liquidating corpses now legal in CA

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Submitted by scaredyclassic on January 28, 2018 - 3:35pm

Submitted by ucodegen on January 28, 2018 - 7:34pm.

Something similar to what the Mafia has been using for years to make people disappear. Part of the claim is that it is more energy efficient and also takes care of prion (Mad Cow like disease) which they claim cremation doesn't.

While it takes energy to bring up a 'crematorium' up to 1800 degrees, it really isn't that much (oddly like preheating an oven). After the body starts burning, it is actually producing energy. When you burn at 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, you will oxidize proteins - and many other compounds - that includes misshapen prions. Cremation would be more efficient if the bodies were cremated one after the other without cool-down and ash recovery - but that would not work too well for the 'departed's relatives and friends.

What the article misses is the amount of energy required to create Potassium hydroxide, and that the resulting solution afterwards, while not as 'alkaline', is still on the toxic side due to the amount of Potassium in the mixture; Potassium which is also hard to remove. Subtracting for the body, the mixture is about 30% Potassium by volume, more than 60% by weight. I can't adjust for the amount of water added to make the strong disolving alkaline mixture because I don't know what concentration it is. Like Sodium which also makes a strong base as a hydroxide, Potassium is toxic to humans and plants. In reality, it is probably not as environmentally friendly as they are making it sound like.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on January 28, 2018 - 9:39pm.

I want my bones to go to my family esp the skull

Submitted by FlyerInHi on January 28, 2018 - 10:08pm.

Liquefying is liquidating I suppose.

Corpse disposal is too expensive right now. Shouldn't be more than $500.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on January 28, 2018 - 10:19pm.

a skull is worth 2000$

Submitted by moneymaker on February 1, 2018 - 9:34am.

Scaredy, you could become the skeleton in the closet. If it were cost effective I would like to be launched into deep space to become a forever drifting pop sickle. Travelling the universe alone forever.
Strange how in death we become what we fear in life. Has anyone been frozen until a spouse dies and then buried together later? Side by side? One on top?

Submitted by scaredyclassic on February 1, 2018 - 2:00pm.

I want my skull to rest on one of my kids desks.

is that too much to ask after all I've done for them?

Submitted by FlyerInHi on February 1, 2018 - 6:16pm.

What about your brain? It’s too good to liquify.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on February 1, 2018 - 7:36pm.

the brain is trash.
but save the bones!

they have cash value

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