The Guy Who Patented the Ouija Board Has a Oujia Board Gravestone

If you're really serious about communicating with the dead, one would guess you'd get the best reception with a Ouija board that's conveniently installed in a cemetery. This is the headstone of Elijah Bond, who patented the Ouija board, the beloved game that's entertained and terrified people for over a century. Can… » 10/31/14 4:20pm 10/31/14 4:20pm

The man who invented the Pringles can was buried inside a Pringles can

Pringles varieties are as vast and varied as the stars in the sky: Barbecue. Sour Cream & Onion. Buffalo Ranch. Extreme Blazin' Buffalo Ranch. But one, single Pringles can exists on this Earth with a peculiar sort of flavor dust and no chips at all—the Pringles can that holds the ashes of its inventor, Fredric Baur. » 10/22/14 11:00am 10/22/14 11:00am

The Island of Mass Graves, A Short Boat Ride From Manhattan

The New York Times has published a long piece about Hart Island, a few weeks after Gizmodo's own coverage of the shocking and emotionally super-charged site, where prisoners from Riker's Island bury New York City's unclaimed dead. » 11/18/13 12:03pm 11/18/13 12:03pm

What We Found at Hart Island, The Largest Mass Grave Site In the U.S.

It’s a place where few living New Yorkers have ever set foot, but nearly a million dead ones reside: Hart Island, the United States’ largest mass grave, which has been closed to the public for 35 years. It is difficult to visit and off-limits to photographers. But that may be about to change, as a debate roils over… » 11/07/13 1:54pm 11/07/13 1:54pm

Bury Me In Davy Jones's Locker

Meet the next-gen grave, or "genesis biopod," as creator Jack Hokanson calls it. It's a pod containing the cremated remains inside a dissolvable bag. Mere minutes after being tossed into the waves it dissolves, creating a plaything for curious sea-creatures. » 5/18/10 4:05am 5/18/10 4:05am

Remainders - The Things We Didn't Post: Coming Right Up Edition

In today's Remainders: the upcoming. The Spring Design E-Reader, soon to be available for presale; 4chan's mainstream embrace, as signaled by their Jeopardy mention; an idiotic Mall Cop's impending termination; a backlash to RFID gravestones, and more. » 2/24/10 5:30pm 2/24/10 5:30pm

Burying Loved Ones With Cellphones Becoming Commonplace

We have seen evidence of this in the past, but it seems that burying loved ones with cellphones and other gadgets is more common than you might think. » 12/16/08 2:20pm 12/16/08 2:20pm

Punch-Through Tombstone is an Explosive Memorial to the Dead

While yes, this breakable tombstone is meant for haunted houses and the like, as nothing is scarier than a fist breaking through a tombstone in your direction, I don't see why the fun needs to end with Halloween. Why not use this as your regular tombstone? Sure, you'll need to have one of your living relatives build… » 10/06/08 1:00pm 10/06/08 1:00pm

Automated Japanese Mausoleum Delivers Loved Ones While You Wait

The aging Japanese population presents a troubling problem when it comes burying loved ones. There's simply not enough room, and the room that is available costs about $20,000, according to Trends in Japan. So leave it to the Japanese to figure out a way to address the problem with a technological twist. Like a data… » 8/17/08 4:30pm 8/17/08 4:30pm