I think it makes perfect sense to have your head frozen when you die.
It's my belief that someday they're going to figure out how to import your brain's cognizance and memories into somebody else's head - and you will essentially be reanimated as yourself, only with a different body.
Don't laugh. I do this same kind of thing all the time at my job. Our customers save their computer's entire system onto tape from one machine, and we help them restore the system back to a brand new machine with all the previous applications and memories still in tact and functioning exactly the way they did on the old box. And since our brains are really nothing more than a biological computer, there's no reason they shouldn't be able to figure out how to do this same system restore on us as well.
And the best part?... It doesn't matter how long it takes. You know how when you're on a long car trip and you fall asleep, and when you wake up you've traveled 200 miles but it only felt like it took 2 minutes? This is exactly the same thing. The perceived elapsed time from the time you expire to the time you're restored will be instantaneous. One second you'll be saying goodbye to your loved ones (or stepping in front of a bus) and the next instant you'll be waking up in a new body. It may be 100 years from now, 1000 or 10,000, but it won't make any difference - it'll still feel instant.
They're already doing this kind of thing today. At the Cryonics Institue in Michigan near Detroit, you can have your entire body frozen indefinitely for a mere $28,000. Apparently it's a very popular thing to do. Just look at this chart of their current "customer" base.
But holy cow... these guys are all business. And a little creepy to boot. Poke around their web site and you'll find detailed records of how each of their clients perished, or "deanimated" in their words - as well as how they prepared their bodies for "cyronic suspended animation."
Here's a sample of their latest entry:
"The 90th patient of the Cryonics Institute is a middle-aged management consultant who deanimated in the United Kingdom."And:
"The patient's wife was holding his hand when it suddenly went limp — and was looking him in the eyes when 'the light suddenly went out'."And it just gets weirder from there:
But that's not the creepiest part. Here's their web page of what you need to do in the event of a loved one's untimely passing:
"With their beloved husband/father cooling in the cooling box, the wife and daughter lingered at the CI facility for about an hour-and-a-half..."As you can see, they spare no details.
Let me just repeat that: "PLACE ICE CUBES, OR CRUSHED ICE, OR WATER ICE, IN A PLASTIC BAG, AND COMPLETELY COVER THE FRONT, TOP, BACK AND SIDES OF THE PERSON’S HEAD."
Thanks. I'll make sure I remember that the next time I'm faced with this situation. But damn the luck of anyone who croaks at my house. Our refrigerator's ice maker is broken right now.
But I'm not as interested in saving my body for future restoration as I am just my head. Well, my brain actually, but as far as I know no one is freezing just brains so you have to have your whole head frozen. This is called "neurocryopreservation" and there are other companies that will gladly do that for you as well.
Oh, I know what you're saying... that Jeff is kookier than Walt Disney! But that's not true...
... Walt Disney didn't really have his head frozen.