Wednesday, May 24, 2006

At least the corpse's seat was in the upright position.

A woman died midway through a plane ride today, and no one noticed. Rigor mortis had already set in when they figured it out...at the airport. The flight attendants did not bother her, because they only bother sleeping passengers whose seats need to be moved to the upright position. Rumor has it that the person next to the body took a nap while leaning against the dead woman's shoulder for thirty minutes. Alright, I made up that last part.

The fear people most often talk about is that they might "die alone." This death is something a step worse than what people normally imagine: to publicly and conspicuously die alone.

2 Comments:

Blogger Ruth Anne Adams said...

Why should people fear dying alone? We're born alone. Dying alone seems apt. Also, when people die together, it is usually from a crisis, accident or cult. No thanks, not me! I want to have loved ones there, but I want to be the main event. You know, in about 50 more years.

10:01 PM  
Blogger Christopher Althouse said...

I think most people use that expression non-literally. It's a pretty ambiguous idea, though. Most people probably mean they don't want to die single or without children. In reality, you're right, the only way to not die alone is to have someone go with you--like in a car accident. I don't think anyone wants that.

2:34 PM  

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