ITALY: HUNDREDS DEAD IN LANDSLIDE

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  1. 14thDoctor

    14thDoctor Listen here, Jack

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    They were already dead, but that's not the point. :async:

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    https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/23/world/coffins-fall-into-sea-italy-trnd/index.html

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  2. oldfella1962

    oldfella1962 high speed, low drag

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    I HATE when that happens! :shakefist: That said I've been to Genova so I'm not surprised - a lot of the place is jammed up between the steep hills and the coast.
  3. Useful Idiot

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    I've never seen the point of burial. Even if you were to be entombed in a coffin of steel, geological processes and/or weathering would eventually grind your resting place into dust ( or you'll end up underwater anyway). And even if your coffin lasts billions of years, you'll eventually be cremated by the expanding Sun.
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  4. NAHTMMM

    NAHTMMM Conversant in dark parables

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    Water-type zombies?
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  5. oldfella1962

    oldfella1962 high speed, low drag

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    way, way back in the day there was a practical reason for burial but in the modern era it's just a big moneymaking racket. I like they way they treat death in some high elevation culture (Tibet or Nepal maybe?) where the ground is rocky & frozen and there's not much wood for coffins anyway. They have a holy man who takes bodies way high up away from town and puts them out where the birds can devour the body.
  6. Demiurge

    Demiurge Goodbye and Hello, as always.

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    In the west it's a throw back to Jewish funerary practices, as taken up by the Christians.

    The original interpretation of the bible meant people were resurrected in the flesh, so they needed their bodies.

    It's a silly remnant.
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  7. oldfella1962

    oldfella1962 high speed, low drag

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    The whole concept of "needing your body" doesn't make sense. Eventually whether through a flood, a landslide, plowing the ground to expand a farm, etc. a grave will be uncovered and when the body is nothing but bones the whole idea would be shown to be ridiculous.
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    It's a concept found in a number of cultures in that region. What made being crucified by the Romans so horrible wasn't that you got nailed to a tree but that they left your body there until it rotted and fell off. Meaning that you couldn't have a decent burial and thus would be doomed to walk the Earth rather than simply fading out of existence as many beliefs thought or being able to enjoy a decent afterlife if your group believed in such things.
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    My dad was a Seventh Day Adventist near the end of his life. He told me he needed to be buried (as opposed to cremated), because death was just a long sleep until the Lord returned to 'awaken' the dead in Christ. Friggin' Millerites. Anyway, he died suddenly with absolutely no assets or life insurance, and I was poor as hell. So Dad unfortunately got the flames. I did bury the urn, so I'm hoping Jesus can figure out what the deal is there. Shouldn't be too hard for a guy who can turn water into wine...and rise from the dead.

    As Jim Morrison once said, people are strange.
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  10. Shirogayne

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    I hate the entire burial industry. $3k+ or more for something you use once. No ma'am, cremate me or donate my body to science or literally put me into the ground to be mulch for some plants and worms, but no pine box for me. :brood:
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  11. Useful Idiot

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    Well that's the thing. It IS an industry, and it's crazy. Extorting people for money when they're at their most vulnerable is awful. Does anyone actually need a $7000 casket? Of course not.
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    But it's to respect the departed!
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    Burial honestly sounds depressing to me. Imagining a loved one just rotting away in a box underground is not pleasant. But humans gonna human.
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    Elwood I know what I'm about, son.

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    Funeral rites intrigue me for some reason. Perhaps because I’ve officiated at so many. But, there are great variations even in Christendom. I’ve ticked off many of the cultural boxes, but I doubt I’ll be getting any Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox invitations any time soon.
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    They can go for much more than that. 10 years ago a friend of mine had to help with his grandmother’s funeral arrangements and was telling me excitedly about how he discovered that the funeral home had coffins with the logo of his favorite football team on them and he was going to get buried in one, even if the coffin was $22K.
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    Maybe you'd get more invitations if you weren't so good at ticking off other cultures' boxes.
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  18. spot261

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    Is that not the point?

    A dignified way to return the biological remains into the ecosystem and provide relatives with closure?
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  20. oldfella1962

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    I think a steel coffin might delay that "return the biological remains into the ecosystem" by a few decades though - just sayin. I want to be worm food on day #1 myself.
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    garamet "The whole world is watching."

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    I always thought it'd be neat (assuming I couldn't be buried on the Moon or Mars) to have my body fired from a trebuchet, located on a high mountain, into a forest. Ideally, someone would be walking in that forest and discover my body impaled on the top of a tree and just freak the fuck out.
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