Over on Reddit, a user who goes by the name “impeccableflaws” asked: Intrigued? Read on below for more stories from Morgue.
User “forest_rose.” “I did my medical elective in a morgue in Kathmandu, Nepal. I saw a woman’s head brought in in a cardboard box after her husband had beheaded her. They found the rest of her body the next day.”
User “Typhun.” “I’ve dissected quite a few cadavers in my university’s lab. I’ve TA’d the class, and given tours/presentations to prospective students. I think one of the most surprising things to most people is the variation in bodies. You open Grey’s Anatomy and dozens of other textbooks about anatomy, it shows you the most typical body, and it may list some variations. Those variations are what can make it all interesting. I am not talking variation, like some people having the palmaris longus muscle, and others not. That’s generally pretty well known if you study human biology. Where it gets interesting is the extra muscles that are defined as no more than ‘anomalous’ when you find them. You can look at dozens of books and tons of websites and might not find it documented anywhere.”
User “Typhun.” “I’ve found extra forearm muscles and extra lower leg/foot muscles. The first time I stumbled upon one, I was thinking there had to be a mistake. Maybe I had cut a muscle and somehow separated it from the body of the muscle, but I knew I hadn’t because I had just unbundled the fascia with my tweezers. I ask the professor about it, and sure enough it was an anomaly. I didn’t even know that was possible.
We’ve got this idea of how the body SHOULD be, but it can frequently be something else with no negative or positive impact on the person. It makes no difference in their life, and somebody like me will stumble upon it when they’ve died and say ‘well sh*t, look at this.’ The human body is an amazing and fantastic thing that a text book never really completely prepares you for.”
User “Altare21.” “I’m a medical student and I just finished anatomy. It’s easy to see how we’re all so different on the outside, but one thing I never really thought of before this class is how different we can be on the inside as well. I’ve seen people with abnormal connections between different veins, arteries, and nerves, as well as people missing some of those structures entirely because they just developed differently than everyone else. One of our cadavers was even missing his palmaris longus muscle (a wrist flexor).”
User “NurseSexKitten.” “Nurse here…I’ve seen my share. People poop themselves when they die. Before we take bodies down to the morgue we always have to clean up the poop. Also bodies stay warm for a long time. That was really surprising the first time I did post-mortem care is that an hour later the body was still really warm. And the only place I’ve ever seen the lights flicker is just outside the morgue. They are fine almost all of the time but when we bring a body down the lights always flicker. Really creeps me out.”
User “tintedrosie.” “You would be shocked to know the amount of people who will bury their loved one in underwear with holes, stained suits with cigarette burns, or give 0 f*cks about what their loved one is buried in, but at the funeral show up draped in designer clothing and have nothing but sobs about their dead relative. I’ve witnessed siblings get into fist fights over jewelry before the casket was closed. So many people are fake.”
User “tintedrosie.” “My dad is a wonderful director. He is so caring, respectful, and such a perfectionist. I know the people are dead, but the way he even handles moving them is just amazing. Draping a flag over the body bag of deceased Vet as he removes them from their place of death, or even placing a single rose on the vault lid off to the side of the burial site before it’s closed. His artistic ability to sculpt half the face of a person who committed suicide, and how hard he is on himself if he can’t get it perfect. He’s provided 100% free services and donated caskets to families who couldn’t afford to bury their loved ones properly.
I’m rambling I know. But it just bothers me that my father, a complete stranger has so much respect for these deceased people and a lot of their family members just treat them as “cashing in their inheritance” while hiding behind crocodile tears.”
User “faded_rose.” “I’m in the military as a histopathogist. Part of my job is assisting in autopsies. Basically, I’m a diener and I help the pathologist with the autopsy. I have done quite a few autopsies. Most of them are suicides, followed by accidental deaths. But here’s a few things I learned over the years:
Not everyone crapped themselves when they died. I have only had a handful who did so but it was a traumatic death.
A person who just recently died (less than 24 hours) does not normally smell bad. Kind of like a musky locker room smell. However, if the individual drank a lot of alcohol before death, the smell is quite pungent.”