The Italian Moka Pot King Was Buried In A Moka Pot

Considering how your remains will be dispersed can be a question as equally delightful as it is morbid, and in the case of Renato Bialetti, the Italian man who made the aluminum coffee pot into a globally appreciated design, his ashes were inaugurated in the same vessel he popularized, an enlarged stove top Moka Pot.

The original inventor was Luigi Di Ponti who designed the aluminum coffee pot in 1933, but it didn’t become a widely purchased and used appliance until Bialetti spearheaded a hugely successful marketing campaign in Italy in the 1940s which generated the sales of an estimated 330 million Moka Pots in following decades.

Although irreverent, it’s incredibly hard to keep a straight face through this video of his ashes being blessed while inside a coffee pot. You may not be able to take it with you – but you CAN be memorialized in the very object that made you famous, and 93-year-old Bialetti was certainly not the only man who desired to be memorialized in his niche claim to fame.

Another even more bizarre incarnation of this trend was the inventor of the Pringles can: Fredric J Baur. The 83-year-old Cincinnati man was mourned by his family who honored his wishes to be buried in one of the iconic cans he designed, those cans that hold his remains symbolize countless parties and indispensable road trip snacks to so many people, there’s something equally depressing and poetic about the idea of his life remembrance being reduced to a can, which makes me recognize the simple beauty of the Pringles can even more.

In what is one of the more absurd reincarnations of this trend, the inventor of the Frisbee golf, Edward “Steady Ed” Headrick” had his ashes recycled into memorial ash discs. One of the strangest and most beautiful ideas I’ve heard in awhile, although the discs are intended more as symbols than practical discs, I like to imagine the added rush of attempting to catch a Frisbee that I know is composed of a human man. Now THAT is ultimate Frisbee.

(QZ)