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Imagine a Future Where We Record Our Own Deaths on Tiny Video Cameras Implanted in Our Foreheads

(1) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 5:56 PM

What will it be like to live in a world where we all record our own deaths on tiny video cameras implanted in our foreheads?

I recently wrote about the topic for Digital Dying, the blog I pen for Funeralwise.com.

We already have

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What do Rasputin's Penis and Einstein's Brain Have in Common?

(7) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 11:48 AM

What do Rasputin's penis, Shelley's heart and Einstein's brain have in common?

They were all taken from their bodies after death and went on adventures of their own. Bess Lovejoy discusses these stories and others in her brand new book, Rest In Pieces, The Curious Fates of Famous...

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On Mountain Lions, and the Forgotten Story of the 1909 Church Women Mauled by a Rabid Cougar

(3) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 5:33 PM

The poor young woman recently killed by a lion in northern California got me thinking about big cat deaths in general.

In the last 110 years, mountain lions have killed about a dozen people in the U.S., including five year old Jake Thomas Gardipee, who was...

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Welcome to Louisiana, Just Watch Out for the Spider That Turns Your Flesh Into Pizza

(24) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 4:59 PM

Since moving to New Orleans I feel like everything is trying to kill me. There's the heat and hurricanes but even worst are the ants. Over the summer, my girlfriend Karen and I were attacked by fire ants while drinking wine in the park. I received more than 200 bites,...

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Why I Spent 14 Hours Straight on the NYC Subway

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 1:58 PM

The subway is an often filthy, occasionally flooded, sometimes deadly place New Yorkers love to complain about, which is why one cold, February evening I boarded an uptown 1 train and didn't get off for 14 hours. I observed the trivial details most people ignore, what sort of satchels businesspeople...

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All Morning in a Chelsea Elevator

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 12:56 PM

The door is streaked with scratch marks, clearly some have tried to claw their way out. Nine silvery buttons, with tiny holes that blink red like drugged eyes. Eight naked bulbs, illuminating the cubizoid space in perfect light. But silvery walls distort images, my reflection is emaciated and bowed, like...

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