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(WPTV)   Tombstone engraver feels 'terrible' for shaving 18 years off former NYC Mayor Ed Koch's life   (wptv.com) divider line 25
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2013-06-18 10:50:29 AM
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2013-06-18 10:51:07 AM
He's even more over than my mayor Ed Koch
 
2013-06-18 10:53:01 AM
Over in one, but I gotta add this.
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-06-18 10:54:22 AM
Nobody wants their Koch shortened.
 
2013-06-18 11:00:19 AM
How'm I decomposin?
 
2013-06-18 11:00:35 AM
When do Charles & Bill get to join him?
 
2013-06-18 11:04:58 AM
Does anyone know how they actually fix a tombstone?  Do they have to replace the whole stone or can they do something else?

/Honestly I'd like to know when my grandmother dies her tombstone will have to be fixed as of right now it reads 1913 - 19
//I suggested we just put in whatever year she dies she liked that idea
 
2013-06-18 11:08:52 AM

Tom_Slick: Does anyone know how they actually fix a tombstone?  Do they have to replace the whole stone or can they do something else?

/Honestly I'd like to know when my grandmother dies her tombstone will have to be fixed as of right now it reads 1913 - 19
//I suggested we just put in whatever year she dies she liked that idea


Sometimes they just cover them with a brass plaque.
 
2013-06-18 11:09:35 AM
He shaved off 18 years.
That's as many as three sixes.
And that's terrible.
 
2013-06-18 11:12:42 AM
I guess the strain was more than he could bear.


he's no daisy
 
2013-06-18 11:18:10 AM

Tom_Slick: Does anyone know how they actually fix a tombstone?  Do they have to replace the whole stone or can they do something else?

/Honestly I'd like to know when my grandmother dies her tombstone will have to be fixed as of right now it reads 1913 - 19
//I suggested we just put in whatever year she dies she liked that idea


A tombstone can be fixed by 1) grinding away the inscription and re-doing it. (Most of them are thick enough nowadays to lose a half inch or whatever the depth of the inscription might be.); 2) by filling in the holes with a cement made to resemble the stone as much as possible or permitted by budget and time considerations; 3) by adding a layer of "veneer" over top the inscription. This could also be a metal plaque or what not. Or you could go for metal letters that cover the mistake.

The cheapest solution is cement or "synthetic stone". The most attractive and permanent solution is to re-carve the whole inscription, but since many modern tombstones have expensive features such as bas-relief decorations, you have to consider the time, cost and materials, also the durability of the stone. Old timey tombstones were much thinner and usually made of marble or limestone, while modern tombstones are often very thick and made of granite, which is one of the harder types of rock.

Modern laser-etched stones have very fine, shallow cuts, so polishing off the inscription and replacing it is presumably faster and cheaper. You might be able to just redo the dates, which might be a bit inset as a result, like a cartouche.
 
2013-06-18 11:19:58 AM
So busy concentrating on not spelling Kroch, messed up the dates. Did five makeovers for old man Toobies.
 
2013-06-18 11:24:24 AM
Seeing as Major Koch was gay (wasn't it obvious at the time?), I wouldn't be surprised if he knocked off 18 years himself. One gay year is several straight years, especially for Twinkies. I know a few gays who used to be ten or twenty years older than I was, and are now ten or twenty years younger. Bastards! Clearly Botox and makeup destroys your mind. Speaking of make-up ...

Call Bill O'Reilly and the Juggalos. You can't explain that farking shiat without resorting to gay math.

(P.S. Bill O'Reilly and the Juggalos would be a good name for a band. Is this what the Kiss Army has come to?)
 
2013-06-18 11:26:13 AM

brantgoose: Tom_Slick: Does anyone know how they actually fix a tombstone?  Do they have to replace the whole stone or can they do something else?

