Did you know.....
In California it is a misdemeanor to curse in front of a dead body (Family Plots)
In Morroco jumping over a corpse three times is a birth control method. (Discovery Channel)
In the West Indies, widows wear red underwear to repel their dead husbands ghosts. (Time Life)
In New Guinea, widowERs (yes the MEN) carry axes to discourage their dead wives return. (Time Life)
In Kwearriburra, Australia those they fear will return have their heads cut off, roasted on a fire on the grave and then ground into pieces in hope the dead will be too obsessed with finding their head to seek out the living. (Time Life)
Eskimos take their dead through windows or holes in the house when removing a body, to hide the entrance against their return. (Time Life)
In Vienna in 1874, a temporary morgue was built to prevent being buried alive. Corpses were posed on couches surrounded by motion detector plates. Motion detector plates were not used in the case of a suicide, apparently because “those people want to be dead”. (Time Life)
At one point in time the fear was so great of being buried alive, a line of coffins with a bell & pulley system was designed and sold. (Time Life)
President Abraham Lincoln’s body was moved 10 times (within 36 years, all in the same cemetery) mostly to prevent graverobbing.
Cultural Superstitions (from Christina Hole's Encyclopedia of Superstitions)
Do not allow a kinsmen to be the first buried in a new burial ground. Either his soul will be seized by the Devil or he will become the Churchyard Watcher, a graveyard guard not allowed peace until the next burial. (Scotland)
Ironically, it is also bad luck to be the last person buried in a burial ground, as there will be no one to relieve you as the Churchyard Watcher, ever. (Scotland)
To break up a cemetery and use it for other things is ill-omened. You may attract misfortune, or lose your eldest son. (Cornish)
Losing a limb and not having it when buried was considered bad luck. It meant you would be forever in the afterlife maimed. Even teeth were saved for years. (Judeo Christian)
A ray of sunshine on your face at a funeral marks you as the next to die. (British)
Quotes from actual gravestones (from Readers Digest)
“She lived with her husband 50 years and died in confident hope of a better life” ??????? Hello??a little LATE isn’t it?????
“Here lies Jane Smith, with of Thomas Smith, marble cutter. This monument was erected by her husband as a tribute to her memory and as a specimen as his work. Monument of this size:$350”
????That’s just wrong on MANY levels!!
Spike Miller, humorist and friend of Peter Sellers has the following engraved on his stone “I Told You I Was Ill”
At Mt. Sinai in LA“A very special person whose greatest joy was giving of herself. She is findly remembered as a most gracious, devoted and special wife, grandmother, mother, friend and for correcting everyone’s grammar. Does she lay here or lie here?”
Quotes from wills ???Gee tell us how you REALLY feel!! ???
“Before anything else is done fifty cents be paid to my son-in-law to enable him to buy for himself a good stout rope with which to hang himself” Garvey B White, 1908
“To the worst of women, Claudia Charlotte de Grammont, unfortunately my wife, I leave five-and-forty brass halfpence, which will buy pullet for her supper” Henry, the Earl of Stafford 1648-1719
In LeLavandou, France, on Septempber 19, 2000 the following was declared: “It is forbidden without a cemetery plot to die on the territory of the commune”. Their city cemetery was full to capacity, the court refused to let them open a new one where they wanted, so they MADE IT ILLEGAL TO DIE unless you already owned a plot. Cemetery Stories by Katherine Ramsland
Colma, California has 1500 live residents, and over 1 million dead residents. In 1902, San Francisco made it illegal to bury anyone else in the city, and several smaller cemeteries were required to dig up and move their residents. Colma has 17 human cemeteries, and one pet cemetery, holding over 13,000 remains (from goldfish to monkeys & cheetahs) Cemetery Stories by Katherine Ramsland
Pet cemeteries have been traced back to 6500 B.C.
The ghost of Rudolph Valentino’s Great Dane Kabar, died in 1929, is said to lick the hand of those who stop at his LA Pet Cemetery grave.
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John Pirog, a devoted necrophiliac has written such twisted tales as “A Guide to Tactful Funeral Home Visits” and “Necrophile Principles” (principles????)