Sears Website has Zombies! Link.

By: GardenGrrl , 7:33 AM GMT on October 25, 2010

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Sears is now in the business of marketing clothing and appliances to the Undead. Hopefully they don't take the site down as it was for Halloween, but here is the link. One word of caution; It Is Graphic!

The Zombies are gross and disgusting but because this is Sears, the whole thing is really really FUNNY!!!


Here it is almost Halloween so how about a tour dedicated to funerals. Admit it, we are all curious about death. Even with hands covering our eyes we peep through our fingers to get a look.

Death has been big business since humans could speculate on an after life. We spend our entire lives figuring out how to avoid death and in the end, most cultures look for ways to keep avoiding it. Preserve the corpse, build monuments, offer sacrifices to "Gods", all ways to cheat death and embrace immortality. Still, death happens to the best of us. That's what makes Halloween fun. We can thumb our collective noses at our primal fears.

So, enter if you dare....The National Funeral Museum tour
Bwaaaa Ha ha!

Even Presidents die. They have a whole exhibit dedicated to all the Preisidents. There is a black silver studded replica of Lincolns Casket. President Reagans casket weighed over 600lbs.

The museum has a great collection of hearses. This one is my favorite, it's a 1920 Rock Falls Sterling hearse. The exterior is made up of six different types of beautifully hand-carved wood. I do have to apologize for the quality of my pictures. The adjustment knob broke off my camera and I forgot to bring the tweezers I use to turn the dial to the settings I want.

Here is a magnificent Old English hearse with coffin inside.

Here is the back of a 1920's standard hearse with common casket.

They also had an area dedicated to funerals of famous people with memorabilia collected at the actual funeral. Here is the service sheet from Anna Nichol Smith, a famous Texas gal.

Here is a wicker basket that you don't want to put your laundry in. This brings us to funerals in the 1800's.

A collection of fine Victorian mourning garb.

Ever wonder what an embalming room looks like? This is one from the turn of the century, although modern tables have not changed much.

Whats an embalming room without embalming fluid?

After preserving a cadaver we of course need a casket. This Glass Casket from the 1930's was designed to be hermetically sealed to keep the body fresh while it is interred underground or in a mausoleum. The Glass Casket, however, was discontinued because one, it was very heavy, and two, it tended to crack...when handled. Oops.

Who says you can't take it with you? This casket has money in both coin and dollars molded into the outside. The denominations range from pennies to hundred dollar bills. Several of these caskets have been sold and buried.

This three person casket has a creepy story. Back in the 1930's a young couple had lost their child and in their grief they planned on joining their child in the afterlife. The local undertaker agreed to have a custom built three person casket made so the husband could kill his wife then commit suicide and the whole family could be buried together with the child between mom and dad. (The child was on ice awaiting the custom casket) Well, the family changed their minds when the casket showed up and fled the area after the undertaker refused to give them a refund.

So this concludes the American part of our tour. How do people take care of their dead around world? Let's go to Japan where the average funeral costs about $37,000 US dollars. Cremation is the body disposal method of choice in Japan which should make funerals economical. The Japanese like very elaborate funerals. Here are some not really great pictures of a Japanese hearse.

Exterior of hearse

In the African country of Ghana they like caskets that represent what a person did in their life. If they farmed or fished they had cows, fish, outboard motor replicas for caskets. Tigers and such indicated power. These caskets tended to cost a family a whole years income, but it is felt that such burials help someone get a leg up in their new life after death in this world.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great today, tomorrow and afterlife.Link

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23. GardenGrrl
10:24 AM GMT on November 02, 2010
Good Morning and Happy Dia Del Morte!

Be sure to get your new outfits from Sears for this special day. Link
That web site just cracks me up. I don't know why because I usually don't like anything with gore.

Hi Aquak, I sense you are not a gore person either, but isn't that just hilarious?

Good Morning Prose, Is that some of your art work? Now I've just come to expect anything that isn't a glitter graphic is something you have done.

Hi LowerCal, I'm still laughing over this. Although, at the Huffington Post they have pictures from the Rally for Fear or Sanity they held in DC. Those are petty doggone too. I have stuff cooking so will maybe hunt out the link later.

