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CoronaCoin: A coronavirus speculative deathwatch cryptocurrency

“CoronaCoin” exists. Some cryptocurrency developers on 4Chan cooked up a digital coin that allows traders to bet on the global coronavirus outbreak, based on how many people become infected and/or die.

Here's the Reddit post that kicked it off.

"We developed the world's first blockchain that tracks the spread of the virus based on ...

Your “Morbid Minute;” more on dead babies wearing other babies’ skulls as hats

You may have seen the archeological news item late last year of a macabre funeral find in Ecuador. Some baby graves from around 100 B.C. were unearthed where the babies are apparently wearing the skulls of other babies and children as hats.

In this "Morbid Minute" installment of the ever-excellent Ask a Mortician, our ...

Love, loss, and Carrie Fisher’s lamp

I can only imagine what the hospice nurse must have been thinking.



It was an early October evening in 2017, and I was camped in the gigantic, overstuffed leather recliner that I had delivered the previous week.

One of the problems with buying furniture online is you don't truly get a sense of the dimensions in ...

Human composting is now legal in Washington, and offered by a Seattle business

A startup based in Seattle says they plan to offer an alternative to human burial and cremation in Washington state, now that it's finally legal. Yep, human composting.

Won't take it personally if you don't read the rest of this blog post.

Seriously.

The Seattle Times was among the first to report of the human composting service ...

“Forgotten” African-American cemetery discovered under Florida high school

At least 145 coffins have been discovered underneath King High School in Tampa, Florida. Apparently a citizen researching area cemeteries advised the school district that in the first half of the 20th century, there was an African-American graveyard on the site. So far, ground-penetrating radar revealed 145 coffins just a few feet below the surface. ...

Free deaths offered

A company in South Korea will give you a funeral for free, but you have to be alive while it happens.

Hyowon Healing Center opened in 2012 and promises visitors improved lives through simulated deaths.

Over 25,000 people have participated in mass “living funeral” services, the business claims.

From Reuters:

“Once you become conscious of death, and ...

What happens when climate change ravages graveyards?

I spend more time than I probably should wondering when the luxury condo trend will finally come for the dead. Real estate is expensive, and there's lots of valuable land in urban areas that could be used for yet-another fancy steel-and-glass skyscraper used to hide foreign money—if it wasn't for the cemeteries that currently take ...

Family at viewing for dead relative sees wrong person in the casket

A family visited the Bragg Funeral Home in Paterson, New Jersey for a private viewing of their deceased relative Doris Chapman. When they opened the casket though, it wasn't Champman inside but someone else wearing Chapman's clothing. And the funeral home employees didn't believe them. They plan to sue.

The family says that no matter ...