There aren't many things in this world that unite all people in the way that Disney can! The multimedia powerhouse has been around for generations, exciting and mesmerizing children of all ages with its lovely animation, its magical moments- and of course, it's easily likable mascots.
From Mickey Mouse to Tinker Bell, you'd be hard pressed to find a kid who didn't grow up learning important lessons from these and other lovable animated Disney icons! But there's one Disney mascot in particular that we can ALL agree was a huge part of our childhoods - Winnie The Pooh!
Winnie the Pooh is the constant that ties everyone's childhoods together. Watching him the greatest thing about being young, and we could all agree on that. It didn't matter if you were a kid in the '00s, the '90s, the '60s or even the '20s! You had Winnie the Pooh in your life in some way or the other.
Since Pooh was such a huge part of everyone's childhood, it only seems fair that out of all the influential children's characters to come from Disney, he gets his very own museum display!
That's right, you can head down to London right and now and take a tour of the Royal College of Surgeon's Hunterian Museum to see your favorite childhood silly old bear... as a skeleton...
That's right, the skull of Winnie the Pooh is on display for every man, woman and child to see! But how's it possible that a fictional cartoon bear's skull is on display? Well, few know it, but Winnie the Pooh was actually based on a real life bear.
Winnie was the name of a famous bear who was the star attraction of the London Zoo. Christopher Robin Milne, the son of the original Winnie the Pooh books author AA Milne, would often visit the bear and play with her.
Christopher had a teddy bear whom he named after Winnie, and AA Milne would base his children's stories off of his son's relationship with the teddy bear - hence where the names and personalities of the characters Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin came from.
Pooh's love of honey was also inspired by the real life Winnie, as children (including Christopher Robin) would often feed her honey buns and spoonfuls of honey.
The real Winnie died in 1934, and ever since, her skull has been kept by the Royal College of Surgeons. The reason behind this is that when zoo animals die, their remains were considered to be very valuable for scientific research.
Winnie was kept by the curator of the Royal College of Surgeon's Odontological Museum, and was stored in the Hunterian Museum since the 1930s—alongside 11,000 other animal skulls.
But for the first time ever, Winnie's skull will be put on public display so that everyone can see it and possibly learn more about animal health and human/animal relations!
But what can old Winnipeg the bear's skull tell us about animal health? Well, as it turns out, all of that sweet honey children gave Winnie caused her to develop tooth decay in old age!
In 1930, Winnie appeared in a textbook about the dental health of animals, due to her decaying teeth. While some professionals in the field of animal health knew that part of Winnie still remains, most people will be learning this fact for the first time when they see her skull on display
"I was surprised - I had no idea that part of her did remain. The fact that we have something of her a hundred years later is pretty fascinating," said Lindsay Mattick, the great grand-daughter of Harry Coleburn, the real Winnie's owner. "A hundred years ago he [Harry Coleburn] bought a bear cub, a pet, because he loved animals. He was heading off to war and he had no idea that this one very simple action would go on to have such amazing consequence."
And such an AMAZING consequence it had! Winnie the Pooh is still loved by many today, and with a new live-action film in the works, his popularity won't diminish anytime soon!
So if you can handle the possibility of a 'childhood ruined' moment, go and see Winnie's skull at the Hunterian Museum in London today. At the very least, it'll be interesting!
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Source: BBC News