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Does dried squash hold blood of Louis XVI ?

Posted on Wednesday, 2 January, 2013 | Comment icon 8 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Scientists have confirmed the authenticity of a blood sample said to be from the French king.

King Louis XVI of France was sentenced to death by beheading in Paris on January 21, 1793. After the deed was done some of the people dipped their handkerchiefs in to his blood. Now scientists believe they have identified a sample of this blood which had been kept for centuries as a souvenir within a dried squash.

To prove the origins of the blood, scientists extracted DNA from it and found that it revealed a likely match to someone of Louis' description. To further cement this, the team also compared the DNA with that taken from the mummified head of Louis's 16th-century predecessor, Henri IV. "This study shows that (the owners of the remains) share a genetic heritage passed on through the paternal line," said forensic pathologist Philippe Charlier.

"Researchers have been trying for years to verify a claim imprinted on an ornately decorated calabash that it contains a sample of the blood of the French king guillotined in Paris on January 21, 1793."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Wearer of Hats on 31 December, 2012, 23:07
ohh my gourd, it's the first day of 2013 and already we have a contender for best title of a thread. as for the stoy, cool in a macabre sort of way.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Hilander on 31 December, 2012, 23:53
The suppressed became so angry some lost their heads.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 1 January, 2013, 1:13
Great one Stilly . Just think,we can clone him now .heh
Comment icon #4 Posted by monk 56 on 1 January, 2013, 3:57
Hi Simbi, Article says blood was kept in a Calabash, which can be used as a container having a hard husk when dried! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calabash It amazes me how humans in one way or another have used the calabash, actually it is thought that Queen Cleopatra used one filled with bees, and then gave it a shake, buzz buzz. Hell, you work it out, hope no bees escaped ha ha! It fits with my thoughts though, as the guillotine was set up in Place de la Concorde, next to the Egyptian Obelisk, i wonder what the french people are doing on engraving made four years after revolution on link bel... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by King Fluffs on 2 January, 2013, 16:53
Pretty darn nice article.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Paracelse on 2 January, 2013, 17:26
Gezz you got to French to keep souvenir of a murder!!!!!!!!!! oups 2 murders... forgot Henri the IV king of France and Navarre, first of the line of Bourbon, was murdered also.
Comment icon #7 Posted by OverSword on 3 January, 2013, 17:24
So France can now get rid of the ilegal government and reastablish the legal monarchy through cloning! Good for the French!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Cherokee Wolf on 12 January, 2013, 5:12
Very nice article. I love this kind of thing!


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