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My grandmother, who died last year, worked as an accountant all her life. She had a house full of pencils, and would have appreciated this tribute very much. If only I had known...

Posted by Gurldoggie | March 30, 2007 11:23 AM

I was supporting her idea until she insisted on using the word 'creamains.'

Posted by Sashakovich | March 30, 2007 11:52 AM

It's somehow fitting that the pencils don't have erasers.

Posted by laterite | March 30, 2007 12:02 PM

"Cremains" is the industry-standard term. You might as well complain about "waste stream" for "garbage."

I like this idea. My mother was a school teacher all her life, and still has one of those classic screwed-to-the-desk hand-crank sharpeners she uses regularly. She's planning on being "burned up" anyway, so I'll have to ask her if this appeals to her: she can have them given out to all her friends and relatives.

Personally, I want to be a reef.

Posted by Joe | March 30, 2007 12:04 PM

Yikes. I'm a lifelong pencil-chewer. Not for me, I think.

Posted by Fnarf | March 30, 2007 12:35 PM

I've thought about being cremated and have my ashes turned into Christmas Ornaments or beer glasses.

Posted by elswinger | March 30, 2007 1:11 PM

-- both links go to the bird feeder... where's the urn?

Posted by Aaro)))n Edge | March 30, 2007 1:30 PM

The link to the RIP urn has been corrected. Thanks, Edge.

Posted by Nick | March 30, 2007 2:19 PM

I'm a firm atheist, and I don't much care what my partner or relatives do with my corpse when I'm dead. But all of these ideas creep me out a little bit.

I do, however, like the idea of the reef suggested by Joe @4. That sounds kinda cool, and actually helps the environment to boot.

Posted by SDA in SEA | March 30, 2007 3:05 PM

Wow, talk about beating swords into plowshares.... or, uh, sharecroppers into mightier-than-swords... or, uh, something like that.

Posted by treacle | March 30, 2007 3:46 PM

Wow, if there's anything left of me after I donate my remains to medical science, having it turned into pencil lead sounds like a great idea.

Posted by COMTE | March 30, 2007 11:16 PM

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