Grave markers are an important part of commemorating the life of a dearly departed loved one. When we bury or inter the remains of someone we love, part of the grieving process often involves erecting a gravestone or grave marker that pays homage to the person we’ve lost.
However, just because death is a serious business, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for a little bit of fun. In fact, many people use their gravestones as an opportunity to make everyone who’s still alive crack a little bit of a smile.
These grave markers all do so much more than just give the name and dates of the people whose graves they stand watch over. Instead, they entertain, delight, and leave you scratching your head. When you see what some people do to gravestones, you’ll be flummoxed!
At first glance, this grave is nothing too remarkable, but when you look closer you will notice that it is a little bit stranger than it first appears. The first thing you’ll notice is that this is one gravestone for two wives of the husband who managed to outlive them both…
The second thing? It is covered in a crazy and impossible-to-crack code! Although the women died in the mid 19th century, the puzzle wasn’t solved until 1970 when an amateur codebreaker discovered that by starting on the left and counting seven in and seven down, the following code was revealed: In memoriam Henrietta, 1st wife of S. Bean, M.D. who died 27th Sep. 1865, aged 23 years, 2 months and 17 days and Susanna his 2nd wife who died 27th April, 1867, aged 26 years, 10 months and 15 days, 2 better wives 1 man never had, they were gifts from God but are now in Heaven. May God help me so to meet them there. Reader meet us in heaven.Flickr/Mac Armstrong
This isn’t the only puzzling gravestone that exists, either. When house painter John Renie died in 1832, he had this mysterious puzzle placed on his headstone. It was eventually determined to be an acrostic square which spells out “Here Lies John Renie” more than 46,000 different ways! Robert Cutts
James Leeson died in 1794 and became more famous in death than he ever was in life. The reason? Leeson had a Masonic cipher written across the top of his grave. For decades no one knew what it meant. When the cipher was eventually made public it was learned that the secret code simply said “Remember Death”. Appropriate.
Betty Stiven’s grave has baffled since its placement in 1783. It reads “Within these walls are deposited the bodies of Mrs. Betty Stiven and her child. She was the beloved wife of Alex B Stiven to the end of his days will deplore her Death, which happened upon the 25th day of Nov. 1783 in the 23rd year of her age. What was remarkable of her, she was a mother without knowing it, and a wife without letting her husband know it except by her kind indulgences to him.” What exactly this means is still up for debate!Angelo Bissessarsingh
When Margorie McCall was struck ill with a terrible fever in the 18th century, she was presumed dead and buried. Later on, grave robbers knowing her to come from a wealthy family went to rob her resting place. It’s a good thing they did, because Margorie was still alive! The second time she was buried, not so much.
While these graves are definitely head-scratchers, they do not come close to some of the other wacky grave markers that are out there! To see even more bizarre and unbelievable grave markers be sure to watch the whole video below!
Who had any idea that such weird and elaborate grave markers even existed! It is just wild what people will do to commemorate those people who they love.
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