Facts about cemeteries you probably never knew

  1. Do you know the difference between a graveyard and a cemetery? A graveyard always sits adjacent to a church, while a cemetery doesn’t. You can also bury ashes in the cemetery.
  2. Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream company have a graveyard for their retired flavours. Each flavour no longer produced has a tombstone.
  3. Everest has what is called a “Graveyard in the Clouds” from hikers who die who have not been found or cannot be recovered, but over time their bodies reappeared after moving glaciers or avalanches.

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  1. Ant colonies and beehives have graves and special “caretakers” to collect the dead.
  2. There is a graveyard in Luxembourg for U.S soldiers, which include George S. Patton where they all have white cross gravestones, whereas a nearby graveyard for German soldiers has dark cross headstones. Find out more about Headstones at a site like Abbey Memorials, a supplier of Headstones.
  3. During the 1800s in the Netherlands, Catholic and Protestant couples were placed in separate graves.
  4. Taphophiles are people obsessed with graveyards.
  5. During the 1850s as a result of overcrowding, London closed all graveyards and Parliament chose a company to transport all the dead bodies out of town on a special train.
  6. There is an abandoned cemetery full of massive sculptures of all the 43 US Presidents.

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  1. John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met in the graveyard of St Peter’s Church in Liverpool which just happens to contain a headstone for an individual named Eleanor Rigby.
  2. In Nouadhibou, you’ll find Mauritania’s largest ship graveyard in the world.

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