Over our dead bodies! (our first apology and you’ll see why in a minute) You can accuse us of many things here at Belly Ache Central, most of which are probably true, but we have to say in our own defence that there are indeed some things we have, ummm… trouble with… but never-the-less soldier on! Take for example this ‘lovely’ little item that garnered a bit of international media attention after some, apparently bored journalist spied it on eBay.
He or she was probably just doing a little shopping on company time. In a nutshell, the New York state’s Office of Mental Health was, we speculate, undertaking (sorry for that) a bit of up-grading of equipment and decided to sell some of the old equipment on eBay. To be specific, they were selling an old morgue fridge. Lovely indeed. To be more precise it was a Norlake Scientific 4 Drawer Morgue Refrigerator. And while the very idea of auctioning off an old dead body chiller is clearly in the realm of the macabre, the eBay listing certainly seemed legit enough – after all, this is eBay and they do have standards you know.
The ad was actually pretty sterile (sorry yet again, we are actually trying to keep the puns at bay). It didn’t sensationalise, it didn’t gush with gruesome details, nor did it cash in on celebrity. The ad certainly could have hyped the celebrity – after all who knows what famous, or infamous, cadaver called the fridge their temporary resting place. There was simply a note describing the fridge as “used” and one photo of said fridge, bathed in a nearly ethereal golden light. A few other details were also provided… like the fact its compressor is located mounted on the top, its dimensions (6’ Wide x 8’ Deep x 6’ High) and the fact it is in “good condition” and “currently running”. One would presume it comes empty.