Modern Mummification Services for the Discerning Deceased

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Summum Mummification Services is the only company of its kind in the world, perfectly preserving human and animal bodies after death. The company, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, was set up in 1975 by Claude Nowell.

Summum’s mummification method is actually a lot more advanced than the ancient Egyptians’, taking only 90 days to complete. First, the blood is drained out of the body and the organs are taken out and cleansed. Then the body is hydrated for over 70 days in a tank full of chemicals that Corky Ra calls his “secret formula”.

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After the soaking is complete, the body is doused in lanolin and wax, and covered in layers of cotton gauze. About a dozen coats of polyurethane rubber are put on, which dry as tough as a tire. Then come the layers of fiberglass bandages, which set the body in the desired position. Once the mummy is ready, it is encased in a bronze or steel casket.

[He] claims that it is feasible for DNA to be removed from his mummies at a later date by drilling into the casket.

Cost? $6,000 for a cat. $25,000 for a dog. $40,000 for a human. Tempting…

Via Oddity Central.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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