What's up with people spreading ashes all over weird places? Once upon a time, someone who was cremated had his ashes put into an urn and kept by his relatives as a fond remembrance of himself, sort of like a gravestone that was portable. Now anyone who's cremated get their ashes scattered. A guy was arrested for throwing his mother's ashes on a football field. Hunter S. Thompson had his ashes blasted out of a cannon. The guy who played Scottie will get his ashes scattered out of the space shuttle. I never understood the whole "where to put my ashes" stuff. You're dead. It's not like Scottie's ashes are going "Whee, I'm in outer space!" I know it's symbolic, but symbolism can be taken too far. I think it takes away from the dignity of death when you plan on giving your ashes a field trip. And how'd you like to be a football player, knowing you're running across a football field with some guy's dead mother sprinkled on it?