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2014-02-01 07:40:26 AM
Low rider indeed.
 
2014-02-01 07:41:04 AM
You would think the plexi would collapse under the weight of all the dirt.

This will end up being a Mythbusters episode
 
2014-02-01 07:41:10 AM
So there's a free Harley out there for anyone with a shovel?
 
2014-02-01 07:42:43 AM
Looks like someone never read the Roman poet Martial.
 
2014-02-01 07:48:41 AM
That can't be harmful to the environment in any way.
 
2014-02-01 07:50:43 AM
curiouswayne.files.wordpress.com
though i think he rode a Triumph
 
2014-02-01 07:51:51 AM
Willy the Wimp?
 
2014-02-01 07:53:08 AM

derpy: That can't be harmful to the environment in any way.


I'm assuming they drained all the fluids from the bike. The funeral procession and the use of that crane probably did much more damage.
 
2014-02-01 07:53:51 AM

JesusJuice: So there's a free Harley out there for anyone with a shovel?


I live in Ohio, and I have access to a backhoe.  That's all I'm saying.
 
2014-02-01 07:55:04 AM

styckx: You would think the plexi would collapse under the weight of all the dirt.

This will end up being a Mythbusters episode


Mayor West runs his town. It's being encased in cement.

I can't get past the fact that the douchebag wasted three plots so he could be buried on something he no longer cares about in a display nobody can see. Humans are stupid.
 
2014-02-01 07:59:07 AM

skozlaw: styckx: You would think the plexi would collapse under the weight of all the dirt.

This will end up being a Mythbusters episode

Mayor West runs his town. It's being encased in cement.

I can't get past the fact that the douchebag wasted three plots so he could be buried on something he no longer cares about in a display nobody can see. Humans are stupid.


He man, whatever makes a person and their relatives better cope with their passing, more power to them.  I wonder what a porn star will come up with?
 
2014-02-01 08:02:47 AM
i understand it is his last wish but i can promise you i won't go to dust with my valuables not passed on to charities.  my assets have and always will be very liquid and since i'm already retired and never married or had kids getting a will made was easy. i had my first one when i was in my late 20's.
 
2014-02-01 08:03:33 AM
Twenty thousand children die of hunger related deaths every day.    Where are their Harley Davidsons?
 
2014-02-01 08:04:01 AM
Shovelhead
 
2014-02-01 08:06:22 AM
Is that a trike he's being buried on? They should have just propped the fat bastard up on a mobility scooter.
 
2014-02-01 08:15:58 AM
I was once buried in a plexiglass casket on a Harley Davidson.
 
2014-02-01 08:17:25 AM
Buried in a rented suit.
 
2014-02-01 08:22:52 AM
Axles to axles, rust to rust.
 
2014-02-01 08:23:39 AM
When I die I'm gonna be cremated.  Then I'm going to have my refinished pay telephone booth installed at the site with a looping recording of me playing telling everyone what I thought of them.  Little will they know my ashes will be right there in the change well of the phone.  After 2 years the thing will be torn down and my ashes will be scattered in the ocean. MMMmuuuuuurrrahhahahahaha
 
2014-02-01 08:26:01 AM
www.eccentric-cinema.com
 
2014-02-01 08:31:07 AM

Fano: Willy the Wimp?


Came for Willy the Wimp. Leaving satisfied.
 
2014-02-01 08:34:55 AM
At first, I was having a hard time believing this burial happened. A wood and plexi case like this would collapse under the weight of the earth on top of and around it, closing in all the space around the corpse and motorcycle and making hasty grave robbery virtually impossible. You'd need a backhoe to dig this thing out. But strangely, Ohio law doesn't require a burial vault and this is likely a cemetery that simply doesn't require one. Most do. But for the right price, I guess you can buy anything, anywhere. Anyway, this weight-of-earth is enough to prevent any sort of theft, but the corpse and cycle will certainly be effected by dampness, insect infiltration, ground water, and the surface above this, erm, thing, would certainly slump and collapse as the earth crushed and slid into the container, which would require the cemetery maintainers to backfill it periodically, possibly for years to come. This grave would certainly be a danger to folks mowing the lawn on a riding mower before it collapses entirely and finally in years to come. [Former cemetery worker here.]
 
2014-02-01 08:58:42 AM

Fano: Willy the Wimp?


Nice.
 
2014-02-01 09:00:01 AM
I heard about this on the radio yesterday. The bike is a 1968. What a waste of a classic machine.
 
