Newsweek | An Arlington, Vermont–based company called Cremation Solutions offers, among a number of more traditional urns and keepsakes, the ability to stuff one’s ashes in a disembodied head made in your image. Think a cyberpunk Pharaoh Khafra.

The process is simple. Customers send in a photo of their face, and the company scans it, creates a 3-D model and then 3-D-prints an 11-inch polymer head (with an optional wig) and mounts it on a hollowed-out marble base, inside of which ashes can be stored. It costs a mere $2,600. Strangely, the site uses Barack Obama’s head as an example.

And what’s with the Obama head? It turns out it was a practical joke. “[The ThatsMyFace.com people] have a weird sense of humor. I wanted to get a nice sample, to display at funeral conventions and things. They were gonna do a George Clooney head for me,” Staab says. “When I opened the box, it’s Obama’s head.”

Staab says. “But it wasn’t even my idea. I’d rather have a George Clooney head.”

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