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The Headless Man

Updated on June 24, 2014

What Happened to His Head, or His Body For That Matter?

In the book of folklore and legends, or just all around kookiness, a page must be dedicated to Jeremy Bentham.

Bentham was a famous British Philosopher and notable in the late 18th - early 19th century. Bentham not only was a famous figure, he willed his body so that it would become an auto-icon. In other words, he was stuffed and is on display.

His head could not be made to look alive so a wax head was reconstructed on him. His detached head, has had many adventures of it's own.

Read about Jeremy in this website and along with his story, you might find some other interesting facts about beheading, decapitations, or just people that for some reason or other lost their head! Just don't lose yours!


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Bentham's Head
Bentham's Head

Jeremy Bentham - Stuffed and Headless

Even Trigger kept his head after he was stuffed!

Jeremy Bentham lived from 1748 - 1832. He was a British notable and is the stuff of legend. While he lived a healthy and very full life for 84 years, he has been around ever since.

What's that? He has been around? Well, Jeremy decided that he wanted to not only be an living icon, he donated his body so that it could be used in Anatomy lectures. After that, he was stuffed and put in a wooden display box called the Auto-Icon. He skeleton is still intact and at the time of his stuffing, his head was also.

Jeremy's body was preserved using techniques that were in use at the time by South American headhunters. A problem arose and they just couldn't make Jeremy's head look life-like because it was damaged during the preservation process so instead of using his real head, a wax head was created. His real head, with glass eyes, sat on a plate between his legs for many years.

Jeremy's head was stolen many times during the years, being a target for college pranks. Once, it was used as a soccer ball by college students. His head was finally locked away in a vault, now forever detached from the presence of his body.

His body, still on display at London College, is wheeled out occasionally, during important events and during meetings, roll is taken showing that Jeremy is present but has not cast a vote.

Head on over to London College if you want to see this oddity. Hopefully, you won't play "head games" like the college students!

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Austin Powers Witnesses a Beaheading!

Austin Powers: 'Not the time to lose one's head.'

Vanessa Kensington: 'No.'

Austin Powers: 'That's not the way to get ahead in life.'

Vanessa Kensington: 'No.'

Austin Powers: 'It's a shame he wasn't more headstrong.'

Vanessa Kensington: 'Hmm.'

Austin Powers: 'He'll never be the head of a major corporation.'

Vanessa Kensington: 'Okay, that'll do.'

Austin Powers: 'Okay.'

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @smsr0100451: That's interesting you read about this before. I had never heard of him until I saw it somewhere one day. Thanks for the visit.

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      smsr0100451 5 years ago

      Interesting. Read in history only.