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TV Show Seeks Terminally Ill Volunteer for Mummification

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the wrap-it-up dept.

Television 262

Terminal illness got you down? Does your future seems bleak? Channel 4 and production company Fulcrum TV would like to brighten your day by making you the star of an upcoming documentary. They would like to offer you the chance to be mummified on TV and maybe even displayed in a museum afterward. An advertisement for the project reads: "We are currently keen to talk to some one who, faced with the knowledge of their own terminal illness and all that it entails, would nonetheless consider undergoing the process of an ancient Egyptian embalming."

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Awesome (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761018)

Just awesome.

I hereby volunteer Bill Gates for this one (2, Funny)

H4x0r Jim Duggan (757476) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761676)

When you're making a TV show that needs a mummy army, just let me know

Re:I hereby volunteer Bill Gates for this one (1)

The Clockwork Troll (655321) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761770)

Hey I'll volunte-

}}}NO CARRIER

retarded actually (1)

CHRONOSS2008 (1226498) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761698)

next up lets do a documentary of your life then when yuo die we will rmeove all yoru organs on live tv
and yes hold them up ranitng strange words like aztecs

haha

Depends... (5, Funny)

Cryacin (657549) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761024)

Am I going to be done terriyaki style?

Re:Depends... (3, Informative)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761084)

I don't believe it - someone with mod points has never watched Futurama.

I thought that was a requirement before anyone could get a Slashdot ID?

Re:Depends... (3, Funny)

Anubis350 (772791) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761344)

It's not that, the mod's pissed 'cause *he* was going to eat that mummy!

Re:Depends... (2, Funny)

asifyoucare (302582) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761734)

MILE

Not a bad idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761030)

It's for science! I think this could be interesting.

Re:Not a bad idea (5, Insightful)

Interoperable (1651953) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761306)

It's for science!

No, it's for "science."

Good. (4, Insightful)

Cryacin (657549) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761342)

So it's not just me that sees shows like Mythbusters as an intellectual version of Jackass.

Re:Good. (4, Interesting)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761560)

So it's not just me that sees shows like Mythbusters as an intellectual version of Jackass.

I'm pretty sure that was their intent, so no, you're definitely not the only one.

Or, as Teller once put it when asked about their greatest achievement on "Bullshit":

"Our greatest achievement is presenting skepticism to people with the assistance of obscenity and naked breasts and genitals."

I'm sure Adam Savage would give a similar answer; just replace "obscenity and naked breasts and genitals" with "explosions and goofy antics".

Re:Not a bad idea (1)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761466)

Ehhh... there's a certain amount of stuff that needs to be done to interest people in science. We have a culture where being smart is a bad thing. Little ways we can fight that is good... the MythBusters started out ok, until they started warning about the science content. Warning? WTF? There should be a "Now pay attention to this next bit!" tag, not a fucking warning.

Re:Not a bad idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761736)

It's reverse psychology. If you tell people it's dangerous and not to try it at home, they'll want to more.

Re:Not a bad idea (1)

FiloEleven (602040) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761742)

When is the last time the theories on preparing Egyptian bodies for mummification were tested? We've seen documentation of the procedure on pyramid walls and we've seen the mummies themselves, but how do we know that the proposed mix and administration of chemicals are correct?

Performing the procedure will tell us more about it. So what if it's also a gimmick for raising ad revenue?

Creepy (2, Insightful)

Psychotic_Wrath (693928) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761032)

Let me be the first to say thats kind of creepy. Are they gonna suck their organs out of them just like the egyptians used to? Cuz thats kind of weird.

Re:Creepy (1)

tuxgeek (872962) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761720)

Yep, I'm with you on the "This is creepy" line of thought
Pretty much the same as "Lets video tape a corpse decomposing in a grave"
Nothing but a sick, twisted idea here ...

Don't forget to... (3, Funny)

incognito84 (903401) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761052)

Remember, the actual brain is located in the stomach. That thing in your head is just waste and is to be disgarded!