2014-02-01 09:01:41 AM

skozlaw: styckx: You would think the plexi would collapse under the weight of all the dirt.

This will end up being a Mythbusters episode

Mayor West runs his town. It's being encased in cement.

I can't get past the fact that the douchebag wasted three plots so he could be buried on something he no longer cares about in a display nobody can see. Humans are stupid.


Funerals are for the living.
 
Ni
2014-02-01 09:04:11 AM
www.wearysloth.com

Meatloaf again?
 
2014-02-01 09:06:11 AM
Like the Pharoahs of old, he was simply planning on needing that bike in the afterlife.
 
2014-02-01 09:07:51 AM
Hmmmm.

Willy the Wimp's brother?
 
2014-02-01 09:08:48 AM

JohnnyRebel88: skozlaw: styckx: You would think the plexi would collapse under the weight of all the dirt.

This will end up being a Mythbusters episode

Mayor West runs his town. It's being encased in cement.

I can't get past the fact that the douchebag wasted three plots so he could be buried on something he no longer cares about in a display nobody can see. Humans are stupid.

He man, whatever makes a person and their relatives better cope with their passing, more power to them.  I wonder what a porn star will come up with?


Y-shaped coffin.
 
2014-02-01 09:08:54 AM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Like the Pharoahs of old, he was simply planning on needing that bike in the afterlife.


This will make the Motel of Mysteries even more interesting
 
2014-02-01 09:18:32 AM
Isn't this how they buried Pope John Paul II in his Popemobile?
 
2014-02-01 09:18:42 AM
TFA said his name was Billy Standley.   So why does his tombstone say HAMMER? or JAMMER?  something that ends in "AMMER"
 
2014-02-01 09:20:52 AM

styckx: You would think the plexi would collapse under the weight of all the dirt.


But for some reason he spent time reinforcing the bottom.

Maybe it was all about that one last ride around town.
 
2014-02-01 09:22:12 AM
image.vam.synacor.com.edgesuite.net

TFA said his name was Billy Standley.   So why does his tombstone say HAMMER? or JAMMER?  something that ends in "AMMER"
 
2014-02-01 09:25:08 AM
assets.nydailynews.com

Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a flyby.
 
2014-02-01 09:25:49 AM

Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute: TFA said his name was Billy Standley.   So why does his tombstone say HAMMER? or JAMMER?  something that ends in "AMMER"


I was thinking SPAMMER. And it belongs to his neighbor who's probably already complaining about the dirtbag next door bringing down the tone of the neighborhood.
 
2014-02-01 09:26:09 AM
When I heard about this story I was sooo looking forward to seeing a hilarious fark headline

sigh
 
2014-02-01 09:30:41 AM
Heh heh, Willy the Wimp. Get it?
 
2014-02-01 09:32:40 AM
Could be worse. He could have been buried on this bike.

www.blackdogdualsport.com
 
2014-02-01 09:58:04 AM

HotIgneous Intruder: At first, I was having a hard time believing this burial happened. A wood and plexi case like this would collapse under the weight of the earth on top of and around it, closing in all the space around the corpse and motorcycle and making hasty grave robbery virtually impossible. You'd need a backhoe to dig this thing out. But strangely, Ohio law doesn't require a burial vault and this is likely a cemetery that simply doesn't require one. Most do. But for the right price, I guess you can buy anything, anywhere. Anyway, this weight-of-earth is enough to prevent any sort of theft, but the corpse and cycle will certainly be effected by dampness, insect infiltration, ground water, and the surface above this, erm, thing, would certainly slump and collapse as the earth crushed and slid into the container, which would require the cemetery maintainers to backfill it periodically, possibly for years to come. This grave would certainly be a danger to folks mowing the lawn on a riding mower before it collapses entirely and finally in years to come. [Former cemetery worker here.]


What about a custom vault?  A vault would protect the casket and keep the ground from sinking in, which is why we use vaults.  Well, this and to keep thieves out.
 
2014-02-01 10:02:46 AM

Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute: [image.vam.synacor.com.edgesuite.net image 620x620]

TFA said his name was Billy Standley.   So why does his tombstone say HAMMER? or JAMMER?  something that ends in "AMMER"


Because that's the name of the person's grave they are standing on and not the gentleman being buried in the next row over?
 
2014-02-01 10:12:18 AM

StrikitRich: Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute: [image.vam.synacor.com.edgesuite.net image 620x620]

TFA said his name was Billy Standley.   So why does his tombstone say HAMMER? or JAMMER?  something that ends in "AMMER"

Because that's the name of the person's grave they are standing on and not the gentleman being buried in the next row over?


