Some want their ashes to be shot into space, while others . . . This, by Bonnie Jarvis of London reporting from the Design Museum, via Treehugger: "The birdfeeders [by Nadine Jarvis] are made from solid castings of bird food and beeswax. They are moulded with the ashes from the crematorium encased inside. Hung in a tree, birds either eat and naturally 'purge' the ash or they peck through the edible exterior and thus the ash is released over a period of time. The perch bears the name of the deceased. She has also created a series of pencils made from the carbon produced during the cremation. A lifetime supply of pencils can be made from one body of ash and each pencil has the name and date of the deceased on it."
Weirder than that is an exhibit of corpses in Seattle, previewed by the Stranger's Amy Kate Horn. "Ask yourself: If I were invited to observe the autopsy of a stranger, would I go? If the answer is no, you might want to stop reading here, and you should probably skip 'Bodies.'"
Weirdest is from Discover magazine's "20 Things You Didn't Know About . . . Death." Number 12 stopped me cold, in more ways than one: "In Madagascar, families dig up the bones of dead relatives and parade them around the village in a ceremony called famadihana. The remains are then wrapped in a new shroud and reburied. The old shroud is given to a newly married, childless couple to cover the connubial bed." Good luck with that.