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(Mental Floss)   "WHERE THE HELL ARE THE PARACHUTES?" And other awesome famous last words   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 94
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2013-02-06 05:01:02 PM
That was cool subby, thanks.
 
2013-02-06 06:08:59 PM
"Hold mah beer, I wanna try something."
 
2013-02-06 06:11:41 PM
In the immortal words of Socrates, "...I drank what?"
 
2013-02-06 06:11:55 PM
Hey y'all, watch this!

What's this button do?

/got nothin
 
2013-02-06 06:12:15 PM
"You'll get over it"
 
2013-02-06 06:12:31 PM
"They're just blanks."
 
2013-02-06 06:13:52 PM
"Either those curtains go, or I do..."
 
2013-02-06 06:20:16 PM
Man, those Samoans sure are surly.
 
2013-02-06 06:21:34 PM
"Hold this while I light it..."

"Hurry before the mama bear gets back..."

"Yes honey, your ass does look fat in those jeans..."
 
2013-02-06 06:24:42 PM
"Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs."
 
2013-02-06 06:25:16 PM
 Go ahead..shoot me mutherfu.......
 
2013-02-06 06:28:17 PM
John Sedgewick "What are you doing? They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance"

He was then shot just below the eye.
 
2013-02-06 06:42:23 PM
And only $550 for the hardcover book.

/I'd buy it but it would kill me.
 
2013-02-06 06:42:24 PM
I thought Sid died of an accidental overdose, not suicide.

im to lazy to look it up myself but not lazy enough to type this sentence.
 
2013-02-06 06:42:34 PM
I'm not trying to do schtick here I read that Marvin Gaye's were
"N@#$a this better be an April Fool's joke..."
I can't remember the source

Oscar Wilde:
"Either that wallpaper goes, or I do..."
 
2013-02-06 06:45:45 PM
   is this diet Coke?
 
2013-02-06 06:47:17 PM
Say, what's a mountain goat doing up here in a cloud bank?
 
2013-02-06 06:57:34 PM
"Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line"! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha...
 
2013-02-06 06:58:33 PM

KillAllHumans: I thought Sid died of an accidental overdose, not suicide.

im to lazy to look it up myself but not lazy enough to type this sentence.


I believe the general consensus was that it was probably an intentional overdose. Especially with the note in his pocket.

Interesting list, but no entry was as great as the Glen Miller one.
 
2013-02-06 07:01:28 PM
"Tell your sister you were right"
 
2013-02-06 07:02:34 PM
"Alright, Reno, Benteen, stay put, I got this covered! There's only a few disorganized, panicky savages out here! They'll run before the greatness that is GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER!"
 
2013-02-06 07:11:59 PM

buntz: "Tell your sister you were right"


I swear for the longest time I thought he said "You've arrived".
 
2013-02-06 07:12:38 PM
"Oh my."
 
2013-02-06 07:13:13 PM
"BIG-BOO-TAY! TAY! TAY!"
 
2013-02-06 07:14:00 PM
whothefuckisbrad.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-02-06 07:14:49 PM
"Not like this... not like this..."
 
2013-02-06 07:15:42 PM
"Here, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty..."
 
2013-02-06 07:17:46 PM
"Dogs aren't dangerous!"
 
2013-02-06 07:18:25 PM
. Bob Hope (1903-2003)The words: "Surprise me."<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/wp-content/uploa ds/2012/10/Bob_Hope_1 978.jpg">The story: "Bob" Hope's full name was Leslie Townes Hope. As an actor and radio personality, he became best known in his later years for entertaining American troops stationed overseas. He died at Toluca Lake, California at the ripe old age of 100. His wife Dolores asked Bob where he wanted to be buried, prompting his last words.

I call bullshiat.  This guy was 100 years old and he and his wife never discussed where he wanted to be buried until he was issuing his dying words?  How many people that old, with money, do you think leave that kind of thing undecided?
 
2013-02-06 07:22:11 PM
   That's your Mom!!??!   Really!?!     Think she might wanna party with us??
 
2013-02-06 07:22:16 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: . Bob Hope (1903-2003)The words: "Surprise me."<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/wp-content/uploa ds/2012/10/Bob_Hope_1 978.jpg">The story: "Bob" Hope's full name was Leslie Townes Hope. As an actor and radio personality, he became best known in his later years for entertaining American troops stationed overseas. He died at Toluca Lake, California at the ripe old age of 100. His wife Dolores asked Bob where he wanted to be buried, prompting his last words.

I call bullshiat.  This guy was 100 years old and he and his wife never discussed where he wanted to be buried until he was issuing his dying words?  How many people that old, with money, do you think leave that kind of thing undecided?


Not that I think you're wrong, but it is plausible. I have personal experience with people facing death that do not want to talk about it. Denial is a survival mechanism. Plus, having money actually reduces the need to plan in advance.
 
