Woman Offers To Turn Up At People's Funerals For $50 - With Bizarre Twist

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A website that's no stranger to drama - in fact, that's basically all it seems to do - is Twitter, which is where American author and journalist Dana Schwartz recently pitched her idea to bring a little of the big screen macabre into the real world.

She recently posted a tweet that’s since gone viral with over 450,000 likes, in which she jokingly offered to make your funeral a lot more interesting by adding a real-life dramatic twist:


"If you pay me $50 I'll show up to your funeral but stand really far away, holding a black umbrella regardless of the weather, so that people think you died with a dark and interesting secret," she said.

It would certainly turn a few heads, that's for sure! At first, everyone assumed she was joking with her tweet, but she did go on to post her payment details in a follow-up tweet. Hey, you've got to throw your hat in the ring, right?


Amazingly, someone actually sent her $50, with the expectation that she would be true to her word, along with details of their presumably imminent demise:


In fact, that person wasn't the only one - a few more payments trickled in, all for $50 as suggested. These were all made in good faith - after all, if it's the day of their funeral, they're not going to be around to hold Dana to account and ask her why she didn't show up!

However, Ms Schwartz assured them that she would honor her commitment:


I guess we'll have to take her word for it! The thread certainly amused her 100,000+ Twitter followers, that's for sure.

As well as writing for a number of different online publications and being a bit of a star on Twitter, Dana Schwartz is the author of 'Choose Your Own Disaster', which she describes as a memoir.

I know what you're thinking - how can a 26 year-old have a memoir?! Well, she says in her pinned tweet that it's all about "love and sex and eating disorders and traveling and career uncertainty"

Well, I have to admit, that does sound very interesting - although, perhaps not as interesting as having someone show up to your funeral and gaze sadly from afar, smoking a cigarette through a holder and wiping away tears with a black lace handkerchief.

Congratulations to Dana on turning a viral tweet into a money-spinner. I hope she really does go through with her plans! I guess we'll find out in due course.

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