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"Went to the cemetery and saw a family grilling on a tombstone" is not a Smiths song

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It’s a drizzly day and you’re hanging out the cemetery, reading Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man Is Hard To Find and minding your own business. Out of the corner of your eye you see a group of people cooking out like it’s a public holiday. Is this normal, cemetery-appropriate behavior?


In the English town of Otley, a passerby of the local parish church grounds witnessed a family who appeared to be grilling on a tombstone.

As if seeing this wasn’t strange enough, the following exchange—according to the Yorkshire Posttakes the creep factor up exponentially. Listen to this very British and very disturbing quote, from to the passerby who witnessed this:

“My wife remonstrated with the men. The ‘Chef’ patronisingly said ‘Thank you for you input, I’ve taken note.’ So I took a photograph! Over trots the guy in blue and demands I delete the photographs.”


There is only one explanation to this: This group of adults and children grilling on the tombstone are clearly ghosts, and even spirits who haunt the townspeople of Otley crave grilled sausages for eternity.

Kevin Pang was the founding editor of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace.

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And there are cultures who picnic at the graves of loved ones on those people’s birthdays and on some holidays. This isn’t really that odd. And good cemeteries are beautiful.