10 Mar '12, 6am

What a London Cabbie can tell you about the quirkiness of #London and its curiosities

What a London Cabbie can tell you about the quirkiness of #London and its curiosities

Jeremy Bentham was an English jurist, philosopher, legal and social reformer and was best known for the concept of animal rights. In his will he requested that his body was preserved and stored in a wooden cabinet, termed his “Auto-icon”. Originally kept by Dr. Southwood Smith, it was acquired by University College London in 1850. The Auto-icon is kept on public display at the end of the South Cloisters in the main building of the College. For the 100th and 150th anniversaries of the college, the Auto-icon was brought to the meeting of the College Council, where he was listed as “present but not voting”. According to the university, it is a myth that the Auto-icon casts the deciding vote in meetings in the event of a tie. The Auto-icon has always had a wax head, as Bentham’s head was badly damaged in the preservation process. The real head was displayed in the same case fo...

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