It was with great trepidation that we called up the Worm World Web site. ANd we're glad to report to creator New Jersey Online that its mission was accomplished-we were sufficiently grossed out. Was it the downloadable videos of worm dissections? The audio files of worms eating dirt? Or the souvenir shop offering shipments of live specimens? "Good, clean brain food for kids," N.J. Online dubs the site. (http://www.nj.com/yucky). Our take? Let's just say kids will dig it.
First worms, now caskets. The synergy was irresistible. We're not sure how many people will want to go shopping for their final resting place online, but a tour of the new Batesville Casket Co. site shows that nothing is sacred on the Web. The site (http://www.batesville.com) provides plenty of info on caskets and funeral planning. There's also a grief resource center offering advice on coping with the loss of a loved one.