- Faroppo Lorenzo
- Italy (Turin)
Count Michel de Karnice-Karnicki (Russia) invented a security coffin, eponymously called "Le Karnice". The idea was that a long tube, measuring 8.89 cm (3.5 in) in diameter, was connected with an aperture in the coffin, with the other end of it emerging above ground (rather like the periscope of a submarine). In Turin, a 78-year-old man named Faroppo Lorenzo (Italy) had consented to be buried alive in "Le Karnice". He was buried on 17 December 1898, and was not disinterred again until 26 December. Signor Lorenzo’s only comment, when dug up after this dismal underground Christmas vacation, was that it had been "damned smelly down there".