This week, we’re going to play a little “What If?” with the Saturday Six.
The scenario is based on an interesting article at one of my favorite magazines, Mental Floss: 11 People Who Lived to See Their Own Obituaries.
Obviously, these people learned that their deaths were being reported before death had actually occurred. For one unfortunate man who’d suffered a stroke, the stress of reading about the negative things people had to say about him in his premature obituary is believed to have triggered a second, fatal stroke. There’s even a story of Benjamin Franklin intentionally running a false obituary so he could torment a competitor. Who knew old Ben could be so sneaky?
In any case, this week, you’re the one who lives to see your own obituary!
Here are this week’s “Saturday Six” questions. Either answer the questions in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your blog… But don’t forget to leave a link to your blog so that everyone else can visit! Permission is not granted to copy the questions to message boards for the purpose of having members answer and play along there. Enjoy!
For all of these questions, assume you’ve just read the morning paper and spotted a false report of your own death.
1. Who would be the first person close to you whom you’d call to set the record straight?
2. Would you call the newspaper to dispute the report before or after calling the person you named in Question 1?
3. Would you be tempted to play along with the situation and show up somewhere that you knew people who thought you’d died would be, just to see their reaction?
4. Would you go online to read comments if you knew your newspaper’s website had such a place for people to leave memories of you?
5. If you could find an honest listing of such memories and thoughts from people who knew you, would you expect the comments to be all positive, all negative, mostly positive, mostly negative, or in the middle?
6. If you were to see your obituary, would you hope that your true age was or wasn’t mentioned?
Thanks for playing this week’s Saturday Six and I hope you’ll be back next week!