Saturday, March 11, 2017
Common Expressions and their Origins, No. 12: Saved By The Bell
Saved By The Bell
A coffin with escape hatch was invented by Frank Vester in 1868. Unlike an ordinary coffin, it has an escape tower with ladder. When you're buried, a rope is put in your hand and it stretches to a bell on top of the tower. If you're buried, but then happily come back to life, you can climb up the ladder and escape. Or ring the bell for help. No joke! Back in 1868, before modern medicine, it was harder to tell whether people were dead and many people were afraid of being buried alive.