Greatest Hits of the Afterlife

Selected sites from online's end of the line:

* Paul Is Dead? A clue-by-clue rehashing of the backward lyrics, Beatles album photos and other "evidence" that fueled rumors of Paul McCartney's untimely demise in the late 1960s.

* The Top 10 List of Impending Dead Celebrities. One of several (usually irreverent) death pools inviting browsers to predict which famous person will die next. Tip: Make sure your nominee hasn't already expired by consulting the Dead People Server, an index of "interesting celebrities who are, or might plausibly be dead." (Sample entries: Bella Abzug--alive; Andre the Giant, wrestler/actor--dead, heart attack, Jan. 27, 1993; John Belushi, comedian--dead, stupidity, March 5, 1982.)

* Summum Mummification. Ex-Mormon church elder Corky Ra describes his bizarre encounters with alien beings and promotes a service that mummifies dead pets and humans. Those who prefer more traditional wrapped corpses can visit, complete with video and sound, Time magazine's Secrets of the Lost Tomb.

* The Natural Death Centre. A do-it-yourself funeral guide with primers on biodegradable body bags, burials at sea and backyard interments. (Caution: "It could reduce the value of the property by as much as 20% to 50%.")

* Museo de las Momias. Photos from a museum exhibit of exhumed corpses.

* Shroud of Turin Homepage. One of few religious entries in the computer death field. Another is the Jewish Burial Society page, a guide to that faith's funeral customs.

* Garden of Remembrance. A cyber cemetery with musical backgrounds that offer "a profound sense of human mortality" and "enhance your experience of DeathNet." Selections include Mahler's Symphony No. 9 and Brian Eno's "Thursday Afternoon." Sorry, Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper" isn't available.

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