The One and Only
It’s not surprising that a creative genius (and self-critical writer) like Billy Wilder chose to have something like this written on his headstone. One of the greatest cinematic legends of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Wilder certainly knew how to end things with style.
It’s OK Billy, we all have our flaws.
Once a computer geek, always a computer geek. Not only did Mr. Andersen have his entire headstone shaped like a computer (an old one, but still), he also decided to be witty with the inscription. He was only 28, but he was wise enough to understand life's big questions - who's to say we aren't all just a 'connection waiting to be reset by the ultimate peer'?
R.I.P. Mr. Andersen, you definitely logged out in style.
For those who don't know, Samuel Whittemore was an American farmer and soldier that became the oldest known fighter in the American Revolutionary War. And know we know why - the guy was the colonial version of Sylvester Stallone. Not only did this man manage to kill three soldiers at the age of 80, but he survived an insane beating and lived for 18 more years!
Now if that's not something to write on your headstone, we don't know what is.
The Cat Lady
If you can ignore the fact that this woman was so obsessed with cats she decided to put a giant sculpture of one over her headstone, this is actually pretty sweet. Mrs. Blanchard knew that her destiny was to take care of cats - "too many cats" - and she took the time to have this sculpture made, and even add a lovely sunflower drawing on her headstone. Maybe her cats were particularly fond of sunflowers?
She definitely chose the right resting place, because it seems this cemetery is all about paying tribute to your beloved animals after your're gone. Just look at Mr. Peacock back there.
No Place to Go
It's not surprising that an atheist had such a good sense of humor when it came to death. We do wonder, though, if he was so sure there was no place to go, why even bother getting dressed up?
Or perhaps this person just decided to keep their sense of humor until the very end, and prove that even in their deathbed, they still didn't believe in anything.
Apparently, it took 72 years and death for Joel to finally score a hole in one.
Whether you like golf or not, you have to admit that's a pretty clever pun.
You Tell 'Em Cowboy
You've got to hand it to this man, he definitely knew what he wanted. And he wasn't afraid to say it (or engrave it) for everyone else to see - even if it is a bit crass.
Like a good old-fashioned cowboy, all this man wants for his afterlife is good horses and beautiful women. And can you blame him?
The Hip-Hop Loving Hunter
Steven knew it was never too late to make a pun about hip-hop and hunting - his two favorite things. And in case somebody needed some visual aid, Steven's family decided to add a nice engraving of him with a buck, and some really nice nature landscape.
We really hope Steven made it to a magical land filled with bucks and awesome DJs.
When You Just Can't Be Bothered
Obviously, Lola's sense of humor was intact even at the ripe old age of 81. Either that or she was just out of clever phrases by the time she had to fill out the form for her headstone inscription.
It is quite hilarious though, to think that a person who was born in 1923 has the word "whatever" written on their headstone.
The Harsh Truth
If that's not the most accurate summary of a human's life, we don't know what is. This Tennessee resident was definitely not happy to be "leaving without his consent".
Hey buddy, we can totally understand and relate, but that's just the way it is.
We don't know about you, but we would love to try Kay's fudge - especially if it was obviously good enough to have engraved in her headstone!
This lady not only had her famous fudge recipe inscribed on her headstone so her beloved ones would never forget or have to scramble for that old, wrinkled piece of paper she wrote it on way back in the 60's, she also made sure to include a footnote that clearly captures her wonderful personality - "Wherever she goes, there's laughter." And we believe it.
Read the Fine Print
This is definitely one of the most hilarious entries on our list. Have you ever seen a headstone with fine print?! Then again, Janet does have a point - if you're going to stand that close to her, you should at least know you're stepping on some very important parts.
Or maybe she was just very fussy about personal space. Regardless, if those feet know what's good for them, they won't come any closer.
Mr. and Mrs. Spanks
Apparently people were quite naughty back in the Victorian era. And pretty hilarious too. With that surname, we're sure Arthur and his wife were the victims of countless puns over the years, so (whether intentionally or not) they decided they'd have the last laugh.
