Mr. Toad has a headstone in the pet cemetery at the Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom at Disney World as a tribute to the now extinct Mr. Toad's Wild Rideโ€ฆ
The second tallest monument in Arlington National Cemetery is a 32' tall bronze sculpture to Confederacy titled "New South" by the sculptor, and the Daughters of the Confederacy hold Confederate memorial day ceremonies there to this day.โ€ฆ
In 1956 the Welsh village of Capel Celyn, including its two cemeteries were submerged to form a dam for Liverpoolโ€™s drinking. The majority of bodies were not removed.โ€ฆ
During WW2, the British Navy sent ships to help defend the U.S. from German U-Boat attacks. The HMT Bedfordshire was sunk off the coast of North Carolina. A special cemetery was created in Ocracoke, NC, and is leased in perpetuity to England so that the men would be buried on British soil.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Ruth Coker Burks. During the AIDS epidemic in the late 1980s, she used her salary as a real estate agent to provide support, medication and palliative care for more than 1000 AIDS patients whose families had abandoned them, and for some, burying them in her own family cemetery in Arkansas.โ€ฆ
The world's largest cemetery is Wadi-us-Salaam ("Valley of Peace") in Najaf, Iraq - it contains tens of millions of bodies over an area of 6 kmยฒ, and approximately 500,000 new bodies from around the globe are buried there annuallyโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the old jewish cemetery in prague. Dating back to 1478, it has gotten full so many times and they just kept adding layers. Now there are 12 layers of graves stacked on top of each other. There are about 12,000 visible tombstones but over 100,000 people buried there.โ€ฆ
There are grave markers bearing Nazi swastikas and tributes to Adolf Hitler in US veteran cemeteries located in Texas and Utahโ€ฆ
A black cemetery in Florida disappeared 100 years ago. The local newspaper started looking for it and through old documents learned that maybe a public housing complex had been built over it. An archaeologist used ground-penetrating radar to see what was in the ground. He found 120 coffins.โ€ฆ
Actor Paul Marcarelli โ€“ the Verizon Wireless โ€œCan you hear me now?โ€ guy โ€“ told โ€œThe Atlanticโ€ magazine that the catchphrase plagues him so much that someone even said it to him at his grandmotherโ€™s funeral as her casket was being lowered into the cemetery plot.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the systematic destruction of the Armenian cemetery at Julfa. In response to charges from Armenia and various international organisations and despite overwhelming evidence of their involvement, the Azerbaijani government insisted that the cemetery and the monuments within had never existed.โ€ฆ
That, once the Civil War began, Confederate general Robert E. Lee's plantation outside Washington DC was repurposed by the Lincoln administration to house a camp for escaped slaves. It contained a school, hospital, and cemetery, and it is now the site of Arlington National Cemetery.โ€ฆ
Memorial Necrรณpole Ecumรชnica is the tallest cemetery in the world with restaurants, concert hall and gardens. It has 32 floors with 150 tombs in each floor. It offers a three year burial option which costs between between $5,900 and $21,000.โ€ฆ
In response to a literal overflow of corpses in Parisian cemeteries in 1780, it took the city 12 years to move between 6 and 7 million bodies to its former underground mine quarries which became the cityโ€™s catacombs.โ€ฆ
There is a spacecraft cemetery in the middle of the Pacific Oceanโ€ฆ
The Blue Hole is a 120-metre-deep sinkhole, five miles north of Dahab, Egypt. Its nickname is the โ€œdiversโ€™ cemeteryโ€. Divers in Dahab say 200 died in recent years. Many of those who died were attempting to swim under the arch. This challenge is to scuba divers what Kilimanjaro is to hikers.โ€ฆ
Hamburg has the biggest rural cemetery in the world and that it is nearly twice the size of Monaco at 400 hectares.โ€ฆ
Dred Scott and William Tecumseh Sherman are buried in the same cemetery located in St. Louis, Missouri.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Djordje Mihailovic, a keeper of Serbian Military Cemetery at Zeitenlik, in Thessaloniki. Like his grandfather and father before him, for more than half a century he welcomes the descendants of Serbian soldiers who died in Salonika front during the WW1. He is the last of his line.โ€ฆ
