Research Fodder January 22, 2015

  • Urban Death Project
    “The Urban Death Project (UDP) utilizes the process of composting to safely and gently turn our deceased into soil-building material, creating a meaningful, equitable, and ecological urban alternative to existing options for the disposal of the dead. The project is a solution to the overcrowding of city cemeteries, a sustainable method of disposing of our dead, and a new ritual for laying our loved ones to rest.”
  • CONFESSIONS OF A FUNERAL DIRECTOR » Ten Things About Human Decomposition
    “Exploding Caskets It’s rare. But it happens. The idea is pretty simple: a body is placed in a sealed casket, the gases from the decomposing corpse become trapped. The pressure rises and before you know it the casket is like an overblown balloon. It doesn’t necessarily explode like balloon, but it will spill out all the nasty fluids and gasses trapped inside. “
  • Meet the Women Who Guard China’s Millionaires | VICE | United States
    From Opop: “When I’m with my client at home, I can dress a little more casual,” she remarked of her cyberpunk get-up, her hair pulled into a high ponytail. “Out at galas or other functions, I dress more feminine. I present myself as a secretary so no one realizes I’m a bodyguard.”

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