Death, and taxes. Some people are ingenious at getting out of paying taxes...death, not so much. There are some pretty weird ways that people send off their dead. In China you can pay the equivelant of $500 and get a crowd of people to stand around and cry for you. Good idea if you are doubting  that you have any friends that will show up!

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. Kathy Benjamin has researched and written a book about some rather strange funeral customs. You can check out a slide-show here...