Hi Sp, Oops, my time is up, Roxie has hurled herself into the room which means get-up and take her out.
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22. sp34n119w
10:26 PM GMT on November 01, 2010
Oh good point, LC. It's like never going out without wearing clean underwear - never know when you'll be zombiefied and stuck in them forever. Horrors! ;)
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21. LowerCal
10:03 PM GMT on November 01, 2010
Thanks for the wardrobe link. Maybe I should update my wardrobe now. After all, if I should have the bad luck to turn zombie it will be too late and I wouldn't have any fashion sense anyway.
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20. Proserpina
11:21 AM GMT on November 01, 2010

Good morning, happy All Saints Day, happy Monday, happy November.
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19. aquak9
10:04 AM GMT on November 01, 2010
oh my- what a big smile on m'face, so early in the morning

thank you!!
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18. GardenGrrl
9:08 AM GMT on November 01, 2010
Hi All I have returned from the Bat Cave so a very Happy Halloween and All Saints Day to Everyone!

Hi Sp, isn't it amazing what they sell on the internet? Shopping has never been so easy. Your right, the Testemints are awesome. But, the Chocolate Dieties are even better!!!
A little Fruedian slip, I spelled it like Diet. One could come up with a religion that involves worshipping and eating chocolate.
I'm sure The Great Flying Spagehtti Monster would approve.Link

Hi LC, That does sound like a good way to dispose of bodies when wood is scarce and rock can't be dug. I would hope they pick the charnel grounds according to normal prevailing wind directions.

Hi Prose, Looks like the girls are cooking up something for Halloween.

Hi Sandi, Love the bats. Are the Gingy Folk and oranges sort of like Soul Cakes?

Hi Shore, According to that graphic it's official, I'm a Which!

Hi Briarcraft, Texas is a BIG state which means statistically we can have more strange stuff. You've seen the Presidents that have come from here. Now you know why ;-)

Hi PeaceRiver, Pumpkin Dorothy! Those are adorable! Happy start of the holiday season!

Hi Calpoppy, President Lincolns coffin could have been steam punk. Wish I had taken a picture. It was black, almost like leather and chock full of silver and brass studs. I think I resisted the urge to photograph it because once in hand I would not have been able to stop myself from posting it with snarky and innappropriate comments ;-D

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17. sandiquiz
8:50 AM GMT on November 01, 2010

I see you are expecting decent weather for your "vacation" days.... We are fine and sunny, but oh, so chilly due to the raw wind that is blowing in off the sea!

Enjoy your Garden:)))
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16. calpoppy
8:02 PM GMT on October 31, 2010
Very cool blog! I wonder what a steam punk casket would look like? Happy Halloween!!!
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15. PeaceRiverBP
6:27 PM GMT on October 31, 2010
Happy Halloween!

May your Halloween be all treats and no tricks!

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14. BriarCraft
5:34 PM GMT on October 31, 2010
How do you find these places? Beer can houses and funeral museums. Must be some strange goin's on in Texas, is all I gotta say.

Since we're on the subject of death, here's a picture of the Grim Peaper I found.

Happy Harroween!
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13. shoreacres
1:36 PM GMT on October 31, 2010
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12. sandiquiz
12:45 PM GMT on October 31, 2010
Happy Hallowe'en

I suppose I ought to post a bat or three - in dedication to your release from the "bat" cave in time for Halloween !!

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11. Proserpina
5:12 PM GMT on October 30, 2010
Happy Halloween Comments and Graphics for MySpace, Tagged, Facebook
Comments and Graphics - Halloween Layouts - Photobucket
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10. LowerCal
7:20 PM GMT on October 27, 2010
GG I had no idea that less than prosperous Ghanian families felt compelled to participate in that tradition. It's still looks like good fun and art for those who could reasonably afford it though.

It is particularly elegant how the Tibetan sky burial addresses local cultural, environmental and economic considerations.

From the Wikipedia:
The Tibetan sky-burial practices appear to have evolved out of practical considerations .... Most of Tibet is above the tree line, and the scarcity of timber makes cremation economically unfeasible. Additionally, subsurface interment is difficult since the active layer is not more than a few centimeters deep, with solid rock or permafrost beneath them.
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9. sp34n119w
6:18 PM GMT on October 27, 2010
I didn't find any gummi saints, and the Noah's Ark gummies seem to be discontinued, more's the pity, but I did find a whole list of sweets that includes Testamints (might be perfect for your plan, lol) and, for those trying to be healthy, Bible Bars. The list is equal opportunity tooth decay so there are halal crisps and Star of David lollipop thingies.
The best and most appropriate is - and you're going to love this - Chocolate Deities! They are far too expensive to give to wandering rugrats but I may now have taken care of half the folk on my Christmas list :)

Regarding the funeral industry - I'm sure there are those who prey on the vulnerable (there always are) but my own experiences have been very positive so far. I was surprised, to be honest, that the people who provided me and mine with these services were always respectful and considerate and nobody ever tried to upsell any aspect of their products and services. Come to think of it, the only hassle I ever had was in dealing with churches where services were to be held, but that worked out, too.
Anyway, it turns out that if the provider is any good and is getting decent business they shouldn't need to upsell anything - the profit is built-in and large because they know what we're willing to pay - so any hard sell is a sign that they aren't very good at their job.

