Virginia Wants To Shoot Your Corpse Into Space

The great commonwealth of Virginia has a quiet little idea to boost the local economy — tax breaks for space funerals! A proposed law would put money in your pocket for sending a loved one into the void.

The action will centre around Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, with the hope that the facility will go from launching satellites to the ashes of loved ones next year. And the sooner the better! The savings are going to be huge. The LA Times reports the proposed bill “would provide a Virginia income tax deduction up to $US2,500 a year for such burials. The total deduction could not exceed $US8,000.” Ah, shit! Honey, we reached our maximum for space funeral tax deductions this year. I’ll call the accountant. [LA Times via Slashdot]