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Grave Curiosities

ROA GRAVE CURIOSITIES Taberger's Safety Coffin, ALIVE Humans aren't the only ones who bury their dead. Both Prior to the twentieth century, some European families would hire professional mourners developed in 1829, allowed the elephants and chimpanzees "deceased" to ring a bell and alert the grave- yard workers in to either look sad or wail, adding the right tone to a funeral.2 have been known to throw leaves and case of being branches over buried alive. deceased members of their "families." In 1992 Playboy founder Hugh Hefner purchased the crypt beside Marilyn Monroe at Westwood Village cemetery for the price of $75,.000. He said, "Spending eternity next to Marilyn is too sweet to pass up."4 MARILYN CHIMP Tibetan sky burial is the ritual practice of $2,000 cutting a body into pieces and offering it to the vul- tures. These "sky dancers" Price of the average casket in the U.S. Costs can go up to $10,000 or more. transport the soul to the heavens to await reincarnation. Llano, about Texas is home A small 3 billion people (More than half the world's population) viewed on TV or gathered in London for Princess Diana's 1997 public funeral. to the unfortu- nately named Baby Head Cemetery. cemetery in Hattiesburg. Mississippi is located in the middle of an apartment parking lot. Each year, the United States buries enough caskets to equal • 30 million feet of hardwood • 90.272 tons of steel, and • 2,700 tons of copper and bronze.10 The tradition of playing loud, raucous music at an Irish wake origi- Offerings of flowers nated with the belief Michael Jackson's placed at the grave were originally brought to promote good will with the spirit of the deceased." that it would ward off evil spirits; the wake also presented an opportunity to watch over the "deceased" to see if they would "awaken",2 memorial service was organized by Jackson's concert promoter, AEG Live. In just 24 hours of an online ticket lottery, 1.2 million LL fans applied for one of the 17,500 free tickets, 13 Burials at sea are still performed in this day and age. There are strict regulations, with most states requiring that the body be dropped Measured by area, the largest tomb in the world belongs to 16th century Japanese Emperor Nintoku. Measured by at least 3 nautical miles from land in water at volume, the honors go to Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu.15 least 600 feet deep.4 67% Growing trends in body disposal include turning cremated remains into a wearable diamond or of flowers purchased in the U.S. - including those used for funerals - are imported from other countries. shooting a small amount of the cremains up into space Sprechen Sie Deutsch Bien sart Sources 1.2.3, 8, 9. 10, 13, 14, 15, 17 Wikipedia 4 The Seattle Times 5 TravelChinaGuide 6 US Funerals Online 7 Wikimapia 1, 12 wyoming Funeral Directors Association 1 USDA ................ ............. i Mortuary Graphic by 5W Infographics

Grave Curiosities

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Death and burials are often sad but there are a lot of interesting facts about burying the dead. This infographic provides information about burial ceremonies, burying the dead, and different kinds of...




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