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The skull of Edward Mordrake
05-05-2018, 03:04 AM #1
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Quote:Edward Mordake (variously Mordrake) is the apocryphal subject of an urban legend who was, according to the legend, born in the 19th century, heir to an English peerage, and had an extra face on the back of his head. The duplicate face could not see, eat or speak out loud but was said to "sneer while Mordake was happy" and "smile while Mordake was weeping". Mordake repeatedly begged doctors to have his "demon face" removed, claiming that it whispered things that "one would only speak about in hell" at night, but no doctor would attempt it. Mordake died according to the legend by committing suicide at the age of 23.

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05-05-2018, 09:11 AM #3
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05-05-2018, 04:32 PM #4
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What a strange tale. damned.gif You go Strigoi! chuckle.gif
05-05-2018, 05:50 PM #5
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I remember this Two Faced S.O.B.

he still owes me 2 bucks
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05-05-2018, 06:26 PM #6
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The 1896 medical encyclopedia Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine, co-authored by Dr. George M. Gould and Dr. Walter L. Pyle, included an account of Mordake. The account was copied directly from Hildreth's article. However, it was credited only to a "lay source". The encyclopedia describes the basic morphology of Mordake's condition, but it provides no medical diagnosis for the rare deformity. Such a birth defect might have been a form of craniopagus parasiticus (a parasitic twin head with an undeveloped body),[4] a form of diprosopus (bifurcated craniofacial duplication), or an extreme form of parasitic twin (an unequal conjoined twin).

Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine Wrote:One of the weirdest as well as the most melancholy stories of human deformity is that of Edward Mordake, said to have been heir to one of the noblest peerages in England. He never claimed the title, however, and committed suicide in his twenty-third year. He lived in complete seclusion, refusing the visits even of the members of his own family. He was a young man of fine attainments, a profound scholar, and a musician of rare ability. His figure was remarkable for its grace, and his face – that is to say, his natural face – was that of an Antinous. But upon the back of his head was another face, that of a beautiful girl, "lovely as a dream, hideous as a devil." The female face was a mere mask, "occupying only a small portion of the posterior part of the skull, yet exhibiting every sign of intelligence, of a malignant sort, however." It would be seen to smile and sneer while Mordake was weeping. The eyes would follow the movements of the spectator, and the lips "would gibber without ceasing." No voice was audible, but Mordake avers that he was kept from his rest at night by the hateful whispers of his "devil twin", as he called it, "which never sleeps, but talks to me forever of such things as they only speak of in Hell. No imagination can conceive the dreadful temptations it sets before me. For some unforgiven wickedness of my forefathers I am knit to this fiend – for a fiend it surely is. I beg and beseech you to crush it out of human semblance, even if I die for it." Such were the words of the hapless Mordake to Manvers and Treadwell, his physicians. In spite of careful watching, he managed to procure poison, whereof he died, leaving a letter requesting that the "demon face" might be destroyed before his burial, "lest it continues its dreadful whisperings in my grave." At his own request, he was interred in a waste place, without stone or legend to mark his grave.

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05-05-2018, 06:37 PM #7
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spock.gif Freaky as hell, but more of a metaphor for someone convinced they are possessed than a real situation.

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05-05-2018, 09:59 PM #8
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That made the hair on my arms stand up. damned.gif
05-05-2018, 11:25 PM #9
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I might have one of those second faces on the inside of my head. That would explain a lot.

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05-06-2018, 06:44 AM #11
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(05-05-2018, 11:25 PM)Kreeper Wrote:  I might have one of those second faces on the inside of my head. That would explain a lot.

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05-06-2018, 11:42 AM #12
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05-06-2018, 04:51 PM #13
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(05-06-2018, 06:44 AM)Totie Wrote:  
(05-05-2018, 11:25 PM)Kreeper Wrote:  I might have one of those second faces on the inside of my head. That would explain a lot.

Do you both feel like that or just you honey?  chuckle.gif

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05-06-2018, 05:08 PM #14
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05-06-2018, 06:10 PM #15
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(05-06-2018, 04:51 PM)Griobhtha Wrote:  
(05-06-2018, 06:44 AM)Totie Wrote:  
(05-05-2018, 11:25 PM)Kreeper Wrote:  I might have one of those second faces on the inside of my head. That would explain a lot.

Do you both feel like that or just you honey?  chuckle.gif

Kreeper feels what i tell him to feel.

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