2013-02-06 07:23:12 PM

LindenFark: AdolfOliverPanties: . Bob Hope (1903-2003)The words: "Surprise me."<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/wp-content/uploa ds/2012/10/Bob_Hope_1 978.jpg">The story: "Bob" Hope's full name was Leslie Townes Hope. As an actor and radio personality, he became best known in his later years for entertaining American troops stationed overseas. He died at Toluca Lake, California at the ripe old age of 100. His wife Dolores asked Bob where he wanted to be buried, prompting his last words.

I call bullshiat.  This guy was 100 years old and he and his wife never discussed where he wanted to be buried until he was issuing his dying words?  How many people that old, with money, do you think leave that kind of thing undecided?

Not that I think you're wrong, but it is plausible. I have personal experience with people facing death that do not want to talk about it. Denial is a survival mechanism.  Plus, having money actually reduces the need to plan in advance.


Uh, isn't it actually the other way around?
 
2013-02-06 07:37:31 PM
Quoth the Poe, "Who did I vote for, again?"
 
2013-02-06 07:42:22 PM

LindenFark: AdolfOliverPanties: . Bob Hope (1903-2003)The words: "Surprise me."<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/wp-content/uploa ds/2012/10/Bob_Hope_1 978.jpg">The story: "Bob" Hope's full name was Leslie Townes Hope. As an actor and radio personality, he became best known in his later years for entertaining American troops stationed overseas. He died at Toluca Lake, California at the ripe old age of 100. His wife Dolores asked Bob where he wanted to be buried, prompting his last words.

I call bullshiat.  This guy was 100 years old and he and his wife never discussed where he wanted to be buried until he was issuing his dying words?  How many people that old, with money, do you think leave that kind of thing undecided?

Not that I think you're wrong, but it is plausible. I have personal experience with people facing death that do not want to talk about it. Denial is a survival mechanism. Plus, having money actually reduces the need to plan in advance.


Well, as Zach Hope tells the story, he and Delores had discussed several possibilities (it was rumored that he had been offered a spot at Arlington National Cemetery). In the end he was interred at the Bob Hope Memorial Garden (which he established as a place for show business people to be buried) at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery, which was where they had already decided he would be buried, but they had not picked out the plot.
 
2013-02-06 07:49:39 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: Not that I think you're wrong, but it is plausible. I have personal experience with people facing death that do not want to talk about it. Denial is a survival mechanism. Plus, having money actually reduces the need to plan in advance.

Uh, isn't it actually the other way around?


Not as far as burials and funerals go.  As far as estate planning, yes, doing it well ahead of time makes sense, but not everyone does.  Pablo Picasso died without a will, with multiple wives, mistresses and a raft of children.  It took twenty years to settle his estate, and the family finally ended up donating a huge collection of his artwork (covering every period) to the French government to cover estate taxes.

/it's now a really nice museum in Paris.
 
2013-02-06 07:51:14 PM
"Maybe they don't show up on infrared at all!"
 
2013-02-06 07:57:42 PM

Mikey1969: KillAllHumans: I thought Sid died of an accidental overdose, not suicide.

im to lazy to look it up myself but not lazy enough to type this sentence.

I believe the general consensus was that it was probably an intentional overdose. Especially with the note in his pocket.


Thereis some speculation his mother delivered the shot that killed him. She too was an addict. He had been taking Heroin all day, and could not steady his hands to hit a vein. According to the woman whose apartment where he OD'd, His mother went in the room and shut the door, an perhaps mainlined him.

There is a Brit series called 'Last 24 Hours" Sid's episode you can find on YT
 
2013-02-06 08:04:32 PM
"Nobody will think anything about it."
-Abraham Lincoln, responding to a comment by his wife Mary, who asked what people would think about them holding hands.

George Seaton, during what turned out to be his final visit with his friend, actor Edmund Gwenn (Kris Kringle from the original Miracle on 34th Street) at the Motion Picture Country House:
Seaton: "All of this must be terribly difficult for you, Teddy."
Gwenn's reply: "Not nearly as difficult as playing comedy."

Sir Thomas More, being placed on the block, reportedly moved his beard out of the way, saying "This has not offended the King."

Author H.H. Munro, during WWI: "Put that bloody cigarette out!"

Queen Marie Antoinette after she accidentally stepped on the foot of her executioner as she went to the guillotine: "Pardon me, sir. I did not do it on purpose."

And...

Humphrey Bogart: "I should never have switched from scotch to martinis."
 
2013-02-06 08:15:35 PM
"OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW." - Steve Jobs.

Link
 
2013-02-06 08:21:31 PM
Jefferson LIVES!!!
 
2013-02-06 08:28:28 PM
"These curtains go, or I do."
 
