This holiday season there have already been at least two cases in the news of people “living with corpses”. And over the past few years there has been many more. Here Digital Dying takes a look at the phenomenon, which may or may not have to do with misplaced holiday spirit.
For Dr. Mark Kruse, a Duke University physicist specializing in high-energy particle physics, mortality is often on the mind. Not just mortality of the individual, but mortality of particles and even the mortality of the entire universe, which Kruse says in 100 trillion years or so will possibly go dark.
On 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Funeral, the President’s Personal Archbishop, the Man Who Walked the Riderless Horse and Others Reminisce
Fifty years ago today a million people lined the streets of Washington D.C. to watch a funeral procession like none the nation had ever seen carry the coffin of President John F. Kennedy from the Capitol building to the White House.
One of the scariest costumes of all time seems to be staging a comeback: the plague doctor. Plague doctors tended to victims of the Bubonic Plague, the abominable disease spread by fleas on rodents that killed roughly half of Europe during the 14th century and erupted again across parts of Europe during the 17th century.
One episode features a handcuffed man in khaki pants and an orange vest, flanked by two guards. The prisoner is condemned to die for murdering his ex-wife; he stabbed her then lit the house on fire. Seated in front of the prisoner is a well-dressed TV news reporter.
There is no Halloween in China, complained one recent traveler. But there is the Hungry Ghost Festival! Celebrated on the 15th night of the seventh month in the lunar calendar and sometimes referred to as the Chinese Halloween, this is the time of year when ghosts leave heaven and hell to visit the living.
The mask, a stylized white face with a gigantic smile, rosy red cheeks and a mischievous mustache, has been worn by protestors in Thailand, Egypt, the United States and Great Britain. The mask is so controversial that it is illegal in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The mask is presently the fifth best-selling mask on Amazon.
If you react to bee stings or seafood then you ought to know a bit about Charles Robert Richet. In 1913 he won the Nobel Prize for his work on the occasionally lethal set of allergic reactions known as anaphylaxis. But Richet, a French physiologist, had a number of other scientific interests, namely ghosts.