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Monty Python bumps Frank Sinatra as most popular music choice at funerals

3 hours agoOdd : Death and Taxes

Monty Python’s “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” has knocked Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” off the top of the list of most commonly played songs at funerals.

Death of the Innocent: We're Failing Our Children, But We Can Do Better

The headline alone was heartbreaking: Laylah Petersen, 5, Shot While Sitting On Grandpa's Lap. But it's the haunting images from Laylah's funeral that I just can't shake: her tiny, child-sized casket; the agony etched into the facesShow More Summary

Jets Past Point of No Return, Rex Ryan Now Coaching on Borrowed Time

The Buffalo Bills have a theme song: "The Shout Song." At this point, the New York Jets should take up one of their own. Here's a suggestion: "Funeral March." The Jets fell to the Bills Monday night in Detroit, 38-3, in what may have been the most lopsided, embarrassing loss of the year. Show More Summary

Father Can’t Cope With Deceased Trans Daughter, Presents Her As A Man At Funeral

21 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Queerty

Friends of Jennifer Gable were astonished when they attended her open casket funeral to discover her dressed as a man, complete with short haircut and suit. Her identity as a trans woman was completely erased and replaced with her former self, the version of her that her father was more comfortable with, reports Miami Herald. […]

Idaho trans woman’s friends blast family’s ‘arrogance’ for dressing her as a man at her funeral

23 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

An Idaho family was roundly criticized for erasing their trans daughter’s identity in her obituary and at her funeral following her sudden death last month, the Miami Herald reported. Friends of Jennifer Gable said her family dressed her in a man’s suit with a short haircut for her...

President Obama Fires Secretary of Defense Hagel: Barack Obama and the Audacity of Failure

It is often remarked that the Ship of State is the one ship which leaks from the top. Thus even before the blatantly theatrical political funeral dirge conducted at the White House in which President Obama announced that Secretary of...Show More Summary

Transgender Woman's Family Presents Her as a Man at Open Casket Funeral

Friends of a 32-year-old Idaho woman who died suddenly of a brain aneurysm last month said they were shocked to find that her family had cut her hair short and dressed her in a suit for her open-casket funeral, presenting her as a man. Jennifer Gable, a trans woman born with the name Geoffrey, had been presenting as a woman for the past few years. Read more...

Monty Python Ditty Tops the List of "Funeral Songs" in England

I hate to sound grim early on a Monday, but English newspaper, The Independent, reports the Monty Python song, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" is the top song played at funerals in the UK; WAY TO GO, ERIC IDLE! Also, someone...Show More Summary

Morning Roundup: Marion Barry Edition

In the news: Marion Barry's funeral expected to be "epic, monumental," local writers remember the late politician, and more. [ more › ]

A Funeral for a Father

Gary Kwok, whose father, Wai Kuen Kwok, was killed when he was pushed off a Bronx subway platform into the path of an oncoming subway train on Nov. 16, led a funeral procession for him on Mulberry Street in Chinatown in Manhattan on Sunday.

Transgender woman buried by family as a man at Idaho funeral

Jennifer Gable, an Idaho transgender woman who died of a brain aneurysm in October, was presented at an open casket by her family as a man.

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Band of Horses: The Funeral

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

A couple days ago, you might've come across this video of a guy on a bike doing an awesome loop-the-loop for a slightly cringe-worthy promo for Microsoft's Cortana. BUt before he was shilling for #Brands, Danny Macaskill was making far better videos with his friends, and setting them to Band of Horses' breakthrough single, The Funeral. Read more...

Deceased Transgender Woman Presented As A Man During Wake; Friends, Mentors Furious

2 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Friends of a transgender woman who died suddenly in October were shocked to see their friend presented as a man in an open casket during her funeral service reports The Miami Herald. Jennifer Gable, born Geoff Gable, died suddenly o...

Remembering Mike Nichols

If you're in any contest at all where you can win or lose, try to win. - Mike Nichols Terry Teachout remembers the great comedian/director and includes a clip of The $65 Funeral comedy skit with Elaine May.

Transgender Woman Dies Suddenly, But Friends And Co-Workers Find Shocking Open Casket Surprise At Her Funeral

On Oct. 9, Jennifer Gable reportedly died of a sudden death at the youthful age of 32. According to The Miami Herald, Gable who lived as a transgender woman, suffered an aneurysm at Wells Fargo where she worked as a customer service coordinator. Show More Summary

Gilligan's Planet: The Complete Series

3 days agoFilm / DVDs : DVD Verdict

Reviewed by Patrick Naugle Quote: "After the second episode I was ready to turn my DVD player into a boat and give this series an electronic Viking funeral."

Indiana man beheaded in Syria remembered in Muslim prayer service

3 days agoNews : The Newsroom

By Susan Guyett FISHERS Ind. (Reuters) - Muslims in Indiana held a funeral service on Friday for Abdul- Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter, who was beheaded by Islamic State militants in Syria after being held captive for a year....Show More Summary

Monty Python Is the Brits’ Favorite Funeral Song

4 days agoNews : NewsFeed

Baby Boomers in the UK play “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” more than any other track

Party Down South 2 Party Foul Could Have Led to Funeral Down South

CMT's Party Down South 2 premiered last night with a hot new bunch of burgeoning alcoholics, and things quickly went from harmless fun to potential funeral when new cast member Karynda passed out drunk in the pool. Read more...

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