10 Most Curious Epitaphs


“Let ‘er rip”

Leslie William Nielsen was a Canadian/American actor and comedian who appeared in more than 100 films and 1500 television programs, portraying more than 220 characters. He died in 2010 and was interred in Fort Lauderdale’s Evergreen Cemetery. As a final bit of humor, Nielsen chose “Let ‘er rip” as his epitaph. (Source)


“While he lived he was alive”

“While he lived he was alive.” A little gem from the University of the South cemetery in Sewanee, Tennessee.
(Source 1 | Source 2)


“I will not be right back after this message”

In 2007, media mogul Merv Griffin died, leaving behind a legacy that included Wheel Of Fortune, Jeopardy, hotels, side business ventures, and more than a billion dollars. He was buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery and his headstone reads “I will not be right back after this message” (even though in his book Merv—written with David Bender in 2003— he stated it would be “Stay Tuned”) an epitaph Griffin announced on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. (Source)


“Lost life by stab in falling on ink eraser, evading six young women trying to give him birthday kisses in office of Metropolitan Life Building”

George Spencer Millet’s grave in Woodlawn Cemetery tells a tragic and unusual story. His headstone reads: “Lost life by stab in falling on ink eraser, evading six young women trying to give him birthday kisses in office of Metropolitan Life Building.”

This happened the day after Valentine’s day, on February 15th, 1909—which also happened to be his 15th birthday. To clarify, an ink eraser is not an eraser, it’s more like a knife.

According to a New York Times article printed on February 16th of that year, Millet was working as an office boy for the life insurance company. He was “stabbed in the left side, apparently as the result of skylarking in the office, and died in an ambulance on the way to the New York Hospital.” (Source)



In a Salt Lake City Cemetery, there is a small gravestone for a woman named Lilly E. Gray with an inscription that reads, “VICTIM OF THE BEAST 666.” Many people have attempted to research this stone and Lilly, but have always hit a brick wall. There is no information aside from her obituary, which states only that she died of natural causes and was survived by her husband, Elmer L. Gray. (Source)


“Unknown man died eating library paste”

This gravestone marker is from the Goldfield Pioneer Cemetery in Goldfield, Nevada. It marks the grave of the “Unknown Library Paste Man”— a starving vagrant who dug up a tub of library paste out of the trash and consumed enough for it to be fatal. In addition to the flour and water, the paste contained small amounts of alum, which is poisonous when consumed in large doses. (Source 1 | Source 2)


Kay’s Fudge Recipe

The tombstone is a marble slab and this photo was sent to Family Tree Magazine by Dan Convery of Modesto and was published in the June 2006 issue. (Source)


“The shell is here but the nut is gone”

MountainEagleCrafter shot this epitaph for his 365 project in 2010. (Source)


“I told you I was sick”

“I told you I was sick” seems to be very a very popular epitaph. This one was seen at a cemetery in Key West. (Source)


“… Well this Sucks”

This bracingly honest headstone comes from the movie Madagascar—it was a line from one of the penguins. (Source)




10 Most Curious Epitaphs

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