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Frozen Foods

Technically, their business did involve the handling and preparation of meat.

Pensacola News Journal - Nov 10, 1980



And it seems that the Elliot-Hamil Funeral Home is still around. Their website.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jul 28, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Death, Food, 1980s

Attack of the Killer Umbrellas

In Ocean City, Maryland a woman was recently impaled in the chest by a wind-blown beach umbrella [6abc.com]. She's alive, but I assume in serious condition.

And just a week before another wind-blown umbrella stabbed a woman in the leg at the Jersey Shore.

The umbrellas are active this summer.

We've reported a number of other attacks by wind-blown umbrellas here on WU. In 1979, Paulette Fabre was killed by one on the French Riviera. And in 2010 a woman at Ocean City (again!) had an umbrella go straight through her thigh.

Forget the sharks in the water. It's the wind-blown umbrellas people need to worry about.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 24, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Accidents, Death

Extreme Embalming: Video Gamer

The latest example of the recurring weird theme of "extreme embalming" is 18-year-old Renard Matthews, shot while walking his dog. At his funeral, his family had his body posed in his favorite activity while alive—playing a video game in his leather swivel chair, root beer and Doritos close at hand.
More info: independent.co.uk

Previous examples on WU of extreme embalming:
Poker face
Having a cigarette
Standing tall

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jul 14, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Death

Death by Snails

November 1979: World-champion snail eater Marc Quinquandon died soon after eating 72 snails in three minutes and four seconds.

More info: Death of a snails man (Washington Post - Nov 29, 1979)



San Bernardino County Sun - Nov 27, 1979

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 10, 2018 - Comments (11)
Category: Death, Food, World Records, 1970s

Dung Lung

Death by breathing in dung fumes. It doesn't sound like a pleasant way to go, though perhaps not the worst since apparently before it kills you it paralyzes your sense of smell. But it's definitely a weird way to die.

“Agricultural Disorders of the Lung,” RadioGraphics (1991); 11:625-634.



Mansfield News-Journal - Sep 24, 1982

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 09, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, Health, Excrement

Cremation by solar power

Patent #US4781174A:

Heat rays of the sun are concentrated and focussed by means of a reflective and/or lenticular device at a focal point for the purpose of the cremation of corpses, and their reduction to ashes thereby, either as a system per se or in combination with various ancillary buildings, equipment and facilities, more particularly an auditorium structure for conducting a funeral service or the like and from which a corpse may be transferred to the focal point of the concentrating device preferably by elevating the corpse through an opening in the ceiling and/or roof of the structure.

Seems like something a James Bond villain would create, if he were in the funeral business.



Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 02, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Death, Inventions, 1980s

Returned for insufficient payment

October 1992: Evans Mortuary played hardball. When a customer didn't make full payment, they simply returned the body, right to the customer's doorstep. More details here, including these lines:

"I called the police, and they said, `How do you know it's your father?' " said 37-year-old Larry Bojarski. "And I told them, `I see his face. I know what he looks like!' What am I supposed to do with the body? He's my father."

And from the mortician:

"Who says I dumped him there? I left him there," mortician Newell Evans said. When told other funeral homes considered it unethical, he replied, "They can run their establishments as they see fit, and I will run mine my way."

The mortician was charged with abuse of a corpse, but eventually acquitted.

Salem Statesman Journal - Oct 14, 1992

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 01, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, 1990s

S’mores Story


S'mores Story from Monster Truck Ninja on Vimeo.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jun 21, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Babies, Cannibalism, Death, Food

Resurrecting Peter Lorre

In 1964, police managed to thwart the dastardly scheme of the "Covenant of the 73rd Demon" (a group of teenage boys) to resurrect Peter Lorre. The actor had died on March 23, 1964, and the boys' plan was found out three months later.

Police Chief Sid Wilson said at least two of the cult members were "real serious" about witchcraft.
Wilson said an "order" signed by one of the boys and passed on to other cult members indicated the cult planned to exhume Lorre's body and restore life to it. Lorre was one of the cult's idols, the officer said.
The "order" did not explain how the boys planned to restore life, and the youths would not tell officers about it.



The Lawton Constitution - June 25, 1964

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 20, 2018 - Comments (12)
Category: Celebrities, Death, 1960s

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