A lot of people are curious about what it might be like at their own funeral. Who’d show up? What would they say? Would there be fondue at the wake? Important questions that most of us will never be able to answer. Except for Chinese student Zeng Jia, who staged her own friggin’ funeral while still alive so she could “enjoy it.” Morbid much? Keep reading »
The first time Edgar Allan Poe died, no one really noticed. In 1849, at age 40, the macabre poet prince was discovered drunk, delirious, and penniless outside a Baltimore watering hole. Four days later, he died of unknown causes—the best guesses include alcoholism, cholera, rabies, tuberculosis, heart disease, or suicide. And let’s just say that his funeral was not a success. His death was never announced publicly, fewer than 10 people attended, Poe’s tombstone was destroyed by a derailed train, and Rufus Griswold, a long-time frenemy, published a slanderous obituary that damaged Poe’s reputation forever. But it’s never too late to get a second chance at death.
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Michael Jackson’s memorial brought about some insane products, but now the average joe can find the crazy to fit their budget. Cremation Solutions, which already offers a creative line of diamonds, jewelry, and glass paper weights all fabricated from your loved one’s ashes, is now using 3D imaging to make one-of-a-kind urns that look just like the deceased. All the grieving family has to do is send in two photos of their dearly departed and then, through the miracle of computers and $2,600, a super realistic sculptural likeness of his or her head is created to double as a jar for their ashes. Can you imagine trying to have sex on the sofa with this dude staring down at you from the mantle? Alternatively, this would make a great cookie jar for those on a diet. [Metro U.K.] Keep reading »