Tuesday, December 04, 2007

He loved his wife too much to bury her...

Man who can't bear to have his wife buried underground keeps her in his house in an air-tight container that serves as a coffee table.


Although this looks real it's not true according to Snopes,the web site that debunks urban legends.

Read the whole story here.

This idea of encasing a dead body in an air-tight container has been around for a long time. See what follows regarding a very strange but very real patent:

Put Old Dad on the mantle...

Method of Preserving the Dead

Patent No. 748,284

Inventor: J. Karkowski, Herkimer, New York

Issued: December 29, 1903

The invention relates to certain new and useful improvements in methods of preserving the dead; and it has for its object the provision of a means whereby a corpse may be hermetically incased [sic] within a block of transparent glass, whereby being effectually excluded from the air the corpse will be maintained for an indefinite period in a perfect and lifelike condition, so that it will be prevented from decay and will at all times present a lifelike appearance...

In carrying out my process I first surround the corpse with a layer of sodium silicate or water-glass... after which molten glass is applied to the desired thickness...

I have shown the head only of the corpse as incased within the transparent block of glass, it being at once evident that the head alone may be preserved in this manner, if preferred...

theteach


5 comments:

Nancy Lindquist-Liedel said...

I know I should not laugh at this, but I think I want them to try with me. It would keep Gene on the straight and narrow. Snort.

the teach said...

Ha, Nancy! My husband would have a LOT of trouble with me lying there in the living room...

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Bwahahahahah, I'm glad he went all out on that outfit. Oh please. This is just wrong in so many ways. Bwahahahah. Okay teach, it's funny too. Have a great evening. :)

the teach said...

Yeah, Sandee, dressed her up real nice forever! Ha!

Sandy Carlson said...

This takes sentimental to a place I never want to go!