We just hope that Arthur and Katherine were careful when choosing their children's names.
Yes, we get that "Beer" is probably the person's last name, but you still have to admit it's kind of impossible to look at this headstone and not smile. Or at least toast to the departed!
Maybe it all worked out perfectly. Maybe Mr. Beer adored a nice cold brew, and maybe, that chalice next to the headstone is filled with his favorite beer.
Clearly, Constance is not too scared to face the afterlife. In fact, she's even planning ahead for it, and seems to have a pretty breezy attitude toward the whole thing.
Constance knows that whenever the day comes, she'll be prepared, and even though it will be sad when it all ends, at least she had her fun.
The Chocolate Lover
We don't know who this person was, but if they were still alive, they'd definitely be our best friend. How could you not love someone that adores chocolate enough to inscribe a dedication for it on their headstone?!
Hopefully, this person is in a place filled with endless chocolate fountains and they are finally able to eat all they want without gaining a pound!
The One and Only
It's not surprising that a creative genius (and self-critical writer) like Billy Wilder chose to have something like this written on his headstone. One of the greatest cinematic legends of Hollywood's Golden Age, Wilder certainly knew how to end things with style.
It's OK Billy, we all have our flaws.
Logically, Esther would much rather be the one reading her headstone than lying under it. But then again, so would everyone else in that situation.
Let's hope Esther is reading from a far better place. And that her 66 years of life were filled with wonderful things.
Jed and his Harley
Somewhere in New Mexico lie the remains of Jed Hall, the man who was enough of a badass to be buried with his beloved Harley Davidson, and never caught by the cops!
He definitely left a good legacy behind - those kids definitely have a talent for rhyming.
Don't Forget the Tablets
As you can probably guess, Leonard was an English taxi driver (who obviously loved his job), and apparently, a pretty great guy. Even after death he's still making sure everyone takes their tablets! Did you spot the circle-shaped photo of good old Len at the bottom right corner? Love this guy.
Usually, headstones are written by family and friends to honor the deceased, but Leonard decided he would do the opposite. And we're loving it - why not take the opportunity to use a sad event and use it to thank all the people that made your life better? Imagine how nice each visitor must feel when they visit.
A Pun Time
Everybody loves puns, right? Wrong, lots of people hate them, especially if their name is one. The name Noah Scape must have made for a whole lot of teasing in the playground. We have no idea what this guy’s parents were thinking when they gave him that name.
In the end, however, he decided to make the pun his own. He may have felt trapped by the name all of his life, but he definitely found his sense of humor about it in death.
Unable to Rise to The Occasion
It’s safe to assume that this family did some baking in their past, but it still couldn’t have been easy to grow up with a last name like Yeast. The amount of bread jokes that poor John must have put up with in his life boggles the mind.
However, sometimes when we near the end of our lives, we make peace with things that used to annoy us. It’s nice that the Yeast family has taken back ownership of their name and have beaten all the graveyard comedians to the punch.
Peace at Last
Some people just want to be left alone. They don’t want to get off the couch for chores or for fun outings. This personality trait can drive their spouses crazy and they may sometimes think, at least when I'm dead I’ll have a moment of peace.
Whoever left this message was clearly frustrated with the deceased for his lazy nature; they must be the type of productive and energetic person who never sits down. At least in death, they will be reunited, that great equalizer will help them find common ground.
A lot of people feel connected to their computers, but it takes some real computer freaks to want their PC, with monitor and keyboard, on top of them for eternity. We have to admit that having their picture on the monitor is a nice touch, but where is the mouse?
Unfortunately for this tech-savvy couple, technology has moved on since they passed away. Instead of having a headstone that is timeless, their grave ends up looking really dated. In a couple of decades, kids walking by may not even know what that weird thing on the grave is.
