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Embalm-shell! Terminally Ill Man Gets Mummified for New Reality Show

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 17th 2011 11:45AM
Has reality television finally gone too far? A man who died of a terminal illness has been mummified like an Egyptian pharaoh for a new reality show set to air on the British network Channel 4. The program will be titled 'Mummifying Alan.'

The Daily Mail reports that the man, whose identity will be withheld until next week when his family will explain his decision to be part of the reality show, had an interest in preservation techniques used in ancient Egyptian times.

The program, which will air on Mon., Oct. 24, will make TV history, as a scientific embalming experiment has never been shown on reality television before. A team of scientists will be performing the mummification, a complicated technique used by ancient Egyptian embalmers, at one of the UK's leading pathology labs.

Reportedly, after the experiment, the man's body was said to be in excellent condition. The researchers followed the techniques used to mummify Tutankhamun, widely known as King Tut, whose body was mummified during Egypt's 18th Dynasty. More than 3,000 years later, his tomb -- and his remarkably preserved body -- was found in 1922.

Although little is known about the actual ingredients the ancient Egyptians used for the embalming, it is known that embalming process took 70 days, 15 days of that was spent cleansing and purifying the body, 40 days spent drying the body and 15 days spent on wrapping, bandaging and art work.

Reportedly in 2010, the British network was in a storm of controversy after advertising for a terminally-ill volunteer to take part in the experimental project. Channel 4 published the following advert: 'We are currently keen to talk to someone who, faced with the knowledge of their own terminal illness and all that it entails, would nonetheless consider undergoing the process of an ancient Egyptian embalming.

Although the network did not pay the man or his family, they did cover the total cost of the process.

Tell us: Would you ever agree to do something like this?

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Josey

It's not that different from many documentaries,I would want to see it out of curiosity. As for me being mummified on tv not my cup of tea but as for Alan a good way to make his name known even after death.

October 31 2011 at 3:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kizkiznobite

a brilliant and fascinating programme...RIP tutan-alan

October 24 2011 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mano Dio

Wasn't Britain supposed to be where all the geniuses live? They're doing a lot of stupid things lately.

October 19 2011 at 7:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wayne Zeides

Who are we/you to say how anyone wants their body remains to be used. I wouldn't mind that being done to me...I find it interesting....

October 19 2011 at 5:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Newmom95

Just burn me and blow me away...

October 17 2011 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ike Reeves

Two words: Brain hook

Make that three: Ec-c-ch

Is there a plan for a re-animation attempt for next season? 'Raising Arizona'.
What? Already done? :(

October 17 2011 at 4:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Serena

The National Geographic Society had a special on this same thing during the 90s. I wish I could find the video. It was really quite interesting.

October 17 2011 at 3:36 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Janice

Always said their not all locked up.

October 17 2011 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hman570

This reality stuff sure stinks, not worth watching TV. They keep pushing to the point of sickness with their grim ideas of what people want to watch? Glad that the History Channel is on nightly!!!

October 17 2011 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
krunkishere

Linda, I wasn't thinking about it in those terms, but your thought makes me wonder about the half-life of silicon.

October 17 2011 at 2:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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