used
for learning during classes, but these are all just made of
plastic or some resin, right? (forced laugh) No. As it turns out, you can
actually will your dead body to not only science
but scientific display. Companies such as Skulls
Unlimited in Oklahoma City will accept remains,
clean them thoroughly, and give them to the
institution of your choice. They even have a number
of skeletal options for sale if you’re already
affiliated with the medical, scientific, or educational community. Just think, you could be hanging in Professor Middleton’s biology class. Alternatively, if you want
your skeleton to be given to your favorite pub, your church, or even given as a
terrifying gift to a friend, all of these are actually possible if you know the right strings to pull. Personally, I’ve already
decided that when I die, I’m going to donate my
skeleton to Rob Dyke for the “Seriously Strange” set with the inscription, “Together forever.” Well, nothing like spending the afterlife hanging up in a pub in
front of a whole bunch of drunken people surrounded by Guinness. That actually kind of sounds nice. Number seven is jewelry. If you thought turning man-skin into a leather-like clothing was weird, (fake laugh) well brace yourself because
after the skin goes, there’s still more wearable parts left. Human hair and teeth have
been made into necklaces, rings, and bracelets
by a number of artists looking to get a wow
from those who see them. Back in the Victorian
era, you could actually get rings and brooches made
from the knotted or braided hair of a recently deceased loved one, and no one would even bat an eye. Even today, a number of stores,
most of which are online can turn that loved one’s
hair, teeth, blood, muscles, or even in rare cases, their organs into something that you can wear. Native American tribes were
known to wear the bones of their enemies, but some went
as far as to have the tibia of some that they defeated
put into their face as a septum piercing that
they called the otsj. Additionally, some people wanna remember their lost loved ones by wearing vials of their blood around their necks. Yeah that’s kind of a biohazard, no? Number eight is a magician’s prop. All right, for my next trick,
I’m gonna need a volunteer from the cemetery. Throughout history, people’s love of magic has mixed in with their
secret love of the macabre. This has led to many
magicians using actual corpses as their volunteers for a
number of different illusions. In 1818, illusionist
Andrew Ure used electricity to seemingly reanimate a
corpse, a trick that he learned from Luigi Galvani, who did
the same thing decades earlier. Of course, Galvani used a
frog in his trick instead of a person, but Ure really wanted to go for shock value, no pun intended. His tricks left a bad taste
in his audience’s mouth, so the practice of using
cadavers was put to an end. That is, until Chris Angel came along and reignited people’s morbid interest. In 2013 for his show, “Believe,”
Angel used the dead body of Robert Michaels, which he
seemed to bring back to life in front of a room of
skeptics and medical experts. Number nine are musical instruments. Just because your soul has left your body doesn’t mean that you’re
done making music. Keep the good times rolling
by having a loved one turn you into a musical
instrument and then hope people aren’t too nauseated
by the idea to play it. Using a human thigh bone,
Tibetan Buddhist monks created such an instrument
called the kangling, a word that literally means leg flute. The bone is usually taken from a criminal or someone who was
killed in a violent way, but really any femur will do. Though you couldn’t play an advanced tune, such as “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
on it, you could definitely make an ominous and chilling
sound, which is probably why it’s only really used in
ceremonies such as when proving fearlessness and summoning
hungry demons to take in their fill of sufferings
of the person playing it. Yeah, that all sounds fun. Just your classic leg bone
demon-summoning flute. Bones have also been made
into percussion instruments that you can even fashion
into some decent drumsticks. And number 10 are books. The practice of making books
out of human skin goes back centuries, and not only do
such tomes exist already from the past but some are
just now being created. Known as anthropodermic
bibliopagy, the process of covering books with a human being’s flesh is believed by many to capture the dead individual’s soul and
bind it to the pages. This has led to the theory that many of these books are haunted or cursed. One example is in the
Bristol Record Office in the United Kingdom. There’s a book that details
the murder of a 17 year old woman named, Eliza Balsam,
who was killed by a stone hurled at her by 18 year old John Horwood. It was written by a doctor who tried to save the girl’s life. Horwood was hanged for the murder, and upon completion, the book was covered in the teenager’s skin. Yeah, that’s a logical thing to do. I’m done now. So those were 10 insane
things made from human bodies, but I want to know, what
do you guys think of these? Is it barbaric to make things
out of people or is it okay? Leave your comments below
because I’m going to be looking through them, and I’m going to
pin the best one to the top. But as always, thank you guys
so much for coming by today. Remember to come back
tomorrow and every weekday at exactly 3 PM eastern standard time because I’ll have a
brand new video for you. I’ll see you then.

