Fans of Science Channel's popular show "Oddities" know very well that you can find almost anything you could possibly imagine there. Almost, that is. What are the items deemed too strange even for Mike, Evan and Ryan? Okay, those probably don't really exist. But here's a few we feel would be borderline, if real. So come on through the curtain and enter into the backroom of our imagination …
A Big Toe
10. The right foot big toe of Bronko Devere Devine, the man who kicked the first field goal in the history of the National Football League for the Pottsville Maroons in their 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Badgers. It says something about the show that this was found to be not quite odd enough.
Kiddie Maggot Farm
9. "Coroner Joe's Kiddie Maggot Farm" was a short-lived product that worked on the same principle as the more popular ant farm. It was meant to provide hours and hours of educational fun, but turned out to be popular among just two types of kiddies: Future medical examiners and future serial killers.
Henry VIII's Drawers
8. A chest of drawers reported to be from Henry VIII's bedroom. The "drawers" turned out to be underpants that were determined to be of a far too small waist size to be those of the rotund king. They may have belonged to a scrawnier, lesser king, but if you can't get the best why settle for the rest?
A Hollywood Affair
7. The mummified remains of the baby that was produced by the affair that Hollywood hushed up for over half a century. The illegitimate offspring of Lassie and Rin Tin Tin. The lineage could not be verified, and it was suspected (but never proven) that the real mother may have been Lassie's sister Hussy.
"Book of Spells"
6. The "Book of Spells" allegedly confiscated from the first defendant to be convicted and executed after the Salem Witch trials. This would surely have made the show, but while testing out a few of the spells, Walter, our weird intern, disappeared along with the book, never to be heard from again.
A Famous French Pastry
5. Marie Antoinette's cake. Kept frozen since the 18th century (no small feat before the invention of freezers), this was purported to be the subject of Marie's "Let them eat cake" quote. That quote has since been proven untrue, the propaganda of political opponents. Anyone who sees the cake will confirm that it is so perfect, so much the epitome of famous French pastry, that no queen would let mere peasants eat it. The show's producers have deemed it too perfect to be risked under the lights of television filming.
A full body cast
4. A full body cast of Cleopatra. Certainly one of the most intriguing artifacts, once again the problem came down to verification. Nonetheless, it offered the show's hosts untold hours of enjoyment, as they offered women and transexual clients the chance to fit it and see if they MAY have the shape of a legendary beauty. A flight attendant named Pinky was a perfect fit.
Seville Tongue Trimmer
3. The "Seville Tongue Trimmer" was a torture device used during the Spanish Inquisition. Rather than cut out the entire tongue of the alleged blasphemer, it just "took a little off the edges." It was thought to be quite humane by the standards of the day, and so was quickly abandoned and thrown onto the scrap heap of history. One of the hosts (who we shall not name) took this home with him or her rather than put it on the show.
2. Legal papers documenting an uncomplicated, completely amicable divorce. Everyone could see right away that this was an obvious hoax.
1. The skulls of Adolph Hitler and Eva Braun, mounted on a board covered in red felt, with cubic zirconia diamonds forming a heart around them, and the words "He Tried to Give Her the World" embroidered in Latin. This was determined to be a fake since the real skulls were destroyed in 1945, cubic zirconia diamonds did not exist then, and Mr. Hitler was not really as romantic as the quote would indicate.