A Repository for Remains of the Dead

I was entirely unaware of mostly all of this.  But it’s fascinating. From last week’s New York Times. For nearly a decade, a large white tent has stood on Manhattan’s East Side, out of urban context and hard against the sooty Frank... 

September 10, 2011 | Blog

State-by-state cremation rates in U.S.

Note that Mississippi is the only state in single digits (9.56%) and Nevada is our highest cremation rate in the US (68.41%). Of course, it’s pretty clear that we’re looking at west coast burn me, midwest & south bury me.  Cultural con... 

September 9, 2011 | Blog

Why Hello, Turritopsis nutricula

Turritopsis nutricula may be the world’s only “immortal” creature. Jellyfish usually die after propagating but Turritopsis reverts to a sexually immature stage after reaching adulthood and is capable of rejuvenating itself. The 4-5mm diameter... 

September 8, 2011 | Blog

From “Leningrad: The Epic Siege of World War II”, by Anna Reid

The point at which an entire family was doomed was when its last mobile member became too weak to queue for rations.  Heads of households — usually mothers — were thus faced with a heartbreaking dilemma: whether to eat more food themselves, so as to stay on their feet, or whether to give more to the family’s sickest member — usually a grandparent or child — and risk the lives of all.  For this reason… The Russian language makes the morally vital distinction between trupoyedstvo — ‘corpse-eating’ — and lyudoyedstvo — ‘person-eating’, or murder for cannibalism. 

September 6, 2011 | Blog

Gifs from Doctors

I received two animated .gifs in my email this week from two dear friends who happen to be doctors.  Is there a something to this?  Perhaps doctors, due to their extensive schooling, are at a higher level of internet technology.  Hence the .gifs, no... 

September 5, 2011 | Blog

There’s always stories about celebrity ash smoking or ash…

There’s always stories about celebrity ash smoking or ash snorting or ash eating.  It seems to go with the fame, somehow.  Usually I find it kind of crude, but I’m a big fan of this just released video about smoking postmortem Tupac. FYI, Pac loved “chicken and the BEACH.” "Yeah, it’s definitely true. I think it was the night of, we had a little memorial for him, with his mom, his family and s*it," Young Noble said. "And we hit the beach, do a lot of s*it he liked on the beach. Some weed, some chicken wings, he loved orange soda and all that kind of s*it. Pac loved that kind of s*it, so we were giving him our own farewell that night. That night, I forget which one of us came up with that s*it." "I came up with that s*it, if you listen to ‘Black Jesus’ he says last wishes, n*ggas smoke my ashes, so that was a request that he had. Now whether how serious he was about it, we took the s*it serious," E.D.I. added in. 

August 30, 2011 | Blog