The year 2013 is drawing to a close and Christmas is almost upon us which means that many shoppers will be flocking to malls to pick up a 2014 calendar to stuff in a loved one's stocking.
One calendar though, stands out from the rest. And not in a good way.
Lindner, Poland's biggest coffin manufacturer, has been using nearly naked models in calendars to promote their products for the past few years.
Ever wanted to see a woman dressed in a see-through backless fishnet suit? You can if you purchased the company's 2011 edition which featured the scantily-clad model giving someone off-camera a smouldering look and standing beside, yep, you guessed it, a wood casket.
That same edition featured half-naked ladies draping themselves over these (admittedly nice looking) caskets and performing scenes from movies such as "Reservoir Dogs," "The Godfather" and various James Bond flicks, because obviously, that's how you sell the products that your loved ones will potentially rest in.
But we weren't the only ones flabbergasted by the photos; the calendar caused ire in the Catholic Church in Poland, and a church spokesman said, “human death should be respected and not mixed with sex.
Not surprisingly, the 2014 edition is even more titillating (we never thought we would see that word in a story about coffins) featuring topless models lying across the caskets. (And how about that strong lady who is pulling out a casket from beneath what looks like the Titanic?)
A spokesman for Lindner explained the photos, saying: “For this calendar we came back to nature, which we express with perfect harmony between Lindner coffins and natural wood, blue sea, red flowers, green fields and beauty of the female body.”
Well, it all makes sense now!