Yea,  you're right.   That's why they call them "Headstones".   Missed my coffee this AM
 
2014-02-01 10:23:54 AM

HotIgneous Intruder: At first, I was having a hard time believing this burial happened. A wood and plexi case like this would collapse under the weight of the earth on top of and around it, closing in all the space around the corpse and motorcycle and making hasty grave robbery virtually impossible. You'd need a backhoe to dig this thing out. But strangely, Ohio law doesn't require a burial vault and this is likely a cemetery that simply doesn't require one. Most do. But for the right price, I guess you can buy anything, anywhere. Anyway, this weight-of-earth is enough to prevent any sort of theft, but the corpse and cycle will certainly be effected by dampness, insect infiltration, ground water, and the surface above this, erm, thing, would certainly slump and collapse as the earth crushed and slid into the container, which would require the cemetery maintainers to backfill it periodically, possibly for years to come. This grave would certainly be a danger to folks mowing the lawn on a riding mower before it collapses entirely and finally in years to come. [Former cemetery worker here.]


I'm not sure how things work in the United States, but most people in our graveyards are buried in an underground vault. It's a big cement liner inside the grave. The casket is lowered into the vault, and then a concrete lid is laid on top. Either in sections or one large piece. The family can have the option of sealing the vault with epoxy. Maybe it's different in the US.
 
2014-02-01 10:30:41 AM
I hope there's windex in the afterlife.
 
2014-02-01 10:36:55 AM
Why does he need a helmet?
 
2014-02-01 10:48:58 AM
s3.amazonaws.com
 
2014-02-01 10:57:26 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-01 11:17:18 AM
I'm sure he's in hog heaven.
 
2014-02-01 11:25:57 AM
t3.gstatic.com
 
HKW
2014-02-01 11:47:46 AM

styckx: You would think the plexi would collapse under the weight of all the dirt.

This will end up being a Mythbusters episode



It will, once that box fills with water in this coming spring.
 
2014-02-01 11:49:11 AM
The big question I have is, why did he want plexiglass? It's not like he's seeing anything now.
 
2014-02-01 11:51:30 AM
Man, some future archaeologists are going to be confused as hell.
 
2014-02-01 11:57:28 AM
Why?
 
2014-02-01 11:59:19 AM
Paint Your Wagon.
 
2014-02-01 12:01:18 PM

indarwinsshadow: HotIgneous Intruder: At first, I was having a hard time believing this burial happened. A wood and plexi case like this would collapse under the weight of the earth on top of and around it, closing in all the space around the corpse and motorcycle and making hasty grave robbery virtually impossible. You'd need a backhoe to dig this thing out. But strangely, Ohio law doesn't require a burial vault and this is likely a cemetery that simply doesn't require one. Most do. But for the right price, I guess you can buy anything, anywhere. Anyway, this weight-of-earth is enough to prevent any sort of theft, but the corpse and cycle will certainly be effected by dampness, insect infiltration, ground water, and the surface above this, erm, thing, would certainly slump and collapse as the earth crushed and slid into the container, which would require the cemetery maintainers to backfill it periodically, possibly for years to come. This grave would certainly be a danger to folks mowing the lawn on a riding mower before it collapses entirely and finally in years to come. [Former cemetery worker here.]

I'm not sure how things work in the United States, but most people in our graveyards are buried in an underground vault. It's a big cement liner inside the grave. The casket is lowered into the vault, and then a concrete lid is laid on top. Either in sections or one large piece. The family can have the option of sealing the vault with epoxy. Maybe it's different in the US.


images.nationalgeographic.com
Built with copper tools.
 
2014-02-01 12:03:20 PM

Fear the Clam: Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute: TFA said his name was Billy Standley.   So why does his tombstone say HAMMER? or JAMMER?  something that ends in "AMMER"

I was thinking SPAMMER. And it belongs to his neighbor who's probably already complaining about the dirtbag next door bringing down the tone of the neighborhood.


Maybe he had a speech impediment.
 
2014-02-01 12:15:36 PM
God's going to love him for showing up on that thing.

Clouds, angels, harps, and POPPOPPOPPOPOPOPOPPOPOPPP
 
2014-02-01 12:19:07 PM

JohnnyRebel88: skozlaw: styckx: You would think the plexi would collapse under the weight of all the dirt.

This will end up being a Mythbusters episode

Mayor West runs his town. It's being encased in cement.

