So, it appears that the long missing skeleton of King Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England, has finally been found. And, in a creepy parallel to the case of Che Guevara, he was found in a rather ignominious location (in Richard’s case, a parking lot in Leicester; in Che’s, it was the airstrip at Vallegrande, Bolivia.) In a further creepy parallel, the skeleton was incomplete; the feet were missing, probably having been dug up by mistake in the Victorian era, when an outhouse was erected near the grave. (Compare to Che, whose hands were cut off just after his death, presumably for “identification”, but I suspect it really was more of a grisly trophy for his killers. They were some sick sons of mafiosi.) The skeleton’s pronounced spinal curvature indicates advanced scoliosis; Richard was inaccurately described by Shakespeare as hunchbacked. In fact, his body was twisted sideways in a C curve. This deformity was probably what led to the DNA testing that confirmed, via a distant Canadian descendant of Richard’s sister, that the skeleton was indeed that of the defeated, humiliated monarch.
And while the serious research into the facts of Richard’s brief reign (and his horrifying death) rages on, please enjoy a bit of levity, courtesy of the Onion. And the wag who photoshopped the picture above.