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From: "(Roy R. Beatty) Keane, Inc. [BEATTYR] 302-774-0335 B-10217" 
Subject: CRYONICS - DD: Embalm
To: ho4cad!kqb%
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from The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce (no copyright mentioned)

    Embalm, v.t., To cheat vegetation by locking up the gases upon which    
    it feeds.  By embalming their dead and thereby deranging the natural    
    balance between animal and vegetable life, the Egyptians made their     
    once fertile and populous country barren and incapable of supporting    
    more than a meagre crew.  The modern metallic burial casket is a step   
    in the same direction, and many a dead man who ought now to be orna-    
    menting his neighbor's lawn as a tree, or enriching his table as a      
    bunch of radishes, is doomed to long inutility.  We shall get him after 
    awhile if we are spared, but in the meantime the violet and rose are    
    languishing for a nibble at his *glutus maximus*.                      

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