The longest will belongs to Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. In the document in which the politician disposed of his property, arguments about the history of the country were often wedged in. As a result, Jefferson's heirs received the right to inherit only on the condition that all their slaves were freed. But in 1925, the fame of the longest will passed to the hitherto unknown American housewife Federica Cook. It turned out that she had been working on her farewell document for 20 years. As a result, the will turned out to be so long (95,940 words) that the few who were able to read it to the end claim that this reading is more like a novel. Indeed, over the years of her existence, a woman has managed to make many friends and enemies, devoting a couple of lines in her work to each of them. Of course, the will was not read aloud, as is usually the case.
The most offensive testament. It was a document drawn up in the Middle Ages by one farmer. A man bequeathed to his wife 100 livres, and in the event of her remarriage, the amount could double. The farmer explained this by the fact that the future husband of such a grumpy woman would probably need this money. The situation for the future chosen one was aggravated by the fact that divorce was prohibited in those days. Another offensive document of this kind belongs to the Australian Francis Lord. He left all his property to charities, friends, not forgetting his servants. But the wife was mentioned at the end of the list. Francis bequeathed her 1 shilling so that she could buy a tram ticket and go somewhere to drown herself.
The most historically useful testament was a document left by William Shakespeare. The writer turned out to be so meticulous and petty that he left orders for all his property, including furniture and shoes. As a result, the document turned out to be almost the only indisputable document that proves the existence of Shakespeare in general.
The shortest will was left by a London banker. It contained only three words: "I am completely ruined." But this record soon fell. The laconic German Karl Tausch went down in history with the testament "Everything to my wife".
But the most indecent testament belongs to the shoemaker, which is not surprising. One resident of Marseilles drew up a will of 123 words, while 94 of them turned out to be such that they simply cannot be pronounced in a decent society.
The most difficult testament to understand was a document drawn up by a laboratory assistant Niels Bohr, a famous physicist. The note contained so many special terms and complex phraseological phrases that in order to understand what the man actually meant, he had to resort to the help of linguistic experts.
The largest cash amount in his will was left by Henry Ford. The industrialist ordered the distribution of $ 500 million among 4,157 organizations - educational and charitable.
The most famous will was the one from Alfred Nobel. Shortly after his death, the document was disputed by his relatives. This is not surprising, because Nobel left them only half a million crowns, while the remaining 30 million went to create the famous Nobel Prize and the corresponding fund.
Michelle Rothschild is listed as the author of the most secret will. The billionaire wrote in it: "... I categorically and unequivocally prohibit any inventory of my inheritance, any judicial intervention and disclosure of my fortune ..." In the end, no one found out the true size of the financier's fortune.
Caring people leave their money to the representatives of the fauna. So, the author of the greatest fortune among animals was the film producer Roger Dorkas. The rich man left all his $ 65 million to his beloved dog Maximilian. Then the story took on a completely stupid connotation. The court decided that such a decision was absolutely legal on the basis that during his lifetime Dorcas managed to make human documents to the dog. And according to the will, the producer's wife received only 1 cent. The resourceful woman managed to marry the dog, since he had real human documents. As a result, after the death of the animal, she was able to enter into inheritance rights, since the dog, naturally, did not leave a will.
The most vengeful testament was left in 1960 by a certain Samuel Brother. He knew that his wife could not stand the smell of tobacco smoke. So the man ordered that in order to enter into the inheritance of 330 thousand pounds, his widow had to smoke 5 cigars daily.
The sexiest testament was left by the German businessman Rolf Eden. He declared that he would leave all his property to the woman in whose bed he would die. Now the 76-year-old businessman feels great and enjoys the fruits of such a sexual testament with might and main!
The funniest testament was left by the famous comedian Charlie Chaplin. The actor bequeathed $ 1 million to the one who can, let us release five cigarette smoke rings from our mouths, and pass the sixth through them. The task turned out to be so difficult that until now no one has been able to do it.
The testament was left by the famous illusionist Harry Houdini. He told everyone that all the secrets of his tricks will be kept in a safe, which should be opened on the day of his centenary. However, when the designated drawer was opened, it turned out that there was nothing inside it.
The most masculine will was left by lawyer Ti Zink. In 1930, in view of his bad attitude towards women, he bequeathed at his own expense to build a library in which all books would be written exclusively by men. Initially, the lawyer even planned to ban women from entering there, but changed his mind. Zink donated his capital of 35 thousand dollars to a special fund for 75 tapes, and the interest was to go to the construction of the Zink Womanless Library. But fortunately for humanity, the daughter of the deceased, who, according to her will received only $ 5, was able to challenge her father's will, and the strange library was never built.