John Parr and George Ellison, respectively the first and last British military casualties of World War I, are coincidentally buried in the St-Symphorien cemetery in Belgium, with their graves facing each other.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of a cemetery island just off the coast of Cabuya, Costa Rica. During low tide, a land bridge will surface, connecting the island to the mainland, which allows people to travel on foot and even hold funeral processions.โ€ฆ
There is only one cemetery in Singapore still open for burials. The burial period for all graves is limited to 15 years, after which the graves are exhumed.โ€ฆ
In the 19th century the city of London once considered building a giant death pyramid to deal with the city's looming cemetery shortageโ€ฆ
The largest number of graves of any cemetery for U.S. personnel killed during World War II is located in Manila, Philippines. It has 17,206 graves. 16,636 of which were U.S. personnel. #MemorialDayโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Highgate Cemetery Vampire. In 1970, after a period of vandalism, two rival vampire hunters claimed there was a vampire on the loose while declaiming the other as a charlatan. A mob overran police, and staked and burned numerous corpses. The vampire was never found.โ€ฆ
Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, lost her virginity at a cemetery where she would secretly meet her future husband. After Shelley died, her family searched her desk and they found a copy of a poem written by her deceased husband, along with some of his ashes and the remains of his heart.โ€ฆ
Even the Ku Klux Klan classifies the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group; the KKK were one of the main counter protesters against the Church's anti-Memorial Day protests at the Arlington Cemetery, Virginiaโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Ruth Coker Burks aka the "Cemetery Angel" who at the height of the AIDS crisis put up her own money to take care of and buy medicine for AIDS patients and buried over 40 people in her family's cemetery plot, most of whom were gay men whose families would not claim their ashes.โ€ฆ
Robert E. Lee owned a plantation across the river from Washington DC until the start of the civil war. The Lees abandoned the home and the Union army occupied their land, ultimately burying Union war dead there to spite Lee for his treason. It is now Arlington National Cemetery.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Argentine Military Cemetery, Falklands Islands. It was built by the British government to house the Argentine soldiers killed in the Falklands war after the Argentine government refused offers to repatriate the bodies, believing they were already in their homelandโ€ฆ
Arlington National Cemetery's land was stolen from the family of Robert E Lee by the US Government. The US Supreme Court later ruled for Lee's family and said the land was taken without due process and the US paid for it.โ€ฆ
In the US you generally buy a cemetery spot for life and not just rent it until you stop renewing it anymore as is custom in many other other parts of the worldโ€ฆ
France granted the US permanent, rent-free possession of the American cemetery in Normandy, which contains the remains of 9,387 fallen troops plus a memorial to 1,557 killed there whose remains were either not found or not identified.โ€ฆ
One of three victims of the United States' only fatal nuclear accident is buried in a lead-lined coffin at Arlington National Cemetery.โ€ฆ
Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills has a gravestone for Pen and Tellerโ€ฆ
A Russian academic dug up 26 young girl's bodies from cemeteries and kept them in his apartment. He felt sympathy for them and wanted to reanimate them with science or black magic. He put their decaying bodies in dolls so they would have better looking, more functional bodies after reanimation.โ€ฆ
That, following the closure of a Paris cemetery and removal of bodies in 1786, many of the bodies had improperly decayed and only remained as mounds of human fat. This fat, known as "corpse wax", was subsequently collected and turned into candles and soap. blogs.scientificamerican.โ€ฆ
In 2013, the funeral home that held the body of one of the Boston bombers was unable to find a place to bury him, continuously getting rejected by multiple cemeteries. After several days of rejection, he pleaded: "I'm not burying a terorist. I'm burying a dead body."โ€ฆ
The British sent ships and men to the US at the start of WWII to protect us from German U-boats. One ship sank and all 37 men on-board died. Only 4 washed up on shore. A special "British Cemetery" was created and it is leased in perpetuity to England so the men are at rest on British soilโ€ฆ
