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Perpendicular Cold Storage

Heads up triples capacity.
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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.
nuclear hobo, Feb 21 2007

For example: http://news.bbc.co....pacific/4493655.stm
[MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 21 2007]

Suggested by [veryvermilion] in August 2004 Standing_20Room_20Only
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]


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       [+] for using the term "reformatted" with regard to corpses.   

       Could they be defragged?
shapu, Feb 21 2007
  

       baked throughout history
Murdoch, Feb 22 2007
  

       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.
ldischler, Feb 22 2007
  

       They buried my mother with a post hole digger.
Galbinus_Caeli, Feb 22 2007
  

       What was he doing there?
Murdoch, Feb 22 2007
  

       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.
Jscotty, Feb 22 2007
  


 

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