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Mental Health Portland:

"Someone was cleaning out an old insane asylum and found the cremated remains of over 5,000 people tucked away in a closet. Here are some former patients of the hospital who are trying to tidy up this huge PR mess."
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24 Responses:

  1. azul_ros says:

    Nice choice for a title! ;)

  2. roninspoon says:

    What a shameful waste. Those copper cans could fetch a pretty price at salvage.

  3. pavel_lishin says:

    I wouldn't send 'em money. If the relatives are that gung-ho about finding them, they'd have found them already. And it's not like the dead crazies give a shit, right?

    I'm surprised they didn't just dump them out into the Pacific ocean... or a county dump.

  4. unstable_geek says:

    "Current Music: Ashtrayhead" .....

    "cremated" .....

    c'mon - this can not be a coincidence !! :)

    • specialagentm says:

      No, jwz's music choices are always post-appropriate. What impresses me is, he always has a tune fit for the occasion, and I'm sure he actually does own all said tunes.

  5. pvck says:

    I love the idea that they're getting together current and former inmates patients to discuss the designs for the memorial. Can you imagine the possibilities these people could come up with?

    It's like a J.G. Ballard novel waiting to happen.

    • taffer says:

      I'm picturing a cross between Gieger and Terry Gilliam, with cement made out of the ashes...

  6. supersat says:

    I used to live in Salem (where the hospital is located), so I've heard quite a few horror stories about the hospital's dark past.

    The details are a bit fuzzy at this point, but I believe they used to have pits where they would permanently toss people in. I'm not sure how they were treated once they were in these pits. They've since been covered or filled with cement.

    • phenyx says:

      The details are a bit fuzzy at this point, but I believe they used to have pits where they would permanently toss people in.

      You ask:

      I'm not sure how they were treated once they were in these pits.

      And yet you seemingly answer yourself:

      They've since been covered or filled with cement.

  7. strangehours says:

    Why tidy up the mess when you could just sweep it under the carpet?

  8. conradkilroy says:

    The system works.

  9. rin3y says:

    Jeezus! People's ashes in corroding cans with fading old-timey labels. That's some Silent Hill type shit right there.

    --riney

  10. khephra says:

    Empty the cans and then EBAY BITCHES.

    Those things would go like fucking hotcakes.

    • pfrank says:

      they would probably go for more on ebay with the contents intact. But I bet ebay has some stupid rule about no human remains or something.

  11. suppafly says:

    add boiling water and mini marshmellows for a delicious drink.

  12. qacdefeej says:

    God, what an unbelievably sad story.

    • lifelike001 says:

      unless youre being sarcastic, im glad someone else was moved a little.

      do any of you know how the mentally ill are treated these days, let alone however long ago?

      im not a bleeding heart, the dead are gone and dont give a fuck what you do with their dust. its not an event with any personal connection to me, so its none of my business really. but the fact that some people can still care about the dignity of those who were accorded none in life kinda touches me.

      one day ill be just another 'dead crazy'. the asylums are all closing down but were still around. youd think us crazies would be the last ones anybody would want to piss off...

  13. primroseport says:

    http://albinoblacksheep.com/text/giggle
    Thought you might want to read/share this. Not sure of it's veracity, but it's an article about the "war" between the X and Y chromosomes in humans and other animals.

    "Somewhere in our prehistoric past, X seems to have launched a massive attack on Y. It must have been a very close call. But Y succeeded in repairing itself at last. We can tell this has happened because of certain scars that are still detectable on the male chromosome."