Simon Davis

Simon Davis

I'm a DC based journalist

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Post Mortem | VICE | United States

A weekly roundup of all things relating to death and the morbid....

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The Atlantic

Was an Epidemic in Ancient Greece Actually Ebola?

No one knows what caused the Plague of Athens—but to discover the source of an outbreak millennia after the fact, scientists need victims’ remains and a bit of luck....

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How secular Americans are reshaping funeral rituals - Religion News Service

(RNS) This may be the year that cremation surpasses burial for the first time in the United States, as a long-standing trend continues....

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The Quest to Discover the World's Books Bound in Human Skin

The Mütter Museum recently discovered it owns the nation's largest collection of books bound in human leather—and now a research team is trying to track down the rest of the world’s examples....

Why It Might Be Better to Die Alone in L.A. Than New York

On July 19, Rosaria Cortes Lusero was able for the first time to visit her stillborn daughter’s burial site. She had died just a few days after being born in......

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We Asked an Expert What Would Happen if No One Got Vaccinated | VICE | United States

To start with, a lot more people would die from things like measles, mumps, and meningitis....

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"I Still Unload": This Man Is a "Nullo" Who Removed His Penis and Balls

In 1994, a South Florida man who goes by the name Gelding was surgically castrated. In 2011, he had his penis removed as well. He's a "nullo": A cisgender man who removes his external genitalia completely as a form of body modification, and he recently agreed to answer our questions—from...


How Bodies Were Buried During History's Worst Epidemics | VICE ...

How Bodies Were Buried During History's Worst Epide...


21 Amusing Greek-Americanisms English Speakers Might Recognize

21 Amusing Greek-Americanisms English Speakers Migh...


What Actually Is Enterovirus D68, and Why Are People Freaking Out ...

What Actually Is Enterovirus D68, and Why Are Peopl...

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Should We Stop Using the Phrase 'Assisted Suicide'? | VICE | United States

Terms like "aid in dying" paint a better picture of end-of-life decisions, and could give people with terminal illnesses a way to work around laws....

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This Is What Happens to Unclaimed Bodies in Washington, DC | VICE | United Kingdom

Unclaimed bodies are supposed to be buried in marked graves with proper identification, but most end up in mass burial sites, without identification, beside heaps of trash....

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The Internet is Still Teaching People How to Kill Themselves | VICE | United States

Search engine algorithms and laws have made it harder for people to find suicide-related content online, but it's still pretty easy to find explicit instructions on committing suicide from a quick Google search....


Atheism Terrifies People Because It Makes Us Think About Death ...

Atheism Terrifies People Because It Makes Us Think ...


Human Pelts: The Art of Preserving Tattooed Skin After Death | VICE ...

Human Pelts: The Art of Preserving Tattooed Skin Af...