14Fred Baur - Bury Me In A Pringles Can
If the name Fred Baur doesn’t ring a bell, that’s okay. Fred came up with packaging design for Pringles, the snack that single-handedly revolutionized munching in front of the TV! While he worked tirelessly during his life to come up with better solutions for food production, storage and packaging, the
patented Pringles design was obviously the highlight of his career. So much so, that he requested to be buried in a Pringles can.
When he died in 2008, at 89 years of age, his family honored his wishes. Time Magazine quoted his eldest son Larry saying, “When my dad first raised the burial idea in the 1980s, I chuckled about it.” However, soon everyone realized that it was no joke.
Hence, when Fred passed away Larry and his siblings brought a can of Pringles en route to the funeral home. "My siblings and I briefly debated what flavor to use but I said, 'Look, we need to use the original,” he says. A part of his cremated remains were placed in a Pringles container in his grave in Springfield Township, and another part was placed in an urn alongside the can. A third part was also given to one of his grandchildren.