Dave: …politics, and Dummy over here won’t remember all the names.
Gareth: That’s Dumb-eth.
Washington Female Seminary: 1836–1948, Washington, Pennsylvania, founded by Francis Julius LeMoyne and Alexander Reed:
The curriculum included both a preparatory course, which generally gained admission to the finest women’s colleges, and a regular course, with studies in music, art, and elocution. It was one of the few schools that taught the Bible from a literary point of view.
–the American female seminary movement: the first was Bethlehem Female Seminary in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1742. Bethlehem was also the first Protestant girls’ boarding school in the US. It was founded by a woman with a glorious name: Countess Benigna Zinzendorf.
Benigna Zinzendorf. Zin-zen-dorf. Say it with me, slowly.
If I ever get a cat, you know what its name will be.
The LeMoyne Crematory: built in 1876 on LeMoyne’s own land, atop Gallow’s Hill, Washington, Pennsylvania–Francis LeMoyne was the third person to be cremated there, in 1879.
Eating hearts: We have been here before, Rubes, o yes we have, tie on a napkin. Hearts get a little juicy.
Cremation: The Treatment of the Body After Death * Sir Henry Thompson
more recommended horror, this time tv: Criminal Minds episode “Mosley Lane”, Season 5, Episode 16. Trust me, it’s directed by Matthew Gray Gubler (who plays Dr. Spencer Reid), and he infused it with this eerie fairy tale veil…perfect for this episode…and for the Lamb Funeral Home.
And the big conundrum of the columbarium:
ashes are stored in an urn, the columbarium is both the ledge provided for display and storage and the public building or wall housing said ledges. They can be either free-standing, or part of a larger mausoleum. Think of a columbarium as people cubbyholes.
Momma got you: Easy Bake Oven, right here. For all of Barbie and Ken’s end of life needs.
Oh, yeah, and that “brilliant” crops’ fertilizer idea? Soylent Green. Hard pass. No.
Bands from this episode (so many bands):
- Cremation Clickbait
- Toxins of the Dead
- Memento Mori
- People Pyre
- Swamp Wizard
- Angel Dust
- The Unwashed
- Dynamiting the Dead
- Screaming Methodists — I propose a combo: Angel Dust and the Screaming Methodists. Who’s with me?
- Crematorium Construction
Cultural references from this episode:
- Mary Poppins (book series, movie)
- Weekend at Bernie’s
- Hansel and Gretel (origin)
- Encino Man
- The Machinist
P. S. That Alcott character involved with the Theosophical Society at the Masonic Temple in New York City, Transcendentalism meets cremation? His full name was Amos Bronson Alcott. His daughter‘s name was Louisa. Louisa May. She wrote the Little Women series. Yes, you can get from death as entertainment to Little Women in two or three (depends on how you count) degrees. It is all connected. See, I’m not crazy. Now, kindly undo these straps.