Throughout life we witness how people have all sorts of strange habits, hang-ups and fascinations. In estate law there's plenty of unusual behavior that often leaves attorneys and family members scratching their heads. This "weird factor" can extend to an individual's wishes after death, as elaborated in the provisions of their will or trust. Here are eight strange (legally binding) requests left behind by the dearly departed:
Fredric Baur: Fredric Baur was a chemist and genius inventor - not only did he devise freeze-dried ice cream and various cooking oils, he was the man responsible for inventing the signature Pringles can. So highly did he value his creation that he stipulated in his will to be cremated and have his ashes buried in a Pringles container. No word on which flavor.
Leona Helmsley: Leona Helmsley earned notoriety as a wealthy heiress and dubious distinction as the "Queen of Mean." Instead of donating her considerable fortune to relatives or charity, she left $12 million to her Maltese dog, Trouble, in 2007. Later a judge would reduce that amount to $2 million, but Trouble was doubtless living large on Helmsley's riches for the remainder of his canine years.
Sandra West: Texas oil fortune heiress and Beverly Hills social scene fixture Sandra West passed away at the early age of 37, but her burial rites resembled something out of ancient Egypt. Dressed in her lace nightgown, West was placed in her light-blue 1964 Ferrari 330 America "with the seat slanted comfortably." You can't take it with you, though you might try. The classic roadster was then covered with cement to so as not to tempt any would-be car thieves.
Charles Vance Millar: Charles Vance Millar, a Toronto attorney and non-stop practical joker, decided to have one last laugh from the afterlife following his death in 1926. Miller instituted a contest for the ten years after his passing: whichever local woman had the most children in that time would inherit his fortune. The "Great Stork Derby" ensued, and four women tied at 9 children each, meaning that each won $125,000.
Samuel Bratt: Englishman Samuel Bratt bequeathed his wife a hefty 330,000 Pounds, but there was a catch involved. Bratt enjoyed smoking cigars, a habit his wife thoroughly detested. So while leaving her the money, Bratt required that she smoke five stogies a day as sweet revenge.
Mark Gruenwald: Writer of Marvel's Captain America comic series, Mark Gruenwald decided to go the extra mile in ensuring his legacy. When he died in 1996 of a heart attack at age 42, Gruenwald was cremated, and on the orders in his will, his ashes were mixed with the ink used for printing the very first run of his series Squadron Supreme.
Gene Rodenberry: Founder of the Trekkie phenomenon, Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry decided in his will to launch himself beyond the "final frontier" once he had taken his final voyage into the great beyond. Rodenberry died in 1991, while his ashes were finally launched into space on board a Spanish satellite and then scattered above the atmosphere in 1997. With more ashes to spare, remaining portions have been sent into earth orbit in more recent years.
Jack Benny: Comedian and stage performer Jack Benny was a beloved entertainer popular in the mid-1900s. Benny and his wife Mary Livingstone had a rocky relationship at times, but despite each of their personal shortcomings, they were a husband and wife in love with each other. And Benny showed it: after his death, Mary received one long-stemmed red rose every day for the rest of her life until she rejoined him nine years later. Now that's love.