2013-02-06 08:32:11 PM
'Pull my finger'
 
2013-02-06 08:34:48 PM
I would imagine the most frequently spoken of last words are either OH SHIAT or OH FARK.
 
2013-02-06 08:36:26 PM

LonMead: Well, as Zach Hope tells the story, he and Delores had discussed several possibilities (it was rumored that he had been offered a spot at Arlington National Cemetery). In the end he was interred at the Bob Hope Memorial Garden (which he established as a place for show business people to be buried) at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery, which was where they had already decided he would be buried, but they had not picked out the plot.


The funny thing is that Bob really should have laid better plans.  Back in the 1960s, he built this huge (like 18,000 sq ft) house in Palm Springs, with the intention that it would become a museum after he and Dolores died.  The kids now have it on the market for over $50 mil, so there's not going to be any museum.

/Supposedly, it was so big that the Hopes continued to live in their old house and used the big house only for parties.
 
2013-02-06 08:38:33 PM
My grandmother said, laying in her hospital bed, "My coont hurts."  then died.
I swear its true.
 
2013-02-06 08:43:35 PM
"HHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGHHH ...AAAAAAHHH!" - Elvis Presley
 
2013-02-06 08:43:49 PM
No "Kurt Russell," by Walt Disney?

/John Wayne quote is my favorite.
 
2013-02-06 08:47:16 PM
Red. No, blue. Aaaaaaaaahhhhh!
 
2013-02-06 08:59:49 PM
"Ohhh, a sammich!" - Mama Cass

/Yes, I know
 
2013-02-06 09:01:29 PM
Clever girl
 
2013-02-06 09:02:31 PM

BATMANATEE: "Ohhh, a sammich!" - Mama Cass

/Yes, I know


     I dont want a sammich--Karen Carpenter
 
2013-02-06 09:08:08 PM

BATMANATEE: "HHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGHHH ...AAAAAAHHH!" - Elvis Presley


So bad.
 
2013-02-06 09:11:27 PM
The dogs are in the enclosed pool area. Garage side door is open.
 
2013-02-06 09:20:47 PM

Rumpertumpskin: I'm not trying to do schtick here I read that Marvin Gaye's were
"N@#$a this better be an April Fool's joke..."
I can't remember the source



What was the last thing Marvin Gaye's father said to him?

"This is the last 45 you'll ever hear."

/I need to tell that joke as often as I can
//People don't know what 45s are anymore
///Damn kids with their makeout parties and Moby Grape albums
 
2013-02-06 09:21:04 PM

MisterBill: Man, those Samoans sure are surly.


man, those Samoans are a surly bunch
 
2013-02-06 09:22:54 PM
"Minimum en route altitude here is forty-four hun . . .". --Last words of Texas Air International ft. 655 copilot.
 
2013-02-06 09:23:59 PM

TomD9938: BATMANATEE: "HHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGHHH ...AAAAAAHHH!" - Elvis Presley

So bad.


Historical accuracy is important.

/Not really, it's just a poop joke
 
2013-02-06 09:25:46 PM
www.startrek.com

Oh my
 
2013-02-06 09:27:36 PM

buntz: [www.startrek.com image 459x259]

Oh my


you're gonna be okay..I'm a Scientologist.
 
2013-02-06 09:34:51 PM

acronym: MisterBill: Man, those Samoans sure are surly.

man, those Samoans are a surly bunch


No, that was from Milo's faked diary. Mine was from the real one.
 
2013-02-06 09:41:13 PM
"Don't let it end like this.  Tell them I said something."

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-02-06 09:48:13 PM
"Shut up, gringo." *turns off GPWS*
 
2013-02-06 09:50:25 PM
All those moments will be lost in time, like ... tears in rain. Time to die.
 
2013-02-06 10:00:03 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: . Bob Hope (1903-2003)The words: "Surprise me."<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/wp-content/uploa ds/2012/10/Bob_Hope_1 978.jpg">The story: "Bob" Hope's full name was Leslie Townes Hope. As an actor and radio personality, he became best known in his later years for entertaining American troops stationed overseas. He died at Toluca Lake, California at the ripe old age of 100. His wife Dolores asked Bob where he wanted to be buried, prompting his last words.

I call bullshiat.  This guy was 100 years old and he and his wife never discussed where he wanted to be buried until he was issuing his dying words?  How many people that old, with money, do you think leave that kind of thing undecided?


Maybe they did discuss that in the past, but they forgot.
 
2013-02-06 10:05:46 PM
"Roger, go at throttle-up."

Also,
Eddie Deezen's fantastic article, The Final Years of Curly (of Three Stooges Fame) tells the story of Curly's life

1.bp.blogspot.com


I assume it's the same guy - how many Eddie Deezens can there be?
 
