To be honest, there's not an intro in the world that could do the bizarre requests of these celebrities justice. From arranged cat-marriages to having a head of hair evenly shared between relatives, the last wills and testaments of these famous folks will leave you questioning what the f*ck you just read...
When the Hungarian master illusionist Harry Houdini passed away, he left his wife with strict instructions to hold a séance every year so they could keep in touch. So meticulous was he in this plan that he even gave her a secret code so she could be sure it was him!
Bit of a Bard-stard
William Shakespeare, the sonnet spewing charmer that he is, left the loving request that his wife should receive his “second best bed”. Oh Will, you should't have!
Out of this World!
Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry, requested that his cremated remains be scattered in space. He was (basically) granted his wish, as some of his ashes were flown into orbit and returned to Earth on the Space Shuttle Columbia mission STS-52 in 1992. Far out, man.
Once he popped...
Fred Baur, the founder of the unstoppably moreish Pringles, was so proud of his product he requested to be cremated and buried within a Pringles can. As far as I can tell, no flavor was specified.
Benjamin Franklin politely requested that his daughter should not engage in “the expensive, vain and useless pastime of wearing jewels”. Useless pastime? What the hell, dude!
How to Marry a Millionaire
When Marilyn Monroe passed, she left all belongings (including her house, clothes, and even her underwear!) to acting coach Lee Strasberg, with instructions to distribute them between her friends and family. He didn't, and rather popped them all in a warehouse until he died. In 1999 his widow then sold all of it for a lovely lump sum of $13.4 million.
Dog Save The Queen?
Fashion's avant guard pioneer, Alexander McQueen, shocked fans with his suicide in 2010. What shocked them more, however, was that he left $75,000 of his fortune to his dogs.
When French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte passed he left the bizarre request for his head to be shaven and his locks to be dolled out evenly to his friends and family.
Sounds a bit, ahem, hairy to me...
Not Such Great Expectations
Not down with the traditional moping affair at funerals, Charles Dickens wished that the mourners attending his funeral, "wear no scarf, cloak, black bow, long hatband, or other such revolting absurdity.” He also requested a small, intimate event, but that was completely ignored with his funeral becoming a national event.
You Gotta be Kitten Me?
'Son of a Preacher Man' singer Dusty Springfield ensured that her cat's quality of life would not decrease on her passing. Instructions were left in her will which stated that the cat was to be fed only imported baby food and continually serenaded with her hits. Charmingly, she also prepared for its future, arranging for a marriage between her cat and the one belonging to its new guardian.