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Embalm-shell! Terminally Ill Man Gets Mummified for New Reality Show

Date October 17, 2011
Embalm-shell! Terminally Ill Man Gets Mummified for New Reality Show Has reality television finally gone too far? A man who died of a terminal illness has been mummified like an Egyptian pharaoh for a new reality show set to air on the British network Channel 4. The program will be titled 'Mummifying Alan.'

The Daily Mail reports that the man, whose identity will be withheld until next week when his family will

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Embalm-shell! Terminally Ill Man Gets Mummified for New Reality Show Has reality television finally gone too far? A man who died of a terminal illness has been mummified like an Egyptian pharaoh for a new reality show set to air on the British network Channel 4. The program will be titled 'Mummifying Alan.'

The Daily Mail reports that the man, whose identity will be withheld until next week when his family will explain his decision to be part of the reality show, had an interest in preservation techniques used in ancient Egyptian times.

The program, which will air on Mon., Oct. 24, will make TV history, as a scientific embalming experiment has never been shown on reality television before. A team of scientists will be performing the mummification, a complicated technique used by ancient Egyptian embalmers, at one of the UK's leading pathology labs.

Reportedly, after the experiment, the man's body was said to be in excellent condition. The researchers followed the techniques used to mummify Tutankhamun, widely known as King Tut, whose body was mummified during Egypt's 18th Dynasty. More than 3,000 years later, his tomb -- and his remarkably preserved body -- was found in 1922.

Although little is known about the actual ingredients the ancient Egyptians used for the embalming, it is known that embalming process took 70 days, 15 days of that was spent cleansing and purifying the body, 40 days spent drying the body and 15 days spent on wrapping, bandaging and art work.

Reportedly in 2010, the British network was in a storm of controversy after advertising for a terminally-ill volunteer to take part in the experimental project. Channel 4 published the following advert: 'We are currently keen to talk to someone who, faced with the knowledge of their own terminal illness and all that it entails, would nonetheless consider undergoing the process of an ancient Egyptian embalming.

Although the network did not pay the man or his family, they did cover the total cost of the process.

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