October 13th, 2011

  • aliskye

Porkchester Pigs

I've tried everything I can online, searching for the name of the artist/designer for a series of wood figurines entitled "Meet the Porkchesters", a series of pigs in people clothing. The individual pieces are called Peabody Porkchester, Petey Porkchester, Palmer Porkchester, Petunia Porkchester, etc., part of a set of 24 figures. They were made by Danbury Mint (and I've called them and they would not give out any information other to say they aren't licensing the property any more.) Also called the Artist Rights Society in NYC.

I've searched for Porkchesters, Meet the Porkchesters, designer of the Porkchesters, Porkchester pigs, etc.

We'd like to use the figures in a film, but need permission from the copyright holder.

Thanks for any help or suggestions.

Arsenic in Embalmed Bodies

Googled: How dangerous are bodies embalmed with arsenic, arsenic embalming dangers, arsenic in cadavers, etc.

Setting: Modern day fantasy world, though generally low in magic. If it makes any difference, the area the characters are in has a climate similar to Seattle.

Scenario: I have three characters who are doing a spot of grave robbing and have just broken into a small mausoleum to retrieve a body. Said body was embalmed sometime in the early 1900s with arsenic before that went out of use and has been kept inside a wood casket in a marble sarcophagus. The body should be nothing but bones at this point, perhaps with small bits of preserved flesh if that's in any way realistic given how long it's been.

Two of the characters aren't human and thus wouldn't be hurt by any potentially dangerous chemicals, including the character actually handling the body, while the third, who's helped open the sarcophagus but hasn't had any contact with the body, is watching nearby.

Would any arsenic still present after a century be of any danger to the human character? I can find information about how the arsenic-embalming process harmed embalmers and information about the dangers of arsenic leeching into the soil in old graveyards, but that's not really helping me in this case. The character in question is not going to be touching the bones at all, but he will be in close quarters with it for an evening.