Business: Cemetery
Perpendicular Cold Storage   (+2, -1)  [vote for, against]
Heads up triples capacity.

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:
[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]

[+] 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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