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Buried at 45 degrees... Answered

As I type, Sir Jimmy Saville is lying in "state" in a golden* coffin in a Leeds hotel.

According to his wishes, he will be buried at an angle of 45 in Scarborough, "so that he see the sea".

What odd burial wishes do you have?

Mine are simple - a cardboard box under an oak or horse-chestnut sapling.

BBC Story.

Just in case you don't know who Sir Jimmy was.

*Golden, but not gold.


In my will, it states that I want to be cremated and part of the ashes to be put in a walnut shell to be placed on the mantle. That's so people can say "That's Nina in a nutshell".

Glad to know LiRa, but I have to tell you that it was not my idea; I read an interview that Bob Dylan gave in Playboy about 30 years ago where he said that this was what he was going to do when he died. I thought it was a good idea, then about a year ago put it in my will. I didn't think of it as a pun but as a litteral amusing idea. I get frustrated at being misunderstood so often, maybe Bob Dylan felt the same way...

Wait, you mean you literally DID put that in your will? Or are you pulling my leg again?

I did. Literally. Why not, you don't know when you're dead anyway.

Instructable idea: How to Make a Display Stand for a Walnut.

(Then you add the url to your will...)

That's a heck of a legacy - a decades-long mass groan at an awful pun!

First two letters of pun.


6 years ago

I don't think I would do like Bill Lear once explained he would end his life.

Bill was going to fly a plane down into the fires of a Volcano,  Ugh..

But then the insurance companies we all love interceded.
Bill was too old to fly alone.  A co-pilot was an insurance requirement
or no fly.  Now, Bill had a good heart  but was cantankerous and soon
ran low on co-pilots.  That's when Bill sent his man servant to Learjet
pilots school.

Gunther the man servant to Bill was a marvel to watch as the co-pilot.
Some pilots would slap Bill's hand or overpower him on the yoke to
fly the plane from danger.  But , Gunther could not touch his employer
nor overpower the him.

This co-pilot would fly the Jet through Bill's head view by waving his
hands in front of Mr. Lear's eyes much like a handy A.L.S. to direct the
"Old Man" respectful term flying the Jet to a many successful landings.


I always loved what he named his daughter - Shanda

It takes Nina in a nutshell to appreciate
Shanda, Lear's daughter who eventually married an Italian man.

Bill also had a black Poodle called Stoker when he was developing
the Steam bus boilers

That one I don't get - please explain.

Bill was your kindrid spirit in naming.
A man shoveling black coal into a boiler is a Stoker [sic]  the Black Poodle.

That boiler was in a steam bus developed by Lear in the 1960s to
make a clean exhaust transport vehicle (so clean that a chicken could survive breathing the bus exhaust  ).  Based on the principle that allowing the fuel to Fully finish the burning process does not generate NOx  gas poisons.
An internal combustion car with pistons forces a partially burned residue fuel mixture of nitrous oxide poisons, that pollute our atmosphere into the partially cleaning catalytic muffler.

In recent past a man could have been stoking a boiler on a ship to light the chandeliers in the ball room  :-)

Thank you, I take it he was not successful in that endeavor? It sounds like a great idea, but then so does world peace.

Clean fuel burning and Power efficiency are diametrically opposed principles.
A bus in that day got  2 miles per gallon  of fuel.
Lear's clean emissions bus got less then a  half mile per gallon of  fuel
and could be damaged by freezing.

Then, our nation (US) was hit by the energy crunch and long lines at the gas-stations waiting for fuel. 
A  super clean but  inefficient bus was  not needed At All. :-(

I want to have a recording and a motion sensor planted in the box with me during the viewing portion...I am still composing just what I would like to say to my "loved ones". . .

I'm an organ doner, and after that I'm gonna have an environmentally friendly funeral. Just wrap be in a shroud (cotton please) and bury me.

For years I had been telling people that I want Ashes To Ashes - ha ha - (so that will probably happen...).
But now I want Stop The Dams.(crap video - because there isn't one - El Manyana I believe)
Either way, no one will understand what they mean...


i'd like to be taxidermied and placed in a comfy chair in front of the TV. i'd also like the chair to be rigged with motion sensors so that a system will play prerecorded items in my voice when anyone walks past.