I can't get past the fact that the douchebag wasted three plots so he could be buried on something he no longer cares about in a display nobody can see. Humans are stupid.

He man, whatever makes a person and their relatives better cope with their passing, more power to them.  I wonder what a porn star will come up with?


He planned his own funeral, so I'm guessing that this made him happy. It really won't hurt anyone, and In the grand scheme of things what really matters most is that which brings you joy.

/2c
//Gonna be cremated, with no service or burIal afterwards.
///Leave only tracks, take only pictures.
 
2014-02-01 12:24:14 PM

Fano: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Like the Pharoahs of old, he was simply planning on needing that bike in the afterlife.

This will make the Motel of Mysteries even more interesting


Good thing you didn't claim "obscure" on that - I actually remember that.  North America was buried in low-rate junk mail, right?
 
2014-02-01 12:36:09 PM
It was always my dream to donate my body to the local Alligator Farm for a public feeding.  I even called the place up to see if that was something they would be willing to do.  I recieved a disgusted and emphatic NO, and then they hung up on me - the jerks.

I bet they could make a nice chunk of change on it too, get some free publicity, and if they had handled transport costs and the like I would even have considered giving them ownership rights to the video.
 
2014-02-01 12:45:06 PM

solitary: Twenty thousand children die of hunger related deaths every day.    Where are their Harley Davidsons?


You don't understand. They are the Harley Davidsons.

When you can't even afford to take care of yourself, every day your child survives is a luxury.
 
2014-02-01 01:06:49 PM

indarwinsshadow: I'm not sure how things work in the United States, but most people in our graveyards are buried in an underground vault. It's a big cement liner inside the grave. The casket is lowered into the vault, and then a concrete lid is laid on top. Either in sections or one large piece. The family can have the option of sealing the vault with epoxy. Maybe it's different in the US.


That's the typical procedure here in the states and some states regulate that, but I guess not in Ohio or some places in Ohio.

Someone else mentioned a custom vault up above. That could work, but would actually facilitate theft if someone really wanted to go to the trouble to move all the dirt with some kind of machine. A vault would preserve the bike and the corpse (to some degree). I would imagine the bike would have to be drained of oil and other fluids before burial, left it be, erm, hazardous waste. Any kind of wooden vault thing like they show in the picture would rot and collapse eventually. I would think that the best deterrent to theft would be the weight and volume of materials burying the bike and corpse. I would expect that the plexi will bend and collapse inward against the body and bike, making it even harder to exhume. I certainly wouldn't want to be the one to try to dig that mess up.
 
2014-02-01 01:30:18 PM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Like the Pharoahs of old, he was simply planning on needing that bike in the afterlife.


I hope they buried plenty of spare oil and tools with the thing then.  This guy's spirit is going to be waiting alongside the road to heaven an awful lot.
 
2014-02-01 01:42:36 PM

Ni: [www.wearysloth.com image 320x240]

Meatloaf again?


Came to make this comment, but I see it's been covered.

/"You ate him before!"
 
2014-02-01 01:49:46 PM
The guy must have not have loved the bike all that much if he's ok with it rotting for eternity or near enough at any rate.
 
2014-02-01 02:03:05 PM

Dr Jack Badofsky: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Like the Pharoahs of old, he was simply planning on needing that bike in the afterlife.

I hope they buried plenty of spare oil and tools with the thing then.  This guy's spirit is going to be waiting alongside the road to heaven an awful lot.


Buy a Harley, they're the best, you can ride for a mile, but you'll walk the rest.
 
HKW
2014-02-01 02:16:34 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: indarwinsshadow: I'm not sure how things work in the United States, but most people in our graveyards are buried in an underground vault. It's a big cement liner inside the grave. The casket is lowered into the vault, and then a concrete lid is laid on top. Either in sections or one large piece. The family can have the option of sealing the vault with epoxy. Maybe it's different in the US.

That's the typical procedure here in the states and some states regulate that, but I guess not in Ohio or some places in Ohio.

Someone else mentioned a custom vault up above. That could work, but would actually facilitate theft if someone really wanted to go to the trouble to move all the dirt with some kind of machine. A vault would preserve the bike and the corpse (to some degree). I would imagine the bike would have to be drained of oil and other fluids before burial, left it be, erm, hazardous waste. Any kind of wooden vault thing like they show in the picture would rot and collapse eventually. I would think that the best deterrent to theft would be the weight and volume of materials burying the bike and corpse. I would expect that the plexi will bend and collapse inward against the body and bike, making it even harder to exhume. I certainly wouldn't want to be the one to try to dig that mess up.


