I never knew either of my grandfathers. The other once died like 2 days before I was born, and the way my mother tells it, it put her into labor.
I doubt that, she was overly dramatic.
so, I don't really feel any kid of grandfatherly attachment.
When I first heard the dead mule story I was probably about 5, and I remember looking at whoever told me thinking "That's the damndest thing I ever heard. I can't believe they are actually telling me this with a straight face."
The few times I have shared that bit of info with someone, I have always cracked up.