Giggle-Inducing Fake Occult Items and Specimens

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I ran across this collection of photographs over at Getty Images and simply had to share them. While the images largely come without sufficient caption info, it seems they all originate with the 2003 exhibit 'Orrori e Misteri' held in Florence, Italy. If I'm wrong on that, do drop me a line.

Here we see Atrox, "sprightly and lively figure with the body of monkey and wings of a bat, conceived by Satan and Lady Mery."

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.