May 19, 2021

Take This to Your Grave



Take This to Your Grave
Perhaps this competition is the only time that it's a good thing to take to an early grave.  Photo by Lukas via pexels.com

Cemetary work is usually seen as a rather glamourless job, but now there is some grave competition in the industry.

Recently, Novosibirsk's crematorium hosted a timed gravedigging tournament for diggers from all over the Siberian region. Each team of two had to dig a proper 200-centimeter-long, 80-centimeter-wide, and 160-centimeter-deep burial pit in the fastest time possible.

Participants were graded on how fast they worked, as well as on the technique and accuracy of their creation. In the end, it was the team from Omsk that took first place, followed by the home team from Novosibirsk, with Tomsk and the Altai region close behind. 

As seen in the video detailing the event, the competition even had spectators (creating what may have been the most lively crematorium audience ever). 

The real purpose of the event was to encourage current grave diggers to develop their skills and to help attract young people to the otherwise morbid career path. 

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