Most tombstones are an exercise in straightforwardness, but some people see them as the chance for one last witty joke to the benefit of the living.
A series of photos reveals how people buried in various cemeteries turned their epitaphs into various witticisms, either celebrating surprising aspects of their lives, offering more explanation about their death, or even asking visitors to go away.
One person went for ‘Now I know something you don’t’, rejoicing at having found out the truth about the afterlife.
Hostile: A series of photos reveal how some people use their epitaphs as a chance to crack one last joke. This person chose to send a clear message to potential visitors coming to their grave
Celebrating: Some tombstones highlight unexpected aspects of the deceased’s life, such as this one pointing out it is after all possible to share a bathroom peacefully
Having the last word: One person apparently knew they were about to meet an untimely disease but struggled to get others people to believe them
History: Robert Clay Allison, a rancher, fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War and later gained notoriety as a violent gunfighter and vigilante
Movie: Another person was apparently remembered by a funny sentence they thought up, ‘I see dumb people’—a cheeky reference to an iconic line from The Sixth Sense
Thank you for pointing that out: A tombstone reads in part ‘If you can read this, you are standing on my boobs’, courtesy of a person reminding visitors of the true set-up of the grave
Hard to disagree: One person had the words ‘Well this sucks’ engraved on their tombstone
Holding a grudge: A man dedicated his tombstone to detailing how his wife apparently tried to poison him and tool all of his money after he became blind
All it took was a little bit of patience: Two people celebrated the fact that they had finally found a place to park in Georgetown
Itinerary: One person identified as an atheist who was ‘all dressed up’ with ‘no place to go’
Wise advice: A man opted to tell everyone approaching his grave: ‘Don’t talk so damn dumb’
Live from the afterlife? One tombstone reads: ‘Damn it’s dark down here’
Someone else told those brave enough to come near their tombstone ‘Go away, I’m asleep’, sending an opinionated message to potential visitors.
One of the tombstones also reads ‘I told you I was sick’, which indicates the person knew they were about to meet an untimely disease but struggled to get others people to believe them.
Some of the humorous epitaphs appear to have been written by the deceased’s families. One person was celebrated as having ‘raised four beautiful daughters with only one bathroom and there was still love’.
Another person was apparently remembered by a funny sentence they thought up, ‘I see dumb people’—a cheeky reference to an iconic line from The Sixth Sense.
Sadly, it does: One stoic person adorned her grave with the words ‘S**t happens’
Thoughts: Someone pointed out they never asked to be born, nor were they prepared to die
Funny: A man named John Yeast left behind a funny pun based on his last name, asking others to forgive him ‘for not rising’
Owning it: One woman was remembered for posterity as being destined to own many felines
That words too: A person apparently became tired of scratching their head in search of a witticism and ended up going with ‘Oh well what ever [sic]’
Eye-catching: One tombstone has this ambitious design spelling out ‘DEAD’ in the cemetery
Now everyone knows: A person kindly decided to share their Christmas cookies recipe with anyone visiting their grave
Clear message: Among the funny tombstones, one simply states: ‘Let ‘er rip’
Also included is a tombstone that reads in part ‘If you can read this, you are standing on my boobs’, courtesy of a person who wanted to remind visitors of the true set-up of the grave.
Some of the tombstones have more powerful, at times heartbreaking messages, such as the one for a gay Vietnam veteran reading: ‘When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.’
Another tombstone goes into detail about the circumstances of a man’s death, explaining he killed three British soldiers before being shot and left for dead, and then recovering to live until 98.
Someone else appears to have simply given up on coming up with a witty or powerful epitaph, and chose ‘Oh well what ever [sic]’.
Taking calls: A woman named Kim went for an eye-catching illustration of herself picking up the phone above the words: ‘Jesus called and Kim answered’
I’ve heard that one before: One man chose the Looney Tunes closing line as his epitaph
Loving him for who he is: This man’s nephew celebrated his spending, drinking and womanizing, as well as his zest for life
Now you’re just bragging: One person went for ‘Now I know something you don’t’, rejoicing at having found out the truth about the afterlife
Message: Some of the tombstones have more powerful, at times heartbreaking inscriptions, such as this one for a gay Vietnam veteran
Context: Another tombstone goes into detail about the circumstances of a man’s death, explaining he killed three British soldiers before being shot and left for dead but survived
Hidden message: One grave appears to have an innocent, poetic inscription, but the first letters of each word actually spell out ‘f**k you’