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Woman Swallowed by Escalator

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Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 28, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Death, Technology, 1980's

Bite The Hand That Eats You

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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.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Aug 24, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Restaurants, Screwups, Goofs and Screw-ups

Death by Ejection Seat

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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.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 22, 2014 | Comments (13)
Category: Accidents, Death, Flight, 1980's

Funeral Potatoes


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.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Aug 11, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Death, Food

To Prevent Burial Alive


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.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Aug 10, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Death, 1900's

Urn for the Frugal


Archie McPhee via ohgizmo
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jul 23, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Death

This Land Is Mine

This Land Is Mine from Nina Paley on Vimeo.



So very very timely......
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 23, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Death, Destruction, Patriotism, Regionalism, Cartoons, Middle East

Not a mannequin

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]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jul 20, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Death

Arnold



IMDB entry. Full movie below.

One reviewer there says:

The whole thing takes on the air of a ninety minute game of "Clue" played in reverse, as greedy, grasping relatives and hangers-on are dispatched in the most gory and inventive ways possible for a dead guy to come up with. Amongst the suspects/victims are THE Elsa Lanchester, Roddy McDowall, Patric Knowles, Farley Granger, the witchy Ms. Wallis, who gets to sample some of the hottest "cold cream" on the market, Jamie Farr (yeah, Klinger from M*A*S*H himself,) and Victor Buono, in a hysterical cameo as the 'lucky' minister who gets to officiate at the nuptials.


Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 19, 2014 | Comments (1)
Category: Death, Horror, Humor, Movies, 1970's

Gurney on road

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]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jul 15, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Death, Travel
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