Mayor Roberto Pereira da Silva, of Biritiba-Mirim, has instigated a law making it illegal for residents to die.
The town's cemetery is full.
The law would see relatives of people who die face fines or even jail.
Mayor Pereira da Silva said, "Eighty nine per cent of the town is rivers, the rest is protected because it is tropical jungle."
Gym memberships have reportedly shot up since the mayor announced his plans, and more people are visiting doctors.
The state government had promised to help build a new vertical cemetery. They didn't say when, though. Tricky bastards.
No one is a fan of Death.
Well, maybe this man's version of Death:
But Death is something we all spend out lives noticing, contemplating and experiencing on some level. Fear of Death is may be the strength behind many religions. Worship our way and transcend Death is the welcome mat that takes many across the threshold.
The ancient Egyptians (at least the upper class) welcomed Death as it led them to a greater existence as gods.
And this leads me to death masks. Extensive subject.
How is a death mask made?
First, a mould is made by covering the face with a thin layer of plaster of Paris (the eyebrows and lashes are usually smeared with oil first to keep them from sticking to the plaster). Once the first layer has begun to dry, a second, thicker layer of plaster is added. When the outer layer has dried the whole mould is removed from the face.
The hollow mould is used to make the mask itself. Plaster, wax and metal are often used.
At right is the death mask of Alfred Hitchcock.
George Bernard Shaw's