New York State Funeral Directors Association

If what’s left of me gets put on display centuries from now, I hope I have an expression on my face similar to what I saw on faces of these poor “mummies” at the Cincinnati museum that was charging people $19.50 to gawk at the remains of dead humans.

It’s a look that says “What did I do to deserve this?”

Hundreds of people lined a New York City street and watched in horror as smoke and fire spewed from an iconic building.

Victims leaped from windows trying to escape the fast-moving flames.

What sounds like a scene from the September 11 terror attacks actually took place more than a century ago as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade made its way down Fifth Avenue.

There’s No Shame in a Nice Grave Site

A photograph of this grave site near Russia shows a life-sized statue of a man, sitting comfortably at a table.

Other graves in this cemetery, apparently in Russia or Ukraine, have grand marble reproductions of the cars they drove – symbols of the achievements these departed people accomplished before they passed on.

Some included life-sized etchings of themselves in their favorite shirts or suits, many smiling as they did during life.

Video: Slaves No More

New York's Capital Region honors, re-buries Colonial-era slaves. Found by accident in an unmarked cemetery, scientists pinpointed their African origin and the community held a wake and funeral.

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