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The Reason Why The Dead Are Buried Six Feet Below The Ground

There’s no universal measurement.


The phrase “six feet under” is always synonymous to death, but have you ever wondered why a person’s grave should be dug at a depth of six feet?

Apparently, it all started during the 1655 bubonic plague in England. When the bubonic plague hit the area, the mayor of London immediately issued a law on how to properly deal with dead bodies to prevent the spread of infection. It was then specified that the graves should be dug “at least six feet deep.”


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Eventually, there was no need for a standard measurement of the grave’s depth. The six feet under rule proved to be useless at that time of the plague since it wasn’t really the dead that spread the infection, but the fleas that carry the disease.

In Americas, the laws would differ from one state to another. In some, coffins or burial vaults would only need 18 inches of soil on top of them. So, even a grave that’s shallow as four feet would be considered acceptable. There are even those that are deeper than 12 feet and the reason for this is so that there will be more space for other dead bodies to be placed in the same grave – usually relatives or loved ones.


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In modern standards for burial grounds, there is no need for the grave to be six feet deep. In particular, flood-prone areas like New Orleans wouldn’t want their dead to follow the six feet under rule, since it will only result to waterlogging and coffins springing from the ground. Even up to the present day, New Orleans faces this problem.

But really, how deep should the dead be buried? There’s no universal measurement. Even in the UK, the decision is entirely up to the owner, provided that the grave is deep enough so that animals can’t dig it up and expose the body or coffin.

It’s just a matter of making sure the dead remains below the ground.


Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Swim With Whale Sharks In The Philippines

Maria Sowter has two words for tourists going to Oslob, Cebu in the Philippines: “Don’t go.”

HuffingtonPost author Maria Sowter has two words of warning for tourists thinking of travelling to the town of Oslob in the Philippines - “Don’t go.”

Located in the south west island of the province of Cebu, Oslob looks like a slice of paradise because of its scenic environment and pristine beaches. The place is particularly popular among visitors not only for swimming but also for whale shark watching.

Still, Sowter encourages others to steer clear from the area.

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20 of the Coolest Business Cards You Will Ever See

You’ll keep, use, and even display these clever cards for sure!

Businesses have different ways of catching your attention. While most of us, customers, love freebies and quality service, some go out of their way and use catchy signage and cards just to grab people’s eyes. In the case below, however, we see the ingenuity of some businesses with their unique business cards.

Some of these cards are not only funny but very useful, too. They’re not the typical ones you get from everyone else so you’ll probably keep, use, or even display them. Needless to say, we’re pretty impressed with those who came up with the concepts for these cards. They definitely deserve a raise!

#1. The only furniture store card you’ll display on your table…

#1. The only furniture store card you’ll display on your table…

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9 Popular Sculptures That Are Shrouded With Mystery

Why is Venus de Milo armless? Why does Moses have a pair of horns? We provide the answers!

Statues have always been a huge part of the world’s culture. Some pieces have achieved great popularity that they’ve become icons in their own right.

Consider the Statue of Liberty (New York), Christ the Redeemer ( Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Great Sphinx (Gaza, Egypt) and many others. They’re become more than pieces of art but cultural landmarks that generations have appreciated and treasured throughout the years.

Not all sculptures, however, are what they appear to be. Some have entirely deep stories that explain their mysterious appearance such as in this list we got from Brightside. Check out these 9 famous sculptures.

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