This request wasn't easy to execute, incidentally, because it turns out stonemasons aren't super keen on carving images of genitals onto things. Especially tombstones. Several described the idea as blasphemous. But one eventually did it, which is how we ended up with ... well, that mystifying image above.
Reportedly, the deceased woman's brother had to ask the husband why the bird on the tombstone had such a large beak, unaware that he was looking at a facsimile of his sister's cooter. And while we don't see a bird (it's clearly a sea turtle), we're sure everybody did the best they could under these bizarre, bizarre circumstances.
"Give Everything I Own To ... Whoever You Find In The Phone Book"
When you die, you probably imagine your vast fortune will be inherited by your children, your spouse, or other close relatives. One of your friendlier cats, maybe. But what if you don't have any of those? What if you're almost alone in the world?
Luis Carlos de Noronha Cabral de Camara had a name that could only belong to minor Portuguese royalty, and he had the minor fortune to go with it, all inherited from his grandmother. But he didn't have much else. No siblings he was close to. No spouses or children. No real friends. By all accounts, he sounded like a fairly unhappy man, and spent much of his life on a direct course to drinking himself to death.
But if he died without a will, all his money would go to the state, and if there was one thing Luis Carlos hated more than everyone else, it was the state. But how do you even make a will with no heirs? Well, when Luis went to the notary, his solution involved asking for a copy of the phone book and not blinking when he was repeatedly asked if he was serious. That's how 70 people around Lisbon got a call from his lawyer after he passed away, telling them they were entitled to a part of his estate.