Three odd Wills

1. George Bernard Shaw gave instructions in his will that for the first 21 years after his death, the earnings from the royalties of all his works should be spent on the creation and promotion of a phonetic alphabet, using 40 or more letters, each of which represented one sound, and one sound only, of the English language. This was the inspiration for the Shaw Alphabet.

Here is the alphabet that resulted:

2. In 1955, Juan Potomachi promised two hundred thousand pesos to the Teatro Dramático in Buenos Aires, on the condition that his skull be used as Yorick in any future productions of “Hamlet.” Mr. Potomachi’s wish was granted.

3. Animal rights activist from PETA asks that her body be barbequed.