Knife-armed Skeleton

Knife-armed Skeleton

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Knife-armed Skeleton refers to a skeleton discovered in Northern Italy from the 6th century who appeared to have had his forearm amputated and replaced with a knife as a prosthetic device. Once the discovery was posted to Twitter, users made jokes about the discovery and made comparisons to pop culture characters with weapons for prosthetic limbs.


On June 8th, 2018,[1] posted about the discovery of the skeleton belonging to a sixth century warrior in Lombardy, Italy who had evidently had his arm amputated and replaced with a knife.

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On August 5th, 2018, the Twitter account for Archaeology Magazine tweeted about the discovery,[2] gaining over 2,400 retweets and 6,900 likes (shown below).

heology Magazine @archaeologymag Follow A 6th-century Lombard warrior buried in northern Italy appears to have worn a knife as a prosthetic weapon in place of his forearm, which had been amputated 1:00 PM - 5 Aug 2018

After the tweet, many Twitter users made jokes about the discovery, often in the form of puns or pop culture comparison. Of the former, some popular tweets include a post by @BenjaminDeutsch that gained over 720 likes (shown below, left). User @StTabitha dubbed him "Don't Pet the Cat Luigi" (shown below, right).

Ben Deutsch @BenjaminDeutsch Follow Replying to @archaeologymag Cutting edge technology 6:12 PM-5 Aug 2018 All Too Real Tabitha . f Ak Follow @StTabitha Replying to @archaeologymag He was widely known as 'Don't Pet The Cat Luigi. 11:03 AM -6 Aug 2018

Some popular examples of Twitter users making pop culture comparisons include a post by @jcdelatorre who compared the character to Ash from the Evil Dead series (shown below, left) and user @drumjedi compared the skeleton to Merle from The Walking Dead, gaining over 220 likes (shown below, right). Jokes were covered by The Daily Dot.[3]

YJC De La Torre." @jcdelatorre ( Follow ) Replying to @archaeologymag Let's go. start GIF Mike Rumore Follow 判 @drumjedi Replying to @archaeologymag It's just Merle. GIF 4:06 PM-5 Aug 2018 from Palm Harbor, FL

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Daria Mercado @Darla Mercado Follow Replying to @archaeologymag 10:32 PM-5 Aua 2018 Matt Boy Genius @MattMealown Follow Replying to @archaeologymag GIF 4:55 PM- 5 Aug 2018 Abby Lou @AbbyLou33 Follow Replying to @archaeologymag ma monster! GIF 12:47 AM -6 Aug 2018 Nancy Sharp @Sh72010967Nancy Follow Replying to @archaeologymag A skillful warrior who peed very carefully. 1:28 AM -6 Aug 2018 History of Dentistry ( Follow ) 、 DentalHistMag Replying to @archaeologymag @FagAshLilith Jaimie Lannister could have used one of those. #GameOfThrones 8:47 AM-6 Aug 2018

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Nigel the treasure hunter
Nigel the treasure hunter

Reminds me of Galvarino.

He was a Mapuche warrior who rebelled in the 16th century against the Spanish colonial power in Chile. As punishment for their insurrection, the Spaniards cut off the hands of the rebel warriors and sent them back to their homes as a warning. Galvarino cried for vengeance, rallied the Mapuche to start an even fiercer insurrection and had two blades fastened to his mutilated wrists so that he could lead his men to battle. Unfortunately for the Mapuche their uprising was eventually quelled and the captured rebels, among them Galvarino, were executed.


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