They're not making any more real estate; not until we colonize other planets at least. Laying out our dead horizontally, and leaving them in peace forever, is becoming an expensive proposition. That's why inventor Donald Scruggs has come up with the screw-in coffin.
Holding a body vertically, it is screwed down into the ground securely, to optimize graveyards' use of space.
It can be screwed in manually or with a machine, and designed to take into account the density of the earth where it's used.
Scruggs has installed the prototype above in his own California backyard, and is working on refining the idea. He even envisions a transparent model for those wishing a glamorous burial.
thats when you know you are totally screwed
This will come in handy for mass exterminations..Brought to you by the innovative folks at FEMA (or perhaps DARPA).
Hope it goes farther in the ground. Cemetaries are creepy enough without coffins actually sticking out of the ground. Taking the kids to see grandma ain't going to happen
Good idea, until cryotech and cyborgs are common.
I'm pretty sure I saw this idea long long ago. According to this it was in 2007 boingboing.net/2010/02/09/patent-for-a-screw-i.html but it seems like I saw it before that even.
"He even envisions a transparent model for those wishing a glamorous burial."
Because decaying flesh is oh so glamorous, maybe if you filled it with a plastic or something to keep the bodies from decomposing aside from embalming fluid. Something like the Bodies Exhibit.
This would make exhuming bodies much easier too, just pop the top take a peak and reseal.
"This would make exhuming bodies much easier too, just pop the top take a peak and reseal."
Makes grave-robbing easier as well...
What (sexually sane) grave robber will steal the actual coffin/corpse?
It's not a screw-in tomb filled with gold and silver.....even though that did sound cool:)
All the lame screw jokes aside, its a good idea. Or we just start making Creamation the only choice.
Im guessing it will screw in up to the face plate, the image was just to show us i think. obviously, they wouldnt have threaded it up to the name plate if it wasnt meant to go all the way down.
Having a glass windows would be cool but I dont see that happening. To much chance for vandals to break them or people to sue for being mentally scared at seeing a dead body.
We should just make a giant potatoe cannon that shoots coffins and trash straight at the sun.
I think most executives at traditional energy companies (coal, nuclear, and especially oil) should be required by law to be buried in these.
Perhaps we could specify "after death" in the law.
Really now? Who in all of humanity isn't ready to just scrap the idea of burying the dead altogether? It really is an outdated insane practice to begin with. Solving the problem would be moving on from these old ideas, not just placing bodies vertically in the ground.
just cremate everybody and put them into a little vase its takes up less than a cubic foot and you can have an awesome vase
This is actualy a very old idea. There is an old churchyard on the lower east side of Manhattan where the shortage of space in the cemetary led the congregation to bury their dead standing up. It's on 2nd St near 2nd Ave IIRC.
You do realize most of us will buried upside down?
The burial industry is full of jokers looking to have a little fun.
Burials AND cremation are ridiculously wasteful.
Recycle whatever parts are needed, then compost the rest (yes, meat can be composted). Until that's available, look for green burial. No box, no embalming, just a cotton shroud and shallow burial (to allow natural decomposition).
nuclear is evil huh? Riiiiiiiiight...
anyway, three top options are cremation, being shot into space (like that one), and natural burial (no coffin -your corpse decays at a natural rate).
i either want to be entombed in nuclear waste(gotta find some use for it, right?) ok speaking of nuclear waste i am determined to find a use for that crap if i ever get a job working around it, nuclear tecnician/ whatever.
back on topic now, i think i will just jump in a wood chipper and turn myself into compost. think it would be better for the earth to become one with the earth, quickly or slowly. biodegradable coffins that biodegrade AFTER the corpse does. maybe throw in some lime to keep the stink down, but that is the point of the coffin waiting until the body is decomposed before biodegrading itself. but if you had enough concrete.. i think it would be nice to build a structure out of concrete-entombed corpses, in the case of mass exterminations, build a nice tribute to the genocide or whatever, out of blocks that are made of concrete with a delicious cadaver filling. then we could start building pyramids again, one body at a time. or build an island out of them, in places where the land is just a few feet below sea level. but yeah i will just hop in a woodchipper and integrate with a tree or something