Friday, October 29, 2010

A Safety Net for Six Feet Under

Do you fear being buried alive? Back in the eighteenth century, people were very concerned over the idea of being buried alive in coffins when they weren't necessarily, officially, positively, DEAD. In fact, many people were buried alive after falling into comas as a result from cholera. It became such a concern that "Safety Coffins" were invented. This article from talks about the invention of safety coffins for those who feared waking up to find themselves Six Feet Under. Some went so far as to make sure that they were buried with food, "in case they needed a snack before breaking out."

Apparently, nowadays people are more concerned with being off the grid than starving to death if they're buried alive. Now you can buy a coffin-ready PC to make sure you can stay connected. The article has a photo of one installed in a coffin.

I'd certainly like to read the Facebook status written by that person when they wake up.

Thanks to Barry for the tip.

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Walker Martin said...

The TV show THRILLER, hosted by Boris Karloff, recently was released in a dvd box set. One episode deals with this subject, titled "The Premature Burial". A man is afraid of being buried while he is in a coma so he builds a coffin with a spring that he can operate to open the casket. In addition he leaves instructions that he is not to be buried but to be put in a mausoleum. He has bracelets that state that he is not to be buried, etc. He also has food put in the tomb and a bell to ring. Unfortunaely he also has a wife who hates him, so you can imagine the complications.

Pulp collectors would not want a pc in the coffin. How about a set of WEIRD TALES to keep you company?

David Cranmer said...

Fun links, Laurie.

Barry Traylor said...

The pulps would make good insulation for those cold cemetery nights also, Thanks for the suggestion Walker.
Didn't Roger Corman do Poe's "The Premature Burial" as a film?
I tried to rent a copy of "Comedy of Terrors" from Netflix with Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone and Boris Karloff but they did not have it. Kinda pricey to buy. What is my memories of it aren't so good.

Deka Black said...

Premature Burials are a fear of my chilhood, to tell the truth. And i don't know why!

Ron Scheer said...

I thought right away of the Dutch film THE VANISHING (1988), remade I believe in Hollywood in 1993 with Jeff Bridges and Kiefer Sutherland.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Nowadays, embalming pretty well erases any fear of being buried alive.