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Scientists Identify Head of France's King Henry IV 64

Posted by samzenpus
from the losing-then-finding-your-head dept.
JThaddeus writes "The Associated Press reports that 'After nine months of tests, researchers in France have identified the head of France's King Henry IV.' Henry was assassinated in 1610, and his head has been missing. His body was dug up and decapitated during the French Revolution. Researchers found features similar to those in royal portraits, and radiocarbon dating confirms that the head dates to the 17th Century. Interestingly, 'Perfumers on the team used their professionally trained noses to identify specific embalming substances in the mouth used to hide nasty odors.' The results have been published an online medical journal."
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Scientists Identify Head of France's King Henry IV

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  • Idle (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Psychotria (953670) on Friday December 17, 2010 @04:07AM (#34584886)

    Look. Idle is supposed to be STUPID STUFF that's a waste of time. This isn't idle; it's interesting. I swear that slashdot is getting more and more idiotic every time I log in

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Then for the love of god stop logging in!
    • Re: (Score:2, Offtopic)

      by antifoidulus (807088)
      The admins of the site have explained that essentially the idle section was mandated by their corporate overlords. By keeping the idle section as close to a "real" story as possible without totally violating the "spirit" of idle they are in essence maximizing the # of "real" stories on slashdot.
      • by DarkOx (621550)

        Well other than the fact there is no upward limit on the number of stories that can be posted to Slashdot. They really don't need to maximize the value of idle stories.

        If they really felt the way you claim about idle they could post whatever junk to it and post good stories in other sections and then we could all just filter out idle in our user prefs. Right now I don't because often idle does have stories like this one I find interesting.

    • http://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/12/17/0040244/Reading-Level-Filter-Added-To-Google-Search [slashdot.org]

      It has been active on Slashdot for a long time, too bad we never knew it was marketable.

    • by Jay L (74152) *

      Disagree! Everyone already knew that the King Henry IV was the head of France. No identification needed. -1, Obvious.

    • you're unhappy because idle is interesting

      slashdot is idiotic, because idle is NOT idiotic

      and yes, i agree: i think the concept of being "idiotic" figures heavily in the formation of your opinion

  • by Daniel Dvorkin (106857) * on Friday December 17, 2010 @04:08AM (#34584888) Homepage Journal

    He sounds like a great monarch, truly ahead of his time.

  • by rossdee (243626) on Friday December 17, 2010 @04:15AM (#34584924)

    Henry IV part I or Henry IV part II

  • Perfumers on the team used their professionally trained noses to identify specific embalming substances in the mouth used to hide nasty odors.

    I bet the brochures for "perfumers school" does not mention that particular specialty.

  • Can you imagine the perfumer...

    [Perfumer going about his business mixing civet urine and various fatty acids] Ah that smells lovely!

    [Phone rings]

    Scientist: Hi! We need your nose for some important historical work.

    Perfumer: Right-o!

    Scientist: So you know this guy Henry IV? Head chopped off. Lost for ages?

    Perfumer to self: Oh crap.. is this going where I think it's going? I read that Süskind novel..

    Scientist: Yeah well, we need you to sniff this skull we found!

    Perfumer: Jerry... is that you? It's a bit

  • ... Somebody got ahead of him.
  • Jesus, I wish I was in the room.

    Scientist 1: SIR! We've found it!
    Scientist 2: long pause..."the head"....?
  • This reminds me of the Molly Maguires ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molly_Maguires [wikipedia.org] ) , disgruntled Irish coal miners in Pennsylvania. They lopped off peoples' heads. I learned this story in high school in US history. Sometimes the severed heads were just dropped somewhere, and ended up in funeral parlors, who placed them in the window with a note, asking, "Do you know whose head this is?"

    At any rate, my history teacher was at a funeral there, and asked the director about the story. He answered, "Sure,

  • by grub (11606) <slashdot@grub.net> on Friday December 17, 2010 @10:17AM (#34586610) Homepage Journal

    I'm sure this great news will bring closure to his family.
    Now they can close this dark chapter of their lives and move on.

    hm.
  • by Ramirozz (758009)
    I will never eat Burger King again
  • and my head was missing again. It's detachable.
  • So these Frenchies, during the 'frenzy of the Revolution' dug up a king who had been dead a hundred years, lopped off his head, and stole it?

    For the love of god, WHY?

  • by Syberz (1170343) on Friday December 17, 2010 @01:54PM (#34589834) Homepage
    Here's a link to the paper in the British Medical Journal [bmj.com], complete with pictures!
  • 'Perfumers on the team used their professionally trained noses to identify specific embalming substances in the mouth used to hide nasty odors.'

    400 years of hiding nasty odors, where can I get this deodorant?

  • > 'Perfumers on the team used their professionally trained noses to identify specific embalming substances in the mouth used to hide nasty odors.'

    Worst. Job. Ever.

    Someone should send that in to Mike Rowe....

  • We'll be seeing him on Futurama now?

  • It was in the Head Museum between Charles de Gaulle and Leonard Nimoy?

  • After nine months of tests, researchers in France have lost their head and they went .... "Gee... Henry was assassinated in 1610, and his head has been missing. We have a head here that dates back to the 17th century. How many people in the 17th century had a head? I guess not many. The portraits show that King Henry 1V indeed had a head. So this must be his head." To put the last nail in the coffin... we will ask one of the 'Perfumers' on the team to take a sniff and if it stinks it must be King Henry IV.

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