A Brazilian man named Freud de Melo suffers from taphephobia, the fear of being buried alive, so he built himself a special crypt.
Fresh outdoor air flows in through four vents from the chapel roof. Within reach of the coffin are two makeshift megaphones -- plastic cones attached to tubes running out through the wall.Not everyone is impressed.
On a recent Saturday, Mr. de Melo came upon a couple with their young daughter who were looking at the nativity scene. "Look, the wise men have gifts for baby Jesus!" the mother said to the girl. Mr. de Melo pounced on the family. "How would you like to tour my famous tomb?" he asked. "It's impossible to be buried alive there."
The little girl's face suddenly wrinkled up like a prune. Her mother led her away. [Link]