Sequel? (5, Funny)

tsvk (624784) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761068)

Terminally III?

Is that, like, the sequel to Terminally II?

Re:Sequel? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761318)

Didn't they make a third one called Terminally Ill -Salvation.

Re:Sequel? (4, Funny)

wiredlogic (135348) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761370)

I prefer Terminally Ill: Revenge of Helvetica

Is there anyone not terminal? (2, Insightful)

BetterSense (1398915) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761078)

I am "faced with the knowledge of my own terminal illness" in that I am alive. I know that I will die, sooner or later. I understand that people who are terminally ill have a better idea as to the possible maximum, but we all have a possible maximum, and as you get older it will be looming for you, too. It annoys me when people are like "He KNOWS he's going to die, that must be so depressing". We all "know we are going to die". Nobody lives. Everyone dies. You should live accordingly.

We can never satisfactorily "cure" cancer or any other disease. "Curing" a disease is defined as letting you live long enough to die from a different one. Numbers show that millions of lives have been saved by antibiotics, but have they? Just give them a bit more time. They will die sure enough. The only reason the "terminal illness" part is relevant to this TV show is they need the person to die on their TV schedule.

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (5, Insightful)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761108)

That is like saying that solar power isn't a renewable resource because eventually the Sun will die in 5+ billion years. It may be technically true but not meaningfully so.

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761688)

No it isn't.

This is why many treatable illnesses are ignored and left untreated in very old patients. For example, my great-grandfather is 93 and has prostate cancer. Given that the treatments for that cancer have nasty side effects, and he is very likely to die simply from old age before the cancer can kill him (several years from now based on his last checkups) he has opted to leave it untreated (as his doctors recommended).

Lives are never 'saved' by medical intervention. They are only lengthened (which isn't without its value, obviously, but its not the same thing).

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761156)

We can never satisfactorily "cure" cancer or any other disease. "Curing" a disease is defined as letting you live long enough to die from a different one. Numbers show that millions of lives have been saved by antibiotics, but have they? Just give them a bit more time. They will die sure enough. The only reason the "terminal illness" part is relevant to this TV show is they need the person to die on their TV schedule.

You cannot cure cancer because it is NOT a disease, it is mutation that acts in a way similar to a disease. You can attempt to cure death.

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761368)

Understanding disease: you're doing it wrong.

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (1)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761420)

Your definition of "disease" seems to be restricted to biological dysfunction that is caused by a foreign vector such as a virus, bacterium or otherwise communicable pathogen so you may be surprised to learn that although cancer isn't normally a communicable disease, there is a type of cancer called Sticker's sarcoma in canines that is communicable. Lab rats are often injected with other individual's cancer cells which artificially induces cancer in the animal for research purposes. Cancers in their various forms are probably the best type of terminal illness for the mummification process owing to the fact that the deceased probably isn't as much a biohazard as say AIDS or TB might be.

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761594)

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (1)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761654)

HTLV-1 causes leukemia in 3% of infections however, Sticker's sarcoma is a case of the cancer its self spreading from animal to animal not a foreign pathogen spreading from animal to animal and indirectly causing cancer like HPV and HTLV-1 do. Cancer cells themselves are pathogens to a degree, it is just that normally most cancers are the result of mutations in various body cells instead of an infection of any sort.

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (2, Interesting)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761198)

We can never satisfactorily "cure" cancer or any other disease. "Curing" a disease is defined as letting you live long enough to die from a different one.

True. But, there is a difference between dieing at the age of 25 vs 90. If possible, I would like to live as long as I potentially can. Life is too short as it is.

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (1)

symbolset (646467) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761266)

Tied to a chair with bedsores, sedated [fiercepharma.com] to keep you from becoming troublesome, and spoon fed whirled peas. Be careful what you wish for.

Deaths can be prevented, but when you see the term "preventable deaths" in the press they're never using it correctly. You prevent deaths with condoms, birth control pills, and poor oral hygiene - by preventing the lives from starting.

