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Random Strange Things

The appearance of suspended crocodiles in medieval alchemical laboratories

Okay this may be the most random post yet, but when writing about alchemists one studies alchemists, and one of the things no one can seem to agree upon with any certainty is the presence of suspended stuffed crocodile’s carcasses above the forges of medieval alchemists across Europe in the paintings that survive from the period. Some think it is a homage to the Ancient Egyptians, some think it is a dragon figure and the realistic have suggested that whatever purpose it served, it just took up too much bench space and the heat from the forge preserved it and stopped it from rotting.

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