Markets in everything

by on October 3, 2011 at 2:40 am in Uncategorized | Permalink

The entries in this series are still capable of surprising me:

A pair of Alabama conservation enforcement officers think they’ve come up with the perfect way for avid hunters to honor their loved ones for eternity.

Officers Thad Holmes and Clem Parnell [TC: great names] have launched Holy Smoke LLC, a company that will, for a price, load cremated human ash into shotgun shells, and rifle and pistol cartridges.

It’s the perfect life celebration for someone who loves the outdoors or shooting sports, Parnell says.

And to put your mind at ease:

The animal should be killed quickly by the shot, to prevent any possibility of spreading the ashes in the animal’s blood, he says. The area around where the animal was struck should not be consumed.

The article is here, the company’s web site is here, and I thank J. for the pointer.

1 rudraksha October 3, 2011 at 5:18 am

Yes. for the outdoors and sports spirits.

2 Seth C October 3, 2011 at 6:14 am

Less practical than Season Shot, the herb-and-spice shotgun shell.

3 Jonathan October 3, 2011 at 6:42 am

This actually comes from a short story written by JA Konrath….Except it was a hitman performing a request

4 Craig October 3, 2011 at 10:01 am

I still dream of donating my skull for a production of Hamlet (and damn you, “Slings and Arrows,” for stealing my idea), but this is also pretty appealing. But there’s no reason you couldn’t do both.

5 Careless October 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I always wanted to wind up as a high school bio class skeleton.

6 Scot October 3, 2011 at 11:21 am

This is not new, I have seen ads for putting ashes in shotgun shells in the back of gun magazines for probably 30 years now. Doing it in shotgun shells is relatively trivial since it is just adding to the payload of birdshot, filling the spaces. Expanding it to filling hollow point projectiles is new but the quantities will be tiny. Variations in the wax will hurt long range accuracy too. And $8.50 per cartridge is ridiculous, where components cost about $1 each and it should take a half an hour or so. So good for them if they can make it work!

7 Andy October 4, 2011 at 12:37 am

Thirty years? If so, this is the least interesting thing you have to share.

8 stalin October 3, 2011 at 11:49 am

Craig, the producers will have to get a permit. Possibly they can, more likely be told the audience won’t be able to tell the difference between real skull or fake. You need a permit to own a skull(other than your own).

9 Yancey Ward October 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Alas, poor Yorick. They molded him well.

10 Pete in Wellington October 4, 2011 at 3:24 am

At my Godmother’s funeral last year in Taupo I met a relative called Paddy whose hermit neighbour had recently died – the family weren’t much interested in doing anything so Paddy loaded some of the neighbour’s ashes into 12 Gauge shells and gave him a proper send-off – a 21 gunshot salute with toasts, I guess.
All the guy had cared about was his block of bush and drinking so to have his ashes spread that way seems fitting.

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