A chef was killed by a bite from the disembodied head of an Indonesian spitting cobra
. He had decapitated it 20 minutes earlier in preparation of a local dish. They say not to bite the hand that feeds you, the hand that eats you is another thing apparently.
You know how in cartoons and comedy movies, a person will accidentally employ an ejection seat and go for a thrill ride through the air, only to land safely...?
Not what really happens.
Original article here.
The dish that most people in America know as potato casserole is referred to by Mormons as "funeral potatoes." Because it's customary for Mormons to serve this potato dish at funerals. The logic, I suppose, is that it's comfort food. Wikipedia
says that the typical ingredients of funeral potatoes are: "hash browns or cubed potatoes, cheese (cheddar or Parmesan), onions, cream soup (chicken, mushroom, or celery) or a cream sauce, sour cream, and is topped with butter and corn flakes or crushed potato chips."
Funeral potatoes are one of a number of foods specifically associated with funerals in some cultures. Another example, previously mentioned here on WU, is Yorkshire Funeral Biscuits
. And the Amish have a dish they call Funeral Pie
, which is a raisin pie.
There must be other funeral-specific dishes, but I haven't yet found them.
Source: The Western Gazette
(Apr 15, 1905)
TO PREVENT BURIAL ALIVE
A LADY'S REMARKABLE REQUEST.
"Pray come immediately: Miss Cobbe seriously ill." A telegraph form bearing this message and addressed to Dr. Walter R. Hadwen, of Gloucester, was always kept upon the desk of the late Miss Frances Power Cobbe.
Miss Cobbe had a dread of being buried alive, and Dr. Hadwen, who arrived after she had passed away, superintended the carrying out of the solemn charge laid upon her medical attendant in her last will and testament.
This charge was "To perform on my body the operation of completely severing the arteries of the neck and windpipe so as to render any revival in the grave absolutely impossible."
Here's the wikipedia entry
about the woman in question, though it doesn't mention her postmortem request.
This Land Is Mine from Nina Paley on Vimeo.
So very very timely......
Seems like this was a week for weird corpse stories in the news. First there was that story about the errant corpse
traveling down a busy road on a gurney. And now this:
Two Florida men were hired to clean out a house. They found what they thought was a "Halloween-like" mannequin hanging by its neck in the garage. So they cut it down, threw it on top of the rest of the trash in their pick-up truck, and took it to the dump. Of course, it wasn't a mannequin. It was the tenant who used to live in the house. [metro.co.uk
The Bucks County Coroner's Office says it "deeply regrets" the malfunction that caused the door on the coroner's van to open, sending a dead body on a gurney rolling down a busy road in Feasterville, Pa. The errant gurney was photographed and posted on Facebook by Jerry Bradley
, and, of course, immediately went viral. [syracuse.com