The idea of propping up corpses in true-to-life poses at funerals is something we've seen before here at WU. For instance, in 2008 there was Angel Pantoja Medina "standing tall at his funeral,"
and in 2014 I posted about the corpse of Miriam Burbank
sitting at a table at her funeral, smoking a menthol cigarette.
The latest news story along these lines involves Puerto Rican poker fanatic Henry Rosario Martinez, whose friends posed his corpse sitting at a poker table, so they could enjoy one last game with him. More info at NY Daily News
One for the weird death file. The tragic case of Jamella Jackson, age 12. She threw her life away.
Cincinnati Enquirer - Feb 15, 1985
Three men decided to boost a condom machine and blow it open to get at the condoms, and presumably, the money inside. They set up the blast and ran to their vehicle for cover. Unfortunately the last guy in the car did not get his door shut in time and was struck in the head by a piece of the machine when it blew up. He later died at the hospital, Darwin Award.
Grizel Thomson changed her last name to Inge, and as a result inherited $3,500,000. In 2015 money, according to the inflation calculator
, that would be about $30 million. Not bad for a name change.
I can't find any recent info about the Inge fortune, and whether possession of that last name is still required to get the money.
Kansas City Times - Jan 29, 1954
In Oklahoma's Konawa Memorial Cemetery stands the gravestone of Katherine Cross (Mar. 13, 1899 - Oct. 10, 1917), which bears the mysterious epitaph, "Murdered by human wolves."
Image source: Find A Grave
This has generated all sorts of local legends, and it's also inspired a novella by Steven Wedel, Murdered by Human Wolves (The Werewolf Saga).
The most likely explanation is that she died as a result of a botched abortion operation, and that the mysterious phrase was meant to be metaphorical. But still, cool epitaph!
More info: wikipedia
, 405 magazine
A new Australian company, Humai
, has an ambitious goal. It wants to make people immortal. From its "vision" statement:
We’re using artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to store data of conversational styles, behavioral patterns, thought processes and information about how your body functions from the inside-out. This data will be coded into multiple sensor technologies, which will be built into an artificial body with the brain of a deceased human. Using cloning technology, we will restore the brain as it matures.
So, you see, they'll use "artificial intelligence," "nanotechnology," "multiple sensor technologies," and "cloning." Simple.
If this company had been founded 100 years ago, they would have used buzzwords like "electro-galvanic processes" and "radium power." And they would have had about the same chances for success as today.
Nothing much about California has really changed since this 1849 warning, has it?
Original article here.
Too bad this won't be available until April 2016.
Imagine the screams of terror, as depicted, when your lucky first-grader opens this under the Xmas tree.