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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 (11)
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. []
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jul 20, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Death


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. []

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

Epitaph as personal ad

As reported by numerous 19th century sources (such as here and 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.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jul 05, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Death


Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 05, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Body Modifications, Death, Destruction, Dreams and Nightmares, Surrealism

Flameproof Playsuits


Were children more prone to catch fire for no reason in the past during innocent recreational activities than they are today?

Original ad here. (Page 23.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jun 27, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Death, Destruction, Disasters, Fashion, Comics, Children, 1940's

Jeez!  The Kid’s Got a Real Gun!


What are the actual odds that Billy would be deader'n a doornail as a result of his impetuous behavior?

Original ad here. (On page 35.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 24, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Crime, Stupid Criminals, Death, Toys, Comics, 1940's
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