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Borrowing from Seagate's Perpendicular
Recording technology for digital storage, I
propose vertical burial as a way to increase
the storage density of cemetaries by a factor
of three. Land use would be maximized and
cemetaries, including those without space for
new applicants, could be reformatted,
providing additional storage capacity and
opportunity for profit.
[MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 21 2007]
Suggested by [veryvermilion] in August 2004
I mentioned at the time that Ben Jonson was buried thusly, in 1637. That would be 'widely known to exist', then. [angel, Feb 22 2007]
||[+] for using the term "reformatted" with regard to corpses.
||If the coffins were airtight and rifled so the gasses of decomp shot a spinning corpse into the air from time to time, that I would vote for.
||They buried my mother with a post hole digger.
||Some cemetaries are also stacking the bodies in 3's horizontally. It seems like that would still use the same amount of space. If the average casket is 6 feet long and 2 feet tall it would still be a 6x6 area regardless of whether it was horizontal or vertical. My grandmother bought 2 plots for my grandfather and herself. After they were buried we were told that we could have first dibs on the remaining third spot.