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Roger II's Mantle lining
Back to the trivia, now that we've all had fun drooling over the coronation mantle of Roger II. Let's turn our attention back to something more macabre.

What famous philosopher's skull was found to be missing in 1819 when his coffin was opened nearly two centuries after his death? (Hint: the skull itself, now found, has had an interesting history all its own)

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