Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Question # 224

In the olden days, people were shit scared of death, (er, and now they're not? - Ed.) and more so, of being buried alive. There were many stories of people waking up during their autopsy, burial, etc etc. So, to allow for the eventuality of such an occurence (fuck your english is good. - Ed.), special coffins were devised which had a cord on the inside connected to a bell on the ground level, in case anyone WAS buried alive, they could simply pull the cord and ring the bell. But, since graveyards weren't such tourist hot spots, especially at night (duh), someone had to sit near the bell all night long, so that the call from the grave doesn't go unattended.
What english phrase derives its origins from all this brouhaha?

Question by AT


  1. The answer's graveyard shift. Don't think any of the above two answers will make it.

  2. actually all three phrases('saved', 'ringer' and 'shift') derive their origins from this.... so everyones's happy™