Going Out In Style: Famous Last Words Of 19 Greats

Many of us worry about how we will be remembered after we are gone. We would like to go out in style, maybe impart a nugget of wisdom as our final act. However, most don’t have the luxury of knowing when the end is at hand, let alone ensuring there’s someone around to actually hear whatever we might like to say. Those who do are a lucky few. Of course, it’s impossible to know with certainty how accurate these send-offs are, but they do make for memorably famous last words:

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Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill's Last Words

Winston Churchill was known for his dry wit, so you’d expect him to go out with a short and bitter line. He didn’t disappoint. Churchill left this world after declaring, “I’m bored with it all”. Source: The Mirror

Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford

Known for her brusqueness, Crawford apparently told her housekeeper, "Don't you dare ask God to help me" before dying. Source: Brother Soft

Buddy Rich

Buddy Rich

Shedding your mortal coil with humor is always a nice route to take. Drummer Buddy Rich died after surgery in 1987, but before that, his nurse asked Rich if there was anything he was allergic to. He replied, “Yeah, country music”. Source: All About Jazz

Pancho Villa

Famous Last Words Pancho

As mentioned above, we don’t all have time to prepare a memorable epitaph for ourselves. This is perfectly illustrated by Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. After being gunned down, his last words were “Don’t let it end like this. Tell them I said something.” Source: Wikipedia

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Famous Last Words Arthur Doyle

Sometimes less is more. Sherlock Holmes’ creator died at age 71. His last words were a simple confession of love to his wife: “You are wonderful”. Source: Google

George Harrison

George Harrison's Last Words

The zen Beatle George Harrison: "Love one another.”

James French

James French Execution

One group of people’s last words are always recorded – executed criminals. Few of them have last words worth sharing, with the possible exception of murderer James French. As his final act, he came up with a great headline for the journalists in the audience: “French fries!” Source: Huffington Post

W.C. Fields

Famous Last Words W.C. Fields

Comedian W.C. Fields found a way to be sweet and acerbically funny at the same time. His last words were to his lover, Carlotta Monti. He said “God damn the whole friggin’ world and everyone in it but you, Carlotta.” Source: Pix Good

Chico Marx

Chico

Some people are particular, even in death. Chico Marx’s last words were instructions to his wife: “Remember, Honey, don’t forget what I told you. Put in my coffin a deck of cards, a mashie niblick, and a pretty blonde.” Source: Brothersoft

Groucho Marx

Famous Last Words Groucho Marx

While we’re talking about the Marx brothers, the one-liner machine Groucho left us with a witty gem, being “This is no way to live!” Source: Gallery Hip

Bing Crosby

Famous Last Words Of Bing Crosby

There’s nothing like looking back on a life well lived on your deathbed. Or, as Bing Crosby would put it, "That was a great game of golf fellas!" Source: Post Haste Digital

Voltaire

Voltaire's Last Words

Even on the cusp of death, Voltaire couldn't be wooed by religion. When asked to renounce the devil by a priest, Voltaire said "This is no time to be making new enemies”.

Leonardo da Vinci

Last Words Of Da Vinci

The trouble with being a perfectionist is that you are never satisfied with your work, not even on your deathbed. Da Vinci’s final words were a modest proclamation - “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.” Source: Thinkjar Collective

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Jean-Philippe Rameau Deathbed Quote

Once a composer, always a composer. Jean-Philippe Rameau’s last words were a complaint regarding the singing prowess of his priest - “What the devil do you mean to sing to me, priest? You are out of tune.” Source: OAE

Laurence Olivier

Laurence Olivier

The famed Shakespearean actor was in a hospital bed when a nurse spilled some water on him by mistake. Fitting to his career, his last words were “This isn’t Hamlet, you know. It’s not meant to go in my bloody ear.” Source: Fanpop

Nostradamus

Nostradamus

Nostradamus said to his secretary “Tomorrow, I shall no longer be here”. That’s one prediction he got right. Source: Biografie Online

Mozart

Final Words Of Mozart

As an artist, it’s only fitting that Mozart final words were quite poetic - “The taste of death is upon my lips. I feel something that is not of this earth.” Source: Open Culture

Marie Antoinette

Last Words Of Marie Antoinette

While she was being taken to the guillotine to be executed, Marie Antoinette stepped on the foot of her executioner. Her last words were “Pardonnez-moi, monsieur” (Excuse, me, sir). Source: Vintspiration

Arnold Rothstein

Famous Last Words Arnold

One of the golden rules of gangsters is not to snitch, and that’s a rule that Jewish kingpin Arnold “The Brain” Rothstein took to heart. After he was gunned down and on his deathbed, Rothstein was asked by the cops to identify his killers. He refused, simply stating – “Me mudder (my mother) did it!” Source: Vox

Jack Daniel

Jack Daniels Last Words

More fitting words were never spoken. Whisky distiller Jack Daniel’s last words were “one last drink, please”. Source: iBuzz

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The Accomplishments Of Kim Jong Il As Understood By North Koreans

North Korea has made the news again. It would appear that the World’s Craziest Dictatorship™ is at it again, but the sad truth is that the magic is gone. Things just haven’t been the same since the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il ascended to the Heavenly Throne and stopped personally guiding the nation through the depths of human madness.

