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We’re used to seeing and hearing about death in video games. The way it usually works is whoever is dead is killed in some kind of combat. The new game, “A Mortician’s Tale,” is something entirely different. This game isn’t about killing. Instead, it’s about death and what happens next. We’re not talking about the afterlife; we’re talking about the steps that are undertaken (pun intended) to handle the body — from embalming to burial or cremation. A Mortician’s Tale is unabashedly about death and the realities of the industry that exists around it. How does the old saying go? ‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’ Death is big business. It’s an uncomfortable fact but a fact nonetheless. So when I heard about A Mortician’s Tale, the idea of it seemed very intriguing. Could death — and even more, being a funeral director — actually be fun? Educational, sure, but it still had to be a game; most of the games I listed earlier are viewed as fairly fun and have quite a fanbase. Read the full story The premise of the game is that the player assumes the role of Charlie, a recent funeral school graduate. Charlie is put in a variety of scenarios which allow her to learn the ins and outs of the industry. The game has gotten generally good reviews (PCGamer.com gave it an 82) but the accolades have also been tempered by complaints about the simplified graphics and the fact that it’s quick to master and offers no benefit in reply. But it has drawn particularity high marks for approaching death with a “death positive” attitude. “Death positive” is a movement committed to helping people face their fears of death in order to accept death as a natural part of life. In fact, according to the game’s developers, it was inspired by Caitlin Doughty and The Order of the Good Death. A Mortician’s Tale, created by Laundry Bear, is available for PC and Mac and retails for $14.99. More information on the Death Positive Movement:Death Positive Movement: Order of the Good Death The Death Positive Movement What is the Death Positive MovementRead Full Article

Students at Baylor University in Waco, Texas can now take a course that explores the topic of death and dying. The for-credit class is offered through the college of sociology.  Every day you are one day closer to death. One of the most sought after questions that humans have tried to answer is “what is next—what happens when you die?” For students in Dr. Kathryn Mueller’s SOC 4310: Death and Dying course, students study the process of death and its implications on society. Scholars and academics have studied the dying process for years and now Baylor students can study the process of death and grieving and how it affects our society.  Read the full story College course that explore the topic are not entirely new. Kean University in New Jersey, for example, began offering a death-related course in 2014. The class, taught by  Dr. Norma Bowe was extremely popular. It’s not clear if the the course is still offered. How would you feel about taking a class like this? Read Full Article

The news was devastating, and it came in dribs and drabs. First there were three dead. Then five. Then seven. The tally now rests at eight. Read Full Article
Hurricane Harvey lonely death

Hurricane Harvey is responsible for killing at least 47 people in Texas. According to a story last week in the New York Times, at least several of these people died alone. Read Full Article

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  Step aside Juan Ponce de León, the long-sought secret to longevity may not be a mysterious Florida spring, but a Chinese cave. Read Full Article

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Chicago Cubs Fans

It’s the top of the 9th inning and Cubs fans everywhere are standing, watching, and anxiously waiting for the Cubbies to close out the Dodgers and go to their first World Series in 71 years. Could it really be happening? Isn’t something about to go drastically wrong? Then the Cubs turn a double play and it’s over. Cubs 5, Dodgers 0. Bedlam – in Chicago and in heaven. Read Full Article
Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart lives! At least she may have lived for nearly a week after crashing near the coral atoll of Gilbert Island on her world-famous 1937 flight, an attempt to become the first woman to fly around the world. Read Full Article
Nikola Tesla

In an attempt to inspire Americans to be innovative and inventive, President Obama called out to inventors, and in particular, immigrant inventors in his State of the Union address on Tuesday. Read Full Article
Italian Ghosts

Ghosts haunt the streets of New Orleans, and a few months back I may have heard one. Read Full Article
Jeffrey Dahmer Home

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Celebrity Dead Pool

Celebrity death pools are where fantasy sports leagues meet pop culture. The concept is simple. You pick a slate of celebrities, usually ten; that you think will die within the calendar year. If one of your picks kicks off then you score points.  At the end of the year, the player with the highest number of points wins the purse. Gambling is big business. In 2014, US gambling revenues were nearly $69 billion. And that’s just the legal stuff that is tracked by the industry. Even if you’re not taking trips to Vegas or buying weekly lottery tickets, you’re probably toying with the small stuff — fantasy leagues, NCAA brackets, Super Bowl squares. Yep, we love to gamble and we’ll find all sorts of inventive ways to do it. But there’s one type of betting game you may not be familiar with even though lots of people are playing—celebrity death pools. Read Full Article

She first ran away at age five, she wrote an anarchist treatise that was translated into five languages, she has slept on a bed of nails, she has lived in caves. Read Full Article
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