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The Dark Humor of Death

the grim reaper

Watch out for this guy! (Photo credit: TORLEY)

When you think of death, and trust me when I say this is something I try to avoid in most cases, it is often difficult to equate it with anything but morbidity and depression. However, the Grim Reaper obviously has a sense of humor and I personally feel it’s healthy to explore the lighter, more hilarious side of our ultimate demise. I am obviously not alone as people all over the internet have explored the lighter side of death in endless forums. Nevertheless, I would like to throw my hat into the ring and remind everyone that even in the most grim circumstances, there is some “funny” to be found.

Let’s start with that final announcement that comes when you push up daisies: the obituary. Here are some of my favorites from around the web:

Dolores (2008)
“Dolores had no hobbies, made no contribution to society and rarely shared a kind word or deed in her life. I speak for the majority of her family when I say her presence will not be missed by many, very few tears will be shed and there will be no lamenting over her passing.”

Chan (2011)
“He was born in a log cabin… and was circumcised with his dad’s pocketknife.”

Michael (2012)
“Mike wanted it known that he died as a result of being stubborn, refusing to follow doctors’ orders and raising hell for more than six decades. He enjoyed booze, guns, cars and younger women until the day he died.”

Loren (2012)
“Loren… passed away of complications from MS and heartbreaking disappointment caused by the Kansas City Chiefs football team.”

Ian (2012)
“He was a connoisseur of root beer and bacon, searching far and wide for varieties he had yet to try.”

Fred (2006)
“When his family was asked what they remembered about Fred, they fondly recalled how Fred never peed in the shower—on purpose. [He] sadly was deprived of his final wish, which was to be run over by a beer truck on the way to the liquor store to buy booze for a double date to include his wife, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter to crash an ACLU cocktail party.”

Louis (2004)
“Louis bought the farm, having lived more than twice as long as he had expected and probably three or four times as long as he deserved. Lou was a daredevil: his last words were ‘Watch this!’”

Carole (2011)
“Her regular emails to family were often unintentionally hilarious as her typing was spotty and her typos were legendary. She was a difficult mother and a horrendous mother-in-law. She will STILL be missed.”

Charles (2012)
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asked that donations be sent to the American Cancer Society or to the campaign of whoever is running against President Barack Obama in 2012.”

Even more entertaining are some of the gravestones people select to adorn their final resting places. Check out this gallery of some of the more strange, funny and bizarre ones to be found:

Coulter Continues to Offend

COULTER TIED UP

Ann Coulter as we would like to see her

Following the last presidential debate concerning foreign policy, conservative political pundit Ann Coulter tweeted her support for Republican candidate Mitt Romney and his decision “to be kind and gentle to the retard.”

The retard in question, at least in her opinion, is President Obama.

Ever since this tweet hit the airwaves, criticism for Coulter has continued to snowball. Of course, the tweet has also been “favorited” more than 1200 times and re-tweeted by almost 3000 people. That seems par for the course where controversial issues are concerned, and this certainly qualifies.

Earlier this week, Coulter received an open letter from John Franklin Stephens, a Special Olympian with Down syndrome, who explained what the word “retard” means to him.

“I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child by people like you, but rose above it to find a way to succeed in life as many of my fellow Special Olympians have,” Stephens wrote. “Then I wondered if you meant to describe him as someone who has to struggle to be thoughtful about everything he says, as everyone else races from one snarky sound bite to the next. … Well, Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor. No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much.”

Ann Coulter

Gunning for the mentally challenged? (courtesy of CindyCelebs)

To my knowledge, Coulter has not yet responded to Stephens.

This isn’t the first time that Ann Coulter has targeted the President with similarly offensive language. Her last tweet came shortly after Obama taped a video for the National Forum on Disability Issues: “Been busy, but is Obama STILL talking about that video? I had no idea how crucial the retarded vote is in this election.”

Despite being one of the more attractive political pundits in the world, Coulter obviously keeps her “ugly” on the inside. She thrives on controversy and honestly, I feel like all of these tweets are designed to illicit responses, whether negative or positive. I did see an interview with Coulter where she blew off the tweets, as well as her use of the word “retard.” She said our society is too focused on political correctness, which I kind of agree with, but there’s no excuse for being so tactless. I hope she realizes just how hurtful her words can be.

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