customs

Greetings, people of planet Earth. Here on the Stuff You Should Know podcast program, Josh and myself tackled a gruesome topic, and one that you deal with quite a bit if you're prone to travel. Tuesday's show on crime-scene clean-up was pretty darned interesting I think. This is a job that's not for the faint of heart, but there is a lot of money to be made if you run you own operation. The process involves a lot more than scrubbing blood from a floor.

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China's Ghost Brides: Dyin' for a Man

I don't know if it's because my heart's been all swoll, but I find the traditional Chinese practice of ghost brides particularly charming. Back in the mid-20th century, Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution did everything it could to rid China of its traditions and mythology, including the practice of marrying a dead girl to a dead single man. The Telegraph reports that the custom is making a resurgence these days, especially among rural Chinese.