I had a young friend who wanted to be a mortician and, when he'd been saying that consistently for a couple of years, I asked him why, since it seems so morbid. He answered simply that, having witnessed the grief of people he loves, he wanted to help people through that most difficult time. It never had occurred to me that that would be the motivation to join that profession and I definitely learned something that day. He eventually chose a different direction but says he may return to it later.

To conclude this novel ... last night was the annual Halloween party at the local library and it was a hoot! SP loves Halloween (well, all holidays) and there is always a great turnout at the library shindig. I saw bumble bees, princesses, a HUGE jack o'lantern, a way cool conquistador, and the most adorable little purple bat, among many others. Really happy I was there to see them all :)

Happy Wednesday, week, and Halloween :)
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8. GardenGrrl
6:24 AM GMT on October 27, 2010
Hi OGal, Looks like I have a few boxes here that could help with your excess acorn storage problem. (lol)

Hi Shore, It's a very low profile kind of hard to find large beige building just off the freeway that melts into the background. It has me wondering if they deliberatly designed stealth into the architecture. The building also has a very impressive security system.

Hi Sp, it really was a fascinating look at how Western culture deals with death. I wish they would have shown more about how the funeral industry markets death products. For instance, whats the production cost versus profit on the "fancy" caskets?
Am also curious if they have a psychological profile of customer types and what kind of products can you sell them for maximum profit.
Can you tell I think the death business is predatory on vulnerable people. Not unlike many religions.
I'm all for do-it-yourself burials.

LowerCal; The Tibetan sky burial... for the deeply committed Buddhist and/or recycler. (he he) The Day of the Dead custom is actually a great way to keep families in touch with each other and their history. Picnic at the grave yard, talk about the relatives who have passed on, do some maintenance on the grave site. Good way to help with closure as well. I'm not real on-board with the Ghanian tradition that costs a poor family a years wages. The dead should be honored and remembered, but the living need to be fed.
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7. LowerCal
11:38 PM GMT on October 26, 2010
The Tibetan sky burial... for the deeply committed Buddhist and/or recycler.

I love the art and celebration of life before/after death in the Ghana and Día de los Muertos traditions.
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6. sp34n119w
7:54 PM GMT on October 26, 2010
Oh, that's fascinating! A whole museum! The hearses and caskets are beautiful and I'm constantly amazed at how much effort is put into such things. I'm of the sort who figures burning to save space is the best thing for me, though I would prefer the Tibetan method of disposal (that's illegal here).
Thanks for sharing this - perfect timing :)

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5. shoreacres
1:39 PM GMT on October 26, 2010
Good grief. I kept wondering where the museum is, and I discover it's in one of my old neighborhoods. I had no idea this place is in Houston - I need to go back and check to see when it was established, because I sure don't remember it being there 25 years ago ;-)

Now here's a question - any particular reason it's so close to Houston Northwest Hospital? LOL

I'll be back this evening to really take a look at all this - great post.
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4. OGal
11:38 AM GMT on October 26, 2010
GG. just a quick peek at your blog. Outstanding! I will be back later to read.
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3. GardenGrrl
11:34 AM GMT on October 26, 2010
Good Morning, we dodged the really nasty weather on Sunday. Watched the towering clouds illuminated by lightening all evening. Amazed at how close it looked, but radar showed the storm some 80-90 miles away. Monday and today they are still showing all the damage left from that system around North Texas.

Hi Sandi, Saw that you are entertaining folks this afternoon. The burning question is, "What's for lunch?"

Hi Prose, Yes, I think I would like a warm cup of cinnemon/apple bat cider:-)
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2. Proserpina
12:39 PM GMT on October 25, 2010

I will be back to look at/read your very interesting blog. Great photos.
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1. sandiquiz
7:44 AM GMT on October 25, 2010
LOL - how wonderful!!

In Ireland they still use horse drawn hearses.

Not much time now, but will come back with a photo of my own when I find it!

Have a great few days!
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