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Dead man uploading

Playing dead has been an interesting, although risky, manoeuvre when it comes to carrying out insurance scams and dodging creditors.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2006 00:24 IST
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Playing dead has been an interesting, although risky, manoeuvre when it comes to carrying out insurance scams and dodging creditors. But Chuck Lamb is clearly the sort who has bigger plans for his innate talent of pretending to be deceased. Mr Lamb, courtesy the world wide web, is perhaps the most famous dead body alive. Hosting his own little show on the website deadbodyguy.com, he plays possum for a noble, artistic cause — that he may be noticed by some talent scout and become the world’s most sought after ‘lifeless extra’ on television.

Mr Lamb is just like us: hankering for our 15 minutes of fame — although quarter-of-an-hour does seem a bit too long for any television producer to want a corpse to be part of any scene (even the dead in Buffy the Vampire Slayer move). But when one is as inspired as Mr Lamb is, petty details don’t come in the way. Mr Lamb’s website show might sound a bit monotonous, but he does mix it up. His site features photographs of the ‘late’ Chuck Lamb in various scenes of death — Mr Lamb lying face down in a bowl of chicken soup (with the caption reading ‘Dying from bird flu’), Mr Lamb electrocuted in the bathtub, Mr Lamb crushed by his garage door....

Mrs Lamb plays the perfect partner in this macabre idea slide-show by preparing jars of fake blood which she keeps in the kitchen for future use. Clearly, (brain dead) netsurfers have been fascinated by deadbodyguy.com. The site has received some 300,000 hits in its first three weeks, with a large fan base already developing in Spain. We lend our full support to Mr Lamb, a computer programmer by profession when he’s not pretending to be dead. May he be restless in peace.