Brian was such a dear friend to these people, on the Fourth of July they lit up over a quarter of a million firecrackers in remembrance.
When I die, I expect the same, only I demand 320,000 M-80’s. I’d start hording them now, as they’re illegal in most states.
I saw this trending on YouTube this morning, and was saddened that the video page told us very little about the man being memorialized in such grand fashion.
Have no fear, for I have done my google-work!
According to the HuffPo:
When searching for fun post-Fourth of July videos, we came across this clip of 128,000 firecrackers exploding at once on Pleated Jeans. Turns out, aside from just being a ridiculously fun video, there was a story behind it.
Here’s the description from TheBoneyKing78‘s original clip of the 128,000 explosion:
I uploaded this in July of 2011. My brothers and I were in Evanston, and my younger brother Brian dropped about 750 bucks to give us this show. Ever the go big or go home kid that he was, he loved to make an entrance. My brother Brian passed away at 32 years old yesterday from a motorcycle accident. Up until yesterday I had a total of 130 hits on this video and its way too much of a coincidence that it went viral the day that he passed. We always talked about throwing videos up on YouTube to try and fund our exploits and I am certain that he is telling me that everything is ok. As stupid as it may sound, you watching and sharing this dumb little video has given me hope in one of the darkest times of my life. Thank you!
Sure, we can be cynical and snarky here, and we love posting goofy things to make you laugh, but that message brought real tears to our eyes. However, it was nothing compared to the reaction we had when we saw the video above… the 2013 tribute of 320,000 firecrackers called “Brian’s Big Bang.”
There are a lot of ways to remember someone after they’re gone: this is one of the sweetest. Good on you, folks… may your annual tributes grow ever larger… and louder.
(P.S. According to the YouTube description, the voice laughing at the end of the video is Brian’s.)
While we’re on the celebration of a life well lived tip, I stumbled across this story on ESPN of a Cleveland Browns fan and his last dying request:
A lifelong Cleveland Browns fan has gone to his final rest, but not before making one last request from the team.
Scott E. Entsminger, 55, of Mansfield, Ohio, died on July 4. Entsminger, a Columbus native, was a musician and a Browns season-ticket holder who wrote a song for the team each year and sent it in, along with his advice on how to run the team.
According to his obituary in the Columbus Dispatch, Entsminger also “respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time.”
The family also has requested that “everyone” wear their Browns clothing to Entsminger’s funeral Tuesday.
No word from the team on that request for pallbearers.