Weird, He Doesn't Look Very Clean: Man's Body Turns To Soap Mummy After Burial

January 5, 2011


I know you're not supposed to speak ill of the dead for fear of their ghosts pouring laxatives in your chocolate milk powder while you sleep (I KNOW IT WAS YOU, CASPER!), but damn, for a guy whose body turned to soap after he was buried you look pretty f***ing dirty. Just sayin', a little loofah goes a long way.

"Soapman" lived in Philadelphia and was buried there around 1800. The body was discovered in 1875 during the digging of a train depot foundation. This unusual preservation occurred because water seeped into the casket and brought alkaline soil with it, turning the fats in his body to soap through a type of hydrolysis known as saponification. Soapman is kept in the National Museum of Natural History's Dry Environment room, where Smithsonian scientists can research how the body is preserved through chemical changes.

I don't know about you, but when I die I don't want my body turning into Dove or Irish Springs. No, I want it to turn into gold, just like King Tut's. "Uh, GW? That was just his sarcophagus". Was it? Or is that just what the Illuminati want you to believe? That's right, the "ancient" Egyptians were actually a race of highly advanced beings from Zexofl-- *being dragged off by men in white cloaks* Conspiracy -- CONSPIRACY!!

Two more significantly nastier shots after the jump if you're into puking.



A Look at "Soapman" [nbcwashington]
Soapman [smithsonian]

Thanks to Blaqk Panda, but not really because I just threw up my Eggo and I hadn't really chewed it that well so it was pretty scratchy coming back up.

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