Exploding Casket Syndrome

From Grave Matters by Mark Harris:

Various microbes are involved in the breakdown of the human body. In the airless environment of the sealer casket, it's the anaerobic bacteria that thrive. Unlike their oxygen-fueled aerobic counterparts, these agents attack the body's organic matter by putrefying it, turning soft body parts to mush and bloating the corpse with foul-smelling gas. In entombment in the aboveground mausoleum, the buildup of methane gas has been sufficient in some cases to blow the lid off caskets and marble door panels off crypts. To address what became known in the industry as the "exploding casket syndrome," manufacturers added "burpers" to their sealer caskets, gaskets that release — or "burp" out — accumulated gases.

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 21, 2009
     Category: Death

Could you imagine the smell when the "burper" went off? Get me somethin' to stop this coffin! What a grave design error.
Posted by Kenneth on 01/21/09 at 07:32 AM
Yea, we've known all about this since Ralff was a pup.

The bugs crawl in and the bugs crawl out
And bugs play pinochle on your snout.

Then, you turn a gassy green
And puss comes out like whipping cream

And you... without a spoon!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/21/09 at 09:52 AM
Of corpse we'd have to stoop to puns right way, wouldn't we?
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 01/21/09 at 12:57 PM
Anybody else see the NCIS episode that started this way?
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 01/21/09 at 01:03 PM
Couldn't they just use Tupperware?

Posted by Freddie Freelance on 01/21/09 at 01:36 PM
kingmonkey, there's no need to carrion that way.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/21/09 at 01:59 PM
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