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TV Show Seeks Terminally Ill Volunteer for Mummification 262

Terminal illness got you down? Does your future seems bleak? Channel 4 and production company Fulcrum TV would like to brighten your day by making you the star of an upcoming documentary. They would like to offer you the chance to be mummified on TV and maybe even displayed in a museum afterward. An advertisement for the project reads: "We are currently keen to talk to some one who, faced with the knowledge of their own terminal illness and all that it entails, would nonetheless consider undergoing the process of an ancient Egyptian embalming."


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TV Show Seeks Terminally Ill Volunteer for Mummification

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  • Re:Depends... (Score:4, Informative)

    by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Thursday January 14, 2010 @01:25AM (#30761084)

    I don't believe it - someone with mod points has never watched Futurama.

    I thought that was a requirement before anyone could get a Slashdot ID?

  • Re:why terminal? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Thursday January 14, 2010 @01:32AM (#30761110)

    Duh. Preferably you die the moment after you signed the contract so they can start making the documentary. Do you think they want to wait another 40ish years or however long you plan to live?

  • by lemur3 ( 997863 ) on Thursday January 14, 2010 @05:41AM (#30762126)

    I remember watching this done on a modern human over 10 years years ago on discovery networks... it was very cool.

    from his wiki article:

    "In 1994, Brier and a colleague, Ronald Wade, director of the State Anatomy Board of Maryland, claimed to be the first people in 2,000 years to mummify a human cadaver using ancient Egyptian techniques. This research earned Brier the affectionate nickname "Mr. Mummy" and was also the subject of the National Geographic television special of the same name."

  • by Tim C ( 15259 ) on Thursday January 14, 2010 @07:59AM (#30762688)

    We can never satisfactorily "cure" cancer or any other disease. "Curing" a disease is defined as letting you live long enough to die from a different one.

    I know several people who are extremely happy to have been given the chance to die of something other than cancer.

    Numbers show that millions of lives have been saved by antibiotics, but have they?

    Yes, they have. If without them you would have been dead in days or weeks, but with them you successfully fight off the disease and are no longer in any danger of dying from it, then yes, they did save you. Even if you were hit by a bus and killed on the way home from getting the all-clear, that disease or infection did not kill you, and the antibiotics did save your life.

    I agree with the mantra that you should live your life according to the knowledge that it won't last forever, but the rest is needlessly fatalistic imho.

  • by stjobe ( 78285 ) on Thursday January 14, 2010 @08:54AM (#30762914) Homepage

    "Life is a disease; sexually transmitted and invariably fatal"
      - Neil Gaiman, Death: The High Cost of Living

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"