In the email announcing the Bacon Coffin, Justin and Dave added, “Don’t you judge us, after baconlube [bacon flavored personal lubricant], we all knew it was just going to keep getting weirder. And yeah, your [sic] right we’re probably going to hell for this one.”
Zombie gran: 95-year-old Chinese woman terrifies neighbours by climbing out of her coffin six days after she 'died'

I feel completely trashy posting something from The Mirror, but what the hey.

A doctor at the hospital was quoted as saying: “Thanks to the local tradition of parking the coffin in the house for several days, she could be saved.

But, despite ‘cheating’ death, the same local tradition has left Mrs Xiufeng with nothing as, according to tradition, after a person dies, all their belongings must be burnt.

Man lies dead for three years before discovery

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.

(via The Order of the Good Death on Facebook)

Books of Human Flesh: The History behind Anthropodermic Bibliopegy

From The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice:

The process of binding books using human flesh is known as ‘anthropodermic bibliopegy’. One of the earlier examples dates from the 17th century and currently resides in Langdell Law Library at Harvard University. It is a Spanish law book published in 1605. The colour of the binding is a ‘subdued yellow, with sporadic brown and black splotches like an old banana’. [1] On the last page, there is an inscription which reads:

"The bynding of this booke is all that remains of my dear friende Jonas Wright, who was flayed alive by the Wavuma [possibly an African tribe from modern-day Zimbabwe, see below illustration] on the Fourth Day of August, 1632. King Mbesa did give me the book, it being one of poore Jonas chiefe possessions, together with ample of his skin to bynd it. Requiescat in pace.”

Read it!

(Found via io9.)

CNN Video: Dead man riding motorcycle at his funeral

From 2010: CNN’s Jeanne Moos reports.

Sort-of related: When I lived in New York, I worked a block away from Time Warner Center (the building she’s standing outside of). I used to go over there to grab lunch at Whole Foods and I’d often see her standing outside interviewing people. She never stopped me, though. Sigh.

(Image via Oddity Central.)

One of the twelve martyred saints on display in Waldsassen, Bavaria, near the Czech border. They’re known as the Holy Bodies.
The skeletons were exhumed from the Roman catacombs sometime between 1688 and 1765. Then they got all spiffy.
Gucci says, “Burr.”
Image source: Luxe et Vanités.

One of the twelve martyred saints on display in Waldsassen, Bavaria, near the Czech border. They’re known as the Holy Bodies.

The skeletons were exhumed from the Roman catacombs sometime between 1688 and 1765. Then they got all spiffy.

Gucci says, “Burr.”

Image source: Luxe et Vanités.

Russian Man Stole 26 Corpses And Dressed Them Up As Dolls

Uh. You’re gonna wanna check out these two pictures and also read the article Buzzfeed links to.

New Scientist: Get your body liquefied when you die
Riverview Cemetery accident by The Library of Virginia on Flickr.

Creator: Adolph B. Rice Studio Date: 1961 July 27

Riverview Cemetery accident by The Library of Virginia on Flickr.

Creator: Adolph B. Rice Studio

Date: 1961 July 27

This is the crypt of Center Church on New Haven Green in Connecticut, my home state.
It kind of looks like a graveyard, but with bricks instead of grass and four walls and a ceiling instead of fresh air. That’s because it used to be a graveyard, or a small portion of one. When they built the Center Church in the early 19th century, they built the church on top of an existing burial ground, creating a crypt beneath the church where part of the old cemetery could be preserved.
Here lie 137 identified New Havenites under headstones dating from 1687 to 1812, (including some notables, like Benedict Arnold’s first wife), and what are believed to be the remains of about 1,000 unidentified others.
The brick floor is a nice touch.
You can read more about the crypt and the history of New Haven Green here and here. If you’re in the area, you can even visit!
Image Source: Wikipedia.

This is the crypt of Center Church on New Haven Green in Connecticut, my home state.

It kind of looks like a graveyard, but with bricks instead of grass and four walls and a ceiling instead of fresh air. That’s because it used to be a graveyard, or a small portion of one. When they built the Center Church in the early 19th century, they built the church on top of an existing burial ground, creating a crypt beneath the church where part of the old cemetery could be preserved.

Here lie 137 identified New Havenites under headstones dating from 1687 to 1812, (including some notables, like Benedict Arnold’s first wife), and what are believed to be the remains of about 1,000 unidentified others.

The brick floor is a nice touch.

You can read more about the crypt and the history of New Haven Green here and here. If you’re in the area, you can even visit!

Image Source: Wikipedia.

War Victims Skeletons by San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives on Flickr.
The "Third Eye" camera, made from the 150-year-old skull of a 13-year-old girl. 

The "Third Eye" camera, made from the 150-year-old skull of a 13-year-old girl. 

Another view of the Sedlec Ossuary outside Prague. More to come. (Source: SoulStealer.co.uk’s Flickr.)

Another view of the Sedlec Ossuary outside Prague. More to come. (Source: SoulStealer.co.uk’s Flickr.)

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