Dead Ringer Fragrance Dirt – muddy dirt blended with moist mossy notesThe false dead ringer etymology stems from a chain letter titled, “Life in the 1500s” which circulated in 1999 and claimed that when graveyards started becoming overcrowded, people would dig up old graves in order to free up space for new burials. When they cracked the coffins open, one in every twenty-five coffins had scratch marks on the inside, indicating that the dead person had awoken and was trying to get out. This caused them to attach the bells. While there is some evidence that a very small percentage of people were accidentally buried alive centuries ago, this chain letter’s specific assertions, not just in this instance, were mostly nonsense.
“Saved by the Bell”. Supposedly people were so worried about being buried alive that they requested a bell to be placed at the gravesite with a string attached to the finger of the person.
Another phrase is “Graveyard Shift”. This was reportedly termed from the people who would have to watch the graveyard at night for ‘Dead Ringers and were being “Saved by the Bell”!