Category:
Death

Mouth Gun



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 08, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Death, Chindogu, 1910s, Weapons

The Tractor Fender Will of Cecil George Harris

June 8, 1948: Cecil George Harris got pinned under his tractor. Fearing he wouldn't survive, he scratched the following message onto the fender of the tractor: "In case I die in this mess I leave all to the wife. Cecil Geo Harris."

He did end up dying, but his scratched message was accepted as a valid will by the courts, and has served as a precedent ever since for cases of holographic or handwritten wills. The fender is preserved to this day at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law.

More info: Global News



Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 03, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Death, Law

Motorized Skis



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 16, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Death, Chindogu, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #394



Sexy female pigs discuss sending one of their own kind to the slaughterhouse.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 11, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Death, Food, 1960s

The Mystery of Ambrose Small

Master Weirdist Charles Fort once made a jest involving two mysterious vanishings: "Was somebody collecting Ambroses?"

One of the Ambroses involved was the famous Ambrose Bierce.

The other was much less-known: Ambrose Small.

One would think that after so many years, all had been said about Small's disappearance. But I can't find any reference to this further extension of the case as seen below.






Original article here.

More on the Small case.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 22, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Crime, Cult Figures and Artifacts, Death, Twentieth Century

Paved Deer

I've heard of road-line painting crews not bothering to move roadkill out of the way. But I hadn't heard before of a paving crew simply paving over a dead animal instead of moving it.

For some pics of roadkill painted over see: improbable research

Allentown Morning Call - Aug 22, 1996



Allentown Morning Call - Sep 14, 1996

Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 21, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Death, Highways, Roads, Streets and Traffic

Girl Frozen Alive

A popular publicity stunt for selling cars during the 1960s.

Philadelphia Inquirer - July 10, 1968



Louisville Courier-Journal - Nov 12, 1965



Marion Star - June 17, 1965



Lebanon Daily News - Oct 7, 1968



Cincinnati Enquirer - May 7, 1969

Posted By: Alex - Wed Sep 19, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Death, Publicity Stunts, 1960s

Flying Funeral Directors

Founded in 1960, and apparently still going strong. Membership is limited to licensed funeral directors who are also pilots (licensed or student).

It was initially called the Flying Funeral Directors of America, but now they call it the Flying Funeral Directors Association. So they must have opened it up to international members.

Their website: flyingfuneraldirector.org

Coshocton Tribune - Oct 16, 1960



Cincinnati Enquirer - Nov 2, 1975



Posted By: Alex - Thu Sep 13, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Clubs, Fraternities and Other Self-selecting Organizations, Death, Air Travel and Airlines

Method of Preserving the Dead

Patented Dec 29, 1903 by Joseph Karwowski:

This invention relates to certain new and useful improvements in methods of preserving the dead; and it has for its object the provision of a means whereby a corpse may be hermetically incased within a block of transparent glass, whereby being effectually excluded from the air the corpse will be maintained for an indefinite period in a perfect and life-like condition, so that it will be prevented from decay and will at all times present a lifelike appearance...

In carrying out my process I first surround the corpse 1 with a thick layer 2 of sodium silicate or water-glass. After the corpse has been thus inclosed within the layer of waterglass it is allowed to remain for a short time within a compartment or chamber having a dry heated temperature, which will serve to evaporate the water from this incasing layer, after which molten glass is applied to the desired thickness. This outer lay of glass may be molded into a rectangular form 3, as shown in Fig. 2 of the drawings, or, if preferred, cylindrical or other forms may be substituted for the rectangular block which I have illustrated. In Fig. 3 I have shown the head only of the corpse as incased within the transparent block of glass, it being at once evident that the head alone may be preserved in this manner, if preferred.

It will be at once noted that a body preserved in this way may be kept indefinitely, as the body being hermetically inclosed within the outer glass covering it will be impossible for air to reach it, and hence it will be effectually preserved from decay. The glass surrounding the corpse being transparent, the body will be at all times visible.


Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 07, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Death, Inventions, 1900s

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