Maggie Koerth-Baker, Boing-Boing’s ace science observer, is doing a series of essays about “My Favorite Museum Exhibit”. The Bishop of Durham’s rectum, on which we have spent an inordinate amount of time and space, because it has a curious back story, is there. (Well, actually, the Bishop’s bottom, what’s left of it, is in the Hunterian Museum, in London. The photo here, from the museum, shows the rectum at its best.)
Tipu’s Tiger is a mechanical toy built for Sultan Tipu (which you’ll sometimes see spelled as Tipoo or Tippoo) of Mysore, India some time in the 1700s. It re-creates a roughly life-size tiger mauling a British military man, with accompanying horrendous noises. The mechanism is old and until recently had long been in disrepair. The museum recruited a highly skilled and appropriately cranky man to repair the mechanism (I once tried to interview him, thus learning about the crankiness).