If you want to understand where the antics of the Korean Workers’ Party come from, you have to understand the personality cult of Kim Jong Il. Lil’ Kim, as he wasn’t known but totally should have been, didn’t take the usual dictator’s path to power and seize it in a palace coup. Instead, he inherited North Korea from his father, Kim Il Sung, who actually did take a standard dictator’s path to power by fighting the Japanese, making nice with Stalin and Mao, and blaming the United States for everything. The country he built was a typical People’s Republic, with more concentration camp inmates than automobiles, but under the relatively sane guidance of Kim Il Sung it managed to chug along like a Pacific Rim Albania until the Great Leader’s death in 1994.

Kim Jong Il Biography Kids

Never mind the Grandma Moses painting in the background, we’re building socialism!
Source: The Atlantic

That’s when the country got surreal. As a potential leader, Kim Jong Il had no identity of his own. He hadn’t fought the Japanese, and he was a child during the Korean war. The only experience he had on ascending to the throne was sitting next to his father at party meetings. As 50.1 percent of American voters can tell you, that’s a recipe for disaster. Before his father was safely embalmed, Kim (the Lesser) had to develop his own identity or risk losing everything to genuinely talented rivals. And that’s where his cult of personality got started.

We’ve all fudged a bit on resumes, pausing briefly to wonder whether we could make “stockroom temp” fly as “logistics manager”. But just imagine if you had to take charge of a basket-case dictatorship just starting a four-year famine, your only accomplishment is “coined slogans and sat next to my dad,” and your only contact with reality comes from Hondo. What kind of lies would you tell about yourself then?

You would tell these kind of lies, it turns out. That link is to Kim Jong Il’s official biography, though we can’t recommend clicking it. A typical sample of the prose:

Kim Jong Il Biography Cap

They would use AP Style commas. Those commie bastards!

So, what are ordinary North Koreans being taught about Best Kim? And, more importantly, how are we supposed to laugh at this? Here are some of the highlights of the biography of Kim Jong (License to) Il, prefaced with somewhat more believable biographical notes on our own Great General: Chuck Norris.

13 Interesting Animals You Didn’t Know Existed

Through the natural process of evolution, earthly processes have created some of the most bizarre-looking creatures to wander this planet. Often relegated to remote, semi-unpopulated areas, they are difficult to study, and are often in danger of extinction, we take a look at some of the world’s interesting animals:

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Interesting Animals

The national animal of Pakistan, the Markhor is a sizable species of wild goat. The majestic beast’s most distinguishing feature is its massive spiral horns that can grow to be up to five feet long. They are on the endangered list, with less than 2,500 mature animals in existence. Source: My Modern Met

Maned Wolf

The maned wolf looks less like a wolf and more like a fox – even though they belong to a different genus. They can be found in South America and frequent places with tall grasslands, hence their really long legs. They are also known as the “skunk wolf” as they have a very…distinctive…odor. Source: My Modern Met

Fossa

Fossas live in Madagascar, and their looks fall between a cat and a ferret, with a little bit of cougar thrown into the mix. Being a carnivore, they are very sleek and muscular, are able to chase down prey with the greatest of ease. Source: My Modern Met

Zebra Duiker

Zebra Duikers look like tiny, chubby antelope, with stripes down their back and other zebra-like markings. Females are bigger than the males, contrary to the typical template of nature. They live in rainforests and eat mostly foliage, but they have a reinforced nasal bone that helps them crack open hard-skinned fruits. Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Dhole

A canine species that lives in Southeast Asia, the dhole is another animal that bears resemblance to the fox and the wolf. They’re very social animals and tend to tackle way bigger prey, such as boar, buffalos, or even tigers. They’re endangered for a number of reasons, including a decreasing amount of prey, habitat loss, competition and disease from other feral dogs. Source: My Modern Met

Irrawaddy Dolphin

Here’s the first oceanic creature, the Irrawaddy Dolphin of Southeast Asia. With those little faces it’s hard to believe, but they are closely related to the killer whale- even though they more closely resemble the Beluga whale. The term Irrawaddy comes from Latin, meaning “short beak.” Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Patagonian Mara

The Patagonian Mara is a furry rodent who greatly resembles a rabbit with long, spindly legs. They live in Argentina and large parts of Patagonia, mostly under the cover of shrubbery. Like common rabbits, they are also herbivores. Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Pink Fairy Armadillo

A pink fairy armadillo sounds like a creature from a fantasy land, but they are very real. Unfortunately, they are on the endangered species list, so being a figment of fantasy might very well be true someday. Native to Argentina, they occupy grasslands and their pink exterior may serve as camouflage against the sandy dunes they call home. Source: My Modern Met

Red Muntjac

Also known as the “barking deer,” the red muntjac lives in India and greatly resembles a deer, with their antlers being their most peculiar feature. They are unbranched and can grow up to six inches long. They eat grass, but also dine on berries and bird eggs when they can find them. Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Sunda Colugo

Also known as the sunda flying lemur, the sunda colugo can be found throughout Southeast Asia, and is actually pretty poorly named because it’s not a lemur and it can’t fly. Instead, it uses a very thin membrane to glide through the air. They are most active at night and eat flowers, young leaves and shoots. Source: My Modern Met

Barbirusa

Barbirusas belong in the pig family, and they’re also called by the oxymoronic term ‘pig-deer’. They are native to Indonesia and the males have very large tusks, like other species of pigs. They do not grind down the tusks through normal activities, so they can eventually penetrate the animal's own skull if they reach a certain length. Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Tufted Deer

The protruded fangs on the male of this species give the illusion that they’re carnivores, but they eat grass like most deer. A close relative to the muntjac and usually found in China, they are being overhunted and slowly losing their habitat, but luckily they haven’t made it onto the endangered species list yet. Source: My Modern Met

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