The hereafter may still be part of the great unknown, but with Funerals to Die For you can unearth the rich--and often, dark--history of funeral rites. From getting a portrait painted with a loved one's ashes to purchasing a safety coffin complete with bells and breathing tubes, this book takes you on a whirlwind tour of funeral customs and trivia from all over the globe. Inside, you'll find more than 100 unbelievable traditions, practices, and facts, such as:
- The remains of a loved one can be launched into deep space for only $1,000.
- In Taiwan, strippers are hired to entertain funeral guests throughout the ceremony.
- Undertakers for the Tongan royal family weren't allowed to use their hands for 100 days after preparing a king's body.
- In the late 1800s, New Englanders would gulp down a cocktail of water and their family member's ashes in order to keep them from returning as vampires.
Whether you fear being buried alive or just have a morbid curiosity of the other side, Funerals to Die For examines what may happen when another person dies.
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About the Author
Kathy Benjamin's writing has received more than 100 million hits across some of the most popular humor and trivia websites in the world. Her work has been featured on sites like Cracked, Mental Floss, Pajiba, Uproxx, Playboy's The Smoking Jacket, and in Reader's Digest and Mental Floss Magazine. You can find her debut science fiction novel, Level 15, at Jukepop Serials. She lives in Texas with her husband and evil bunny rabbit.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I don't read non-fiction. It's not another world I can escape to (which is why I love to read), and it usually feels like I'm reading a textbook in the end. So when I picked up Funerals to Die For, I expected to learn a lot of interesting details, sure, but I also thought I would have to commit to finishing it, and make an effort to accomplish my goal. BOY WAS I WRONG! Just try and put this book down after you start it! It's humorous, and SO disturbingly interesting that if you are at all like me, you will find yourself saying, "Ewwww! Really?! NO!" and then you'll run to your computer, with your book still in hand, so that you can google Dargavs, Russia (the city of the dead) just to see what this unbelievably creepy town looks like, or what a bone chandelier in a small (creepy ass) church in Central Europe looks like. I pretty much read this book while either using my phone or my computer to simultaneously look up images of all these bizarre happenings! This book was very easy to read because I was so engrossed that I would fly through chapters in the blink of an eye. I didn't feel like I was being "taught" (or that it was fact spewing), it was average-reader friendly, and funny as hell!!! So if you would like to read about the vampiric pest problem in Europe in the Middle Ages, or about a man who was into marrying a really hairy woman, and then kept her on display after she died.....to then find ANOTHER really hairy woman to replace the dead wife with (I'm serious. this happened), or if you'd just like to know how to become a diamond after you die -- I've found the book for you!