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Added by GemLil on 9 Jan 2009 10:38
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Self Preservation

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Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Soviet strongman V.I. Lenin became an icon after his death, helped along by an unusual effort to preserve his corpse. For decades after his 1924 death, Russians lined up in all weather to view Lenin's body on display in a glass container inside a special mausoleum in Red Square. A triumph of the embalmer's art, the corpse was removed on a regular basis for the special top-secret treatments that kept it looking remarkably lifelike. When the Soviet Union fell apart in the 1990s, the fate of Lenin's body became something of a puzzle for the new Russian leadership: a embarrassing symbol of the old regime, yet too famous to remove. As the 21st century began, Lenin was still on display in his Red Square resting place.
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Horatio Nelson

Admiral Horatio Nelson had one of naval history's more famous deaths on the deck of HMS Victory in 1805 at Trafalgar, dying even as he defeated Napoleon's fleet. There was an odd epilogue: his body was packed in a cask of brandy to preserve it for the long trip back to England. At a stopover in Gibralter the unfortunate admiral was transferred to a casket filled with distilled wine, further preserving his remains. Upon his body's arrival in London, Nelson was given a hero's funeral and entombment in St. Paul's Cathedral.
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Alexander (2004)
Alexander the Great

World-beater Alexander the Great died in distant Babylon in 323 B.C.E., of unspecified causes: he may have been poisoned, contracted a fever, or just had a bad reaction to a long bout of drinking. After his death his body was placed in a gold casket and (according to legend) preserved in honey for the long trip home. In the actual event his body went not to Macedon but to Egypt under the guidance of Alexander's old compatriot Ptolemy. Eventually the body ended up in a tomb in Alexandria, the city Alexander himself founded, where it was visited by Julius Caesar and others. The casket was later melted down by a money-hungry pharoah, and some legends say the body was then displayed in a glass casket.
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Bernadettes Soubirous

Soubirous became famous for seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, France in 1858. Bernadette died in 1879, and in the early 1900s the Catholic Church began the official proceedings to consider her for sainthood. Bernadette's body was exhumed from its tomb three separate times in the course of research for her beatification. Each time, despite the passing decades, the corpse was reportedly "incorrupt," showing none of the usual signs of decay. Eventually a thin layer of wax was placed over her features, and her body is now kept in a special shrine in Nevers, France.
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Jeremy Bentham

Philosopher Jeremy Bentham took a hand in his own nutty self-preservation. Bentham's will decreed that his body should be preserved as an "auto-icon," dressed in one of his own black suits and "seated in a chair usually occupied by me when living." Bentham died in 1832 and his orders were carried out -- though due to clumsy embalming, his head had to be replaced with a wax replica. To this day the dressed-up corpse is kept in a special cabinet at University College London. According to the UCL website, campus lore holds that Bentham's body "regularly attends meetings of the College Council... Its presence, it is claimed, is always recorded in the minutes with the words Jeremy Bentham - present but not voting."
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Mr. Baseball (1992)
Ted Williams

Baseball hero Ted Williams was put into deep freeze after his death in July 2002. Though his will called for the famous hitter to be cremated, his son John Henry Williams had the body whisked from Florida to Arizona, where it was cryonically frozen by the Alcor Life Extension Foundation. The move caused a public uproar, and Williams's daughters pledged to take legal action to reclaim his body. Later in 2002 she gave up her suit, and Williams's body remains frozen in Arizona at this writing.
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Walt Disney

Now this is unusual, but only so because we think something weird happened to old Walt. Contrary to the popular myth, Walt Disney was never cryogenically frozen, instead he was cremated, his ashes buried in Glendale, California.

A list of people who took a less than usual route after death. You'll have to forgive me my macabre nature.

NB: Sorry to GA whose format I totally ripped to make this list. See his here.

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