What does a larger-than-life T1-30 calculator symbolize in a graveyard?
CALCULATOR GRAVE MARKER: That really is a larger-than-life replica of a Texas Instruments T1-30 calculator at the top of this post. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you!
So, what exactly does this unique cemetery headstone represent? Is it symbolic of a human adding and subtracting all their good deeds from their bad? Or, perhaps, did an eccentric mathematician bury his or her favorite calculator there upon its demise?
I didn’t get close enough to photograph the calculator display because, sadly, I was actually attending a funeral when I spotted this one, but instead of numbers, the T1-30’s display simply reads, “HELLO.”
For some reason, each time I call Restland Cemetery over in Dallas, Texas to find out the story behind this unique calculator monument, they transfer my call. I then leave a voicemail, and no one ever calls back! So, as far as I can tell, this interesting monument was placed here as part of a memorial garden for employees of Texas Instruments. It doesn’t appear to be a headstone for one single person.
MORE QUIRKY HEADSTONES:
In any case, my favorite headstones are the quirky ones! Here are a few other ones I’ve run into along the way:
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