In the world's most cheerful cemetery, the tombstones are brightly painted and jokes are written on the graves

In the small village of Săpânţa in Maramureş County, Romania, sits Cimitirul Vesel, the "Merry Cemetery." Unlike cemeteries in other parts of Romania, the Merry Cemetery is filled with wooden headstones, each one carved, brightly colored, and inscribed with a sometimes irreverent poem. It's a place that looks on the… » 10/21/12 8:30am 10/21/12 8:30am

Coffin technologies that protect you from being buried alive

In the eighteenth century, rumors swirled about people accidentally buried alive when they lapsed into a deathlike state from cholera. As a result, the safety coffin was invented. Here's how it worked. » 10/28/10 3:00pm 10/28/10 3:00pm

Coffins from the eighteenth century sometimes came equipped with an elaborate bell system, which…