100 thoughts on “10 Insane Things Made From Human Bodies

  1. I would say the only one thatโ€™s OK is the jewelry. Everything else is just… why?

  2. Hopefully my drumsticks are made by bones cause i play drums in schools

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  4. A book about a murdern bound in the murderer's skin. I guess you could say it's poetic justice.

  5. Please do top ten creepiest things about those cryo freezing people out in Arizona…..pleeeeeze

  6. Animal skin: No problem. Human skin: NOPE!! I'M OUT!!

  7. Juan Manuel de rosas actually had a collection of human leather belts


  9. Mhmm yeah uh, I'm scard for life. Uh, I think I'll be famous one day so I'll be in a, thing where they bury famous people, or I'll just be creamated… NO USING MY LIVER AS A SOUP BOWL

  10. I suppose I donโ€™t have a problem with any of it, with ONE major caveat: must be agreed to by person b4 they have died. My mom passed away from cancer in 2014 & before she passed, Aunt & I, actually told her to donate her body to science. Iโ€™m doing the same, as is my Aunt & her husband. My mom also had numerous other illnesses, as do we all in my family, & her eyes lit up at the possibility of saving someone elseโ€™s life. We donated it to the college i went to (UC) & they after 2 yrs will (technically, they already have) cremate the remains & send ashes back to you!

  11. Dude, I love you but you have GOT to look up proper pronunciation of things before uploading…

  12. Wow! That's all I can say ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™„

  13. WHAT de TRuCK , i know they got more laying around than bodies to make stuff with… "EWWWWWWW"

  14. there's ''death whistles''…..their made of human skulls….look em' up……

  15. I'm not disliking the video, its the fact that…. well…..
    Sham on you people!

    Unless you want to remember your loved one that had gone
    but other than that, THATS WRONG!

  16. Hair is OK and the skeletons for science and classrooms is not a problem in fact itโ€™s probably better than the resin ones old items times were different modern times It is a bit much for some of this

  17. I've heard that a company will take human ashes and make lad created gems out of them… creepy right!

  18. Ewwww made from human bodies ew. And also I am afraid of manicans bc they remind me of a human ;-;

  19. There is a company that can take your cremated remains and take the carbon from it to make diamonds…I just don't want to end up in some pawn shop…

  20. 8:12 exactly, "just because your soul has left your body dosen`t mean your done making music!" exactly! THE SHOW MUST GO ON! ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. Hi, Matt. Personally, I think it is okay depending upon your religion, beliefs and other factors. I have a few of my mom's ashes in a tiny urn to wear. I had tried to get her hair brush to have a grievance pendant made. I was very close with my mom and I miss her every day.

  22. The actor named Telly Savalas had his children's baby teeth set like charms in a necklace. The tooth fairy didn't come to their house Daddy wears them. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

  23. That guy that was working on the crash dummy looks alot like Matthew.

  24. Uh… ok then. But hey at least they were dead first so thatโ€™s something. Grave robbing is… ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  25. Oh Iโ€™ve learned that cadavers were used for the skeletons used at doctors offices. There was a fire and bones were found in a basement and the building was pretty old.

  26. Is it strange that I own some jewelry made with animal bones and teeth?

    Yes? Oh…

  27. Is it messed up if I have been slowly eating myself since I was 15. I'd share, but I'm "stingme". This isnt Facebook!!

  28. Ok can we just talk about at 0:41 the guy looking at the dummy looks exactly like Matthew? Or is it just me??

  29. Hey Matthew, I love the videos but I'd like to point out that you are mispronouncing my favorite word which is Macabre. Macabre is pronounced as:

    As I said I love your videos and I'm not usually a stickler for things like this, but this is my favorite word.

  30. Ok, what about John Gien? He made clothes, belts, etc. all from human body parts and was a serial killer. Oh, and regarding books with human flesh as the covers? You forgot to mention that big cursed Satanic book. It's horrific.

  31. These people make Ed Gein seem like a sissy. What is wrong with people? seriously?!

  32. 9:18 the necrinomicon Lol I love ash vs evil dead and the evil dead series

  33. I'd rather my body become something useful after I die, unlike laying in a box, slowly rotting away.

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