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Over The Rainbow Burial At Sea

Loved one's ashes create a rainbow.
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We've all sprayed a garden hose to create an artificial rainbow. This idea is to have a converted fireboat spray an arc of water several stories high at the correct angle to the sun such that it creates a rainbow. A converted air tanker normally used to fight fires would also be a possibility.

The loved one's ashes are added to the water so you're actually seeing their last action on Earth being the creation of a pretty rainbow. I'd add sparkles to the ashes as well so you'd actually be able to see them one last time and say goodbye.

doctorremulac3, Oct 08 2022

Rainbow_20Irrigation_20System You mean like this only with a corpse? [xenzag, Oct 08 2022]

Another sparkling water concept. Firefly_20Fountain
[doctorremulac3, Oct 09 2022]

Solids into Liquids https://www.s-k.com...uids-dry-solids.cfm
Putting solid (powder etc) into a liquid stream is reasonably well understood. [neutrinos_shadow, Oct 09 2022]

Fireworks are already a thing. https://www.joincak...remation-fireworks/
[doctorremulac3, Oct 11 2022]

Sung at the pirate themed cannon sent off funeral. https://www.youtube...watch?v=UgsurPg9Ckw
[doctorremulac3, Oct 11 2022]

The closing song after the cannon sendoff. https://www.youtube...watch?v=8Fow61Zsn2s
[doctorremulac3, Oct 11 2022]


       I would have thought liquefaction of the body would work better than cremation into ashes.
pocmloc, Oct 08 2022

       If all of our ashes were converted entirely into tiny cubit zirconia crystals we could over time launch them into space to create a permanent rainbow ring around the Earth, much like Saturn's but way cooler.   

       //I would have thought liquefaction of the body would work better than cremation into ashes.//   

       The dust of the Earthly remains would work fine, I'd think mixing them with sparkles would be nice and those would be particulate as well.   

       //You mean like this only with a corpse?//   

       No. A corpse would be an intact dead body you'd have to shoot into a rainbow, presumably with a catapult of some sort. Not exactly the beautiful and moving goodbye display I had pictured.   

       //If all of our ashes were converted entirely into tiny cubit zirconia crystals we could over time launch them into space to create a permanent rainbow ring around the Earth, much like Saturn's but way cooler.//   

       Hey, I like that. What about just having a satellite formed from a ball of crystalized remains that gets bigger and bigger with each new delivery? A satellite cemetary circling overhead at night. You'd be able to look up and know that bright light moving overhead is the remains of the loved one you lost.   

       I like that a lot.
doctorremulac3, Oct 08 2022

       But have you ever tried liquefying a Human body?
pocmloc, Oct 08 2022

       Eh. Not exactly on my bucket list.
doctorremulac3, Oct 08 2022

       // If all of our ashes were converted entirely into tiny cubit zirconia crystals //   

       Why make fake diamonds (cubic zirconium) instead of real ones (cubic carbon)? Human bodies contain about 15% carbon, zirconium only a tiny fraction of that. Of course, CZ is a lot easier to make, but you’re not gonna get much per corpse.
a1, Oct 08 2022

       Well, even better. One shipment to the "Death Star" satellite (gonna need a better name) could contain the remains of thousands of those who've passed.
doctorremulac3, Oct 08 2022

       Right so you're perfectly happy to dismiss my suggestion, based not only on exactly zero real-world experience but on a professed unwillingness to even try it.
pocmloc, Oct 08 2022

       //Why make fake diamonds (cubic zirconium) instead of real ones (cubic carbon)?//   

Because I was not aware we could do that of course.
Capital idea.

       //Hey, I like that.//   

it is something to take pride in...

       //Right so you're perfectly happy to dismiss my suggestion//   

       It's not that, it's one of the finest liquified human concepts I've ever heard, top ten at least, just not part of my skillset.
doctorremulac3, Oct 08 2022

       "Don't knock it 'til you've tried it!"   

       This has been a public service announcement from the Liquifying Human Remains community.
pertinax, Oct 08 2022

       So, just for clarification, are we talking chemical liquefication, or more of a will-it-blend approach?   

       Perhaps explosive decompression might tenderize nicely?   

       Well that turned into a Monty Python schetch pretty quick.   

       Very good, carry on. (sits back with popcorn and 3D glasses)   

       Myth Busters covered that by the way, the Breaking Bad episode.
doctorremulac3, Oct 09 2022

       Covered what?   

       Human body liquifecation?   

       Seeing how the remains have to go through pumps and nozzles I think a suspension of diamonds is not a good idea since it will abrade the machinery. Similarly a mechanical liquefaction produces a suspension which may gum up the works. Chemical liquefaction should produce a solution which would solve the problem.   