The most cosmic testament was left by Eugene Rodenberry, creator of the fantastic odyssey "Star Trek". The man wished to go to the stars after his death. His wish was eventually fulfilled - after being cremated in 1997, the ashes were brought into orbit by a Spanish satellite and scattered in the upper atmosphere. Romantic, but 10 years later, Eugene was followed by his wife.
The most moving testament was written by Robert Louis Stevenson, the famous English writer. He bequeathed his own birthday to one of his friends. The fact is that the lady was born on December 25, at Christmas. It was not surprising that everyone constantly forgot about her holiday. The writer "let" his girlfriend take his birthday, November 13th. Such a step would change the situation. However, the court did not satisfy the will of the author of "Treasure Island" - after all, Stephenson was not the legitimate owner of this day, therefore, he could not bequeath it to anyone.
The will of hope was drawn up by an entrepreneur from Vermont, John Bowman. He buried his beloved wife and two daughters. Unable to bear the loss, John passed away two years later. In his will, being confident that he would meet relatives in the next world and would then be able to return with them back, Bowman ordered to keep the house in perfect order pending the return of the owners. Late supper was served every evening. From 1891 to 1950, the mansion awaited the return of its owners. But the story ended with the end of the funds allocated for the maintenance of the house and servants.
Most influential testament. Among all the eccentric wills, the document prepared by the Canadian lawyer Charles Millar had the greatest impact on the life of the whole country. He passed away in 1926, and his last will immediately became sensationally known. In his will, Charles gifted his two friends, a priest and a judge, with a stake in one of the racetracks. The irony was that both of them were known as champions of any kind of gambling. As a result of such a gift, friends began not only to profit from the hippodrome and bets on it, but also automatically entered the jockey club, which they had been fighting with for a long time. It should be noted that both the judge and the preacher did not refuse such a gift. Millar bequeathed shares of the brewing company to five other friends, fighters against alcohol. Only one of them refused the inheritance. Three other acquaintances who could not stand each other and be together, the lawyer bequeathed a luxurious villa in Jamaica. But the most interesting was the fact that Millar bequeathed a large sum of money to that resident of Toronto who, within 10 years after his death, will give birth to the largest number of children. Although they often tried to challenge this clause of the will, nothing happened - it was not for nothing that Millar was a good lawyer. What happened then in Canada was called the "Great Toronto Derby". Over the next 10 years, the surge in fertility both in Toronto and across Canada as a whole was phenomenal. On May 30, 1938, exactly 10 years after Millar's death, the city court began considering inheritance claims. One woman managed to give birth to ten during this time, but was disqualified. It turned out that not all of her children are from one man, as required by Millar's conditions. Another woman said she gave birth nine times, but it turned out that five children were stillborn. However, both women received a consolation prize of $ 13,000. The main prize of half a million was divided equally between four families, in which 9 children were born during this period. Newspapers later reported that no more children were born in the families of the winners.
The divine testament was drawn up by a lady from Cherokee County, North Carolina. The woman left all her property to God. The court found no compelling reason to revoke the will and instructed the local sheriff to find an heir to take over. A few days later the town became famous - the sheriff wrote a report in which he said that God was not found on the territory entrusted to him. As a result, the inheritance passed into the possession of the district administration.
The satanic will was left by one of the inhabitants of Finland. He indicated the devil as his only heir. The authorities of the country, without thinking twice, sued all the funds in their favor, becoming a kind of representative of Satan on earth.
The most theatrical testament was left by the actor Juan Potomacs from Buenos Aires. He decided to remain in the theater after his death. The administration of the cultural institution was asked to receive several tens of thousands of dollars by will, but on condition that the skull of the deceased would be used in further productions of Hamlet. The administration fulfilled the request of the deceased with pleasure, having earned a lot of money.
The most cruel testament may be the one left behind by one of the residents of Springfield, Oregon. The man asked after his death to make a binding out of his skin for a collection of his own poems. The heirs wanted to fulfill the will of the deceased, but the authorities did not allow it - this treatment was contrary to the norms of the law on the treatment of corpses.
The most selfish testament belongs to the wealthy California widow Mary Murphy. She loved herself so much that after her death she decided to put her dog to sleep as well, supposedly so that it would not suffer from mental anguish. However, members of the Society for the Protection of Animals stood up for the dog, members of the organization were able to prove that killing a healthy dog is against state law.