Irish playwright Brendan Behan was known for his sardonic wit. It is unknown whether it was this quality or distraction by his circumstances that led him to utter his last words to the astonished nun who attended him: "Bless you, Sister. May all your sons be bishops."
Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) was one of the greatest astronomers to ever live. He was also probably at least a little bit off his gourd, if history is to judge. The Danish astronomer who brought a new level of exactitude to astronomical observations and applied that specificity to the theories and observations of Copernicus and Ptolemy,... Continue Reading →
How do you briefly describe a life when the life is that of Thomas Jefferson? In his 83 years Jefferson succeeded in leaving an indelible impression on the nation he helped create. To begin to list his accomplishments is to invite omission. Fortunately, Thomas Jefferson left explicit instructions regarding the monument to be erected over his... Continue Reading →
When Frank Inn found the fluffy black-and-tan mixed breed dog in a Burbank, California animal shelter, little did he know what a treasure he had uncovered. Inn named the dog Higgins and set to work training him. Higgins was a quick study, and he ultimately came to be known around the world as the original... Continue Reading →
Sir Max Beerbohm is best remembered as an English essayist and caricaturist. Perhaps more attention should be paid to his practice of planning ahead. As he was getting ready to draw his last breath, Beerbohm said, "You will find my last words in the blue folder." As it turned out, those were his last words.
When a concerned visitor expressed fear that actor John Barrymore's latest illness would result in his death, Barrymore indignantly replied, "Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him." Those were his final words. source
In the late 1880s, Lester Moore worked as a Wells Fargo Station Agent in the Mexico-United States border town of Naco, Arizona. One day a man named Hank Dunstan arrived at the Wells Fargo station to pick up a package he was expecting. When Moore handed him a badly-battered and mangled package, Dunstan became enraged... Continue Reading →
Harry Houdini, the famed magician and escape artist who died in 1926, left in his will 10 random words to his wife. He stated in his will that she should hold a séance every Halloween following his death and that he would communicate with her through those 10 words. After his passing, his wife held... Continue Reading →
Derek Jarman was an artist, writer, and filmmaker. His last words: “I want the world to be filled with white fluffy duckies.”
Convicted murderer James W. Rodgers was put in front of a firing squad in Utah in 1960. When asked if he had a last request, he replied, “Bring me a bullet-proof vest.”
Convicted murderer George Appel's final words before being executed in the electric chair in New York in 1928 were - "Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel."