Galileo's Middle Finger.



It sits in a small glass egg atop an inscribed marble base in the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, or the History of Science Museum in Florence, Italy. . . . The finger was removed by one Anton Francesco Gori on March 12, 1737, 95 years after Galileo’s death. Passed around for a couple hundred years it finally came to rest in the Florence History of Science Museum. -- Curious Expeditions via Kircher

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While we think the Middle Ages are long past, future historians will see this item and know that the veneration of the relics of martyrs lives on.

Pilgrimage to Canterbury, anyone?
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