In the 18th century, after two million burials, Les Innocents Cemetery in Paris became so full that the Parisians started to pile bodies in the roofs and walls of buildings constructed around the cemetery. Eventually the walls collapsed sending bones and bodies into a neighbouring house.โ€ฆ
Due to a shortage of space, burials in cemeteries are limited in Singapore to a maximum of 15 years, after which the deceased must be dug up and cremated.โ€ฆ
There is a small strip of land in North Carolina which is officially British. This small cemetery is the burial place of several soldiers killed in World War 2. It flies the British flag, and the 'forever lease' states that it is British land.โ€ฆ
In Zurich's largest cemetery there is a "Mourning Vending Machine" with some of its contents are tissues, rosaries, condolence cards, and even a tiny music box playing โ€œYou Are My Sunshine.โ€โ€ฆ
Today I learned of a supposed cemetery for giants in North Dakota. In 1883, newspapers talked about a City of the Dead that was filled with bones from a giant race. A second cemetery was also mentioned near the state capital. The story even found its way into the Scientific American.โ€ฆ
The Roman Gladiators had a diet that was mostly vegetarian, according to an analysis of bones from a cemetery where the arena fighters were buried.โ€ฆ
There is a difference between a cemetery and a graveyard. A graveyard is on church grounds next to the churchyardโ€ฆ
Since 1948 there has been a group of ladies at Arlington National Cemetery that has attended every funeral to support and comfort families, or to be there only one that attends to ensure no one is ever buried aloneโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Pvt. John Parr and Pvt. George Edwin Ellison. These men were the very first and last British soldiers to perish in WW1. Between their deaths, nearly a million other British soldiers would die, yet these two, in an unplanned coincidence, were laid to rest just 15ft apart in the same cemetery.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Wadi-us-Salaam cemetery in Iraq, the largest cemetery in the world and the final resting place of tens of millions of people.
Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust, was buried in a cemetery on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. He is the only member of the Nazi Party to be honoured this way.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Hart Island in NY, one of the largest cemeteries in the U.S. About one million people have been buried there since 1869, mostly children and stillborn babies. Very few people have even been allowed to visit, and taking pictures or videos is illegal.โ€ฆ
Upon his death, Nic Cage will be buried in a large pyramid-shaped mausoleum in New Orleans' most famous cemetery.โ€ฆ
Union artillery officer Alonzo Cushing was killed after being wounded twice during the Battle of Gettysburg, refusing evacuation from his position atop Cemetery Ridge during Pickettโ€™s Charge. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor 151 years later, the longest wait for any recipient.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Colma, a town in California where the dead outnumber the living by 1000 to 1. The population of the dead is about 1.5 million and the town has most of it's land dedicated to cemeteries.It is also called as the City of the Silent.โ€ฆ
Many popular sites in New York City, like Washington Square Park, Madison Square Park, Bryant Park, and Union Square Park, used to be cemeteries. Washington Square Park alone contains over 20,000 bodies. Most of these cemeteries closed in the 1800โ€™s, and the parks were built right on top.โ€ฆ
There is a Spacecraft cemetery in the Pacific Oceanโ€ฆ
One airport (SAV) in the US has 2 headstones embedded in the runway from an expansion where the next of kin refused to exhume the bodies of a small family cemeteryโ€ฆ
The creator of the Addams family was called Charles "Chaz" Addams and was basically a real life version of Golmez. He even married one of his wife's in a pet cemetery, but sadly not the one he modelled Morticia after.โ€ฆ
More people are buried in Rochester, NY's Mount Hope Cemetery than are currently alive in the city limits (350,000 buried to 210,000 alive). rochestercitynewspaper.coโ€ฆ
Nicolas Cage has pyramid tomb in New Orleans' oldest cemetery. The white pyramid stands nine feet tall and is inscribed with the words โ€œomnia ab uno,โ€ meaning โ€œEverything from One.โ€โ€ฆ
The town of Colma near San Francisco has 17 cemeteries, about 1.5 million graves but only 1600 living residents. Its motto is "It's great to be alive in Colma."โ€ฆ
