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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Eau de Humanity

Residents of Switzerland living near Lake Constance would prefer not to have dead Germans in their drinking water.

Officials from both countries believe Germans are depositing hundreds of cremated bodies in the lake every year, but because of local regulations they must do so only on the Swiss side of the lake.

Now Swiss newspapers and politicians are angrily denouncing the trend, which they say is turning Lake Constance, which attracts 12 million tourists every year, into "the lake of the dead".

"Do I want the ashes of dead people in the water I am drinking?" said Marco Baumann, an environment official in Thurgau canton. [Link]

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