Monday, November 10, 2008

Death And Mummies Help Kids With Homework

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Showing kids a dead body can make them A+ students.

Just ask the corpse connoisseurs over at the Museum of Funeral Customs in Springfield, Illinois, who teach tourists the history of funeral rituals and mourning practices from around the world.

Director Jon Austin believes the funeral museum goes hand-in- hand with kids’ schoolwork because they learn about similar things in class like mummification, the ancient practice of preserving human remains.

In fact, kiddies are so intrigued by death and what they’ve learned in school, Austin says they flock to the museum’s mummification exhibit, which is the most popular attraction.

He explains, “They’re not scared. They’re fascinated by the chemical treatment and technical process of preserving a body.”

Austin also shows kid visitors different types of coffins and says curious tots even ask to lie down in them.

Casket catnapping is off-limits, but children are allowed to take home a coffin – a chocolate one from the museum gift shop, that is.

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