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Mummy Dearest

What was last week's top self-storage story in the media? Yeah, total grotesquerie: a partially mummified baby found wrapped in newspaper and stuffed in a suitcase in a Florida storage unit. Just the kind of press we all relish, eh?

The scoop is a 46-year-old New Jersey woman flew to Florida to empty her recently deceased mother's unit and found a dead baby boy wrapped in the Jan. 9, 1957, edition of a New York area Daily News. The package was bundled in a suitcase inside yet another suitcase and surrounded by items such as rosary beads, a prayer card, and a photo of an unidentified little girl. Curiouser and curiouser. Investigators are suggesting this was a big family secret, because if the baby had been born on or near the date of the newspaper, the mother would have been unmarried.

So this is probably extremely inappropriate, but one of the first things I thought when I read this article online was how cool the suitcase wasone of those old-school cases covered in travel stickers, you know? If you can suspend thought of the morbid circumstances for just a moment, you might see what I mean:

Here's hoping this week's media parade includes something a little less macabre.

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