This was just too interesting to save for Halloween. It all started when I stumbled upon a photograph of a something called a “mortsafe“– mort being the French word for death and safe implying there was something in need of protection from theft. Indeed, these graveyard oddities were once intended to deter body snatchers from stealing the remains of the deceased. But who on earth would need to steal dead bodies from their graves, you ask? Oh, just doctors and qualified professionals of the 19th century medical community, paving the way for pretty much all the modern medicine we benefit from today.