Mortality, the Blog

12th March 2009

This is the skull of a suspected vampire.

“At the time the woman died, many people believed that the plague was spread by ‘vampires’ which, rather than drinking people’s blood, spread disease by chewing on their shrouds after dying. Grave-diggers put bricks in the mouths of suspected vampires to stop them from doing this.”

Huh. I found her on Legacy Matters, a fascinating blog that’s mostly about death.

The link above is to the site’s “No Way to Go” section, which is worth a look, my friends. Here’s a Roald Dahlian photo of a priest who floated away with a bunch of helium balloons and was never found.

Given some of the more choice examples in the “No Way to Go” section, this one is looking like an unequivocally excellent way to go.

I prefer to think he just floated right on up, no waiting.

20 thoughts on “Mortality, the Blog

  1. Liz

    I heard a story about the priest’s demise on All Things Considered. I swear to God they ended the piece by playing “99 Luftballons.”

  2. Somer

    It’s like an obituary blog. I couldn’t read most of that without getting upset (especially about the children getting blown into the sea in their stroller). I think I’m too immature to handle the matter properly….

  3. Monkey

    Wow…that link gave me BOATLOADS of all kinds of new irrational fears, such as drinking too much water. Or walking too close to a wave. Eeks!

  4. Casper McFadden

    The first story broke my heart…the fact that few aided this woman is…beyond words. Sigh. Other stories have left a lasting imprint…for “this is now way to”.

  5. Meg

    So depressed now. Maggie, how did you FIND this? This is definitely a site to stay away from if you are having one of those days (usually during the PMS phase of your cycle) when reading about global warming issues makes you fear for your six year old’s adulthood. Shudder.

  6. Megan

    I’ve recently had to start wearing a night guard, as I’ve nearly ground my teeth away to teeny stubs in my sleep –

    The brick in the mouth hits a little too close to home. Am I a reincarnated vampire?


  7. Maureen

    Gosh,I find this site so interesting! I need to browse thru it when I’m not at work, though. I could spend lots of time here. Thanks, Maggie!

  8. Sarah @

    So, I just read the comments above me, and now I’m a little afraid to check out the blog! Priests flying away? Drinking too much water?

    This is like going to the Grand Canyon and reading about the man who takes a step back for a picture and falls in. It’s depressing!

    But of course, I just can’t resist, so now I’m going to head over there and check it out.

  9. Kristina

    Well, the vampire died of the plague, and then the brick was put in her [dead] mouth later on, so she wouldn’t chew on her shroud, like the apparently do. So you know – plague’s a crap way to go, but at least she was already dead when the brick went in there.
    I mean, it’s not like getting pressed to death a la Salem witch trials.

  10. Stephanie

    There’s a picture of me as a kid holding a clown’s hand while he held a FOREST of balloons. That’s definitely NOT the way to go.

  11. darcy

    I’m freaked out. I would probably die of fright if I ever held the hand of a clown, that is the stuff pure nightmares are made of…I’m home alone and I wish I never read this I’m going to sleep with the dog tonight.

  12. Sarah

    I like to think he floated right on up to heaven… Great site for those who have a morbid curiosity about such things!

  13. Sean Scott

    The priest with balloons makes me think of the Six Feet Under episode where a bunch of helium-filled blowup dolls get loose from a truck and an old lady thinks it’s the rapture.

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