A Great and Wicked Disturbance

Recently, on a genealogical discussion list, an enquiry was made as to what might constitute ‘A Great and Wicked Disturbance’ at a funeral in about 1770.

Here is the text of just one reply:

“I also do not know what might have caused the incident at the burial in
1770: However, a recent burial here —all captured on film that
unfortunately I am not permitted to attach—-may suggest a parallel

At the burial and in the middle of the minister’s ” We are gathered
here…” sermon, a jerk with a loud cell phone begins a very loud and
distracting conversation. A squirrel in a tree overhead is also disturbed
and shows his unhappiness by dropping a little mess on the jerk’s suit. The
man looks up to see where it came from and the squirrel lands spread out
over the man’s face. The man immediately jumps up, screaming and stumbles
about with the squirrel firmly attached to his face.  Shortly the idiot
falls in the open grave and pulls the coffin with the body in on top of him!!!”

Thanks, for the permission to share this particular picture, Colin, from South-West Utah.


5 Responses to “A Great and Wicked Disturbance”

  1. Grannymar Says:

    That is one funeral nobody will forget.

    I have no stories to beat that one.

  2. rummuser Says:

    Magpie, that is most unfair. I would pay to see the video! Any possibility of a link?

  3. Magpie11 Says:


    We shouldn’t laugh at other people’s misfortunes should we?

    I’ll contact the man in question but I suspect that family sensitivity may be at stake…or it is just a story!

  4. Annb Says:

    Sounds like a scene from Mr Bean !

  5. Magpie11 Says:

    Yes, it struck me as very “English” in the humour of the situation. I suppose that it’s universal tho’.

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