31 Days of Spook – Day 22

22 Oct

Hello my friends.  I’m so glad to see that you are staying with me during my 31 Days of Spook.  Hasn’t it been fun?  Scary?  Are you second guessing the bumps you hear in the middle of the night?  Today, I want to talk about something that I learned about coffins.  It’s an interesting tale of a time back when.

Did you know that around 1829, they had bells attached to coffins?  I didn’t either until I stated doing some research.  You’ll never believe what those little bells were for.  Evil snort.  People in this time often got smallpox, diphtheria and cholera and doctors hastily pronounced they were dead and signed death certificates.  Sometimes they did this without even seeing the bodies themselves – just by the word of family.  Medical procedures were nothing like they are today.  Often with such, people were buried and and would wake up in a casket – shivers – the fear of that!  Patents were put out on caskets that had a hole drilled the coffin through which a chord was run that would be attached to a bell that was mounted above the grave.  The chord handle was placed in the ‘dead’ person’s hand just in case they ‘woke up’ from the dead.  They could ring the bell in hopes that someone would hear above and dig them back up.  It was an unfortunate time to live through, you think?


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25 responses to “31 Days of Spook – Day 22

  1. gentlestitches

    10/22/2013 at 1:46 am

    Oh I glad I live in an age of electroencephalograms and spell check. LOL.
    Very scary waking up like described! 🙂

    • PigLove

      10/22/2013 at 8:34 am

      Wouldn’t it though? That’s one of my worse nightmares … That and running out of piggy kibble 🙂 XOXO – Bacon

  2. fozziemum

    10/22/2013 at 2:16 am

    Boy Bacon I agree…what a creepy thought arrgghghhhh and lol at gentlestitches hahahahhah hugs Fozziemum xx pee ess now I have ‘you can ring my bell ‘ singing in my head ….

    • PigLove

      10/22/2013 at 8:35 am

      Snorts. Uh oh. Now I have that ear worm in my piggy ear. Love it! XOXO – Bacon

      • fozziemum

        10/22/2013 at 8:36 am

        Hahahaaah 🙂 loves back Bacon xxxx Fozziemum

  3. Ruby

    10/22/2013 at 2:33 am

    I’m glad I didn’t have to live back then…(*shudders*). I learned something interesting last year about coffins…you can buy them through Walmart. They sell everything these days. 🙂

    • PigLove

      10/22/2013 at 8:36 am

      I know! Mommy has seen them at the Sams Club. Nothing like buying these things ahead of time. Where would you store it until *then*? XOXO – Bacon

  4. easyweimaraner

    10/22/2013 at 7:04 am

    Oh I’ve heard about that “security coffins”, even Edgar Allan Poe wrote a novel : the premature burial. Butt imagine you would be the bellman ( literally!) of a cemetery and you would hear a bell ringing….uuuhhh I would run away like the wind :o)

    • PigLove

      10/22/2013 at 8:39 am

      It would scare the bejeeses out of this little piggy. Can you imagine the kids from that time period ringing bells for fun? That’s something my dad would do – snorts. XOXO – Bacon

      • easyweimaraner

        10/22/2013 at 8:58 am

        guess what? my dad said the same, he would ring a bell for fun to scare the poor bellman. I think all dad’s are related.

      • PigLove

        10/22/2013 at 9:00 am

        I know ours are. We are definitely brothers from separate mothers. We have to be related! XOXO – Bacon

  5. onespoiledcat

    10/22/2013 at 7:27 am

    YIKES…….imagine hearing a bell ringing in the middle of the night in a cemetery…you’d better believe I wouldn’t be checking on the sound – I’d be doing what Easy said he would do – running away like the wind (or a cat possessed anyway).

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

    • PigLove

      10/22/2013 at 8:42 am

      Heck after doing research on this coffin bell ringing, I almost wet myself just hearing the door bell ring at the Hotel Thompson. XOXO – Bacon

  6. Lori Fontanes

    10/22/2013 at 7:37 am

    For more on this spooky topic, check out: “Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear” by Jan Bondeson. Maybe not bedtime reading, tho. 😉

    • PigLove

      10/22/2013 at 8:42 am

      Oohh thank you my friend. I must tell mommy about this so she can check it out. Awesome. XOXO – Bacon

  7. Misaki

    10/22/2013 at 8:10 am

    hahaha that reminds me of Monty Python’s Holy Grail when they bring out the not-so-dead LOL

    • PigLove

      10/22/2013 at 8:43 am

      Snorts. That is true my friend. XOXO – Bacon

  8. evilsquirrel13

    10/22/2013 at 9:22 am

    Ding dong! Dong dong! A little help down here, please!!! 🙂

    • PigLove

      10/22/2013 at 1:47 pm

      Snorts. XOXO – Bacon

  9. The Dancing Rider

    10/22/2013 at 9:35 am

    Wow, Bacon! That is one scary bit of history…….. Can you imagine it? And what if no one heard the ding ding in time?!

    • PigLove

      10/22/2013 at 1:48 pm

      Shivers. I don’t even want to think of that! I’m sure it’s happened though. XOXO – Bacon

  10. Tanja

    10/23/2013 at 8:26 am

    Hence the old saying, “Saved by the bell”

    • PigLove

      10/23/2013 at 9:17 am

      So true my friend! XOXO – Bacon

  11. speedyrabbit

    10/31/2013 at 2:46 am

    how scary would that be to wake up like that?xx Speedy

    • PigLove

      10/31/2013 at 7:07 am

      Oh yes! XOXO – Bacon


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