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  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Tony Stewart’s Unusual Vehicle   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is known as an avid car collector, and owns several high end vehicles, including a 2005 Lamborghini Murciliagio, the NASCAR car he crashed at the 2001 Daytona 500, the first car he won at Richmond with, a 2003 Hummer that was souped up by Dub, a 1956 Chevy shorted pick-up truck, [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Co-operate with the Walking Dead… or else   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Walking Dead is an American show made by AMC, based on the graphic novel series of the same name. Unfortunately, Clear Channel didn’t quite think fully about what exactly makes us human, and like an undead zombie didn’t really think ahead when choosing where to place this billboard for the Walking Dead. Clear Channel [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Vancouver’s only Cemetery finally Re-opens its Doors   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Mountain View Cemetery is the only graveyard within the city limits of Vancouver, British Columbia, and for the first time in a quarter century they are once again allowing burials. The cemetery was established in 1887 as the second graveyard in the greater Vancouver area. Today, this cemetery occupies 106 acres and contains 92 000 [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Pet Funeral industry undertaking major changes   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Having a pet pass away can be a terrible experience, but even more difficult has been trying to figure out what to do with your pet’s remains afterward. Many pet owners consider their furry friend to be a member of their family, so it can be hard to simply bury their body without ceremony in [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: The Roundhay Garden Scene Murders   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Roundhay Garden Scene is the oldest surviving film in the world. It was recorded at Oakwood Grange in Roundhay, Leeds in Yorkshire, England on October 14, 1888. It features Adolphe Le Prince, Sarah Whitley, Joseph Whitley and Harriet Hartley in the garden, walking around and laughing. The film runs for almost 2 seconds and [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: D.W. Griffith: From The Birth Of A Nation to his death   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail D.W. Griffith was a celebrated director, producer, writer, actor and racist. He was born in 1875, before the days of Hollywood and even before silent films came into existence. He is best remembered for his 1915 epic film “The Birth of a Nation”, the most ambitious and commercially successful film made in the USA at [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Funeral Traditions in Zambia   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Due to the spread out nature of Zambia’s numerous cities and villages, funeral and burial customs vary greatly from one place to the next. Most customs in the country combine traditional beliefs with modern ones, making all funerals there very uniquely Zambian. The first thing that a close family does when somebody dies is spread [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Funeral Traditions: Austria   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Austria is mainly a Catholic country, and thus many of their funeral rites and traditions are based on Catholic traditions. Austrian funerals are often grand affairs, with lots of high fashion and live music. In fact, one of the largest cemeteries in Europe calls Vienna home, and the Funeral Museum is also located in Vienna. [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: What is a Bier?   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail This is an old wheeled bier from Grendon church in Northhamptonshire in England. A bier, not to be confused with the tasty alcoholic beer, is actually a stand which is placed under a casket, that can be used to assist pallbearers when they are carrying it. There are some that have wheels that are used [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: The Historic Ruins of Merida, Spain   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Merida, Spain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a treasured historical center of Spain. It was established in 25 BC with the name Emerita Augusta, which eventually evolved into its current name. The original name meant “the discharged soldiers of the army of Augustus”, referring to Emperor Augustus, who’s discharged soldiers established the city. [...]

  • Thumbnail The Luxor Hotel on the Las Vegas strip was the venue of choice for actor Tony Curtis’ funeral service. Actor Tony Curtis had the kind of funeral that many people would just die for. His friends and family said goodbye to him in Henderson, NV in September 2010, where he was buried with all of [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: History of Tombstone, Arizona   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Tombstone, Arizona was made famous by being a historic mining boomtown in the 1800s and an important center for the Wild West. Tombstone is perhaps one of the most renowned and recognizable names in the Wild West. In the late 1800s, Ed Schieffelin came out to Camp Huachuca with a party of soldiers with the purpose [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Eddie Fisher’s Final Curtain Call   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail As Eddie Fisher once said, “(by the time I was 33) I had been married to America’s sweetheart and America’s femme fatale, and both marriages had ended in scandal.” Fisher was one of the most popular singers in America, but unfortunately had given up much of his career for love. He had fathered two children [...]

  • Thumbnail St. Catherine’s Monastery is located at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt. A mosque was built within the compound but has never been used because is wasn’t pointed correctly towards Mecca when it was built. St. Catherine’s Monastery was constructed between 527 and 565 AD in Egypt by order of Roman Emperor Justinian, and [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Recycling Graves – What’s Old is New Again!   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail At The City of London Cemetery and Crematorium, they reuse old graves. Hundreds of families have been asked recently if they wouldn’t mind if grave plots from relatives, who had died more than 75 years ago, could be reused. The plan is that after 75 years the remains would be dug up and reburied deeper, [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: The Historic Santa Maria Magdalena Graveyard of San Juan   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Santa Maria Magdalena Graveyard is located in San Juan, and shares a wall with one of Puerto Rico’s most famous landmarks, The Fort of San Felipe del Morro. This graveyard was built right beside the ocean for symbolic reasons, to allow the souls of the deceased the chance to sail off through the sea. [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: The Funeral of Julius Caesar   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail For anyone who has ever visited Rome, you have the perfect opportunity to view Julius Caesar’s grave, located in “The Temple of Caesar” at The Forum. An altar is all that remains of this ancient gravesite, which was built in the year of his death, 44 BC. Julius Caesar was one of the most important [...]

  • P-Francone wrote a new blog post: Burial at Sea: Down in Davy Jones’ Locker   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Davy Jones’ locker is a euphemism for the bottom of the sea. It’s believed that the name came from St. David who is the patron saint of sailers. Burial at sea is possibly one of the oldest methods for disposing of the body of the deceased. Although no records are available, this practice was probably [...]