Ashes to ashes to fireworks: going out with a bang (new patent)

“It is an object of the present invention to provide a practical and affordable device to disperse cremated remains in a special and honorary manner.” – explains inventor Wallace N. Brown, of Maricopa, AZ, USA, in a newly issued patent, entitled : Aerial disposal and dispersal of cremated remains going out with a bang. The […]

Skeletons Not For Halloween: Another Example

Our annual reminder that not all skeletons are suitable for use as Halloween costumes: “Penises as variable-volume hydrostatic skeletons,” Diane A. Kelly, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1101, 2007: 453-463. This year, a related reminder about joking on Halloween: “Joking in the face of death: A terror management approach to humor production,” Christopher R. […]

Personifications of Death and Death Anxiety Survey

A look back at yet another presumably surprising discovery: “Personifications of Death and Death Anxiety,” Richard Lonetto, Journal of Personality Assessment, vol. 46, no. 4, 1982. The author, at the University of Guelph, explains: “University students, graduate nursing students, and funeral service students completed Templer’s Death Anxiety Scale (DAS) and a Death Personification Exercise (DPE). […]

Mysterious nature of stiletto-heel-to-the-head assault reports

Early reports of a professor’s death via stiletto heel reek of mystery. This report by ABC News, from Houston, Texas, USA, on June 10, 2013, is typical: A Houston woman was charged with murder after she allegedly stabbed a University of Houston professor to death with a stiletto heel at a luxury high-rise condominium. Ana Trujillo, 44, was […]

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