Pity us Clevelanders. Daily, it seems, our friends in television news are reminding us of all the things that might kill us, maim us or leave us broke.

Take this headline on WKYC's Web site: "Funeral homes prepare for possible H1N1 surge."

Northeast Ohio funeral homes must stock up on extra caskets and embalming fluid in the face of a possible swine flu outbreak, one local undertaker told WKYC's Chris Tye. Unemployed Ohioans take note — gravediggers could be in demand, according to Tye's report. We are not making this up.

Scene performed a quick Internet check, and it looks like the folks at ’KYC's Lakeside Avenue studios are the only ones drinking the funky formaldehyde. Perhaps they took their cue from the National Funeral Directors Association, a society of professional undertakers who posted information for members under the heading: "Preparing Your Funeral Home For a Pandemic." — Damian Guevara

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