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Woman Finds Mysterious Typewriter Made From Human Teeth

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the person who has everything … including a taste for the macabre? Then you can’t go wrong with a typewriter made from human teeth. Wait … WHAT?

There’s a (formerly) locked room in our Airbnb that contains two guns, an erotic painting, and a typewriter whose keys are entirely made of teeth.
— Ashley Fryer (@ashleyfryer) June 11, 2019

We’re going to die here aren’t we.
— Ashley Fryer (@ashleyfryer) June 11, 2019

Well, Ashley Fryer didn’t die … she lived to tweet a picture (here it is) of the typewriter she found in a locked room of an Airbnb, although she did share that she felt “a bit mean posting a photo of someone else’s place so here’s a tiny snippet of the madness I’m talking about. The typewriter (it’s a thing people used to use to make letters on paper to mail to others before there were computers, the Internet and cell phones … ask your grandpa) would have require a skilled typist to use because the teeth don’t have the letters embossed on them like a normal QWERTY keyboard would. That’s about all we have to go on with this mystery — Ashley Fryer made her Twitter account private before revealing the location of the strange Airbnb or what happened next.

While a typewriter made out of them is pretty unusual, teeth have been used for a variety of non-eating purposes almost since humans began losing them. A popular way to display them is in jewelry items. Necklaces, bracelets and charms containing teeth have been found in ancient tombs around the world and modern, more elaborate (and whiter) versions are available online (a page of tooth jewelry on Etsy). Of course, they’ve also been used in costumes and masks for both real rituals and holidays like Halloween and Mardi Gras.