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (4, Funny)

Cryacin (657549) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761358)

You prevent deaths with condoms, birth control pills, and poor oral hygiene - by preventing the lives from starting.

Don't forget to add personality to that list of prophylactics!

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (3, Insightful)

symbolset (646467) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761384)

And slashdot, of course.

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (5, Insightful)

Tomfrh (719891) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761274)

We all "know we are going to die"

Well yeah, obviously, but that's completely different to being told "two months".

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761328)

Thanks for your semantic insight Captain PEDANT!

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (1)

Low Ranked Craig (1327799) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761372)

On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761412)

Nice going there, Rorschach

Well, what's your diagnosis then? (4, Funny)

jonaskoelker (922170) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761422)

I am "faced with the knowledge of my own terminal illness"

I take it you've been diagnosed with the dreaded Alive, Well and Happy Syndrome, caused by a complex combination of healthy diet, regular exercise, a low to moderate alcohol consumption, a lack of tobacco or nicotine intake, frequent sexual intercourse and a supportive social network.

Fortunately, it's in decline among US youth; see the article published in pubdot at http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=10/01/12/1337235 [slashdot.org]

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (1)

gruntled (107194) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761442)

Yeah, everybody has to die eventually. I'm the exception that proves the rule.

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (1)

athlon02 (201713) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761468)

On that happy note, will you be volunteering for the show?

</kidding>

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761562)

One step closer to televised death matches using convicts ... err volunteers. Not to get ratings, but to teach and protect the children!

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761692)

Your statement is very incorrect, we cannot possibly know what the future holds.

I suggest reading "The Singularity is Near". Kurzweil gives a convincing argument that in mere decades our society will have all imaginable technology. It seems far fetched but I would encourage you to keep an open mind until you read.

Nanotechnology could provide tiny robots to stave off common causes of death, and even extend our telomeres, an oft cited cause for the guarentee of one's eventual demise

Re:Is there anyone not terminal? (1)

Rakishi (759894) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761732)

Entropy will get us all in the end.

why terminal? (1)

scapermoya (769847) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761086)

Why does the person need to be terminally ill? why can't it just be someone who agrees to be mummified following their death?

are the producers that impatient?

Re:why terminal? (3, Informative)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761110)

Duh. Preferably you die the moment after you signed the contract so they can start making the documentary. Do you think they want to wait another 40ish years or however long you plan to live?

Re:why terminal? (4, Insightful)

coastal984 (847795) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761176)

Because obviously they'd like to get some filming done before May Sweeps... this is show business, you know. Can't be waiting for you to croak 20 or 30 years down the line...

Re:why terminal? (1)

scapermoya (769847) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761196)

i wasn't suggesting it should be someone youngish. i just think it would remove some of the morbidity it they didn't use the word terminal.

Re:why terminal? (1)

mhwombat (1616301) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761508)

That is morbid, but I think it would be morbid if they were following some elderly person around filming them just because they're old, waiting for them to drop dead!

Re:why terminal? (1)

scapermoya (769847) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761546)

i don't think they would film anything before the person died either way.

planet earth took years and years to film. i'm not suggesting this will be anywhere near as good as planet earth, just that production companies have plenty of time on their hands. it's not like someone is going to scoop them.

Re:why terminal? (1)

AaxelB (1034884) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761184)

Why does the person need to be terminally ill? why can't it just be someone who agrees to be mummified following their death? are the producers that impatient?

Yes! Even if you've got some 100-year-old heroin addict, it could be years before they drop, and by then everyone involved will have lost interest and the body will either be buried boringly or go to, like, science or something stupid like that.

;-)

Re:why terminal? (5, Insightful)

GrubLord (1662041) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761212)

Because they're looking to cash in on the morbid fascination of seeing a sexy, healthy-looking person who died of some non-obvious disease (such as certain cancers) get stripped down and cut to pieces.

It's much less can't-look-away horrifying if they're cutting up an 80-year-old. Who'll want to buy ads in THAT half-hour?

