When someone passes away, their will is often the last way gift that they can give to those that they love. It’s also a significant opportunity for them to use their resources to honor what they cared about most in life or to make a profound statement.
Some wills can be a little eyebrow-raising. This list shows how various people detailed how they wanted others to remember them.
Napoleon Bonaparte’s last gift
His last will said that he should have his head shaved, and the hair divided among his friends. We all knew he had issues, and his will proved that.
Janis Joplin left behind $2,500 for her friends to “have a blast.”
More than 200 people attended her funeral. The idea for a party-style funeral occurred to her in August of 1967. When she passed on, her belongings were distributed to her friends. According to those that attended the wake, they didn’t talk about her at all.
Dusty Springfield’s spoiled cat
The 60’s pop singer left very specific requests for her cat. She specified that her beloved furry friend lives in an indoor treehouse, be fed imported baby food, have a bed lined with Dusty’s records and be sung to sleep with Dusty’s pillowcase and nightgown, and also to be married to a friend’s female cat. Believe it or not, all of these requests were honored!
Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, survives on in the cosmos
He requested that his ashes be scattered in the depths of space. In 1997, his ashes were spread with the use of a satellite that was in orbit.
Fred Baur–the Pringle’s owner—last wishes
He requested that his ashes not be placed in an urn or spread, but instead, put in a Pringle’s can.
George Bernard Shaw’s living language
The famous author and playwright had a creative idea specified in his will. He died in 1950 and asked that the money he left behind to be used to fund the creation of a new alphabet. This did happen, and the Shaw alphabet was created. It follows his rules that is it phonetic and 40 letters long.
Will of Ed Headrick, creator of the Frisbee
The make of the popular toy asked that his ashes be made into Frisbees. This wish was honored in a limited edition set of the popular toy.
Jeremy Bentham’s last requests
The English philosopher died in 1832. He asked that his remains be preserved, dressed in a suit, seated upright in a chair with his cane, and displayed in a case or cabinet at the University College London with a sign that said “Auto IIcon.” Since then, his head has been replaced with a wax version. You can see an online version of the display here.