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Old 30 April 2009, 04:35 AM
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In a cemetery in Hanover, Germany, is a grave on which were placed huge
slabs of granite and marble cemented together and fastened with heavy steel
clasps.

It belongs to a woman who did not believe in the resurrection of the dead.
Yet strangely, she directed in her will that her grave be made so secure
that if there were a resurrection, it could not reach her. On the marker
were inscribed these words:

"This burial place must NEVER be opened."

In time, a seed, covered over by the stones, began to grow. Slowly it
pushed its way through the soil and out from beneath them. As the trunk
enlarged, the great slabs were gradually shifted so that the steel clasps
were wrenched from their sockets...

A tiny seed had become a tree that had pushed aside the stones.
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Old 30 April 2009, 02:36 PM
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Nice groundskeepers you've got there.
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Old 30 April 2009, 03:09 PM
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Abe Lincoln's in trouble, then. His coffin is encased in steel-reinforced concrete.
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Old 30 April 2009, 03:11 PM
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It belongs to a woman who did not believe in the resurrection of the dead.
Yet strangely, she directed in her will that her grave be made so secure
that if there were a resurrection, it could not reach her.
Yes. Very strange. Almost improbably so.


And how did the seed get underneath the stones? Did someone plant it there? "Ha! We'll show her! Doesn't want to be resurrected. Who does she think she is?"

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Old 03 May 2009, 12:17 PM
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In a cemetery in Hanover, Germany, is a grave on which were placed huge
slabs of granite and marble cemented together and fastened with heavy steel
clasps.

It belongs to a woman who did not believe in the resurrection of the dead.
Yet strangely, she directed in her will that her grave be made so secure
that if there were a resurrection, it could not reach her. On the marker
were inscribed these words:

"This burial place must NEVER be opened."
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Nice groundskeepers you've got there.
Willie Loomis, you let another vampire escape?
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Old 04 May 2009, 06:31 PM
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I don't understand the point of this. Nothing rose from the dead here, so it's not like the woman's wishes were suddenly made ridiculous.
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Old 13 June 2009, 03:02 PM
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It's like God said, "Eff you - you're gonna be resurrected and like it!"
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Old 17 July 2009, 11:57 PM
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It seems decidedly improbable. People don't try to stop things they don't believe in. It would be like a person who didn't believe in elves taking steps to prevent members of the Seelie and Unseelie Courts from dancing on his lawn. Why waste your time trying to prevent what you know isn't going to happen?

Also, the story is significantly lacking in factual details--the name of the woman, the name of the graveyard, the date of her death, and so on. There's no way for a reader to confirm it by independent research.

I'm sorry. But the story has far too many holes in it for me to find it credible.
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Old 18 July 2009, 12:10 AM
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To be perfectly honest, I was half expecting the woman to turn out to be Jesus.
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Old 18 July 2009, 12:12 AM
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Perhaps it was ressurectionists she was wary of? Being dug up and sold to end up on the anatomists' table?
Meh, I don't particularly care which. I just wanted to type 'resurrectionists'.
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Old 18 July 2009, 04:30 PM
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Wait - if she actually does have a sort-of belief in the Resurrection, and wants to be entombed (intombed?) thinking it won't get her, isn't that kinda stupid planning? For, if you believe that everyone will rise from their graves, and you're cemented shut in it, then, semi-rationally speaking, wouldn't you be spending your eternity in a frigging box? How fast do you think that will become old?
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Old 11 August 2009, 12:17 PM
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She could have been incinerated and have her ashes thrown into a river.

Try and resurrect after that.

No. Really. That's a pretty strange glurge. Not only could it mean the woman was reincarnated as a tree (which is not christian at all), but the idea of an omnipotent and ubiquitous God having to force open a grave with a tree so He gets access to someone buried in an Earth He made is ridiculous and reeks of heresy.

Or maybe it was an illustration of the Jurassic Park quote:

Life always finds a way.
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