Modern Marvels

Season 15 Episode 18

Corpse Tech

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 20, 2008 on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • According to a 2006 report there are just over 2,000 creamtories in the United States. California tops the list with 185 and North Dakota has the fewest with three.

    • In 1897 anthropologist George Amos Dorsey helped convict a Chicago sausage maker of murdering his wife, though no body was ever found. He identified bone fragments, lending support to the theory that she had been ground into sausage.

    • In the last 20 years there have been more than 10 million tissue transplants; in the last four decades, half a million cornea transplants.

    • Murdered civil rights activist Medgar Evers was so well preserved by embalming in 1963 that an autopsy performed in 1991 helped to finally secure the conviction of his killer.

  • Quotes

    • Narrator: They save lives, find murderers and teach a new generation how the human body works. They can be buried, embalmed, donated and cremated, they can even create a new habitat. If you work hard in life, just wait until you see what you can do after you're dead. Now, Corpse Tech, on Modern Marvels.

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