Re:why terminal? (2, Insightful)

Redfearn (1645459) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761474)

Sexy, you said? You're on to something. Death sells, but add sex, and just watch the ratings soar!

Re:why terminal? (2, Interesting)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761620)

Here in Oz, SBS broadcast this series [sbs.com.au] . Basically it was a live autopsy with the body hung in an upright posture by wires (facing away from the camera and live audience). The "can't-look-away horror" part for me was when he removed the brain, spinal cord and siatic nerve all in one piece.

Re:why terminal? (1)

a_fuzzyduck (979684) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761756)

good job its not on a for-profit channel!

Dear Potential Corpse (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761092)

Hello,

Commiserations on the news of your imminent demise. At Channel 4, we believe that the most appropriate way of dealing with this sad news, and the undoubted grief of your nearest and dearest, is for you to submit your corpse to be messed about with on national television for public "infotainment". The documentary we are producing will take just as sensitive, informative, and considerate an approach as the famous documentaries "The Boy Whose Skin Falls Off", "The Woman Who Never Grew Up" and our other televised equivalents of old-time circus freak-shows.

We've set up a 24 hour hotline, just in case you really are that close to popping your cloggs, and look forward to working with your mortal remains soon!

best regards,
Channel 4 Public Relations.

Re:Dear Potential Corpse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761528)

You make a good point. I was going to say "at least we don't have the bearded lady", but I've seen a half dozen tranny hookers on TV in the last week alone, and I don't think that's an improvement.

We all laugh about how backwards our ancestors were, that they considered circuses with "freak shows" to be entertainment. Yet, when I spin through the dial on my cable TV in the last week (excluding the movies on demand I've seen), I've seen shows about midget couples tackling the challenges of everyday life, shows about morbidly obese black families trying to lose weight, shows about really *really* morbidly obese people who can't stand or walk and get bariatric surgery only to die as often as not afterwards, shows about people who have too much plastic surgery, shows about transexuals from minority communities, and shows about people who have hoarded so much shit in their houses they can barely get out the door.

That's all in the last two weeks, and I don't watch more than an hour of TV a day.

I don't see what the big deal is (2, Funny)

daemonenwind (178848) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761096)

Being mummified on live TV isn't all that different from what kids are doing with Facebook these days, anyway.

Re:I don't see what the big deal is (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761124)

Ya know, braggin' rights and self promotion is kinda pointless when you're ... well, dead.

Re:I don't see what the big deal is (1)

Sparx139 (1460489) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761170)

Yeah, but it'd still be a really cool way to go out [slashdot.org] .

Re:I don't see what the big deal is (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761536)

OTOH it's quite an easy way to be remembered for a bit longer and by a somewhat larger group of people; even have encyclopedic records about oneself, for example.

That's the best any of us can hope for anyway, after death.

Re:I don't see what the big deal is (1)

Interoperable (1651953) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761316)

No, you get my lawn.

Re:I don't see what the big deal is (1)

Interoperable (1651953) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761332)

Aw damn...missed "off." This is why /. has "preview" for your comments.

Re:I don't see what the big deal is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761392)

No, you get my lawn.

Not until I'm pushing up daises!

Ha Ha! CAPTCHA " Angelic"

Re:I don't see what the big deal is (1)

tagno25 (1518033) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761542)

or like [attempted] suicide on stickam.

What is next live executions? (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761104)

What is next live executions?

any ways are there laws saying that assisted suicide can't be done in states in us or other areas.

Re:What is next live executions? (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761132)

they aren't going to assist a suicide or murder anyone, they just want to sign on someone who will flop over dead very soon to meet T.V. season taping schedule. So if you just got diagnosed with lung cancer, forget it, they don't want you. If you were diagnosed with lung cancer 12-18 months ago and are breathing and fed from tubes, and have to hit the button on your morphine drip every 15 minutes to somewhat lessen the agony, then yes, by all means give them a holler.

Re:What is next live executions? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761154)

they aren't going to assist a suicide or murder anyone

Why not? Assisted suicide live on TV? Think of the ratings!

