I see a similarity in the way people approach art and death: they know each exists but may feel intimidated to try and understand them. It does not have to be this way.
‘I’m not sure MRI can prove that someone who is dead (or a mummy) won’t come back to life. As a scientist, you simply have to say such events are extraordinarily rare. As a believer, you can say whatever you’d like; I’m a believer, so I do believe that people will live again … but I won’t try to use MRI to convince you of that position.’ Sorenson is a nice, friendly guy, and I hope for his sake that God is not a cat lover.
I’m asked quite often whether or not dead bodies are “scary” or if I worry about ghosts and spirits at work. The answer, frankly, is no.
Yet another story of a long-undiscovered dead person. Sad.
Less sad: Pigeons broke in and turned on his radio, which alerted neighbors (and the police).
I like pigeons.
From The Guardian:
On 25 January 2006, officials from a north London housing association repossessing a bedsit in Wood Green owing to rent arrears made a grim discovery. Lying on the sofa was the skeleton of a 38-year-old woman who had been dead for almost three years. In a corner of the room the television set was still on, tuned to BBC1, and a small pile of unopened Christmas presents lay on the floor. Washing up was heaped in the kitchen sink and a mountain of post lay behind the front door. Food in the refrigerator was marked with 2003 expiry dates.
So here’s something that’s bothered me since childhood. Why is Jacob Marley usually shown with cloth tied around his head (and under his jaw) in A Christmas Carol? I always figured it had to do with keeping the jaw closed, but still: Why and how, exactly?
Image: From Charles Dickens‘ A Christmas Carol, illustrated by John Leech, 1843. Via Wikipedia.
This blog belies my real relationship with its subject matter. Despite all you’ve seen here, I don’t like death.
It’s probably time for me come out about a few things:
Thanks for reading.
Skeletons, mummies, bog bodies, exhumations. The dead, and what happens to them.
Meet This Dead Person
Feats of Preservation
Skulls and Skeletons
Ossuaries and Bone Architecture
Incorruptibles and Saintly Relics
When Famous People Die
When Dead People Turn to Soap
Skeletons in Clothes
Dead People Sitting, Standing, or
Made to Look Alive
Death in Art
Accidents and Disasters
Morgues, Funeral Homes, and the
Business of Death
Mourning Customs and Imagery
Handling, Disposing of, and Storing
Posthumous Travels and
Cemeteries and Graveyard Scenes
Personal Details and Opinions
Just Plain Weird or Uncategorizable