Thursday, October 16, 2008

In related grilling news...

Sometimes I like to browse the "strange stories" section of the news networks, just to see what CBS or the AP thinks is strange. And boy oh boy, does it get extremely strange.

Is it coincidence? In my last blog entry, I was writing about how I thought "Outriggers Grill" was a puzzling choice for a restaurant name, because of the challenges inherent in barbecuing out on the open seas. But these folks in California have taken grilling to a whole new level: Sheriff: Family Cremated Mom on BBQ, Kept Benefits.

Evidently, when Mom passed of natural causes, her daughter and grandson decided to cover up her death by putting her in the BBQ pit, lighting up, and then covering it over and planting a tree. (Talk about your green burials!) Oh, but they made sure they had proper "marinating" first, by leaving her in her bedroom for a week before putting her on the grill. (Ack. Sorry, but I can't resist wordplay, no matter how tasteless.) It doesn't look like there was any resentment toward Mom, since the daughter made a necklace out of a piece of her skull. They just wanted to keep collecting the money.

As always with these type of stories, my favorite part is the quote from the authorities. I mean, these guys see it all, so when they think something is strange, it's usually a 10 on the strange-o-meter. Here's the quote: "It gets really weird when you have a piece of mom's skull hanging around your neck," the sheriff said. "I'm not aware of any religion that allows you to burn your family members in the backyard and collect their pension."

Indeed not. And thanks, news media, for pointing out that grilling on a pitching boat isn't the weirdest thing you could be doing with the barbecue.

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