Recently, the U.S. Postal Service announced they would now allow
companies to advertise on postage stamps, charging them 10 cents
per stamp to put their sales pitch and logo on a piece of first
This caused Brian Vaszily, the writer for Six Wise, to think
about other untapped places where advertising money could be
Among them, tombstones.
...so like the United States Post Office, cemeteries
must be losing money. Why not go the easy, unethical route
like so many other businesses and sell advertising on old
famous tombstones? The families of the deceased could even
be cut in on with royalties if they initially protest.
Don't be alarmed! Vaszily is actually using sarcasm as
a way to protest commercial advertising creeping into every
aspect of our lives.
It's true that maintaining a cemetery costs money. If you want
your grandfather's grave to stand the test of time, you have
to keep it clean and visible. Ultimately, it's the responsibility
of each deceased's descendents to do this. While time and money
is a factor, it's not the primary problem.
The primary problem is a lack of importance. Most people hardly
know their ancestors, and as a result, hardly care to maintain
their graves. On top of that, most people today live far away
from their ancestors' graves, that they can't maintain it.
The part about letting family members have a cut of the advertising
profits sounds creepy. If you are a famous person, it's expected
that many people will visit your grave. Imagine knowing your
children are eagerly awaiting your death so that they can build
a steady income stream!
It might also cause family members to erect large and ornate
tombstones in hopes of attracting larger audiences. Cemeteries
with high visibility, such as Hollywood Forever, in Los Angeles,
could charge higher fees for plots.
But the idea of tombstone advertising isn't far fetched. Today,
there already is technology to embed multimedia devices into
tombstones, ranging from LCD displays, recorded audio messages,
and even the ability to download media into your handheld computer.
Maybe when I die, I'll have my website address etched into my