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
As reported by numerous 19th century sources (such as here
), a tombstone bearing the following epitaph supposedly once stood in a "quiet Maine graveyard":
"sacred to the memory of James H. Random, who died Aug. the 6th, 1800. His widow, who mourns as one who can be comforted, aged only 24, and possessing every qualification of a good wife, lives in this village."
Some versions of the epitaph claim that a specific street address was included. But I suspect this all may be a 19th-century urban legend, because I can't find any source that specifies exactly which town, or which cemetery, this tombstone is to be found in.
Were children more prone to catch fire for no reason in the past during innocent recreational activities than they are today?
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What are the actual odds that Billy would be deader'n a doornail as a result of his impetuous behavior?
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