#1 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, August 13th, 2013 11:14
#2 By: Tribune1984, August 13th, 2013 11:25
Quick mis-read of that and I saw "Start with foregoing the coffee"
#3 By: Marius, August 13th, 2013 11:51
Really, I much rather be cryopreserved than end up as a fossil!
#4 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, August 13th, 2013 11:56
#5 By: Casey_Locker, August 13th, 2013 11:59
Fossil? Nah, it's bog mummy for me all the way.
#6 By: Christopher Waldrop, August 13th, 2013 12:01
"Remember: a scary skeleton is a safe skeleton."-Jack Handey
#7 By: rocketpj, August 13th, 2013 12:12
I would thing a little visit to La Brea or some other tarpit would help.
#8 By: Chris Reeve, August 13th, 2013 12:49
Not all is known about fossilization, and less is realized. E.R. Milton describes his examination of a petrified tree trunk in Alberta, Canada. From The Lately Tortured Earth, Ch.26: Fossil Deposits - Part 6 Biospherics:
The piece ... was pure clear silica inside, it was coated with a
rougher opaque crust of partially fused sand. The tree whose stump was
petrified was alive five years ago! After the tree was cut down to
accommodate the right of way for a new power transmission line, an
accidental break allowed the live high-voltage wire to contact several
tree stumps still in the ground. The power was cut off within hours of
the break. All of the tree roots which contacted the broken wire were
fossilized ... Obviously, electricity can metamorphose matter quickly.
It doesn't appear that the experiments required to either support or refute the anecdote have actually been funded. It's not exactly an idea that would even occur to a lot of scientists to check. It would also be interesting -- if such an experiment were done -- to submit the sample for dating.
#9 By: ocschwar, August 13th, 2013 14:07
Alaric the Goth, the king who gave the city of Rome its death knell as imperial capital, was buried under a riverbed whose river was temporarily diverted.
So these guidelines are verifiable now.
#10 By: Tim, August 13th, 2013 16:15
"Behold: even death itself shall not erase my carbon footprint!"
#11 By: Tim Quinn, August 13th, 2013 21:32
This does suggest an interesting service industry. Coffins guaranteed to fossilize you quickly and thoroughly. A few million for eternal preservation is not a bad bargain. I'm taking orders now.
#12 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, August 18th, 2013 11:14
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