Tamping iron

Related to Tamping iron: Phineas Gage
an iron rod for beating down the earthy substance in tamping for blasting.

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An equal mix of history, science, and biography, the topics range from who really cut off Vincent van Gogh's ear (possibly Paul Gaugin) to Phineas Gage's changed behavior after a tamping iron put a hole in his skull (it damaged his "Organ of Benevolence (Kindness) bump") to using body parts for entertainment (skulls for kickball), remembrance (hair jewelry), luck (fingers bring fortune), and more.
After a tamping iron blasted through the front part of his brain (shown) in 1848, the mild-mannered rail worker Phineas Gage turned nasty.
Harlow donated Phineas Gage's skull and tamping iron to the Harvard Medical School's Warren Anatomical Museum, located in the Countway Library of Medicine, where it still resides today.
He mistakenly triggered one explosion before an assistant had covered the strategically placed explosive powder with a buffer of sand; the force of the blast threw a 3-1/2-foot-long tamping iron through his head.
The skull and the offending tamping iron, which had been buried with Gage, have since resided in a Harvard University museum.