Re:What is next live executions? (4, Funny)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761226)

Why not? Assisted suicide live on TV? Think of the ratings!

Why not turn it into a game show where you get to pick a vowel? We can call it "Hangman".

(I'm so going to hell for that)

After the game... (1)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761268)

My, what a tall mummy you are.

Re:What is next live executions? (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761638)

they aren't going to assist a suicide or murder anyone

Why not? Assisted suicide live on TV? Think of the ratings!

Nah, reality shows like "cops" have that niche stiched up.

Terminator III for Mumification? (3, Funny)

Fotograf (1515543) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761116)

how is that possible, i thought he was an robot from the future...

Re:Terminator III for Mumification? (-1, Offtopic)

uuddlrlrab (1617237) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761254)

The above post makes me wish for two things:

1) that I had saved a mod point

2) there was mod for -1 Unfunny [encycloped...matica.com] or outright destruction of laughter [encycloped...matica.com]

3) there was a way to physically punish people over the internet for grammatical abuse like "an robot." [encycloped...matica.com]

I died inside a little. Urrghh.

Re:Terminator III for Mumification? (5, Funny)

The Wild Norseman (1404891) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761450)

I died inside a little. Urrghh.

WAIT! Hold on! Lemme get my camera first!

Mummy! (2, Funny)

RebelWithoutAClue (578771) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761120)

I volunteer! I expect to return to terrorize the world in a few hundred years though.

Wait, what do you mean life doesn't count as a terminal illness ?

Re:Mummy! (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761142)

Brutally said, it's because you don't die soon enough. Basically, the "terminally ill" part is in there because it would probably not be too good an idea to simply say "we make you a mummy TV star if you off yourself damn right now". Not so much because of the outrage, but rather because they only need ONE specimen and wouldn't know what to do with the surplus.

So how long until we get... (1)

Taikutusu (1479335) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761144)

...George Carlin's all suicide channel on cable TV?

I nominate... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761148)

the Fox Network.

Be a good mummy, now... (1)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761174)

Now it's obvious what project Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul have gone to. Insist on earplugs if Simon's on the panel of judges, to help keep you motivated toward reaching the Grand Finale competition.

Fox Network (2, Funny)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761188)

Maybe they could sweeten the pot and sign me up for any future 'When Monsters Attack' specials.

Try Mummification Deluxe Pro! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761246)

Forget euthenasia kids, mummification is the theme of the season!

That'll show those anti-euthenasia bastards.

This has been foreseen. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761292)

Bizarrely, this was predicted by Adam Carolla and Patton Oswalt last week on Carolla's podcast [adamcarolla.com] :

They were talking about how people get famous for doing nothing...

Oswalt: With the Dr. Drew show.. Now there's no way out. There's no... drinking or fucking yourself out of show biz. There will always be a show for every level of your success or failure as a reality douche. The whole infrastructure is there. You will never have to leave television.
Carolla: The next one is going to be called... Celebrity Crematorium.... Snooki [mtv.com] goes from the Jersey Shore to Dr. Drew to the Dark Sleep to the crematorium where we have them "Earn the Urn!"

The really sad thing is that URL for Snooki: http://www.mtv.com/shows/jersey_shore/cast_member.jhtml?personalityId=13196 [mtv.com]

MTV Reality Show personality ID THIRTEEN THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY SIX. Step right up and get in line, everyone!

re (1)

JohnVanVliet (945577) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761314)

This will be AFTER and not before death , right ???

Re:re (1)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761378)

Nah before death. I mean the whole liquefying the brains while their alive, and watching it; is fun the whole family.

TV has hit an all new low (1)

djdevon3 (947872) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761326)

This is about as low as you can go for ratings. This would be as low as showing people getting anal warts removed. Thank god TV is dying.

It's the Daily Mail, the UK's Onion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761374)

It's fake.

... and all that it entrails (1)

Scott Kevill (1080991) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761380)

Anyone else read it as entrails?

