Car Shopping? This 1991 Toyota Crown Hearse Can Be Yours for Less Than $20,000

MotoeXotica Classic Cars
MotoeXotica Classic Cars

If you're in the market for a new car and have slightly morbid tastes, then eBay has just the vehicle for you. A 1991 Toyota Crown hearse is up for sale, and it could be yours for a cool $19,750—or your best offer. The Crown sedan, spotted by Popular Mechanics, was converted into a hearse and imported from Japan to the U.S., where a seller in St. Louis hopes to find a macabre motorist to take it home.

Maybe you want an over-the-top prop for your next Halloween party. Maybe you want to live out your GTA fantasies (that's Grand Theft Auto, the game that lets players drive a hearse around while destroying everything in their path). Or maybe you just want people to get out of your way while you're driving. Whatever your motivation may be, the all-black exterior, blue interior, and handcrafted details lend this car its killer style.

"Finished in black (what else?), this hearse's paint and trim are in very good order overall, with minor blemishes visible upon close inspection," the seller, MotoeXotica Classic Cars, writes in its description of the hearse. "The handmade craftsmanship on this unique vehicle is exceptional."

The interior of the car
MotoeXotica Classic Cars

Interior of the hearse
MotoeXotica Classic Cars

The wooden components, tooled metal detailing, and copper roof were all done by hand. Plus, this ride is street legal and fully functional for, uh, funerary purposes.

If you're thinking of buying it, though, Popular Mechanics has one practical suggestion for a not-so-practical purchase: "It's worth mentioning the rear suspension seems a bit overwhelmed by all that extra weight. We'd probably try to beef up the springs and dampers to even everything out." Happy driving.

[h/t Popular Mechanics]

A Ring Containing a Lock of Charlotte Brontë’s Hair Found Its Way to Antiques Roadshow

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Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A ring that “very likely” contains a lock of Charlotte Brontë’s hair appeared on a recent episode of the Antiques Roadshow that was filmed in northern Wales, according to The Guardian. The jewelry itself isn’t especially valuable; the TV show's appraiser, jewelry specialist Geoffrey Munn, said he would have priced it at £25, or about $32.

However, an inscription of the Jane Eyre author’s name as well as the year she died (1855) raises the value to an estimated £20,000 ($26,000). That isn’t too shabby, considering that the owner found the ring among her late father-in-law’s belongings in the attic.

A section of the ring comes unhinged to reveal a thin strand of hair inside—but did it really belong to one of the famous Brontë sisters? Munn seems to think so, explaining that it was not uncommon for hair to be incorporated into jewelry in the 19th century.

“There was a terror of not being able to remember the face and character of the person who had died,” he said. “Hair wreaths” and other pieces of "hair work" were popular ways of paying tribute to deceased loved ones in England and America from the 17th century to the early 20th century.

In this case, the hair inside the ring was finely braided. Munn went on to add, “It echoes a bracelet Charlotte wore of her two sisters’ hair … So it’s absolutely the focus of the mid- to late 19th century and also the focus of Charlotte Brontë.”

The Brontë Society & Brontë Parsonage Museum, which has locks of Brontë’s hair in its collection, said that it had no reason to doubt the authenticity of the ring.

[h/t The Guardian]

From Cocaine to Chloroform: 28 Old-Timey Medical Cures

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Is your asthma acting up? Try eating only boiled carrots for a fortnight. Or smoke a cigarette. Have you got a toothache? Electrotherapy might help (and could also take care of that pesky impotence problem). When it comes to our understanding of medicine and illnesses, we’ve come a long way in the past few centuries. Still, it’s always fascinating to take a look back into the past and remember a time when cocaine was a common way to treat everything from hay fever to hemorrhoids.

In this week's all-new edition of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy is highlighting all sorts of bizarre, old-timey medical cures. You can watch the full episode below.

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