Arlington National Cemetery was founded during the Civil War on the estate of Robert E. Leeโ€™s wife, Mary Custis Lee. The estate became forfeit when the Lees failed to pay taxes in the amount of $92.07 and the US government purchased the land. โ€‹โ€ฆ
The skeleton found by Tuco in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly inside the wrong coffin at Sad Hill cemetery, was a real human skeleton. A deceased Spanish actress wrote in her will she wanted to act even after her death.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Tomb Of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. Begun in 1921, it honors servicemen and women whose remains were never returned or found. Also, its sentinels do not wear their name plates or ranks on their uniforms out of respect for the fallen comradesโ€ฆ
When the remains from an overcrowded Paris cemetery were moved to the catacombs, the "corpse wax" from partially decomposed bodies was used to make soapโ€ฆ
The streets of Prague are paved with headstones from Jewish cemeteriesโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the "Arlington Ladies", volunteering to attend every military funeral since 1948 so that no soldier, sailor, airman or marine is buried alone at Arlington National Cemetery (avg. 30 funerals per day).โ€ฆ
During the Civil War, the Union took it upon itself to seize General Robert E Leeโ€™s home in Virginia for the high ground, then kept it, and partially used it to forever punish Leeโ€™s fight against the nation by turning it into Arlington National Cemetery.โ€ฆ
Grave robbers once held Charlie Chaplinโ€™s body for $600,000 ransom. Several months after his death, Charlie Chaplin's body was briefly kidnapped from a Swiss cemetery by two mechanics.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Barbara Jordan, the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction, the first Southern African-American woman elected to the US House of Representatives, and the first African-American woman to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Merry Cemetery in Romania where gravestones are beautifully painted with pictures and words to describe the desceased persons life, and sometimes also how they died. Some have very funny epitaphs and others are more serious.โ€ฆ
A group of film enthusiasts restored the cemetery from the film 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly', and allowed crowdfunders a chance to have their names written on the wooden crosses for $15โ€ฆ
In a private cemetery in Arkansas, a woman single-handedly buried and gave funerals to more than 40 gay men during the height of the AIDS epidemic, when their families wouldn't claim them.โ€ฆ
Graveyard is a burial ground that adjoins a churchโ€™s and a cemetery is a burial ground that does not. People are buried in graveyards but in cemeteries it can be both people and ashes.โ€ฆ
In 2010 Nicholas Cage purchased a pyramid shaped tomb in New Orlean's oldest cemetery (St. Louis cemetery) as his final resting place, to protect him from vengeful Voodoo spirits, because in 2007 he bought the infamously haunted Madame LaLaurie mansion.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Arlington Ladies who are a group of volunteers that attend funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery to ensure that no Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Coast Guardsman is buried alone.โ€ฆ
In 1966 French President Charles de Gaulle demanded that all American military personnel leave France. American President Lyndon Johnson asked if that order applied to American soldiers in French cemeteries.โ€ฆ
A German lieutenant, Friedrich Lengfeld, was killed by a land mine while attempting to rescue a wounded American soldier during the Battle of Hรผrtgen Forest in WWII. The Americans erected a monument in his honor; the only American monument placed in any German military cemetery.โ€ฆ
The skeletons of 40,000 people were used to build a chapel in Prague. The site became popular in the 13th century when an abbot sprinkled โ€œholy soilโ€ from Jerusalem on the cemetery grounds.โ€ฆ
Werner Herzog once promised fellow documentary maker Errol Morris that he would eat his shoe if Morris ever finished his movie on pet cemeteries, because he found Morris to be incapable of ever finishing his projects. In 1978 Morris finished his film, and Herzog publicly cooked and ate his shoe.โ€ฆ
Room 8 was once the most beloved cat in LA - donations for his funeral were so great the stray has one of the biggest graves in the pet cemetery (the most visited 51 years later), what was left was donated to a cat rescue established in his name.
