Why Baby Boomers are looking for burial alternatives

Here’s a grim statistic: The estimated funeral costs for the baby boomer generation will be half a trillion dollars…

Why Baby Boomers are looking for burial alternatives

Here’s a grim statistic: The estimated funeral costs for the baby boomer generation will be half a trillion dollars…


How do we know when we’re really dead

“Imagine you wake up, locked inside a box,” says Adrian Owen. “It’s only just big enough to hold your body but sufficiently small that you can’t move.

How do we know when we’re really dead

“Imagine you wake up, locked inside a box,” says Adrian Owen. “It’s only just big enough to hold your body but sufficiently small that you can’t move.


Here’s how dead people keep their eyes closed

An eye cap is a simple ten-cent piece of plastic. It is slightly larger than a contact lens, less flexible, and considerably less comfortable.

Here’s how dead people keep their eyes closed

An eye cap is a simple ten-cent piece of plastic. It is slightly larger than a contact lens, less flexible, and considerably less comfortable.


Here’s an empire of death awaiting tourists

As Paris grew into its a role as a major European hub, it eventually ran into a major problem: by the 17th century, enough people had lived and died in Paris that its cemeteries were overflowing, overstuffed with graves to the point when corpses, at times became uncovered.

Here’s an empire of death awaiting tourists

As Paris grew into its a role as a major European hub, it eventually ran into a major problem: by the 17th century, enough people had lived and died in Paris that its cemeteries were overflowing, overstuffed with graves to the point when corpses, at times became uncovered.


Man resuscitated after suicide bid, then hanged

Man resuscitated after suicide bid, then hanged

aaA man was hanged who had cut his throat, but who had been brought back to life. They hanged him for suicide. The doctor had warned them that it was impossible to hang him as the throat would burst open and he would breathe through the aperture. They did not listen to his advice and hanged their man.

http://www.futilitycloset.com/2014/04/10/second-chances/

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How a woman lay dead for five years

Sometime in early 2009, Pia Farrenkopf died in the back seat of her Jeep, which was parked in the garage of her home.

How a woman lay dead for five years

Sometime in early 2009, Pia Farrenkopf died in the back seat of her Jeep, which was parked in the garage of her home.


What you hear when you’re supposed to be dead

What you hear when you’re supposed to be dead

aaSam Parnia practices resuscitation medicine. In other words, he helps bring people back from the dead — and some return with stories. Their tales could help save lives, and even challenge traditional scientific ideas about the nature of consciousness.

http://www.wired.com/2013/04/consciousness-after-death/all/

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What’s it like to discover an ancient Egyptian tomb?

What’s it like to discover an ancient Egyptian tomb?

aaIf the breathless records from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are to be believed, it was an experience almost too marvelous to be grasped. Having cleared a portal back through the centuries, the dirt-caked explorer stepped through it, and there, amid the coded relics, found himself face-to-face with an eerily recognizable predecessor from distant antiquity—a mute figure,…

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Giving a name to those who perished in the desert

Giving a name to those who perished in the desert

aaThere are many ways to enter the US. The way that’s taken by the very poorest is to come through the Sonoran Desert on foot.

It’s a very forbidding place – the temperatures in the summertime are regularly in the triple digits Fahrenheit and there’s no water.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21029783?src=longreads

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