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Sweatpants & Pop Culture l Halloween Party Conversation Starters: Facts About Death

By Jerusha Gray

This is the part of the episode where Jerusha celebrates Halloween by finding weird stuff about death on the internet to amuse herself.

Halloween means parties. Parties mean talking to people. I, for one, am a socially awkward walrus. I want to keep things casual – no sense jumping into the nitty gritty in my life. I also don’t want to come off as a show-off. What do I do? The answer is facts about death. Nothing says party talk like pretentious factoids that you can share with your friends.

Did you know you can rent professional mourners to beef up your attendance numbers at your funeral? Rent-a-Mourner supplies well-dressed and punctual mourners for your funeral or wake. Paying someone to cry and mourn at your funeral is a tradition deeply rooted in history. The BBC published an article about  Liu Jun-Lin, Taiwan’s most famous professional mourner. Check it out here.

My favorite Mortician  (don’t judge, I know it sounds weird) Caitlin Doughty at the YouTube channel Ask a Mortician answered the age-old question: “What happens to my breast implants and artificial hips when I die?”

She also has a thrilling episode that addresses everyone who has ever longed for a Viking funeral. Is it legal?

SciShow tackles the question, Can you be scared to death? They break out the particulars piece by piece. Bonus! you get to listen to Hank Green talk. His voice makes me happy. I am fairly certain you can become smarter just by listening to the sound of his voice.  If you haven’t heard of Hank Green, Get thee to the internets right now! Hank Green is one half of the dynamic Vlogbrothers. He and his brother John Green (author and all-around awesome guy) run the dynasty that is Vlogbrothers Youtube Channel, Dear Hank and John Podcast, and www.dftba.com.

I also encourage you to check out this SciShow classic : What We Do With Dead Bodies.

Lastly, who doesn’t love a good round of “how did he die?” Mental Floss, who is the reigning king of lists on the Internets, posted  “Death! 41 Historic Demises”:

I am going to go sneak candy from my children’s Halloween buckets – thank you very much.

Enjoy the links and send me links to stuff you love on the net in the comments below.

Thanks!

Jerusha Gray

Jerusha Gray is insatiably curious. This curiosity, coupled with a brain that never shuts up, drives her to paint and draw, read prodigiously, make music, write, and sing in grocery stores.

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