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You Only Die Once, So, These People Decided To Do It In Style.

You Only Die Once, So, These People Decided To Do It In Style.

Death is not an especially fun topic, but it’s something we all need to face. After all, it’s a certainty. So, instead of focusing on how you may die… maybe you should think about your coffin accessories. (That’s a real thing.) Egyptians would famously decorate their sarcophagi with valuable items, like pots full of organs and mummified cats. They would even include jewels. This practice isn’t exclusive to crumbled civilizations, though.

Here are some modern-day pharaohs who wished to pass into the realm of death with their most precious treasures.

 

Bela Lugosi is the actor famous for portraying Count Dracula in the original 1931 film. When he died in 1956, he was buried wearing one of his famous Dracula cloaks. The decision was actually Lugosi’s son’s and not Lugosi himself.

Humphrey Bogart died of throat cancer in 1957. He was buried with a golden whistle he had given to his wife Lauren Bacall when they co-starred in the film, “To Have and Have Not.” The whistle is inscribed with the words from the film, “If you want anything, just whistle.”

Arch West, the man who is said to have invented Doritos, died in 2011 at 97 years of age. It was said that Doritos were sprinkled all around his gravesite when he was buried.

Princess Diana was buried with a set of rosary beads that was given to her from Mother Teresa, who just so happened to pass away the same week.

Frank Sinatra died in 1998. His family buried him along with: a pack of Camel cigarettes, a Zippo, a bottle of Jack Daniels and cherry flavored Life Savers.

Sandra West was a “socialite” in Beverly Hill married to oil tycoon Ike West Jr. When she died, she requested that her brother-in-law bury her in her 1964 Ferrari 330 America or he wouldn’t receive the $2,000,000 she allotted to him in her will.

Reuben John Smith was a man from Buffalo New York who insisted on being buried in a sitting position while in a brand new recliner with a checkerboard on his lap.

Andy Warhol died in 1987 and, as the coffin was being lowered, his friend Paige Powell tossed in a bottle of Estee Lauder perfume.

Harry “The Horse” Flamburis was the former president of the Daly City California Hells Angels club. A month after his original burial, his Angel brothers returned to bury his chopper along with him.

Hmmm. I’d probably want to be buried with the controller I used to beat Crash Bandicoot: Warped with in 1998. What would you want to be buried with?

Give this a share on Facebook and let your one-day-grieving loved ones know what you want.

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Miley Cyrus rips into Perez Hilton over ‘cheating’ photo

Miley Cyrus rips into Perez Hilton over ‘cheating’ photo

http://twitter.com/#!/MileyCyrus/status/300014630745546752

We can’t say we were too intrigued by gossip hound Perez Hilton’s breathless report of singer Miley Cyrus being spotted out and about with “sexy” Ed Westwick. However, Cyrus’ mighty one-woman good cop/bad cop takedown of Hilton caught our attention. If this is the way to get a quick correction from the media, we’re taking notes.

@perezhilton working on my record and never left with anyone other than my assistant. What happened to your big enlightenment where u

— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) February 8, 2013

@perezhilton what happened to your promise to spread love not lies. And to be a decent human being with values and morals??? Dude u ask

— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) February 8, 2013

@perezhilton for people to respect you and your relationships I demand the same thing.

— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) February 8, 2013

@perezhilton you’re the first one to write about my engagement and my wedding and how happy u r for me and the first to try to tear my life

— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) February 8, 2013

@perezhilton apart. Respect, love, & compassion are mandatory.

— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) February 8, 2013

P.S.

@perezhilton hope this message finds you happy and healthy.

— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) February 8, 2013

@mileycyrus Was reporting what I heard. Happy to hear it’s wrong. Genuinely wish you nothing but the same. #HappinessAndHealthiness

— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) February 8, 2013

@perezhilton feel free to ask me whatever u want but I can’t tolerate lies. Thanks for understand. Blessings x

— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) February 8, 2013

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65 Books You Need To Read In Your 20s

65 Books You Need To Read In Your 20s

GREAT NOVELS:

1. The Emperor’s Children, by Claire Messud

The best 9/11 novel that’s much more than a 9/11 novel. Weirdly relatable, even though the characters are all pretty much upper-class pseudo-intellectuals.

2. What She Saw…, by Lucinda Rosenfeld

Important twenties life lesson: Dating losers is not a life sentence. (Thank god.)

3. The Deptford Trilogy, by Robertson Davies

A wondrously insane and magical (in that it is actually about a magician) three-book series.

4. The Secret History, by Donna Tartt

The best time to read The Secret History is probably while you’re still in college, because it is about a secret society at a small liberal arts college gone horribly awry, but it is also worth picking up a few years later to be reminded about the intensity of college friendships, and also Ancient Greek.

5. Giovanni’s Room, by James Baldwin

A timeless story of masculinity, desire, and heartbreak that has become particularly resonant for young gay men.

6. A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan

These interwoven narratives (some of which were published as stand-alone stories in magazines such as the New Yorker) are brilliantly crafted, wryly tender portraits of life and love and the small tragedies of everyday modern life.

7. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz

A book about the search for meaning even when life might be meaningless. (Also, my colleague Ariane says: “Yunior is also the dopest narrator you will ever encounter.”)

