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21st Jan '18 9:33:35 PM Numnums
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie1986'', Draggle raids a random grave at the cemetery to get one of the ingredients of smooze, and accidently falls in. She is later seen [[DemBones getting kicked out by its inhabitant]].
21st Jan '18 6:04:00 PM maxwellsilver
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** Speaking of body desecration, [[FridgeLogic currently there is a number of mummified corpses on display in the central museum of Cairo (and maybe other ones too) for all those tourist drones to gawk on and serve as an attraction (along with the tombs themselves)]].
** And then there were Egyptian mummies collected and used as fuel for steam engines, as they apparently burned really well.

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** Speaking of body desecration, [[FridgeLogic currently there is a number of mummified corpses on display in the central museum of Cairo (and maybe other ones too) for all those tourist drones to gawk on and serve as an attraction (along with the tombs themselves)]].
** And then there were Egyptian mummies collected and used as fuel for steam engines, as they apparently burned really well.
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* Ed Gein, the infamous source of inspiration for [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates]], [[SilenceOfTheLambs Jame Gumb]], and [[Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974 Leatherface]], exhumed bodies from graveyards and created trophies out of their bones and skin. His own grave was a frequent target as well.
* The [[ValuesDissonance United States]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillaging#Looting_of_Native_American_archaeological_sites systematically plundered and destroyed many Native American sacred sites]]. This practice continued well into the 20th century until it was banned by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act in 1990.

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* Ed Gein, the infamous source of inspiration for [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates]], [[SilenceOfTheLambs Jame [[Literature/SilenceOfTheLambs James Gumb]], and [[Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974 Leatherface]], exhumed bodies from graveyards and created trophies out of their bones and skin. His own grave was a frequent target as well.
* The [[ValuesDissonance United States]] States [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillaging#Looting_of_Native_American_archaeological_sites systematically plundered and destroyed many Native American sacred sites]]. This practice continued well into the 20th century until it was banned by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act in 1990.
23rd Dec '17 3:51:58 PM nombretomado
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* One of the tasks [[BitchInSheepsClothing Mrs.White]] asks the four protagonists to do in ''TheCandyShopWar''. Granted the guy did leave a note granting permission to break into his tomb (he hid a valuable artifact there and gives instructions how to get in), but the kids are uneasy about it at the very least.

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* One of the tasks [[BitchInSheepsClothing Mrs. White]] asks the four protagonists to do in ''TheCandyShopWar''.''Literature/TheCandyShopWar''. Granted the guy did leave a note granting permission to break into his tomb (he hid a valuable artifact there and gives instructions how to get in), but the kids are uneasy about it at the very least.
27th Nov '17 1:17:12 PM DaibhidC
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* In the ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' Edinburgh Festival special, the Storyteller sketch has Finnemore sent to get the thumbs needed for his uncle's thimble factory ([[RuleOfFunny yes, just go with it]]) from two men named Pratt and Rabbit who meet him at midnight in Greyfriars Kirkyard. He finds them in an open grave and is unconvinced that they're re-burying someone who digs himself out to look for his wee dog. ("We call him ... Greyfriars Body.")
-->'''Storyteller''': Plainly, Pratt and Rabbit were nothing more than grave robbers! But could I truly pretend to be surprised? My employer's hints, the graveyard rendezvous, and also I had eventually worked out the pun in their names.
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26th Oct '17 11:57:18 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', Yasa brings along Ziantha because of her readings that they could find a rich tomb.

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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', ''Literature/ForerunnerForay'', Yasa brings along Ziantha because of her readings that they could find a rich tomb.
26th Oct '17 3:33:31 PM NaraNumas
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* You can find a band of gravediggers in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' in Duskwood. If you listen to them talk long enough they complain about how it's okay for adventurers to loot corpses (that they made) while they're abhorrent for doing it to corpses that have been sitting around rotting for a while.
6th Oct '17 8:15:15 PM MoonByte
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* In Scotland back in the day, selling corpses to medical schools could be quite lucrative as mentioned in the article. Thus, many were obtained through not-so-legal methods. Many graves had mortsafes - a sort of metal cage - installed over them to deter grave-robbers.

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* In Scotland back in the day, selling corpses to medical schools could be quite lucrative as mentioned in the article. Thus, many were obtained through not-so-legal methods. Many graves had mortsafes - a sort of metal cage - installed over them to deter grave-robbers. Poor families who couldn't afford mortsafes usually had to resort to literally sit on the grave for a few days and nights until the corpse would be too old and thus uninteresting to be used by doctors.


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** Edinburgh has the local story of how at every hanging of criminals, there would be three groups watching: onlookers, the family of the criminal and medical students. Once the criminal was dead, a struggle would always errupt on who got the corpse down first.
18th Sep '17 1:18:41 AM Doug86
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', necessary to revive the BigBad.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', necessary to revive the BigBad.
13th Jul '17 4:36:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Taboo}}'': During the time period it was an unofficial practice among some medical professionals to perform experiments on recently buried, excavated corpses. After James hires a doctor to perform an autopsy on his father so he can confirm that the man was killed through poison, the latter makes a sly remark that it would be wise to bury him a bit deeper the second time around. James immediately threatens to kill him and any of his colleagues if the body is desecrated in any way.

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* ''Series/{{Taboo}}'': During the time period it was an unofficial practice among some medical professionals to perform experiments on recently buried, excavated corpses. After James hires a doctor to perform an a post-burial autopsy on his father so he can confirm that the man was killed through poison, the latter makes a sly remark that it would be wise to bury him a bit deeper the second time around. James immediately threatens to kill him and any of his colleagues if the body is desecrated in any way.
17th Jun '17 7:27:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Taboo}}'': During the time period it was an unofficial practice among some medical professionals to perform experiments on recently buried, excavated corpses. After James hires a doctor to perform an autopsy on his father so he can confirm that the man was killed through poison, the latter makes a sly remark that it would be wise to bury him a bit deeper the second time around. James immediately threatens to kill him and any of his colleagues if the body is desecrated in any way.
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