It seems almost improper to suggest that fortune was smiling on Tsutomu Yamaguchi in the dying days of the second world war. He was one of an unknown number of survivors from the Hiroshima bombing had made their way to Nagasaki, where they were bombed again.
Nábrókarstafur, or “Necropants,” is an Icelandic magical stave, or runelike symbol, associated with a pair of pants made from a dead man’s skin. As the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft cheerfully notes, ”If you want to make your own necropants, you have to get permission from a living man to use his skin after his dead.”
The remote Arctic island in Siberia is believed to be the final place on Earth to support woolly mammoths as an isolated population until their extinction about 2000 BCE, making them the most recent surviving population known to science.