8. Lucy, by Jamaica Kincaid

A powerful coming-of-age story of an introspective 19-year-old girl from the West Indies who becomes an au pair in the U.S.

9. The Moviegoer, by Walker Percy

The story of Binx Bolling is kind of like what might have happened if Dick Whitman never became Don Draper, and instead started wandering around first New Orleans, and then the country, on a neverending spiritual and existential quest.

10. White Teeth, by Zadie Smith

In addition to White Teeth being perhaps the ultimate 20th century British immigrant novel, it will also, possibly, inspire you to greatness: Smith finished it during her final year at Cambridge and was 24 (!!!) when it was published.

11. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon

Jews, New York, World War II, superheroes, comics, Nazis, love: It’s all here, in spades. One of the leading contenders for Great American Novel status.

12. Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace

Because you’ll never have time to read it later.

13. Bright Lights, Big City, by Jay McInerney

You read this book because even though they used typewriters and did way more cocaine than is even remotely healthy, it’s still a perfectly told story about being young and thinking you’re way too smart for what you’re doing. Also it’s possibly the only book ever written in the second person that actually works.

14. The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri

A beautifully told coming-of-age story that is also about how to reconcile in-betweenness: of culture, of place, of time.

15. Call Me by Your Name, by André Aciman

Says my friend Chris: “Super-duper gay sexy but also gorgeous.”

16. The Rachel Papers, by Martin Amis

The Rachel Papers is “a fairly essential ‘leaving adolescence and discovering that everything is still confusing and awful’ kind of novel,” says my colleague Jack, which seems like a pretty decent recommendation.

17. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison

You almost definitely read this in high school English class, but you will almost definitely also have a much different perspective on Milkman and his family and their struggles a few years later.

18. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway

Another English syllabus special, Hemingway’s tight prose and peerless storytelling are somehow more resonant when you are reading it on your own. Or as my colleague Matt put it: “I couldn’t keep my eyes open for more than five pages of Hemingway growing up, but for some reason I picked this up in my post-graduation haze and was mesmerized.”

19. Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro

The ultimate dystopian love story. If it doesn’t make you cry, your heart may be made of stone.

20. A Home at the End of the World, by Michael Cunningham

A classic “queer Bildungsroman,” as my colleague Kevin says.

21. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman

Gaiman’s dark, tragic comic series originally ran as a 10-book series from 1989 to 1996 but has now entered the graphic-novel pantheon.

22. The Group, by Mary McCarthy

How is it possible that a novel written in 1963 about a group of post-collegiate friends in New York City IN THE 1930S could still be so relevant? Probably because the struggles of being in your twenties — particularly, how much do you care about the opinions of other people, and what does success mean? — have been the same since the dawn of time.

23. Quicksand and Passing, by Nella Larsen

These two novellas written by a half-black, half-Danish woman in the 1920s capture the complications of that time — sexism and racism chief among them — while also being the beautifully told (and timeless) stories of deeply flawed young women.

24. Pastoralia, by George Saunders

I’ll let my colleague Aylin’s boyfriend explain this pick: “It just illustrates in such a breathtakingly beautiful, memorable way how easy it is for people to inflict pain on each other and how terrible it is to fall between the cracks in America, which it’s easier than ever to do now. I don’t know, I feel like reading it made me feel more compassionate toward people.” Aw!

25. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

Says my colleague Krutika: “It’s the perfect mix of childhood nostalgia for anyone who’s in their twenties right now, and futuristic dystopian action/adventure where everyone’s unwittingly more earnest and sincere than they mean to be.”

26. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers

The title is astonishingly accurate, but also, Eggers’ work is a terrific window into what one of my friends calls “MTV lit.” (This is not pejorative.)

27. The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

My friend Julia puts it well: “What the protagonist Esther Greenwood goes through pretty much speaks to my whole generation and the next. College graduates who don’t know what they want to do as a career, are not excited about things their parents say they should be, want to have sex but not babies… all of it. It also encourages young people to be unafraid to voice their feelings and opinions. Makes me wish Sylvia Plath could have read her own book without prejudice — it might have helped.”

28. Main Street, by Sinclair Lewis

A book about an ambitious, difficult woman who is forced by circumstance (like being born in the wrong decade, in Minnesota) to keep settling for less than what she wants. But she doesn’t stop trying her hand at finding utopia.

29. His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman

The classic fantasy series — if you’ve only seen The Golden Compass, the film based on the first book in the series, you owe it to yourself to read the books (which are so much better).

30. Generation X, by Douglas Coupland

To understand where everyone a little older than you is coming from.

31. The Fortress of Solitude, by Jonathan Lethem

About comics and superheroes and coming of age in a nearly unrecognizable Brooklyn.

32. Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson

An important book to read to learn about being lonely.

33. I Love Dick, by Chris Kraus

I’ll let my friend Emily handle this one: “Readers will be rewarded with most psychologically astute sex scene ever written, plus a thorough, impassioned and wholly unique analysis of the power dynamics of heterosexual sex and love, how heterosexuality works to keep women unrepresented and unable to fully represent themselves, and how that affects the world.” Whew! (Also, sorta fun to read this one on the subway, IYKWIM.)

34. On the Road, by Jack Kerouac

So that you’ll realize the way you felt about this book in high school has totally changed.