Short and To the Point
Sometimes one word can speak volumes. That is the case with the word “dang” on this headstone. It expresses the feeling of dealing with a sudden loss perfectly. It can be “dang” as in 'I can’t believe it' or “dang” as in 'I am so angry'. The meaning becomes even more clear and sadder when you continue reading.
The headstone features a mother, a father and a son between them. At first, it looks like the whole family has passed, but then you notice that only the son has a death date. The parents may simply want to be buried beside their son in the future or maybe they feel like they stopped living along with him. What’s left to say except “dang”?
The Final Knock-Knock Joke
Knock-knock jokes are a favorite of dads everywhere. They are often based on wordplay and almost always end with whoever was actually listening groaning. This headstone has really turned the knock-knock world on its head, by ending with a heartbreaking truth.
The dad this family is referring to must have loved dad jokes, and this is their unique and unusual way to honor him. We’re sure he would have enjoyed people walking by, stopping to read and then getting hit with that truth bomb. Not the reaction he was used to.
A Tale of Two Heads
This person, or their family, decided to mark their final resting place with the statue of a man who is lying down, holding a head in their hands. The man and the head are looking at each other, and we are left with a whole lot of questions.
They could have at least left some kind of inscription that would explain what is going on. Now we are left wondering whose head is that, where’s the rest of him and what exactly were they thinking when they chose this. Or maybe that’s the point?
The Circle of Life
This headstone has both a funny picture on it and a funny text, but it is unclear how they both go together. The man, who is wearing some kind of uniform and what looks like a monocle in one eye, is laughing uproariously, as illustrated by his wide grin and the two 'Ha’s' on either side of him.
The text underneath seems to be his take on the circle of life. He may be six feet under, but life is springing up all around him. All in all, this guy seems to have taken his death in stride and is looking on the bright side. Good for him!
Everyone has seen those couples walking around with matching T-Shirts. Each shirt references the other person and features either overly romantic messages (“King” and “Queen”) or humorous digs (“The Boss” and “The Real Boss”). The mushy ones are usually met with uncomfortable eye-rolling, and the funny ones tend to get laughs.
This deceased duo decided that what’s good enough for their clothing is good enough for their grave. They were clearly on the same page and enjoyed the same humor, which is one of the most important things in a relationship. The joke was also complete from day one, since they died on the same day.
What an Attitude
When a young person, who has never had the chance to live to adulthood, passes away, it is absolutely heartbreaking. This grave belongs to a 16-year-old, which is terribly sad, but at least the message on the grave embodies their age in a fitting and humorous manner.
It’s not exactly clear if this quote, modeled after the movie The Sixth Sense’s “I See Dead People”, was something that this individual might have liked to say, or if it refers to the people standing around this headstone. Either way, the irony is not lost on us, and neither is the teenage wit.
A Strange Dream
Another bewildering statue adorns this grave. So many things going on at once. The man seems to be sleeping, but he is holding up a rose, and also the rock “blanket” is either spontaneously opening or spontaneously closing on his long sleep. Plus, what does the mustache signify?
We have to admire the person who decided to go with something special and not just a regular headstone, but the artistic choices here must be too sophisticated for our simple tastes. Whoever designed this clearly had a vision, we’re just not seeing it.
It’s pretty clear from this pool table headstone that these two people really loved playing pool, and it was one of the most important things in their lives. It makes you wonder if they were a pool playing couple or just friends who played together for many years.
From this picture, it’s impossible to tell what the size of the table is, but we assume it is not regulation size. However, we can only hope that whatever happens in the afterlife, that these two individuals get a chance to play the game they clearly adore, on this table or any other.
The Long Nap
Not only did Mrs. Russell get a beautiful engraving of roses and a heart on her headstone, but she also made sure her last message was hilariously witty.
We're assuming that Gloria had quite the sense of humor, and hope that the 74-year-old Mrs. Russell is peacefully 'resting her eyes'.
