Being buried in the ground takes up a lot of room. Even if you’re cremated, you might have a headstone and that’s just more room and who wants to waste all that good land for dead people? The state of Virginia is thinking more about boosting traffic for its Mid-Atlantic Spaceport, but in any case, they’re considering offering tax incentives for those who want their remains blasted off into space.
Day of the Skulls in an ancient tradition in Bolivia, based on the idea that people have seven spirits and one remains in the bones after the person dies. So after the dead is buried, they give it some time for the six other souls to leave and then dig up the body, keeping the skull and some other bones at home to care for.
Halloween is a celebration of the harvest and of the death part of the cycle of life, yesterday was the Mexican Day of the Dead… this time of year it’s all about death death death. It’s a shitty part of life, but it’s a part of being here on this planet in these watery flesh bags with an expiration date. So when you go, if you could choose any possible burial or disposal method, what would it be?
Haters gonna hate.
Death is one of the few certainties in life, and death and the length of the life of an organism seems to be set by one’s genes. If you watched this past season of Torchwood, you’ve heard most of the arguments against immortality— overpopulation, resources running dry, a weakening of the gene pool. From an evolutionary perspective, it’s in life’s interest that things reproduce while they’re young and healthy and then die.
Burial and cremation are so yesterday. So third world, so 1st century. In the future, all the cool people will have their remains liquified when they die. Personally, I’m partial to a Tibetan sky burial, but there are no really tall mountains around here, so I’d be fine with doing it on the roof of a KFC/Taco Bell. I’d disappear eventually.
When you die, there’s lots of options as to what to do with your remains. The two most common would be to have your family spend tens of thousands of dollars on an airtight copper-lined coffin to keep your body beautiful for eternity, or you can burn your corpse into ash… and then what? Put it in an urn? How about using it to pack shotgun shells?