Bog Person, Iceman, Mummy, Or Fossil?

5 comments December 31st, 2008at 08:29pm Posted by Eli

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If you had the option of becoming a bog person, an iceman, a mummy, or a fossil after your death, which would you choose?

Sure, bog people, icemen and mummies are all much cooler and better-preserved than fossils, but I don’t think they have the same eternal staying power.

Which is why, if given the choice, I would choose fossilization. Millions of years from now, the sentient cockroaches that rule the earth might someday unearth my bones and arrange them in a threatening pose in one of their museums, possibly holding a shoe and bearing a label like “Fearsome 21st-Century Predator” or “Ruthless Mass Murderer.”

Generally speaking, I don’t much care what happens to my body after I’m done with it, but the idea that it might someday scare the children of a distant and unimaginable future kinda tickles me.

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5 Comments

  • 1. julia  |  January 1st, 2009 at 7:23 am

    See, me I think a bog-giant-cave-sloth would be really awesome. Likewise a cave sloth mummy. Or a slothsickle.

  • 2. Bill  |  January 1st, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Just make me think of this Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

  • 3. charley  |  January 3rd, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    nice pic, i’m very jealous.

    am i missing the backstory on this? it’s very interesting.

    oh, and bog person, it’s my heritage.

  • 4. Eli  |  January 3rd, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks. Not much of a backstory – I just happened to read Olivia Judson’s NYT blog/column about how hard it is for anything to get fossilized, and it put the idea in my head.

  • 5. taylor  |  February 10th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    i dont think that this shit is cool i think that it is dum how cares if they are die i sure dont


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