Death by Aching Feet
People often say that it hurts to be beautiful. If you consider high heel shoes the epitome of female beauty, that saying is definitely true. Add to that the frequent usage of the phrase, “my (blank) is killing me,” and you could be missing out on a genuine cry for help.
We may never know what killed this woman, whether it was her quest for perfect looking legs or an actual hitherto unknown medical condition which affects the feet, or something completely unrelated. However, we would urge all of you to take people’s complaints more seriously, before it is too late.
It is not a bad idea to take stock before the end of your life. This person clearly spent some time looking back and wasn’t afraid to admit that they had made some mistakes along the way. This joke isn’t just funny, it’s also relatable. We all make mistakes and we all end up in the hole, pun certainly intended.
You have to also give them extra points for not just excelling with their financial wordplay, but also literally having the headstone flush with the ground, making the entire sentence exist inside a hole.
A True Psychic
We’ve all heard the saying “it’s funny cause it’s true”. That is certainly the case here. No matter who we are or where we come from, eventually we are all going to die. George W. Jr. didn’t need to be a psychic to see this one coming.
However, we may not know the whole story. Maybe George had some inside information about the time or nature of his death and the people in his life simply dismissed it. In that case, George really did see the future, and we don’t blame him for rubbing it in everyone’s faces.
This couple didn’t want a lot out of their afterlife, they just wanted a place to park. Apparently, Georgetown, where they lived, was plagued by parking problems, and this couple was sick of it. That is definitely something other city dwellers can relate to.
Or maybe they meant a place to park, not only literally but also figuratively. A place to leave their tired mortal shells once they were done with this life. In either case, we hope they have found the perfect parking spot and can remain there forever.
Location, Location, Location
They say that the most important thing in real estate is location. The view here can’t be beat, and the neighbors really are quiet, plus places with a reputation for being haunted are cheaper. Coming home at night, however, probably wouldn’t be too pleasant, and accommodations are definitely cramped.
It is not a stretch to think that the deceased in this case was a realtor, landlord or someone who dealt with property management. What a funny way to remember the life they spent helping people find their perfect home.
Telling It Like It Is
Although dying is a part of life, it is not always easy to accept. This person was clearly not happy about the end of the road arriving, but at least they accepted it, with a bit of a sarcastic smile.
It says a lot about a person that this is the only message they would leave on their headstone. They seem like someone who gets straight to the point and doesn’t sugarcoat things. They clearly have a sense of humor and they are probably not very old if this is the phrase they chose to describe their death.
A Place to Rest Your...
As we get older, we become more attached to our furniture, especially if we spend a lot of time on it. A comfy couch or armchair can really become a part of us. When someone passes away, it is not uncommon to give such a piece of furniture to a beloved family member to keep their memory close.
You may not be able to take it with you, but this person tried to get as close as they could. This looks like an exact replica of their favorite chair, and they don’t intend to stop sitting on it just because they are now deceased. An added bonus is that their family will never have a hard time finding them when they come to visit.
No Room for Error
It’s not easy to find the perfect words to capture everything you are feeling when a loved one passes away. Some people may find it overwhelming, especially in their time of grief, and are searching for something simple and to the point.
There is no room for error with this one-word design, and while the meaning is crystal clear, the headstone is actually quite unique. The modern cement style stone, with the funky letter carvings, ends up telling visitors a lot about the deceased and what they liked. Seems like this family didn’t need much text to get their message across.
Say It with Song
It’s unclear if the deceased was, in fact, a huge Steam fan, but there’s no doubt that this song is amazingly apt for a headstone. This number is regularly heard during road trips and at sports matches. This time it is sung at visitors from beyond the grave.
This special headstone makes you wonder what the funeral was like. Did the attendees spontaneously break into song? We’d like to think so, and we also believe that whoever chose this as their last message would definitely approve of injecting a little humor into a sad occasion.
