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Through the Nose

When sailors of old had to be buried at sea, their bodies were sewn into sail cloth, weighted, and lowered into the sea. Lifelong sailor Alan Olson wonders if you know why the last stitch in the sewing traditionally went through the deceased nose. Can you guess why?

Answer: To make sure the person believed to be deceased was actually dead, as opposed to merely ‘dead drunk’ or sleeping heavily.

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