Scientists in the Swiss city of Basel have solved a decades-old mystery over the identity of a mummified woman. Their research revealed a surprise: the woman is the great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother of UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. The body was uncovered in 1975 while renovations were being done on Basel's Barfusser Church. She was buried right in front of the altar, clearly well fed, and wearing good quality clothes. This was obviously the body of a wealthy lady of Basel. But who was she exactly, and when did she die?
Somewhere there's a kid who told Boris on the playground, "Oh, yeah, your grandma had syphilis!," and he's feeling pretty good right now.
historians to suspect the mummy was a member of a well-established Basel family, the Bischoffs.
And there are descendants of this family who, to this day, work in the public sphere.
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