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If the jaw isn't strapped shut when a body is mummified, it naturally falls open during the process of decay, leaving a permanent "scream." Most modern burial practices account for this -- the ghost of Jacob Marley, Scrooge's business partner in A Christmas Carol, is always shown with that weird headband/chinstrap for precisely this reason. But not all cultures take closing the jaw into account, or sometimes the knots tying the mouth shut just slip.

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If the jaw isn't strapped shut when a body is mummified, it naturally falls open during the process of decay, leaving a permanent "scream." Most modern burial practices account for this -- the ghost of Jacob Marley, Scrooge's business partner in A Christmas Carol, is always shown with that weird headband/chinstrap for precisely this reason. But not all cultures take closing the jaw into account, or sometimes the knots tying the mouth shut just slip.

Un homme transporte des dizaines de canards sur sa moto et se dirige vers un marché à côté de Hanoi, au Vietnam, le 31 mai 2012. Reuters/Kham

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Un homme transporte des dizaines de canards sur sa moto et se dirige vers un marché à côté de Hanoi, au Vietnam, le 31 mai 2012. Reuters/Kham

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