/Honestly I'd like to know when my grandmother dies her tombstone will have to be fixed as of right now it reads 1913 - 19
//I suggested we just put in whatever year she dies she liked that idea

A tombstone can be fixed by 1) grinding away the inscription and re-doing it. (Most of them are thick enough nowadays to lose a half inch or whatever the depth of the inscription might be.); 2) by filling in the holes with a cement made to resemble the stone as much as possible or permitted by budget and time considerations; 3) by adding a layer of "veneer" over top the inscription. This could also be a metal plaque or what not. Or you could go for metal letters that cover the mistake.

The cheapest solution is cement or "synthetic stone". The most attractive and permanent solution is to re-carve the whole inscription, but since many modern tombstones have expensive features such as bas-relief decorations, you have to consider the time, cost and materials, also the durability of the stone. Old timey tombstones were much thinner and usually made of marble or limestone, while modern tombstones are often very thick and made of granite, which is one of the harder types of rock.

Modern laser-etched stones have very fine, shallow cuts, so polishing off the inscription and replacing it is presumably faster and cheaper. You might be able to just redo the dates, which might be a bit inset as a result, like a cartouche.


Considering the stone was carved in 1974 and is pink granite and about 6 inches thick, I'll bet they just go for the inset then.  My grandmother who is a huge wiseass (and nearly 100 years old who isn't) suggested we just have them put an X through the 19 and carve 20whateve next to it, then have them add "Oops I lived too long" underneath it.
 
2013-06-18 11:29:08 AM
All those protein shakes must have shaved at least a decade off his age.
 
2013-06-18 11:34:06 AM

Tom_Slick: Considering the stone was carved in 1974 and is pink granite and about 6 inches thick, I'll bet they just go for the inset then.  My grandmother who is a huge wiseass (and nearly 100 years old who isn't) suggested we just have them put an X through the 19 and carve 20whateve next to it, then have them add "Oops I lived too long" underneath it.


I feel like at about 90, people go from being old and crotchety to just being absolutely hilarious.
 
2013-06-18 11:37:22 AM

flak attack: Tom_Slick: Considering the stone was carved in 1974 and is pink granite and about 6 inches thick, I'll bet they just go for the inset then.  My grandmother who is a huge wiseass (and nearly 100 years old who isn't) suggested we just have them put an X through the 19 and carve 20whateve next to it, then have them add "Oops I lived too long" underneath it.

I feel like at about 90, people go from being old and crotchety to just being absolutely hilarious.


I agree with that.
 
2013-06-18 11:38:36 AM
My great-great-great grandmother's tombstone...

i254.photobucket.com


for years, members of my family knew the "aged" section was wrong, but couldn't figure out why.  Took me less than a minute to figure out what had happened.

/been that way for 120 years
 
2013-06-18 11:42:16 AM

spottymax: My great-great-great grandmother's tombstone...

[i254.photobucket.com image 450x600]


for years, members of my family knew the "aged" section was wrong, but couldn't figure out why.  Took me less than a minute to figure out what had happened.

/been that way for 120 years


I think I've got it: they calculated the difference from 81 years correctly, but added it to 81 when they should have subtracted it from 81 instead.
 
2013-06-18 11:46:44 AM
This Flynn guy's been a chiseler for years. Ask anybody.
 
2013-06-18 12:04:58 PM

Millennium: I think I've got it: they calculated the difference from 81 years correctly, but added it to 81 when they should have subtracted it from 81 instead.


Yes. They switched the dates when doing their subtraction to find out how long she lived.  An old picture of the tombstone that my grandmother took about 35 years ago had a note attached to it with all sorts of theories about the error (you would have thought she was some sort of secret agent or something).
 
2013-06-18 12:07:52 PM
My personal favorite...
 
2013-06-18 12:09:42 PM

Pray 4 Mojo: My personal favorite...


Fail:

www.dltruth.com
 
2013-06-18 05:06:29 PM
i1182.photobucket.com
 
2013-06-18 08:31:05 PM
Ed Koch is dead?

pjmedia.com
 
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