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A Town Where the Dead Outnumber the Living 1,000 to One

Colma, Calif., got all of San Francisco's overflow in the early 20th century

(Newser) - A tiny California town that the New York Times calls "more necropolis than metropolis" isn't far from where the Super Bowl will be played in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday. But any traffic in Colma (aka "the City of Souls") over the weekend is... More »

Skeletons Under Railroad Could Tell Us About Plague

London excavation to unearth thousands of bones with possible bubonic clues

(Newser) - They came from every parish of London, and from all walks of life, and ended up in a burial ground called Bedlam. Now scientists hope these centuries-old skeletons can reveal new information about how long-ago Londoners lived—and about the bubonic plague that often killed them. Archaeologists announced yesterday that... More »

Iraq War Overwhelming World's Largest Graveyard

Rogue gravediggers sneaking bodies into other people's plots: Wall Street Journal

(Newser) - Just how bad is the violence in Iraq? So bad that the world's largest cemetery, a 1,500-acre area that contains 5 million graves, is running out of space, the Wall Street Journal reports. The war has doubled the rate of new arrivals to 200 a day, and some... More »

84 Graves Discovered Under Atlanta Golf Course

Not clear why golf course was built over cemetery

(Newser) - When you're ready to tee off, you probably don't expect it's from above a dead body ... but as many as 84 graves have been uncovered beneath an Atlanta golf course. Locals told stories of a cemetery beneath the course, which was built in the 1930s, and the... More »

Town Buys Livestock to Go Green, Save Dough

Charlotte, Vermont, replaces mowers with goats and sheep

(Newser) - Want to cut back on grass-cutting costs and go green at the same time? Buy a few sheep and goats to chomp on your lawn. That's been the solution in one Vermont town that wanted to save money without letting its cemeteries become overgrown with grass and weeds, NPR... More »

New Concern: Fracking Under ... Graveyards?

But some families eager to cash in: gas firms

(Newser) - Activists are already furious about the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing; now some are adding spiritual concerns to their list of grievances. Energy companies are extracting gas from deep below US cemeteries from Texas to Pennsylvania. The fracking occurs far below ground, with companies citing depths of 7,000 to... More »

Cemetery Worker Breaks Legs Tumbling Into Grave

Middle Village cemetery was site of surprising fall

(Newser) - Mourners at a funeral in New York were shocked to see a cemetery worker plunge into a grave today and break both his legs, DNAinfo reports. The 49-year-old "was removing the strap from the casket at that time," says a cemetery official who suspected the man only hurt... More »

Whale Graveyard Puzzles Experts

Paleontologists ponder: Why are the fossils found together?

(Newser) - A newly discovered graveyard of ancient whales in Chile has scientists wondering how on Earth the bus-sized mammals all ended up dying in the same place. "That's the top question," says the director of a nearby museum. Their current location—the middle of a highway under construction... More »

Meth Bust Turns Up Ripped Off Tombstones

Calif. tomb raiders puzzle cops

(Newser) - Police raiding a suspected meth lab 70 miles east of Los Angeles found the drugs and guns they were expecting, plus a surprise: Two dozen stolen granite tombstones. Police believe the home's residents ripped the tombstones from the ground in several local cemeteries, but they have no idea why.... More »

In Greece, Graves Are Only for Rent

After that you have to watch while they dig up your relatives

(Newser) - If you’re looking forward to resting in peace someday, try not to kick it in Greece. The country is so drastically short on cemetery space that by law the dead may only rent graves, and then for a maximum of three years, reports Alex Mar of Slate , whose grandparents... More »

Tourists Flock to Penis Cemetery

Isolated border graveyard a growing destination in Iran

(Newser) - It's not exactly the naked and the dead, but an isolated cemetery is becoming a growing thrill for erotica-starved Iranians, who flock to the site to stare, agog, at giant moss-covered stone penises (and vaginas) posing as tombstones at the Khalid Nabi cemetery in northeast Iran. It's unclear why the... More »

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