The Coffin of Pero Bannister

I find this anecdote in two sources. True, or apocryphal? You be the judge!


1880 text.


1937 text.
     Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 29, 2016
     Category: Death | Eighteenth Century | Nineteenth Century | Twentieth Century | Face and Facial Expressions | Head

Measure twice cut once. Missed it by that
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/29/16 at 08:32 AM
Alright, top this...

A widow made arrangements to have her husband buried and specified that she had a brown suit that she wanted him dressed in.

When she returned for the viewing just before the funeral she was flummoxed that the undertaker had made a mistake and dressed the deceased in a blue suit and used the brown suit on another customer visible in a nearby coffin. The widow angrily demanded that the mistake be rectified and left in a huff, saying she would return in an hour.

When she returned, her husband was now dressed in the brown suit and the funeral proceeded.

After the oarty had left for the cemetery, the undertakers assistant aked how the undertaker had managed to switch the clothing so quickly.

"I didn't," replied the undertaker. "I just switched heads."
Posted by KDP on 03/29/16 at 10:17 AM
Ya had me at "fishermen" 'cause we know they never exaggerate the size of anything.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 03/29/16 at 12:01 PM
Was Pero related to Pinocchio?
Posted by ges on 03/30/16 at 02:28 AM
It seems that everyone who is to be buried in a coffin must lie on their back. As a lifelong side sleeper, I think I would prefer to spend eternity on my side, preferably my left side, and with my hip and knee joints bent at 90°. I'd also want a pillow with good neck support, lol. Actually, I have made arrangements to be cremated and already own a crypt to hold what is left of me.
Posted by Fritz G on 03/30/16 at 09:02 AM
I am a side sleeper too, Fritz. You know people have different ideas about comfort for the deceased. Left to me, mom would have been buried in her stocking feet with her diabetic shoes set beside her legs under the blanket. She was laying down so shoes off. My sister, the youngest, put mom's shoes on mom's feet because she thought mom needed them on. I let her do whatever she needed to do. I am sure mom is comfortable wherever she is at.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/30/16 at 10:29 AM
We threw Pop into the Mississippi that he loved boating on for about 50 years.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 03/30/16 at 10:40 AM
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