Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Most Bizarre For Sale Ad?

Every once in a while you see something in the newspaper that makes you scratch your head and say, "Hmm." This has to be one of those type of moments. I'm not really sure what to say about this; I'm still chuckling over it.

Now the question I have is, how does one acquire a used tombstone in the first place?

Maybe the company that made the tombstone made a spelling mistake on the person's name, and obviously couldn't sell it to the deceased person's family. It happens all the time in other areas when people don't take the time to do proper editing; it could happen in the tombstone business too. But then again, I suppose we couldn't really call such a tombstone "used," for it likely would never have been laid on a grave.

Maybe this person was suddenly no longer dead, as in an old episode of MASH. Apparently the good doctors lost a deceased soldier (from Lichtenstein, I think) and were forced to attend a memorial service without him. During the playing of the national anthem, still in his bandages and saluting, suddenly the soldier that everyone though was dead, began making his way out to the ceremony. Upon seeing this, one of the doctors asks the other, "I thought you said he was dead?" The other answers, "He got better."

Maybe, as in that poorly made and theologically incorrect (in my opinion) apocalyptic movie Left Behind, those who were not raptured suddenly found themselves having to carry on living without some of their loved ones as the world's population is suddenly greatly reduced. Perhaps they would sell off old family tombstones then as well, since many of the graves would also presumably now be empty (see John 5: 28-29).

Maybe the whole ad was simply someone's practical joke. If so, I like his/her sense of humour.

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