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Strange Mutterings
The Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, founded in 1863, is one of the strangest--and grossest--museums in the world. A museum of "pathological anatomy", its exhibits depict rare and strange illnesses and medical rarities. The museum also keeps diseased organs and unusual body parts on display. For example, the museum contains a tumor taken from President Grover Cleveland's jaw, a section of the thorax of John Wilkes Booth, and the connected livers of Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins.
 
Other popular exhibits include the "Soap Woman", a woman who was so overweight that her fat turned into soap, and the skeleton of the tallest human being who ever lived.
 
The museum also houses Dr. Chavalier Jackson's collection of 2,000 "swallowed" objects. These are ordinary items, such as safety pins, buttons, coins, and small toys, that people had accidentally swallowed. Dr. Jackson not only retrieved these objects from his patients' throats, but he saved them as well.



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