After Union cemeteries were filled, general Robert E. Lee's own former property in Virginia was chosen to bury Civil War casualties, a partly vindictive move ensuring that no one could ever live there again. The property eventually became Arlington National Cemetery.โ€ฆ
Over 1 million people have been buried in the Pรจre Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, and that Jim Morrison (The Doors) is also buried there.โ€ฆ
The stolen body of U.S. politician John Scott Harrison was discovered at the Ohio Medical College by his son and nephew, who were there looking for the body of their cousin whose grave robbery had been discovered in the cemetery the day before... at John Scott Harrison's burial.โ€ฆ
The atheistic Cult of Reason was sponsored by the French revolutionary govt. to replace Catholicism. Notre Dame's altar was dismantled, and provocatively dressed women posed inside representing virtues like Reason. Cemetery gates in France had to bear the inscription "Death is an eternal sleep."โ€ฆ
Cairo's massive cemetery known as "City of the Dead" is also a slum, where thousands of families have lived since the 60s.โ€ฆ
There is an American military cemetery Margraten, Netherlands. On Memorial Day each year every last grave is "adopted" by a Dutch family that lays flowers over the site.โ€ฆ
St. John Cemetery, dubbed the resting place for "deadfellas", contains the graves of John Gotti, Aniello Dellacroce, Carlo Gambino, Vito Genovese, Lucky Luciano, Joe Profaci, Joe Columbo, Carmine Galante and Salvatore Maranzanoโ€ฆ
A Petersburg VA home is built with marble tombstones from the graves of 2,200 Union soldiers buried in a Virginia cemetery.โ€ฆ
"Heart Island" in NYC houses the unclaimed dead,serves as a mass grave for the poor, and is the largest tax-funded cemetery in the world.โ€ฆ
During the civil war the man who chose the location for the Arlington Cemetery, Montgomery Meigs, a southerner who hated the confederacy, chose Arlington, Robert E. Lees family estate to remind him of the men he had killed, including Meigs's son who was buried feet from Mrs. Lees rose garden.โ€ฆ
Kurweeton Road Cemetery is Australiaโ€™s first ever vertical green burial ground, where the dead are buried in a standing position. Graves are dug out by auger. To avoid chemical-based embalming, bodies are typically frozen before burial. Currently, the plots at the cemetery are all unmarkedโ€ฆ
The 3 requirements of a "Lucky Rabbits Foot". First, not any foot will do, it is the left hind foot of a rabbit that is useful as a charm. Second, not any left hind foot of a rabbit will do; the rabbit must have been shot or otherwise captured in a cemetery. Third, moon phase is important.โ€ฆ
Colma, California has a population of 1500 and 1.5 million people buried in Cemeteriesโ€ฆ
In the late 19th century Chicagoโ€™s Lincoln Park was a cemetery that was to be moved out of city limits. Over 20,000 corpses were moved, but nearly 12,000 are still unaccounted for in what was a Potterโ€™s field. They are still there, under what is now baseball diamonds.โ€ฆ
During the Civil War the South had combat camels. One camel, Douglas, was killed by a Union solider during the Siege of Vicksburg. The Confederates related by sending 6 of their best to kill the guy & succeed. Douglas has his own grave marker in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg, Mississippiโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Priceville. A small community founded in the 1800s by African-Americans not far north from what is now Toronto. It was mysteriously emptied of its black residents, its cemetery bulldozed, and the records of interracial marriages that occured there covered up.โ€ฆ
Thereโ€™s a cemetery in Gaza consisting of 3,217 Commonwealth soldiers who died in World War One and Two. This cemetery has been continuously maintained since it's completion in 1920 in one of the most densely populated strips of land in the world.โ€ฆ
The Marquis De Lafayette is buried in a cemetery in Paris under soil taken from Bunker Hill. Nine years before his death, Lafayette had laid the cornerstone for the Bunker Hill Monument.โ€ฆ
Sears had a catalog business selling tombstones and monuments and cemetery accessoriesโ€ฆ

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