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Galileo gives museum the middle finger!
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: June 08, 2010 04:01PM
No.. wait...
It's "Museum given Galileo's middle finger"...
Yeah, that's right.

The Story of Galileo's bits

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FLORENCE, Italy – Two of Galileo's fingers, removed from his corpse by admirers in the 18th century, have gone on display in a Florence museum now named after the astronomer.

The Museum of the History of Science had shut down for two years for renovations. It reopened Tuesday, calling itself The Galileo Museum.

Last year, the museum director announced that the thumb and middle finger from Galileo's right hand had turned up at an auction and were recognized as being the fingers of the scientist who died in 1642. The digits are now displayed in slender, glass cases.



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Re: Galileo gives museum the middle finger!
Posted by: threeprong
Date: June 08, 2010 04:20PM
Good way to thumb your nose at folks posthumously, if they add a nose to the collection.
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Re: Galileo gives museum the middle finger!
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: June 08, 2010 04:27PM
Nah.. that would be Tycho Brahe's schtick...

[en.wikipedia.org]



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Re: Galileo gives museum the middle finger!
Posted by: steve...
Date: June 08, 2010 05:00PM
Having amputated body parts on display seems kind of morbid to me. And no, I don't want to see shrunken heads or mummies either.








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Re: Galileo gives museum the middle finger!
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: June 08, 2010 05:33PM
Could they clone him? That would be cool.
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Re: Galileo gives museum the middle finger!
Posted by: MacArtist
Date: June 08, 2010 06:01PM
Are they sure these belong to Galileo?



I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making
him carry me, and yet assure myself and others
that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his
lot by all possible means — except by getting off
his back. - Leo Tolstoy, novelist and Philosopher
(1828-1910)

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Re: Galileo gives museum the middle finger!
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: June 08, 2010 08:29PM
MacArtist;

Apparently, the provenance is well enough established that the museum is considering them authentic...



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