And here it is–I double majored in Spanish and Chicana/o Studies graduating Cum Laude from UCLA. 10 years later and I finally have my diploma. Being a mortuary school dropout, to being in community college on and off for six years, losing my grandmother, being in a toxic relationship where I was told I focus too much on my education, and owing almost a grand in fees to UCLA, it’s finally in my hands and I literally cried. It’s so surreal cause I never believed this day would happen. Thank you to everyone who actually supported me on this decade long journey.

January 21, 2016

Today In History

Jason William Mizell, better known as ‘Jam Master Jay’, was born on this date January 21, 1965. Jam-Master Jay had quite a reputation in the area for being the flashiest amongst the B-boys around, standing out in the midst of a crowd of hip-hoppers trying to make a name for themselves. With his gifted turntable skills, budding emcees were doing whatever they could to come up and rap in front of him. 1982 came, and Run and DMC were keeping in touch while in college: Run in LaGuardia Community College to study mortuary science, and DMC in St John’s University. They resolved to form a rap duo, and enlisted Mizell to scratch turntables for them. Thus Run-D.M.C. was born. via bio

(photo: Jason William Mizell, ‘Jam Master Jay’)

- CARTER Magazine


ikd-sj’s “Albino” from “the mortuary”

Brilliant song, although I don’t have the lyrics. Gotta buy that album ASAP.



August 21st, 1911, Prescott, Nevada country.

“Old Mike” the mortuary staff christened him, after all, nobody had any idea who this John Doe was.Some people claimed that the nameless man was a travelling salesman, selling small items like thread and pencils; others said he was a travelling hobo.
Old Mike was found in Prescott city park, slumped up against an oak tree with eighty cents and a silver spoon in his pocket and no clues to his identity what so ever.

He was a 40 something Caucasian man, standing at 5”4, short and stocky, with a moustache, two gold teeth and crutches.Despite photos of the unknown man being published, nobody came forward to identify him. He was embalmed and put on display at a local funeral home, in the hopes that someone would recognize him, take him home and lay him to rest.

The original intention was to have him displayed for around a week, but days passed, and months passed, and eventually 64 years had passed before it was decided ol’ Mike deserved retirement. He was finally buried on May 4th1975.
For 62 years people came to gawp at the embalmed body of old mike, a man famous for dying without ID and having his eyeballs eerily painted onto his eye lids.

He was somebody to someone, but who was he? I guess we’ll never know.

Welcome to our weekly roundup of cherished news bits, coming at you via the Black Phoenix Gazette. This week’s batch:

☠ Starz has found its Shadow! Ricky Whittle from The 100 has been cast in American Gods

Joan Rivers’ spiritual guide is is fighting crime with voodoo in New Orleans

☠ “Others were deeply offended that an animal of any kind should receive a Christian burial.” Cat funerals in the Victorian era

Mortician Caitlin Doughty on what the dead can teach us about aging and beauty

Jay-Z is being sued for not promoting his fragrance enough. We’ve got 99 (or more) problems, but at least this ain’t one of ‘em.

This Babylonian astronomy text changes history! You can also use their system to track Jupiter’s path

☠ We’re in heaven (and hell, respectively) thanks to these incredible photographic recreations of Hieronymus Bosch paintings

☠ Child’s Play: Alan Rickman’s 1970 account of murderous children in an inner-London play park. 

☠ A Maori bride watching her family perform a traditional haka dance is moved to tears (and to join in). Watch below!
The Street of the Dead . . . it really was: Mortuary bundles at Teotihuacan by Annabeth Headrick


The name “Street of the Dead” used to designate Teotihuacan’s main avenue originates from a Nahuatl notation on a sixteenth-century map. Though this “story” is often deemed apocryphal, I argue in this paper that oral tradition preserved conceptual information that may not be archaeologically recoverable. Support for this position comes from comparative cultural analysis of Mesoamerican mortuary bundles as they are expressed in ritual and iconography. Crucial to this argument are the well-known stone masks of Teotihuacan. A case is made that the masks originally served as the faces of oracular mortuary bundles. The likely existence of mortuary bundles at Teotihuacan generates organizational models for the city in which lineage emerges as a fundamental element and suggests new insight into status differentiation and the iconography of power at Teotihuacan.

This is one of my most favorite articles of all time by one of my most favorite scholars. I highly encourage all of you to check it out and read it if you have an interest in Teotihuacan. It is free to read.

Roswell Mortician Glenn Dennis describing the dead aliens. He was originally asked to provide child sized caskets. Video testimony HERE.

In July 1947 (the time of the famous Roswell crash) the mortuary officer from the Roswell Army Airfield called Glenn Dennis asking for hermetically sealed infant caskets. Later that day when at the Airfield for an emergency he saw debris of unknown origin. A nurse - whom he (Glenn) knew, described to him the bodies of extraterrestrials she had just handled at the base.

They had big black eyes. They didn’t have earlobes - they had two ear canals and their month was only about 1 inch.”

Glenn was warned not to tell anyone about this and that if he did - there would be very serious problems and consequences. They said that if Glenn told anyone about it - they’d be “picking his bones out of the sand”.

ugh so a while back someone asked me for a list of all Stiles’ phone greetings and I can’t find the ask anywhere??? I swear to god I didn’t hallucinate somebody asking me this ANYWAY here I compiled a list for you, whoever you were, I am so sorry <3

  • Stilinski taxidermy; you snuff ‘em, we stuff ‘em
  • Stilinski mortuary; you stab ‘em, we slab ‘em
  • Stilinski fertility clinic; you spank ‘em, we bank ‘em
  • Stilinski day care; you wake ‘em, you take ‘em
  • Stilinski fraternity; you raise ‘em, we haze ‘em
  • Stilinski apiary; you got the money, we got the honey
  • Stilinski burlesque; you got the dough, we got the show
  • Stilinski barbecue, you got the fork, we got the pork
  • Stilinski psychotherapy; you try to end ‘em, we try to mend ‘em
  • Stilinski family reunion services; you need ‘em, we freed ‘em

(boy was I reaching at the end there LOLOLOLOL)