Monday, January 3, 2011

Famous Last Words Of The Day, Vol. 2

Link from Eli. All quotes from Wikipedia.

Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel.
- George Appel, executed by electric chair in 1928.

- Tallulah Bankhead

More weight.
- Giles Corey, while being crushed during the Salem witch trials because he would not answer the court.

Now why did I do that?
- General William Erskine, after he jumped from a window in Lisbon, Portugal in 1813.

If any of you have a message for the Devil, give it to me, for I am about to meet him!
- Lavinia Fisher, hanged for murder in 1820.

Lady, you shot me!
- Sam Cooke, after being shot in his hotel room.

I should have drunk more champagne.
- John-Maynard Keynes, British economist.

...and now for a final word from our sponsor.
- Charles Gussman, a television writer for the soap opera, Days of Our Lives.

You can kiss my ass.
- Convicted mass-murderer John Wayne Gacy, before being executed.

No! I didn't come here to make a speech. I came here to die.
- Crawford Goldsby, aka Cherokee Bill, when asked if he had anything to say before he was hanged.

I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.
- Humphrey Bogart

I did not get my Spaghetti-O's, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.
- Thomas J. Grasso, before being executed by lethal injection in Oklahoma.

You be good. See you tomorrow. I love you.
- Alex, African Grey Parrot used in comparative psychology research at Brandeis University, spoken to his handler as she put him in his cage for the night. He was found dead the next morning.

Yes, it's tough, but not as tough as doing comedy.
- Edmund Gwenn, actor (d. 1959), when asked if he thought dying was tough.

Leave the shower curtain on the inside of the tub.
- Conrad Hilton, hotel tycoon, when asked if he had any last words of wisdom.

- Bo Diddley, as he lay dying on his deathbed with his family surrounding him.

Enough already.
-William Herrick, writer

I am dying. Please…bring me a toothpick.
- Alfred Jarry, absurdist writer and playwright

(Famous Last Words Of The Day, Vol. 1 here)


  1. I don't think I'd have the presence of mind to say something clever as I am dying the way George Appel did. I think being clever would be the last thing on my mind at that point.

    I like Bo Diddley's "Wow!", but I'm curious to know if that was a good "Wow," or a bad "Wow." :-)

  2. Maybe it was "Wow! God's a BASS player!"

  3. I think I should sit down and write something down on an 8x10 note card should the occasion arise.

  4. Giles Corey was a badass

    If it had been me I doubt I'd have had the presence of mind to utter anything other than a weak "unnngh".



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