Monday, 3 August 2009

Buried Alive

Have you heard the story of the man who is interred, later wakes up and the coffin is found with scratch marks on the inside?

Have you ever believed the story?

Well, here's the inside scoop!

In this day and age, it's almost impossible for this to happen. And when I say almost, you can imagine that there have been cases of people being buried alive, waking up during their own autopsies, awakening in the morgue and so on. In fact, there have been several documented cases of this, the last a couple of weeks ago involving a German woman who woke up inside a body bag. The story the next day was probably the deaths of the attendants and several other people... or a zombie outbreak, we're not too sure.

Anyway, in this modern world, it's incredibly rare that someone would be buried alive. But in the 1800's this extraordinary feat happened a lot... so much in fact that the 'safety coffin' was created, usually with a bell above ground and a piece of string inside the coffin that, when pulled, rang the bell, and the closest person with a shovel would come running to dig them up.

If you are ever buried, make sure someone leaves you a chainsaw or buries you in a shallow enough grave so you can get a signal on your cell phone.

So take it from us...

This is an Urban Legend Revealed!


Anonymous said...

I've heard of this happening many, many years ago. I think it's probably one of the many reasons people are embalmed. There was a GREAT story by master Alfred Hitchcock on a woman who was buried alive. Great twist. Wish I could remember the name of the story.

There's also the whole 'vampire' theory. People believed that vampires returned to their caskets because of the occasional body that'd been dug up - their cheeks were flushed (folk lore believed it was because the corpse had fed). In reality, it was just decomposition and how bacteria starts in the thinnest parts of the flesh on the face - the cheeks.

Who knew corpses could be so interesting?

Jay said...

Haha! Yep, corpses are interesting. In some cases of 'vampires', the dead were dug up just so that a stake could be driven through their hearts before being buried again.

When I die, I want to be buried a week later, just in case... and even then, I want to be put in a tomb so I can scream if I do happen to be buried alive!


Falcata Times said...

Hey James,
Its where the expression "Dead Ringer" comes from. Its unlikely to happen these days, especially considering embalming etc.

Jay said...

It wouldn't really happen these days - although there are medical conditions which make people seem dead... no pulse, no breathing, but still alive and awake... that's why when I die I'm not being buried for a month and want an IV drip just incase I get the munchies!