Will requests from the rich and famous – leaving $12m to dog and buried in Pringles tube

Will writing is never an easy task, but these individuals made sure they had the last laugh and injected some personality into their final requests

We often believe that writing a will is to protect our families if anything were to happen to us, which is strictly true.

But, what about those that use their will to cause a bit of mischief, maybe have the last laugh with friends and family?

There are some pretty bizarre wills out there, here are the top ten.

$12million left to a dog
Leaving our dogs behind when we pass is never a pleasant thought, which is why billionaire hotelier Leona Helmsley had a bizarre yet wonderful idea.

In her will, she decided to leave her nine-year-old Maltese called Trouble $12m (£8m), to ensure he was very well looked after.

Her grandchildren, however, were ordered to visit their father’s grave annually to inherit their money.

A weekend of booze
67-year-old Roger Brown died of prostate cancer in 2013, with a will request bound to put a smile on his friends faces.

He left £3,500 to seven of his best friends, and insisted that they use it for a boozy weekend away to a city in Europe.

Now that’s what you call a best friend

The “second best bed”

According to his will, Shakespeare only left Anne Hathaway his “second-best bed” when he died.

The vast bulk of his estate was actually left to his daughter Susanna, with poor Anne only being given a bed, and not even his best one.

He also left her some ‘furniture’ which in those days referred to the curtains and bedcover to complete the bed. How kind.

£26,000 to Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ had to prove himself in order to get the £26,000 Norman Earnest Digweed left in his will.

Norman promised a substantial reward to Jesus Christ on the condition that he convinced the executors of the estate that he was ‘real.’

It would’ve been very interesting to see how many people actually stepped forward claiming they were Christ.

To be turned into a frisbee
Everyone loves a good game of frisbee, but to be turned into one when you die? Is that a little too much?

Not for inventor of ‘frisbee golf’ Ed Headrick, who requested in his will for his ashes to be placed in a ‘limited run of frisbees’ for family and friends.

Dusty Springfield’s cat

Singer Dusty Springfield left a testament to her love of beloved cat Nicholas, and had a very strict set of rules.

The rules were:

Live in a 7-foot indoor tree house lined with scratch pads and catnip
Be fed baby food imported to Britain from the United States
Be serenaded to sleep each night by a stereo system playing his Dusty’s greatest hits
Be “married” to the female cat of Dusty’s friend
Have his bed lined with the pillowcase Dusty rested on and the nightgown she wore when she died

To build a mansion for cats
Calling all cat lovers. Would you ask for the construction of a mansion for your feline friends in your will?

In the 19th century, Jonathan Jackson did just that, who set aside funds for an incredible ‘cat house’.

The kitty estate was said to include bedrooms, a dining room, rat holes for sport, exercise grounds and an auditorium where cats could listen to “accordion music”.

Kept in a Pringles tube

There’s no doubt that Pringles are pretty tasty, but to ask to keep your ashes in them? Pretty bizarre.

Fred Baur, who invented the original Pringles tube, loved his idea so much that he requested to be cremated and buried in one.

Turned into a drum kit
In 1871, Hatmaker S.Sansborn requested to be made into a drum kit when he died.

That’s not all though, he asked for the two drums to be made from his own skin and given to his friend.

He specified that the friend was to use the drums to play “Yankee Doodle Dandy” on Bunker Hill in Boston every year on June 17.

Stuffed with hay
British lawyer Jeremy Bentham requested in his will that his body would be preserved and stuffed with hay.

He ended up being put on display in the University College London, where it still remains today.