5 Wacky Family Heirlooms


Rest In Peace, Mummy

These mummified infants are actually where they're supposed to be: the vault of a cemetery in Guanajuato, Mexico.
These mummified infants are actually where they're supposed to be: the vault of a cemetery in Guanajuato, Mexico.
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This one's got to make it to Ripley's Believe It Or Not. A family in Philadelphia counts the mummified remains of a baby among their cherished family heirlooms.

The tiny mummy had been in the Peavey family for about 100 years before a judge ordered it buried in 2006. "Baby John" died of natural causes soon after he was born, and had been passed from generation to generation ever since. The body was confiscated after a young Peavey mentioned the heirloom at her daycare center.

The Peavey family's heirloom was stolen by a grave robber in 2010. As of May of that year, the mummy remains missing.

Bet you're glad all you inherited was grandma's handmade quilt.

For more information on family heirlooms and related topics, including how to care for them, look over the links below.

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  • Ma, Amy. "A Lu Legacy: Cooking Up a Family Heirloom." The Wall Street Journal. March 25, 2010.http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703312504575142911175155260.html
  • Maddox, Teri. "Local family makes unusual find among family heirlooms." News-Democrat. BND. June 12, 2010.http://www.bnd.com/2010/06/11/1289190/19th-century-bloodletting-device.html
  • Family heirloom makes its way home. Times & Transcript. June 21, 2010.http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/front/article/1103079
  • McCormack, Kathy. "Gravedigger steals family's mummy heirloom." Philadelphia Daily News. May 5, 2010.http://www.philly.com/dailynews/national/20100505_Gravedigger_steals_family_s_mummy_heirloom.html
  • Lazzari, Adam. "Gipsy Moth celebrates 80 years aloft." EDP24. June 28, 2010.http://www.edp24.co.uk/content/edp24/news/story.aspx?brand=EDPOnline&category=News&tBrand=EDPOnline&tCategory=xDefault&itemid=NOED27%20Jun%202010%2015%3A14%3A31%3A987
  • Forced Landing Makes Fast Friends of Pilot, Farmer. NAZ Today. June 20, 2009.http://www.naztoday.com/news/arizona/2009/06/forced-landing-makes-fast-friends-of-pilot-farmer/


10 Most Common Heirlooms

10 Most Common Heirlooms

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