Think Now What Your Obituary Would Say

July 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Blog

heart on the beach

I have recently come across an interesting anecdote.  Alfred Nobel, the dynamite inventor who left his estate to the establishment of the Nobel Prizes, supposedly came to that decision after reading an erroneous obituary about his death.

In 1888 Alfred’s brother Ludvig died while visiting Cannes and a French newspaper published Alfred’s obituary instead of Ludvig’s. The publication condemned Alfred for his invention and stated Le marchand de la mort est mort (“The merchant of death is dead”) and then went on to say, “Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday.” Read more