Depends on the state, but most cemeteries have policies that state you must have a vault.  Also, not all grave vaults are sealed.  its common to use a cheap concrete box, and water is going to get inside.   Many caskets are sealed, but not all..  and a wooden casket will rot of course.


The cemetery make have considered him metal frame to be equal to a vault, or the cemetery doesnt have a vault policy.   But from what it looks to me, it is not sealed, so its going to fill with water.   Once water is in, it's over.   That metal frame will rust (as will the bike) and the frame will collapse at some distant point.
 
2014-02-01 03:22:25 PM

edmo: But for some reason he spent time reinforcing the bottom.


The bike likely weighs between 800-900 pounds.  It'd be awkward for him to fall through the bottom of the casket during the interment.
 
2014-02-01 03:41:31 PM

studebaker hoch: God's going to love him for showing up on that thing.

Clouds, angels, harps, and POPPOPPOPPOPOPOPOPPOPOPPP


potatopotatopotatopotato
 
2014-02-01 04:14:13 PM
Burying a Harley?  Well, it's a good start...

The there's the story of Sandra Ilene West, the oil heiress buried in her Ferrari 330 America.  They boxed it in plywood, and after burying it poured a concrete pad over the top.  It's been down there since '77, so probably not much left of it (or her) by now.

Fascinating story in "Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed".  Great book for gearheads.
 
2014-02-01 04:56:15 PM

The Musky Scent Of Recent Male Completion: Burying a Harley?  Well, it's a good start...

The there's the story of Sandra Ilene West, the oil heiress buried in her Ferrari 330 America.  They boxed it in plywood, and after burying it poured a concrete pad over the top.  It's been down there since '77, so probably not much left of it (or her) by now.

Fascinating story in "Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed".  Great book for gearheads.


Also, the Ferrari that was buried in a California home's backyard in the 1970's.  I don't remember the reason it was buried, but after tracking it down many years later, the car was found to be in great shape, just dirty.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2014-02-01 05:13:12 PM
So...one less "Milwaukee vibrator with loud pipes" on the road?
Color me nonplussed.
 
2014-02-01 05:21:46 PM
Oh, lay me down in Forest Lawn in a silver casket
With golden flowers over my head in a silver basket.
Let the drum and bugle corp play Taps while cannons roar
And sixteen liveried employees sell souvenirs from the funeral store.
I wanna go simply when I go.  They'll give me a simple funeral there, I know.
With a casket lined in fleece, and fireworks spelling out "Rest in Peace,"
Oh, take me when I'm gone to Forest Lawn.

Oh, lay me down in Forest Lawn, they understand there.
They have a heavenly choir and a military band there.
Just put me in their care, I'll find my comfort there;
With sixteen planes in a last salute, they'll drop a cross on a parachute.
I wanna go simply when I go.  They'll give me a simple funeral there, I know.
With a hundred strolling strings, and topless dancers with golden wings,
Oh, take me when I'm gone to Forest Lawn.

To find a simple resting place is my desire.
To lay me down with a smiling face comes a little bit higher.
My likeness cast in brass will stand in plastic grass
While hidden weights and springs tips its hat to the mourners filing past.
I wanna go simply when I go.  They'll give me a simple funeral there, I know.
I'll lie beneath the sand with piped-in tapes of Billy Graham,
Oh, take me when I'm gone to Forest Lawn.
 
2014-02-01 09:39:46 PM
I seem to recall that the City of Tulsa buried a car in a time capsule once, concrete vault and all that. When they dug it up 20 years later water had seeped in and caused all sorts of problems rendering the car mostly useless.
So like ten years and this scooter is a rusted pile of junk!
 
2014-02-01 10:11:29 PM
Buried steel isn't going to last very long.
 
2014-02-02 02:14:11 PM

TommyDeuce: Fano: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Like the Pharoahs of old, he was simply planning on needing that bike in the afterlife.

This will make the Motel of Mysteries even more interesting

Good thing you didn't claim "obscure" on that - I actually remember that.  North America was buried in low-rate junk mail, right?


 Glad to see other people that have read it. I dunno if it's still in print but it was totally awesome, especially back in the days before the internet routinely did things like it. I remember trying to google back in the day for it and couldn't remember quite what it was called, leading to a frustrating time hunting.
 
2014-02-02 04:03:56 PM
Saint Peter is not going to let him in with that thing.
 
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