Sunday, January 31, 2010

Epitaphs: John Laird McCaffery (1940-1995)

Free your body and soul
Unfold your powerful wings
Climb up the highest mountains
Kick your feet up in the air
You may now live forever
Or return to this earth
Unless you feel good where you are
Missed by your friends
The above epitaph is on the tombstone of John Laird McCaffery, who is buried in Montreal.  The cemetery has strict rules on what is, and what is not, allowed on tombstones, hence the true message being hidden in the epitaph.  It can be found by reading down the first letter of each line.
Kristian Gravenor of the Montreal Mirror spoke to the man who made the tombstone:
The cryptic message occurred to the monument maker after he finished sandblasting it into stone. “Afterwards, as I’m done, I’m looking at it and I’m like, ‘Wow.’ I noticed it just like that,” says John, whose full name won’t be published here for professional reasons. “This guy’s ex-wife and mistress came in together and ordered the stone. They said the message represented him. It was a thing between the three of them.

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