Back in 2002, computer game maker Acclaim Entertainment announced that it planned to advertise its newest game, ShadowMan2, by paying families for the right to place small billboards on gravestones. The amount paid would be proportional to how visible and well-placed the gravestone was. The company suggested that its scheme might "particularly interest poorer families."

It doesn't seem that anyone ever volunteered. Or maybe the company scrapped the idea when the Outdoor Advertising Association noted that they'd first need to obtain permission from local authorities.

More info: Guardian
     Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 21, 2017
     Category: Advertising

Still better than advertising a restaurant chain.
Posted by crc on 10/21/17 at 07:37 AM
Wasn't it on this very webpage that I saw a 19th century gravestone advertising the services of a doctor? Advertisement on grave is nothing new; they only added technology, which would allow the family to get rid of the advertisement after a certain time or to play an eulogy of the deceased with an ad or two in the middle.
Posted by Yudith on 10/21/17 at 08:26 AM
I haven't decided yet to either be buried or burned when I go, but if I am buried I think I'd like my marker to say "See, I told you I didn't feel well!", just to get the observer to thinking.
Posted by KDP on 10/23/17 at 03:59 PM
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