Weird Wills – Messages from beyond the grave

Weird Wills – Messages from beyond the grave

Internationally renowned escapologist Harry Houdini met with an untimely death.  The Hungarian born illusionist, the dare devil performed death defying stunts to shocked audiences all over the world. His boast that he could take any blow, so conditioned was his body,...
Weird Wills – A Battle for Billions

Weird Wills – A Battle for Billions

If you were once known as the richest woman in Asia, it is likely there will be a battle for your billions when you die.  Known as ‘Little Sweetie’, Nina Wang was something of an eccentric.  With her hair in pigtails and always dressed in traditional...
Weird Wills – Impossible Gifts

Weird Wills – Impossible Gifts

Occasionally a family feud or personal agenda can manifest in a will.   When US business man Frank Mandelbaum’s will was read in 2007, he used a trust to effectively disinherit his gay son by creating an impossible gift. In the will it was discovered Frank had left a...
Weird Wills – Canada’s Great Stork Derby

Weird Wills – Canada’s Great Stork Derby

Canada’s 1930’s ‘Great Stork Derby’ was started when Canadian attorney Charles Vance Millar died a childless bachelor in 1928.  As well as being a lawyer, Millar was a successful financier and known as a practical joker, which may explain his rather unusual last will...
Weird Wills – Undying Love

Weird Wills – Undying Love

Sometimes a last wish and testament is used as an opportunity to tell someone how you really felt about them.  Sometimes this can be a declaration of undying love!  American comedian, actor and entertainer Jack Benny may have had a reputation for philandering in life,...
Weird wills – Curie’s Uranium

Weird wills – Curie’s Uranium

Marie Curie, the ‘mother of modern physics’, was an incredible scientist.  So maybe it was fitting that in her will she gave a hazardous gift of uranium to science.  And her daughter! Marie Curie was the first person to win two Nobel Prizes and is the only person to...
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