Wednesday, November 16, 2005

BBC NEWS | Northern Ireland | 'The number u are calling knows ur waiting...'

Irish fear being buried alive and are being buried with cell phones: BBC NEWS Northern Ireland 'The number u are calling knows ur waiting...'

My favorite quotes:

"Some people, who are superstitious, insist the phone is turned off so that if they do wake up they will have battery power when the phone is turned on again.

One undertaker said: "This is despite the fact that there is more chance of them being taken up into space by aliens than waking up." "

"He said it would not make much sense for people to be buried with a mobile phone if they were to be cremated. "

And finally:

"Mr Flanagan said he asked anyone wishing to leave a mobile phone in the casket to turn it onto vibrate or turn it off.

"Obviously you don't want a phone ringing inside a coffin during a funeral," he said. "


Steve said...

I have to say that coming from the BBC this sounds like a little bit of the usually picking on the Irish by the English BBC. Particularly as I seem to remember reading a similar story, but the thread (punch line) was that folks with pricey and fancy cell phones (in a country other than Ireland) couldn't stand the thought of a greedy relative getting their hands on this most precious of possessions and were thus asking to be buried with their cell phone. The motivation of spite sounds more likely than the 19th century fear of premature burial.

Mitch Kief said...

The Victorians had a morbid fear of being buried alive, to the point where they came up with all sorts of devices and alarms for the recently un-deceased to signal passers by to dig them up. You know, now that you mention it, this article does have that Brit looking down their nose at the Irish flavor about it. Then again the Brits tend to look down at everybody outside of England.