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(Daily Mail)   Step one: Buy graveyard. Step two: Make a fake headstone for everyone in town. Step three: Profit??   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 33
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2013-11-28 01:45:52 AM
How is it 'stealing' names? Are they copyrighted? And if so, it's China. They've already proven they don't care about copyrights.
 
2013-11-28 01:45:55 AM
That is NO way to urn credibility.
 
2013-11-28 01:50:05 AM

Apos: That is NO way to urn credibility.


Seems like a grave error on their part.
 
2013-11-28 01:51:24 AM

Apos: That is NO way to urn credibility.


They should just kick his ash for this.
 
2013-11-28 01:51:27 AM
You know, if my name was on a headstone I'd ask for a discount since some of the work has already been done.
 
2013-11-28 01:51:41 AM
Apos, are you trying to turn this into a pun thread? That's a very difficult undertaking.
 
2013-11-28 01:52:57 AM
He definitely did something wrong.

For instance, if the local person doesn't want the plot he can solicit someone with the same name elsewhere to buy that plot or simply the headstone itself.
 
2013-11-28 01:57:14 AM
If this was Amerika, Step 3 would be "End up on a terrorist watchlist for 'threatening' an entire town"

/Yayyyyyyyyyyyy! Culture of FearTM
 
2013-11-28 02:02:32 AM
I'd like my ashes packed in a cardboard tube and launched into orbit.  kthxbye.
 
2013-11-28 02:03:44 AM
He should offer a discount to any airplane crash survivors.
 
2013-11-28 02:04:41 AM
I guess family burial plots are passé these days. You spent your life with her, death should at least afford you an eternity of peace and quiet.
 
2013-11-28 02:04:45 AM
It's a place where they bury dead people, but that's not important right now.
 
2013-11-28 02:14:43 AM
I'd prefer a Tibetan sky burial. It's probably my best shot at getting my asshole eaten out.
 
2013-11-28 02:35:56 AM

tuna fingers: Apos, are you trying to turn this into a pun thread? That's a very difficult undertaking.


Puns are only for the morbidly obsessed; they can be difficult to execute properly.
 
2013-11-28 02:42:11 AM

farkingismybusiness: I'd prefer a Tibetan sky burial. It's probably my best shot at getting my asshole eaten out.


That is usually where the birds start...
 
2013-11-28 03:12:38 AM
He'll just pay off the local government with a cut of his profits and all of a sudden this will be the only graveyard around allowed to bury people.
 
2013-11-28 03:55:05 AM

Smackledorfer: It's a place where they bury dead people, but that's not important right now.


images.smh.com.au
and don't call me shirley
 
2013-11-28 04:15:42 AM
Are heaven and hell full?

i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-28 05:08:09 AM
That place has more Chins that a Chinese graveyard.
 
2013-11-28 05:33:00 AM
Ai wanted for...

Pichu0102: Are heaven and hell full?

[i.imgur.com image 300x165]


DAMMIT
 
2013-11-28 06:49:56 AM
I noticed how close together the plots are.  Are people over there buried standing up?
 
2013-11-28 07:01:31 AM

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: I noticed how close together the plots are.  Are people over there buried standing up?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FakEoUHNy9g

this might help you to understand. in many ways.
 
2013-11-28 08:35:15 AM
If a headstone has my name on it it must be mine.

Step three: look at the hole where it used to be.
 
2013-11-28 09:24:02 AM
Although most folks don't like to think of a sad finish to their lives, it is something to consider.   Now if he put end dates, that the early ones prove to be accurate, then it is time to be scared.

So anyway, we now know where they'll bury the survivors.
 
2013-11-28 09:46:01 AM
If this was America, the guy could be arrested for terroristic threats times the number of living residents on the headstones.
 
2013-11-28 10:33:52 AM

www.bedetheque.com

Cas d'os surprise (Surprise case of bones = surprise present)


If you like graveyard humour and puns and can read French, I recommend Pierre Tombale (his name could be translated Tom Stone (tombstone). Some of the titles are quite recherché, for example, Trou dans la couche d'os jaunes (hole in the layer of yellow bones=hole in the ozone). Others are fairly obvious.

Death (la Mort) is a young lady because the word death is feminine in French.

This BD (bande desseiné) is about a jolly grave digger and the shenanigans the residents of his graveyard get up to.

Here's a title with a public service message:

i22.servimg.com

Don't play with Death.

 
2013-11-28 10:40:12 AM
You can't copyright a name. If you could, some bastard would have the copyright on John Smith in a trice and then everybody would pay through the nose to use their own proper name.

Other things you can't copyright include titles (because they are names). Imagine how much money you could make if you copyrighted the title "math textbook" or the word "manual" or "dictionary".

Legally the guy is probably within his rights.

Remember the episode where Homer Simpson's sisters in law are questioned by the police and they reveal that they have purchased a gravestone for Homer and are using it as a coffee table? This is probably not illegal. It would only be illegal if you put it on somebody else's property, but my guess is that they also purchased a grave plot so they could ensure Homer isn't buried with the Bouvier family.
 
2013-11-28 10:50:50 AM
I wonder what the break even point is on those tombstones? In a way, this is a very clever advertising scheme. He's got world wide free publicity. The customer can see exactly what he or she is getting for their money and proof-read the gravestone before they buy.

If they don't want to be buried there, nobody can make them. Well, I suppose once they are dead, they could be buried any where a determined person wishes, but they are under no legal obligation.

He probably got a really sweet detail on the inscriptions by buying in bulk.

I don't see a real downside to his business plan except the possibility of a boycott of his business by the prospective clients.

I checked the wholesale price of Chinese gravestones and they aren't super expensive. You can get Chinese granite for as little as $20 (probably one of those tiny baby stones that lie flat on the ground) and quite a lot of the stones are $100-$500 US, plus shipping.

He probably won't lose much money on his speculation if the plots sell. The Chinese take honouring their ancestors very seriously and he's got a jump on the competition--no waiting!

I expect it costs extra if you want the headstone moved to a better location.
 
2013-11-28 11:09:33 AM
where do i sign up ?
 
2013-11-28 11:53:54 AM
A tad morbid, I suppose, but you do have to admire the entrepreneurial spirit here.
 
2013-11-28 12:26:34 PM

Pichu0102: Are heaven and hell full?

[i.imgur.com image 300x165]


Ah, someone beat me to it xD  Creepy, this soundtrack came up before I even read this article.
 
2013-11-28 12:57:37 PM
Maybe everyone in the town is dead and he's planning to...

Pichu0102: Are heaven and hell full?

[i.imgur.com image 300x165]


DAMMIT
 
2013-11-28 04:34:26 PM
My mom made a gravestone for me, it's in the backyard at her house.  I thought it was very thoughtful.
 
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