♪ upbeat synthesized music ♪ On every Ask A Mortician episode, there’s one question in the comments that everyone’s like, “This one, yes. You will answer this one!” Like, like, like, like, like, like, like. In the last episode, the groundbreaking American classic Ask a Mortician Corpse Poo, that question came from one Resurrected Chickens, who asked, “Is it true that a casket can explode if it’s totally sealed up?” Sure, I’d be happy to answer that for you because I would do anything for you. [♪ intense dubstep music ♪] For those of you who are up on the history of corpse burying containers, you will know that this bad boy is called a coffin. Made out of wood, tapered at the bottom [whispering] so you can tell there’s a dead human in it. In the late 1800s, coffins went out of fashion in favor of caskets, especially in America. Caskets are shaped like boring old rectangles. You can buy ‘protective’ caskets for quite a bit more money, which have a big rubber super seal that’s supposed to protect your body from the cruel, cruel world. If you’re the type of person who wants to be buried in this sealed fortress of a casket, you might also be the type of person who does not want to be buried below the ground where Lord forbid, you might run into some dirt or bugs or moisture. You might instead choose to be buried in a mausoleum, which is a wall slot above ground. Now, the problem comes when some, and I said some, morticians and cemeteries try to tell families that these sealed caskets and mausoleums will keep grandmother safe and clean and dry for all eternity while she’s sleeping with the angels. And maybe they say that to make the family feel better but it’s one of those, ummm, lies. When you die, all of the bacteria in your stomach are nom nom nom-ing away, and that inner body buffet can produce a lot of gas and that’s just the magic of decomposition. You really want a decomposing body to have access to some sort of air so it can then dehydrate. But if it’s in one of those super sealed protective caskets, there’s really no place for all of that gas and fluid to go, so the body can kind of turn into sort of a bog. Like, Creature from the Black Lagoon style. [♪ hip-hop music ♪] Just putting the ‘fact’ in ‘putrefaction.’ So you’re in this above ground mausoleum and you’re turning all boggy and you’re casket is like, ‘No. No air for you corpse.’ And so the gas is building up and building up and building up until… [explosion] The lid can get knocked right off the casket and if it’s a violent enough of a blow, it can even dislodge the marble front of the crypt. Here’s a picture I actually took at a mausoleum because I was like, “What is going on here?” I’m not going to tell you where it is because I’m not trying to sell anybody out. So, uh, the moral of that story is yes. Caskets can explode, and I would never tell you not to buy a protective sealed casket, that’s not my place. Umm… But I’m just going to give you that information and you will do what you will with it. [♪ music ♪] Aaaahhh! There’s nothing in there. Except for my hopes and dreams.