       I also would like to query whether suspending diamonds in a spray of water from a fire tug makes any visible difference to how much the spray looks sparkly. Next you're going to tell me that you haven't tried this either.
pocmloc, Oct 09 2022

       //Covered what?   

       Human body liquifecation?//   

       Yup. Well, they used a pig carcass, but they duplicated the process they used in Breaking Bad to dispose of bodies by dissolving them in acid.   

       And yes, my experience with bodies, liquified or powdered is minimal, almost zero. Well, zero actually.   

       Good point about the pumps though, the air drop method would eliminate those issues. But the arc of water thing from the pump would be a nice effect. The way to do the arc of water would just be to add whatever solid material, diamonds etc after it leaves the nozzle. Basically sprinkle it into the stream after it's dissipated it's gauge pressure and is flowing as a result of velocity only.
doctorremulac3, Oct 09 2022

       //Basically sprinkle it into the stream//
Pretty much. Eductors use the liquid flow to entrain the solid, but that is for much more volume than you're talking about, so a sprinkle in the vicinity (before or just after) the nozzle is perfect.
neutrinos_shadow, Oct 09 2022

       Yea, the volume ratio is very one sided, so the physics of getting the job done isn't an issue, it's basically about the rainbow. Even added the sprinkles so you could actually see them since otherwise you really would just see a stream of water making a rainbow and have to take their word for it.   

       And as you pointed out in your link, the mechanisms for this are already there. Just need to put them on a boat, mix in the sparkles, pick the time of day, sun angle and viewing position and you'd have a very pretty and moving final goodbye ceremony I'd think.
doctorremulac3, Oct 10 2022

       OK very good
pocmloc, Oct 10 2022

       Or just mix the ashes with some motor oil. On contact with the water you get both wide distribution, calm seas, and rainbows.
mylodon, Oct 11 2022

       Is there any reason why the burial /has/ to be at sea?   

       I mean, for most people burial at field would be a lot easier to arrange and attend. And you could be fertilising into the bargain.
Loris, Oct 11 2022

       What about incorporating their ashes into a 14-inch shell and exploding them over a lake? It's just as brilliant and you wouldn't have to rent an expensive pompier boat.
Cuit_au_Four, Oct 11 2022

       What about into party poppers for a celebratory dinner?
pocmloc, Oct 11 2022

       //mix the ashes with some motor oil//   

       Well I suppose the sea birds being coated with grandma would sort of be a tribute.   

       //Is there any reason why the burial /has/ to be at sea?//   

       Know you're sort of kidding, but was thinking about the air tanker thing, they make runs over the forest as standard practice, you could basically just pay them to do a run without the fire.   

       //What about incorporating their ashes into a 14-inch shell and exploding them over a lake?//   

       I had thought of that and found out it's actually a thing. Let me find the link.   

       //What about into party poppers for a celebratory dinner?//   

       Again, I know you're kidding but I think you've got something there. Not for a dinner obviously (Cleanup on table ten!) but all the guests standing on one side of the boat, downwind obviously, shooting the ashes into the water with confetti and streamers?   

       Is there any reason why people might not want to do this? I think you hit on something there. Yea, joking about doing it at a dinner party, but change where you do it, why not from a boat? Seriously, I'd bun that idea.
doctorremulac3, Oct 11 2022

       Just a cannon with confetti and sparkles shot downwind from a boat. Doesn't even need to be explosive powered, could be pneumatic, even spring loaded.   

       But could even add pyrotechnics, sparkles, stars, etc.
doctorremulac3, Oct 11 2022

       I wasn't kidding about the field thing - I mean, it opens up the scope to those on a budget. But then again, there's plenty of alternatives for the landlocked.   

       //[...] why not from a boat?//   

       Well, why not indeed, I don't have a problem with it.
Although, if you're doing it from a boat, why not do it from a ship... why not do it from a pirate ship?

       Imagine it:
It's a sunny day with gentle breeze. The mourning party observe the progress of a replica pirate ship, sailing majestically with flags at half mast. The gun ports snap open on command, and all the cannon fire on a high trajectory in staggered sequence. Timed charges detonate, spreading cremains, magnesium sparks, biodegradable glitter and a cloud of water droplets at the optimal viewing angle.
Loris, Oct 11 2022

       I friggin' love it!   

       The only downside I can see is that it might actually make funerals fun. Like, too much fun.   

       Another option would be a 21 gun salute with shotguns loaded with the cremains, but let's get serious here.   

       We're done. Pirate ship cannon funerals? Are you kidding me? That's how I want to go.   

       And people obviously dress like pirates!   

       Wow. And yes, the tributes need to be spoken in piratees. "Arrrgh, he was a good matey he was!".
doctorremulac3, Oct 11 2022

       And the music? Do I need to say it? (links)
doctorremulac3, Oct 11 2022


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