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A Screw-In Coffin

A patent has been issued for this device, which would conserve space in burial grounds.  The inventor even envisions a transparent variety:
“A clear plastic Easy Inter Burial Container, where the body is additionally encased in clear resin and is standing erect for all to view during installation, creates a very impressive image.”

The screwing-into-the-ground would be performed either by humans or by an adaptation on a tractor backhoe.

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That seemed pretty cool...up until I read that it's completely clear and you can SEE the body inside. That part is just creepy. To see it spinning around as it's drilled into the earth would remind me of...well...those spinning dessert cases they have in diners, only with a dead person inside.

If they could figure out a way to make it so that a fairly normal looking casket could be placed into the middle of a giant screw and buried upright, I'd be a little more on board.
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Molly, the clear version is just a possible variation on the basic idea. I doubt many would spring for it.

In any case, I was just going to say that I don't think this is any more or less unusual than burying our dead in the first place.
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Vertical burials are certainly nothing new. But I don't see that using human force as a method of internent would work with this device. Screwing a big tapered screw like that into the ground would take a hunge amount of torque. The earth would need to be compressed sideways as the screw dug it's way down and if the burial were adjacent to other coffins the space in which to compress the earth would be limited. Better to dig a hole using an auger attachment on a backhoe and simply slide an unthreaded coffin into place.

This is an over complicated solution to a problem, but then you couldn't patent the method of digging a deep narrow hole with something like an auger and dropping in a traditional casket.

Also there is the matter of decomposition. Many religions have a tradition of returning the earthly remains to the earth. Encasing the cadaver in plastic means that this is going to take a very, very long time to happen.
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Let's hope there are no big rocks in the way of this thing as it is screwed in.

I can see a crew of men having to try 7 different spots before they find one that wouldn't have something in the way of the coffin as it is screwed into the ground.
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Timm, That was my thought exactly -- here in Connecticut it's impossible to dig more than two inches in any direction without hitting enough rocks to seriously scratch up a plastic coffin and granite ledge is usually not far beneath -- you'd need well-digging machinery before you'd get a vertical coffin into the ground.
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the stiff in the coffin must be a bit shorter than the guys rotating it into the ground .. see, they're slightly bent from the effort and still their heads are higher than the top of the scroffin (is that what it's called?) .. and the base of the device is too narrow for feet to go in in a dignified way, so i'd guess the occupant goes in head down?
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It's an interesting exercise in design which brings attention to the issue of burial space requirements while ignoring the fact that several upright burial schemes are already being marketed to the industry.
In fact, the past few National Funeral Director Association Expos have featured a company that already sells an upright casket.
From a practical viewpoint, how would you get it to the cemetery from the funeral? A gigantic "nut" trailer?
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I think this is a good idea, you could get many more in your family plot.

And if you both are in clear plastic, you can spend eternity with your finger just inches from your brother saying "I'm not touching you"!
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If you screw the coffin in so that the top is the usual 6-feet under the surface, there would be a good chance of hitting water somewhere. But that's OK, the plastic coffin will make a dandy little boat.
'I'm on a boat ...'
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