Do you know the origin of the phrase graveyard shift ?

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Do you know the origin of the phrase graveyard shift ?

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  1. England is a small country. When they started running out of space to bury the dead, they started digging the coffins and take the dead persons bones to a house. The vacant grave could be then re-used. At least one of these 25 reopened coffins was found to have scratch marks on the inner side. This is when people realized that they actually buried some alive! To avoid this, they came up with a solution. The solution was to tie a string on the wrist, lead it through the coffin up the ground and tie it to a bell. A person would actually sit in the graveyard the whole night listening for the bell (scary, isn t it?). Hence, the term graveyard shift originated.
    Hearing the bell, people would know that the person buried was a ˜dead ringer or that he was ˜saved by the bell .

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