[Histonet] Formaldehyde Ban - - at funerals ? almost funny.

Edwards, R.E. ree3 <@t> leicester.ac.uk
Mon Aug 20 03:52:39 CDT 2007

Well  blow  me  down  and  there's  me  thinking  all  these  years that
Dame Sylvie  Krin was  a  lady. 

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Subject: Re: [Histonet] Formaldehyde Ban - - at funerals ? almost funny.

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> This ban (if it really exists) refers to embalming bodies in funeral 
> ceremonies. ...
Like this?
To the sound of mournful music the lead-lined oaken coffin was slowly
carried up the aisle and placed on a plinth before the altar. The
undertaker, using a stainless steel brace and bit that shone like
burnished silver, drilled a hole in the lid and inserted a large plastic
funnel. His burly assistant slowly and reverently poured in fifty-four
litres of environmentally friendly embalming fluid, warranted free of
formaldehyde, while the choir sang six verses of "For all the saints,"
obscuring the gurglings from the funnel. 

The undertaker then took a cork, carried to him on a satin cushion by
one of the youngest relatives of the deceased. He elegantly plugged the
hole in the coffin's lid while his assistant inconspicuously carried
away the funnel and the six dozen-size cardboard boxes of empty vodka
bottles. After several long speeches and a brief prayer for the soul of
the deceased, the coffin containing the newly embalmed body was taken to
the crematorium. This deprived the cemetery worms of a free feast and
booze-up, but they had no way of knowing that. 
(Apologies to Sylvie Krin  for copying his style but not very well.
That's for Brit  histonetters and expats who read Private Eye. )

John Kiernan
(Both Brit and Canadian)
London, Ontario
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