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    Surreptitious scattering of people's remains at parks, golf courses and other unusual posts may be growing.

    By Kimi Yoshino, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    November 14, 2007


    Everyone who rides Disneyland's popular "Pirates of the Caribbean" attraction knows "dead men tell no tales," and its animatronic figures aren't talking either. But, oh, if they could.

    On Friday, workers at the Anaheim theme park spotted a guest on the ride sprinkling an unidentified substance into the water, prompting them to close the attraction and alert police

    "A witness described the substance as a baby powder that quickly dissipated," Disneyland resort spokesman Rob Doughty said. "We reopened the attraction after determining that there was no hazard to our guests."


    Anaheim police decided not to take a report because they lacked a good description of the female suspect and the evidence was dumped into the water, Sgt. Rick Martinez said.


    But within hours of Friday's incident, online columnists and bloggers who track news at the park said they began receiving e-mails from Disney employees claiming the episode was a case of the surreptitious scattering of human ashes.


    Al Lutz, who runs miceage.com and first posted reports of the incident Tuesday, said several e-mails indicated that this was a recurring problem at the park.


    Disney officials said they were unaware of any confirmed ash-scattering incidents in the park, and they didn't believe it to be a problem. From time to time, guests do ask permission to disperse ashes on park premises. The answer, Doughty said, is always no.


    Without written permission, it's a misdemeanor violation of the state Health and Safety Code to scatter human ashes on private property, although there's little that authorities can do to enforce the law. Officials say the ashes pose no health threat.


    Increasingly, though, inspectors with the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau of the state Department of Consumer Affairs are fielding calls from golf courses and other spots reporting people spreading ashes without permission.


    "If these were rogue funeral directors out there tossing remains out of rides, we would take a very dim view of this," bureau spokesman Kevin Flanagan said. "I don't think it's any secret to anybody that people will scatter ashes where people can get away with it. But how are you going to enforce something like that?"


    In "Mouse Tales: A Behind-the-Ears Look at Disneyland," author David Koenig said the park's Haunted Mansion had been the site of at least one previous ash-scattering.


    Koenig's book quoted an employee, whom he did not identify, who recounted the case of a small group of visitors who arrived at the Haunted Mansion on a Saturday night in December 2002. The group requested a little extra time for a quick memorial service for a 7-year-old boy who had died, the employee said, according to Koenig.


    But later, ride operators spotted one of the guests throwing a powdery substance off her "Doom Buggy."


    After the ride was shut down, the employee discovered "a smattering of dust, 'gray, like ash,' " Koenig wrote.

    There are other examples of creative ash-scattering: Hunter S. Thompson had his remains packed into fireworks and shot from a cannon into the skies above his Colorado farm house. And Chicago Cubs fan Steve Goodman, who wrote the song "Go, Cubs, Go," had his ashes sprinkled at Wrigley Field.


    Former Canadian TV producer Tom Jokinen, who has been studying modern funeral rituals for his forthcoming book "Curtains," said that, as cremation gains popularity, people are looking for more creative ways to scatter ashes.


    "When all you had was a body, you had to bury it," Jokinen said. "Where did you bury it? You buried it in a cemetery. . . . It just never used to be an option."


    kimi.yoshino@latimes.com


    Times staff writer Dave McKibben contributed to this report.
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    I just read an article in Golf Digest about how popular it's becoming to scatter club members ashes somewhere on the course. Many courses have a policy against it, but they also have a "don't know, don't ask" attitude with the understanding that it does happen but they kind of turn the other cheek.
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    If no health risk is posed, what's the problem with scattering ashes at places that one's loved one enjoyed while alive. I would think the ashes decompose anyway. It's not like they're littering....
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    I knew two members who IN THEIR WILL had it written where they wanted to be scattered on the witch hollow golf course of pumpkin ridge. ...cant' say I blame them. Pretty nice track.
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    I wanna be sprinkled in someone's coffee. Ya know.....as a joke.
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    That's gross!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum View Post
    I wanna be sprinkled in someone's coffee. Ya know.....as a joke.
    Sometimes when I drink Dunkin Donuts coffee it tastes like that...
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    Reminds me of a story from many years ago. A buddy of mine was doing any kind of flying he could to build hours, he's a Capt. for a major US airline now. Anyway, he was hired by a faminly to scatter their father's ashes over the beach at sunset somewhere in Florida. He was flying a Cessna 172 and opened the window to dump the urn during a slow turn at the perfect angle between the family and the sunset. Half of the ashes blew back into the airplane!

    He landed and taxied back to the hangar. He was using a dustbuster to clean up his airplane when the family came up and thanked him for a wonderful job and a beautiful send-off for their father.
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    Why can't these people just do it the old fashioned way, and have Keith Richards snort 'em?
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    In the long run, doesn't this just mean: "I want to have my ashes swept up by a minimum-wage employee of Disney World and dumped in a garbage can?"
    Why not avoid the hassle and put them there yourself? Let the guy enjoy his smoke break.







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    This reminds me of a nasty t-shirt saying I saw one time. It said:

    "When I die, I want to be cremated and have my ashes placed in Steve Nix's douchebag."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullwinkle View Post
    In the long run, doesn't this just mean: "I want to have my ashes swept up by a minimum-wage employee of Disney World and dumped in a garbage can?"
    Why not avoid the hassle and put them there yourself? Let the guy enjoy his smoke break.
    lmfao...

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    This is fairly commonplace here, people frequently have ashes scattered on sporting fields and the like.

    However it is also commonplace to get permission to do so before dumping Aunt Edna on the 18th green or whatever!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cokemach1 View Post
    "When I die, I want to be cremated and have my ashes placed in Steve Nix's douchebag."
    EEEWWWW!!!!!! Disgusting!!

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    EEEWWWW!!!!!! Disgusting!!
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