dead people

Post Mortem

What Happens if You Vote and Die Before Election Day?

Let's say you send in an absentee ballot and then you drop dead. Does your vote still count?
Simon Davis
Post Mortem

How Living People Are Wrongfully Pronounced Dead

Each year, about 1,000 living people are erroneously added to the Death Master File, a database of every American who has died since 1936.
Simon Davis
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Thailand Is Planning to Send Drunk Drivers to Morgues as Punishment

Thai authorities want drunk drivers to "feel the pain, so that they may understand and attain a good conscience."
Helen Donahue

Debt Collectors Make a Killing on the Debts of the Dead

When someone dies, their debt doesn't just disappear—and in some cases, debt collectors resort to bullying, deception, and manipulation in order to get the money they're owed.
Arielle Pardes

The Little Death: Living and Loving as a Necrophiliac

Turns out there's more than one way to sexualize a corpse.
Daniel Oberhaus

The World of Hearses Just Had One of the Strangest Weeks Ever

Four incidents in one week highlight just how hard it is to maintain the air of dignity we insist on from our corpse-mobiles.
Mike Pearl
Post Mortem

Gravestones from the Past Were Way Cooler Than They Are Today

Headstones today are as boring and lifeless as the bodies that lie beneath. But in the past, headstones were a way to show the person's personality with quotes, miniature sculptures, and elaborate artwork.
Simon Davis

Burying the Dead in Alaska Is More Complicated Than You'd Think

Death in Alaska is complicated, but this guy seems to have it figured out.
Cody Liska
Post Mortem

Should Photographing Corpses Be Illegal?

In a world where photos of corpses can circulate around the internet and cause distress to grieving families, does it make sense to formally ban anyone taking pictures of dead bodies?
Simon Davis
Post Mortem

The Art and Science of Making Dead People Look Alive Again

We talked to Daniella Marcantoni, a licensed embalmer and makeup artist for the deceased, about how she works to make corpses look a little less lifeless.
Simon Davis

Did a Minnesota Man Pull a 'Weekend At Bernie's' with His Dead Mom?

After collecting her dead body on the day she died, police found out that 90-year-old Caryl Vanzo's son had taken her to the bank earlier that day to take out money in her name.
Mike Pearl
Post Mortem

This Mortician Wants You to Take a Hands-On Approach with Corpses

"We are entrenched in the idea that dead bodies are dangerous, and we are entrenched in the idea that it is better to have professionals do it... American death is a really recent invention."
Simon Davis