fund for Rory. Given her grandmother’s vast wealth, Lorelai is worried what this large inheritance will do to her 16 year old daughter. While discussing this with her friend Sookie, Lorelai states “I don’t care if she buys a house, or a boat, or the Elephant Man’s bones.”
Lorelai isn’t mentioning hypothetical frivolous expenditures, but the very real attempt that Michael Jackson made to buy the Elephant Man’s bones from the London Hospital in 1987.
More than a hundred years after Joseph Merrick’s death, Michael Jackson attempted to buy his skeleton. Jackson was known to spend exorbitant amounts of money to get what he wanted, as demonstrated in the video below. However, the London Hospital, which cared for Merrick for the latter portion of his life, denied Jackson’s offer of $500,000. The hospital continues to keep Merrick’s remains for medical research purposes.
Born in 1862, Joseph Merrick developed physical deformities which affected his entire body. At this time it was common for people with abnormalities to become exhibitions in human oddities shows, this led to his moniker as The Elephant Man.
Merrick has been the subject of numerous plays, books and films which show his yearning to be “normal.” Joseph’s deformities, particularly his large head, caused great stress on his body, and required him to sleep standing up. Unfortunately, it is believed that Merrick’s death in 1890 was a result of him sleeping laying down, causing his head to suffocate his body while he slept.