Cavity Creeps

Academics discover why horse skulls, bottles of urine, and other oddities keep turning up behind the walls of British homes

Dew and Eastop are creating a Deliberately Concealed Garments traveling exhibition, which will launch next summer; in the meantime, foreign home owners should also keep on the lookout. "Concealed caches have been identified in many parts of the U.K., mainland Europe, North America, and Australia," Dew notes, theorizing that emigrants took the practice overseas with them. And a welcome one it is, too. The next time you leave dirty laundry lying around your house, just remember: You are joining a long tradition of fighting off evil.

illustration: Caroline Hwang

Paul Collins edits the Collins Library for McSweeney's Books. His latest book is Not Even Wrong: Adventures in Autism (Bloomsbury).

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