I Knew It
These days there are so many things you have to worry about when using your cellphone, especially if you have kids. Don’t you miss simpler times, when the only thing you were bombarded with were chain texts? If you are too young to remember, someone would send you a strange message and warn you that something really bad or very good would happen if you did or didn’t forward it to other people.
The threats often included illness or death. Kids would often play along, but their parents would always say this was nonsense and a waste of money. Guess this guy proved that chain texts are real once and for all.
Sad but True
There are a lot of unpleasant realities about death that we don’t like to think about. For example, that we are going to be inside a wooden box, six feet underground, covered in dirt. That really is the darkest place anyone can imagine being in.
This person may have feared the final darkness, of the physical and the metaphysical kind. It’s nice that they are using humor as a way of dealing with their fears. Plus, putting the whole thing in quotes as if they were speaking from beyond the grave is both funny and thought-provoking, for whoever happens to pass by.
A Life Well Lived
This simple looking headstone has some great rhymes and a good message. It’s clear that whichever family member came up with this message for their uncle, their feelings about his life were a bit of a mixed bag. The last line, however, sums things up on a high note.
He may have not left them anything in his will, but Uncle Walter sure knew how to live. Hopefully, this family will learn from the good parts of his life, the pursuit of happiness and the fact that money isn’t everything, and maybe disregard the lessons about heavy drinking and frequently changing partners.
Taking It with You
A lot of people love their cars, especially if it is a fancy sports car like a BMW, but this person must have loved their car a whole lot if they decided to be buried under it. This is an actual full-size replica of a BMW convertible. They left the sunroof open so that flowers can be placed on the seat. Now, that’s dedication.
Making this headstone must have been quite expensive; this person is obviously hoping that they can take it with them, and that they will be driving around in heaven with the top down.
He Won't Be Right Back
Who can forget the legendary American TV show host, Mervyn Griffin? One of the most iconic American TV personalities of the 60s and 70s, Merv Griffin was known for his catchphrases and trademark mannerisms. And one of them, which is kind of obvious for a TV show host, was "We will be right back after this message".
This is why his headstone couldn't be more fitting - even in death, Merv managed to make people laugh while pulling on their heartstrings. Also, it's quite hilarious that they decided to underline the word 'NOT', just in case anybody had any doubts.
Funny in Both Life and Death
For those of you who haven’t heard of him, Leslie Nielsen was a well-known Canadian actor and comedian, who appeared in movie parodies like 'The Naked Gun' series and 'Airplane!'. He also starred in the television show 'Police Squad!'. He was famous on set and off for his practical jokes, and often carried a hand-controlled fart machine around.
Nielsen passed away in his sleep in 2010, after battling pneumonia. He was laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Lauderdale. He left one final joke on his headstone for people to remember him by, simply stating, “Let ‘er rip”.
The Big Sleep
This woman must have been either perpetually tired or a big fan of naps to have this message written on her headstone. Maybe she liked to say this whenever one of her family members tried to interrupt her precious sleep time, and they decided to immortalize the sentiment on her grave.
People often say, “I'll sleep when I'm dead”, and death is sometimes referred to as “The Big Sleep”. Seems like Joan was happy to finally have some uninterrupted shuteye, and anyone who tried to interfere with that is simply not welcome.
Revenge from the Grave
There is no bigger question in this life than what happens after we die. Countless television shows, books, and movies have been made on the subject, but no one really knows. Or do they? This person is sure that now that they have passed on, they have all the answers.
It seems to us that this person must have been excluded a lot when they were alive; maybe they were the youngest sibling in the house. They have finally gotten their chance to have their own secret, which everybody wants to know, and they are not afraid to gloat.
Call from Above
This headstone is somehow both funny, sweet and sad. It shows a slightly cartoonish representation of part of a woman, whom we assume is Kim, talking on an enormous phone. She looks pretty happy about what she’s hearing, and why wouldn’t she be, if she is talking to the son of god?
The wordplay is meant to make light of the fact that Kim has been “called” to leave this life for the afterlife. Despite the humor, there remains a feeling that Kim’s loved ones would have preferred for her to let the call go to voicemail, at least for a few more years.
