Thursday, May 17, 2007

Corpses on Campus

More and more people are planning a posthumous return to college. But getting buried at one's alma mater is nothing new.

In the early 1800s, before embalming became widespread, it was often impractical to ship home the body of a student or professor.

Iowa State University's 131-year-old dead zone holds about 800 corpses, mostly faculty but also two students, a night watchman and his dog.

Notre Dame's sprawling burial ground debuted in 1843, one year after the school was founded, along with a mortuary that helped subsidize tuition costs. [Link]

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