...or do you want nana to meet Chuck Norris? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761388)

I much prefer the late, great prophet Bill Hicks' suggestion of recruiting the terminally as stunt fodder in action movies.

GTA IV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761500)

Also a GTA IV reference here for the gaming crowd, one of the radio ads sounds about like this article. If you played enough you may remember.

Re:GTA IV (1)

dafing (753481) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761684)

Sure do, I have the ingame audio ripped to my iPod. # Eugenics Inc. International (2) # Mummification (2)

Again? (1)

zmollusc (763634) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761556)

Are those guys back in business again?
Don't believe them folks, they say you will be preserved for all time and eventually resurrected so you sign up and pay them a fortune, then you get fucking ripped off by those stonemason bastards who are all part of some secret price-gouging club. You get the procedure, get settled in for 'eternity', then some asshat comes along after a couple of millennia, digs you up and uses you to power his steam train!

That's not right. I, for one won't get burned like that again.

forget mummification, do an alcor freezing.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761622)

Why use old ancient tech (that did not realize the brain is where you live and die)....they should do a special also, on freezing a terminally ill patient so that we can use advanced nanotech to un-freeze them in about 20 to 30 years and bring them back to life!!...of course, by then we will have a handle on using nanotech to take old people and make them young, so it will be a cake walk to repair whatever killed them in the first place.....but, the mummified person will be mummified forever (however, perhaps the producers could carefully take out the brain and freeze it (may be hard to do as the usual process is to replace the blood and infuse the body and organs with an antifreeze so as to reduce the damage caused by the freezing process...also,it costs ~30k for the head and ~100k + for the body at alcor life extension, similar companies can be cheaper).
Actually these costs are really cheap for wealthy people, you would think that a lot more of these rich people who die of old age (lots of them around and many more rich baby boomers are in the pipeline.
Also, consider that supporting the life extension researcher organization now-a-days as we will need these technologies to reverse aging in older people, see www.maxlife.org and www.mprize.org as these are some of the leading scientific tax deductable scientific research organizations.

Re:forget mummification, do an alcor freezing.. (2, Funny)

FiloEleven (602040) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761798)

Actually these costs are really cheap for wealthy people, you would think that a lot more of these rich people who die of old age (lots of them around and many more rich baby boomers are in the pipeline.

That was the most frustrating thing I've tried to parse all year. Tell me son, have they already liquefied your brains?

All I can say is... (5, Funny)

BancBoy (578080) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761634)

Tut tut tut...

And the Nominations are.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761636)

I vote for Simon Cowell. I dont think hes actually ill or anything, but still, get 'im while hes fresh, ah say..

And when all is over and done with... (1)

YankDownUnder (872956) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761662)

...the family can say, "That's my MUMMY!"

I volunteer Steve Jobs for the job (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761706)

But I fear that would only make the crazy Appletards start a Steve Jobs cult and then they'd get the Apple lawyers to make it possible for them to live in the museum so they could worship their mommy, err, mummy.

Steve Jobs AKA iMummy now on display.

Whoa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30761746)

At a glance, I read the headline as Terminator III volunteer. I'm a bit disappointed now.

Straight to hell... (1)

lazycam (1007621) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761752)

First they hook us on shows like Survivor and Fear Factor. If those programs were not unsettling enough, now we want to watch someone die on tv, and watch them go though the process of mummification. Somehow I get the feeling THE RUNNING MAN is right around the corner...

It has to stop... (1)

Zooperman (1182761) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761760)

Please, for the love of God, reality TV must be stopped. It has already degraded our culture and ruined our ability to appreciate anything urbane or tasteful. Garbage like this is just the final insult. Please, just stop.

And in other news I am seeking terminally ill (1)

multiplexo (27356) | more than 4 years ago | (#30761782)

volunteers who are willing to undergo the process of zombification so I can have an army of the undead to do my bidding. I'll bet that my reality show is going to be way cooler than Channel 4's pathetic "mummy" reality show.

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