Headstones with these kinds of messages are becoming more popular, and they can be seen across different graveyards. They may be a sign of the many terminal diseases that society is dealing with these days, or they may be attributed to more people wanting to have the last laugh.
Being sick is no picnic and can include months or even years of hard times. A little laughter can go a long way in those situations, helping to preserve a person’s spirit, if not their bodies. In this case, the deceased kept themselves positive, all the way to the grave.
Ready to Talk
This person either has a really morbid sense of humor or is pretty sure about what happens after death and is all set to get in touch. We wonder if they have taken into account how many kids will think this is creepy and intriguing and will summon them for a chat. Maybe they should have added 'for family and friends only' at the bottom.
We have to admit that a Ouija board as a headstone is pretty fitting. It will definitely become a regular attraction for visitors and add some much-needed thrills and chills for those who enjoy being scared. Skeptics, on the other hand, will at least get a good laugh out of it.
As much as we can appreciate this person's cynical sense of humor (and his obvious existential logic), we'd rather not take them up on their offer to 'prepare'.
We'd like to think this person had good intentions though, and is simply just trying to let us know that death is an inevitable and natural part of life. But still, the only thing that goes through our head when looking at this headstone is a loud and clear: "No thanks buddy!"
A Plot in the Shade
Placing your grave under a tree is both pleasing to the eye and practical. The tree offers a nice view and shade from the sun and rain. However, we are pretty sure that the family who chose this scenic location didn’t mean for the headstone and the tree to merge and become one.
Many years have obviously passed since this headstone was placed here, and nature has done its work. All we can say is that the tree is definitely still in the picture, and the grave is now one of a kind.
Put on A Happy Face
This headstone boils down life into one simple and somewhat depressing phrase. We hope the deceased didn’t really believe that this sentence summarized their entire life experience, but if they did, they must have not taken their passing that hard.
On the other hand, the smiley face makes it seem like they knew there was a brighter side to life, and that the sentiment was just a clever joke. In that case, the deceased must have known how to enjoy life and will probably like other people getting a kick out of their headstone.
Against All Odds
Women are known for a lot of good things, but being quick in the bathroom is not one of them. Especially if these are young women, who typically spend a lot of time doing their hair and makeup. And trying to fit four women into one bathroom sounds like the premise for a great reality show.
This parent knew how hard it was, and was rightfully proud of the fact that their house was filled with love despite it. It’s no surprise that’s the thing they want the world to remember them for. Raising four kids is hard enough, but doing it with one bathroom is taking things to a whole new level.
This person seems pretty sure about what happens to us after death. He just popped out for a little reincarnation and will be back in a jiffy. In the meantime, they have left behind one simple request: please keep their things safe.
However, we are not sure they took into account that they most likely will not reincarnate as a human. What would a duck or a butterfly do with their favorite football jersey? For the family’s sake, we hope they don’t come back as anything that can sting or bite, because we’re pretty sure they didn’t take this warning too seriously and threw out the stuff.
One Way Ticket
This headstone looks like something straight out of a haunted house. It is both spooky and hilarious, although we are not sure exactly what they were going for. Did they mean that if you enter the grave you would never be able to come out? Or are they talking about entering death? Because there really is no coming back from that one.
If they were talking about entering an occupied grave, the warning wasn’t really necessary, and if they’re talking about avoiding death, well most people would if they could. Either way, this headstone is unforgettable, even if doesn’t make much sense.
Since we are kids, our parents always tell us that we can fulfill our dreams. In many cases, our dreams do not come true or not exactly in the way in which we had hoped. This person also had high hopes for their place of burial, but by the message seen, they were clearly dashed.
They may have been dreaming of a pyramid, but all they got was this very basic headstone. Maybe it’s not too late, what if the family painted it in beige and put some sand around the base? That would give it much more of a pyramid feel and also make the joke even funnier.