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Jeremy Bentham's story is simply fascinating, and I would love to see his auto-icon at University College London.

from Cult of Weird

The Strange Case of Jeremy Bentham

The ‘Auto-Icon’, or preserved corpse and mummified head, of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), kept at University College, London. The mummified head is now no longer displayed in the cabinet, owing to its being the target of various student pranks.

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I Hung Out With Jeremy Bentham's Severed Head And This Is What I Learned

He looks better than he smells, but that's severed heads for you. Warning: a bunch of pictures of a dead head...

Jeremy Bentham Feb 1748 – June 1832. He is regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism. When he was 21 he made a will leaving his body for dissection to friend/physician George Fordyce. His skeleton and head were preserved and stored in a wooden cabinet called Auto-icon with the skeleton padded out with hay and dressed in Bentham's clothes. It was acquired by Univ College London in 1850. The real head was displayed in the case for many years but became the target of student pranks.

Jeremy Bentham (15 February 1748 – 6 June 1832) was an English author, jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer. He was one of the first people to argue for the decriminalization of sodomy in England


This quote does a great job of illustrating why people are vegetarians. "Vegetarian...Because compassion tastes better."

from Atlas Obscura

Jeremy Bentham's Auto-Icon

jeremy bentham's auto-icon (unfortunately no longer displayed with real head), london

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I Hung Out With Jeremy Bentham's Severed Head And This Is What I Learned

I Hung Out With Jeremy Bentham’s Severed Head And This Is What I Learned


Jeremy Bentham (London, 1748) was a British philosopher, jurist and social reformer regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism. He became a leading theorist in Anglo-American philosophy of law and a political radical who advocated for individual and economic freedom, the separation of church and state, freedom of expression, equal rights for women, the right to divorce, animal rights, the decriminalising of homosexual acts, the abolition of slavery, death penalty and physical…

Jeremy Bentham: University College, London. The hallway leading to the library is said to be haunted by the founder, Jeremy Bentham. His mummified body (shown here with a wax head and his real head at his feet) is kept on display down the hall.