Monday, February 15, 2010

Buried Alive

Do you ever watch LOST? Did you see the episode where two island dwellers are paralyzed after being bit by a rare spider, and when found by the other island dwellers, they're thought to be dead, only to regain consciousness after being buried alive?

How about Heroes? Did you see the episode wher
e the character who can never die (unless shot in the brain), gets buried alive and is sentenced to his shallow grave for all of eternity.... You can watch it here, just click the link.... (With some dubbed in lines from Star Trek so they would allow it on YouTube.... You'll still get the gist of it....)

Those two scenes have scarred me for life.... I think it's part claustrophobia, part slowly conceding to death, part knowing your loudest screams are going unheard and unanswered by people only six feet above you.
Come to think of it, being trapped in a small space where nobody can get to me might be my greatest fear....

Well, he won't be buried, but starting today, journalist Tim Shaw is being locked in a
metal box in an undisclosed location for 30 days and 30 nights. Mr. Shaw won't even know where he's located.... All he knows is that he'll be somewhere in the United Kingdom and it's somewhere he has been before. The box is only 3 feet high, 4.5 feet wide and 8 feet long, and will contain only himself and mattress.

Only once a day will he have any contact with the outside world, when a silent source will bring him a delivery of food and water through a tiny hatch in the box. The entire 30 days and 30 nights will be filmed and broadcast online with a short delay (to remove anything offensive that might be said), and the lights will be on in the box from 12:00 p.m. GMT to 12:00 a.m. GMT (That's 4:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. PST and 7:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. EST). However, the microphones will be running 24 hours a day.

Throughout Tim Shaw's stay inside the isolation box, viewers will be given an opportunity to guess his whereabouts.... If someone can correctly guess where he is, the lights on the door of the box turn green and Mr. Shaw is released. Oh, and the person who guessed the location of the box correctly will receive approximately $47,000 (30,000 pounds).... By the way, if nobody figures out where he is..... He'll complete the entire 30 days and 30 nights in the box.... There are three types of clues that will be given to help find Mr. Shaw:
  1. A cryptic object, with relevance to the location of the box, will be delivered to Mr. Shaw daily.
  2. Mr. Shaw will be able to talk about his life and the places he's been while inside the box. Since the place he's hidden is somewhere he's been, he might reveal it while talking to the camera.
  3. Mr. Shaw may mention the names of people of interest while inside the box. Contact of people Mr. Shaw may mention during his time in the box may be helpful in finding his location.
This whole thing intrigues me and scares the crap out of me at the same time. Just thinking about watching this man trapped inside this super tiny space makes me cringe..... But on the other hand, I'm fascinated and I want to have the website up on my computer all day to see if he'll crack! The incentive to win $47,000 doesn't hurt either.....

You can get more information on Mr. Shaw, and watch him throughout the ordeal at the following site. Just click the logo to visit....:

By the way.... While you're here.... What's your greatest fear?


  1. That is creepy awesome. I'm going to be checking that out for sure.

  2. I am surprised he does not go mad with all of that isolation. I really have to chekc that out though.

    Biggest fear? Arachnids and sharks. Spiders gimmie the creeps and I used to have dreams that I would meet my demise later in life via a shark.

  3. He's already going crazy.... I just heard him sing 'Ice, Ice Baby' by Vanilla Ice....

  4. Being trapped alive in a coffin or a box has to be on everyone's list of fears. I also would be in the boat with Geof on the spider thing.

  5. My biggest fear is being stranded out in the middle of the ocean just bobbing up and down in the water with unknown creatures swimming inches from my feet.

  6. There is no way I could do that. I would be insane by the end of the first day.

    You know some of our funeral rituals are as a result of making sure that someone is really dead before burial. It seems before bodies were embalmed, it was not unusual for someone to be buried alive.

  7. Now that could be scary! Could you imagine being alive but paralyzed when they begin the embalming process!! YIKES!

  8. one of the things they used to do was have bell outside the grave with a string down inside the coffin, that way if someone was not really dead and they woke up while in the coffin they could pull the string and ring the bell, letting people know they were alive.

  9. @Melissa, could you imagine having the job of listening for that bell!

  10. LOL no that is where the term "Graveyard Shift" came from.

    The original reason wakes were held was to have someone with the deceased 24 hours a day until the burial, in case the decedent "woke up".

    The bell thing would not be very effective in any case. Unless someone has a supply of air in the coffin, they would lose consciousness in 2 to 4 minutes, and would die from lack of air in about 10 to 15 minutes. If they were able to be dug up before death occurred, brain damage would often have taken place.

  11. LOL, unfortunately I have worked grave yard shifts before. Thank god not at an actual cemetery though.

    To me the whole idea of a wake seems morbid but if it was originally a way to make sure they were dead and not going to way up I would prefer that over the bell system.

    That most definitely would be a horrible way to go. Wake up buried alive and then die from a lack of oxygen.

  12. In the part if Georgia where I live, it is not unusual for family members to stay up 24 hours a day with the deceased until the burial. Also, most families will not bury their family until three days have passed. I have heard two reasons for this, tradition to make sure the person is dead, and also tradition because Jesus was buried three days before he rose from the grave.

    You know it just dawned on me that I have a lot of weird information in my head about burials.


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