Love Bacon to Death? You Can Now Be Buried in a Bacon Coffin
Mmm, bacon! How much do you love it? The creators of Baconnaise, Bacon Lip Balm, Bacon Salt and other over-the-top bacon-flavored products have launched the ultimate in their bacon lovers' line: a bacon coffin.
There's no actual bacon, but J&D Foods of Seattle is billing its new creation as the ultimate object "for those who love bacon to death."
The coffins are decorated in wide, uneven stripes of red and pink. The item is described on the company's website as being "finished with a painted bacon and pork shading."
The coffin is accented with gold handles, and apparently comes with a memorial and record tube, adjustable bed and mattress with swing bar handles, and a bacon air freshener "for when you get that buried-underground, not-so-fresh feeling," the site said.
So is it all a big joke on us? After all, J&D bosses are well-known for pulling pranks on the media and the general public (with fake news of bacon baby formula and bacon-flavored oxygen inhalers), and they did announce this latest creation right before April 1.
They acknowledge that their tactics could give rise to skepticism.
"But the real joke is … that Bacon Coffins are STILL REAL," a post on their company's blog said. "We really are making and selling these - and that's our April Fool's joke, maybe the best April Fool's joke we've ever played."
J&D partnered with KIRO TV in Seattle to announce the bacon casket. In a tongue-in-cheek video on the station's website, J&D co-owner Dave Lefkow tried out the coffin, and said he believed there was a place for it.
"One of the hardest things people have to deal with is picking a casket," he said, adding: "There's a lot of people out there that don't want their funerals to be just this somber, terrible occasion. They want people to have fun. They want to make it more about a celebration of their life."
The bacon coffin sells for $2,999.99, and Lefkow said the company has already made its first sale, to a Des Moines-area man.
"He's asked to remain private," Lefkow told the Des Moines Register. "We didn't pry too much."