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Cemetery Symbols: Quirky Calculator Headstone

(photo by Tui Snider)
(photo by Tui Snider)

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:

Footwear-Themed Headstones
Jesus in Cowboy Boots
Douglas the Confederate Camel’s Grave
Space Alien Grave in Aurora, Texas

Calculator headstone in Dallas, Texas (photo by Tui Snider)
Calculator headstone in Dallas, Texas (photo by Tui Snider)

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Tui Snider is an author, speaker, and photographer who specializes in quirky, haunted, and downright bizarre destinations. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!” Snider's writing and photography have been featured in a variety of publications, including Coast to Coast AM, FOX Travel News, LifeHack, Langdon Review, the City of Plano, Wild Woman Waking, Shades of Angels and more. Snider’s award-winning books include Paranormal Texas, The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber, and Unexpected Texas. Snider has several more books in progress, including a Field Guide to Cemetery Symbols and a book about the Great Texas Airship Mystery of 1897. Tui has worn a lot of hats in her life – literally – and is especially fond of berets. She enjoys connecting with writers and readers all over the globe through social media, her newsletter and her website: TuiSnider.com.
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5 Comments

  1. Crap, I had something witty to say about this and I forgot it. (Yeah, I am commenting that instead of keeping quiet. LOL)

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Haha! Glad I’m not the only one that happens to. :D

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Heya Sumoflam! Thanks for dropping by. Yeah… I saw that link, too, but it didn’t satisfy me. I really hoped Restland Cemetery would answer my questions, but they repeatedly brushed me off. Oh, well! From what I could see when I visited the cemetery, the calculator is located right beside an area dedicated to people who worked at Texas Instruments. I don’t think there’s actually a calculator buried there. Thanks for all the info. I’ll have to check out Kilby’s grave when I get a chance! :)

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