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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Someone Managed To Improve The Excellent The Wolverine Poster

The Wolverine struggled through some pretty bad posters before arriving back at the striking sumi-e inspired portraits of its characters. It seems that graffiti artist Poster Boy NYC believed that Logan could look even more intimidating in the poster, however, with the help of some strategic subway poster vandalism. (via Co.Create)

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And Now For Something Completely Different

Artist Trains Mushrooms to Someday Consume Her Body In Environmentally Safe Funeral

New life goal: be the sort of person who could plausibly have “death mushroom trainer” on my resume, and doesn’t live in the world of Pokémon. Forgive us for never bringing Jae Rhim Lee to your attention before. Her Infinity Mushroom project and its accompanying TED Talk have been around for a while, but this is the first we’ve seen them. Lee is pictured above, wearing her Mushroom Death Suit.

And now you have to read the rest of the aritcle, don’t you?

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Consider the Following

A Very Important Message to Morbid, Dark, or Otherwise Death-Interested Kids

If you grew up a geek, it’s likely you were familiar with at least one person, if not many, whose ideal family was less Leave it to Beaver and much more The Addams Family. Perhaps you were one of those kids yourself. Perhaps you never quite outgrew those tendencies (and why should you)? Kaitlin from Ask A Mortician has a very special message just for you, those kids, and all the aspiring forensic anthropologists, morgue doctors, and morticians out there.

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I Guess I Can't Argue With That

How Not to Act Out a Death Scene on Film

We’re putting this exquisitely composed, edited, acted, and staged death scene up here not only because it’s riotously funny, but because it’s from a film called Kareteci Kiz (that’s Turkish for ‘Karate Girl’) that follows the life of a woman (who presumably knows karate) who becomes a cop to seek revenge on the mobsters who killed her father and husband.

No, we don’t feel like it’s tangentially related to the purview of this site at all.

(via The FW.)

Imagine What You'll Know Tomorrow

Ask a Mortician Covers Not Dissolving Your Grandmother in Acid, Other Pressing Concerns

Who doesn’t need a little death in their life? If you’re not already following Caitlin Doughty and The Order of the Good Death, consider this your chance to catch up. A licensed mortician with a wry sense of humor and no fear of cameras (not to mention an endearing love of her cat), Caitlin has an interest in death and the death industry that’s as academic as it is professional. Determined to use her powers of morbidity for common good, she began the web series Ask A Mortician to do just what it says on the tin; answer burning (sometimes literally) questions about bodies, decomposition, funeral rites, exploding caskets, and yes, even zombies. Recently, she’s eschewed the longer, multi-question videos for single-question ones, meaning that AaM is more frequent. To our minds, that’s nothing but a good thing.

Go forth and be fascinated, by subscribing on to her YouTube, and checking out her trove of posts at Order of the Good Death’s main site.

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Sigrid Sarda and Her House of Wax [Video]

Allow us to warn you ahead of time: if you have a problem with extremely realistic wax figures, you’re advised against watching this video. If you’re not, and you’re merely intrigued by them, then we strongly encourage you to watch Sigrid Sarda discuss how she’s devoted herself to creating hyper-realistic wax mannequins. Partly inspired by the death masks of centuries past, Sarda discusses her penchant for wax as a “living substance,” and how people are sometimes turned off by wax figures because they have to “confront themselves.” It’s macabre, it’s ooky, it’s spooky … it’s pretty awesome. (If you have a soft spot for the very, very weird.)

(The Midnight Archive via io9)

The Human Machine

When You Wish Upon a Shooting Corpse Star, and Other Facts About Human Death Practices [Video]

Mortician Caitlin Doughty is providing us a huge service: answering our questions about what happens to our dead bodies when we are no longer around to find out for ourselves. She’s been running a web series on You Tube, Ask a Mortician, for a while now and we’d like to present her fifth episode to you. In this video, she covers pressing questions like “What happens to corpses in space?” and “Will burning the body a dearly departed obese person cause a grease fire?” But if you are just in the mood to find out more about her line of work, we urge you to visit her web site, Order of the Good Death.

(via Jezebel)

This is just like magic!

You Will Now Be Able to Post About Your Daily Breakfasts on Facebook From the Grave

Um, great news! For those of us who are extremely aware and accepting of the fact that we will all, one day, die, Facebook is now offering an app that lets its more forward-thinking users write a bunch of posts, messages, etc. to be published after they have died. Obviously, there are truly sentimental and heartwrenching reasons to do this, and then there are, of course, the people who want their friends to suffer through an extremely macabre prank. BOO!

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Today is a Good Day For Someone Else To Die

The Many, Many Deaths of Steve Buscemi

Is there some kind of support group out there for actors whose careers turn into a series of bloody deaths? If so, wherever it is, it should really make some time for Steve Buscemi and Sean Bean.

(via The Daily What.)

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Short Film Illustrates What Happens to Whale Carcasses After Death [Video]

This video by Sharon Shattuck and Flora Lichtman of Sweet Fern Productions, which was done for Radiolabin collaboration with Lynn Levy, depicts what happens when a whale dies in the ocean. But it isn’t gross. It’s actually, strangely enough, kind of beautiful and touching because it’s done with colorful puppets accompanied by string music. In a world we don’t generally get to see, a whale’s remains will sink to the bottom of the ocean floor upon the end of its life. For the next 50 to 75 years, that whale will support a whole new ecosystem. It pretty much donates a second life — a whale’s life span is also 50 to 75 years — to creating more life.

(via Boing Boing)