2013-02-06 10:20:35 PM
I'm shot - John Lennon

/so I heard
 
2013-02-06 10:32:19 PM
What the hell was that? (Mayor of Hiroshima)
 
2013-02-06 10:49:07 PM
"Remember what I said about people seein' a bright light before they die? It ain't true. I can't see a damn thing. "
 
2013-02-06 11:02:00 PM
They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist---

John Sedgwick
 
2013-02-06 11:20:07 PM

Paris1127: They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist---

John Sedgwick


Note the tree line in the distance - it's roughly the same as in 1864:

www.civilwarbattlefields.us
www.civilwarbattlefields.us
 
2013-02-06 11:46:37 PM
Hey, fellas! How about this for a headline for tomorrow's paper? 'French Fries'!

Said by: James French, a convicted murderer, was sentenced to the electric chair. He shouted these words to members of the press who were to witness his execution.
 
2013-02-06 11:55:00 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: LindenFark: AdolfOliverPanties: . Bob Hope (1903-2003)The words: "Surprise me."<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/wp-content/uploa ds/2012/10/Bob_Hope_1 978.jpg">The story: "Bob" Hope's full name was Leslie Townes Hope. As an actor and radio personality, he became best known in his later years for entertaining American troops stationed overseas. He died at Toluca Lake, California at the ripe old age of 100. His wife Dolores asked Bob where he wanted to be buried, prompting his last words.

I call bullshiat.  This guy was 100 years old and he and his wife never discussed where he wanted to be buried until he was issuing his dying words?  How many people that old, with money, do you think leave that kind of thing undecided?

Not that I think you're wrong, but it is plausible. I have personal experience with people facing death that do not want to talk about it. Denial is a survival mechanism.  Plus, having money actually reduces the need to plan in advance.

Uh, isn't it actually the other way around?


By plan, I mean "plan funeral arrangements and how to pay for them" not "estate planning".
 
2013-02-06 11:59:10 PM

Fano: "These curtains go, or I do."


Uzzah: "Either those curtains go, or I do..."


Rumpertumpskin: Oscar Wilde:
"Either that wallpaper goes, or I do..."


And here I was all set to compliment the article writers for not including something that wasn't actually Wilde's last words.
 
2013-02-07 12:12:47 AM

MisterBill: Man, those Samoans sure are surly.


"Man, those Samoans sure are a surly bunch" is what you were looking for.
 
2013-02-07 12:17:40 AM
"More weight."
 
2013-02-07 12:25:25 AM
Mother of mercy! Is this the end of Rico?
 
2013-02-07 12:29:44 AM

KellyKellyKelly: The dogs are in the enclosed pool area. Garage side door is open.


Ouch.

/for those unaware, this was what Chris Benoit left in text to some people after he murdered his wife and child but before he took his own life.
 
2013-02-07 01:15:07 AM

puckrock2000: "Roger, go at throttle-up."

Also,
Eddie Deezen's fantastic article, The Final Years of Curly (of Three Stooges Fame) tells the story of Curly's life




I assume it's the same guy - how many Eddie Deezens can there be?


From Deezen's article:

LAST DAYS

Curly was soon moved to his last residence, the Baldy View Sanitarium in San Gabriel, California. It was there, on January 18, 1952, that the great Jerome "Curly" Howard passed away. He was just 48 years old. Jules White, a great director of Curly in many Three Stooges shorts, recalls one of his final visits to Curly during Curly's waning days. White never forgot Curly's words to him that day: "Gee Jules, I guess I'll never be able to make the children laugh again."


I gotta admit, when I first started reading the article, I could only hear Eddie Deezen's voice, but towards the end the room got really dusty.
 
2013-02-07 02:55:32 AM
Wow, both the John Wayne quote and epitaph are pretty awesome.
 
2013-02-07 03:16:06 AM

Shrapnel: In the immortal words of Socrates, "...I drank what?"


I have no idea why but I can't stop laughing at this
 
2013-02-07 06:20:02 AM
Fall 1985, my elderly next door neighbor, at his house watching football, "goddam this chili is killing me!" while clutching his chest. Massive heartattack. Did CPR till EMS arrived, but he never came back.

/RIP Mr. Curtis
 
2013-02-07 08:02:29 AM
"Such is life..." -Australian bushranger Ned Kelly

"Yes, hurry it up, you Hoosier bastard! I could hang a dozen men while you're screwing around!" -Serial killer Carl Panzram
 
2013-02-07 08:45:25 AM
"Corn Nuts"...
 
2013-02-07 09:39:04 AM

Grote-Man: John Sedgewick "What are you doing? They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance"

He was then shot just below the eye.


thank you for that!
I love this kind of storie

fun fact:
the belief that officers where imune to bullets and that only soldiers had to cover was so strong that France lost about half of its officers after the 6 first month of WWI
 
2013-02-07 10:43:15 AM
Tony Soprano: "Pass the onion ri
 
2013-02-07 10:49:13 AM
Shoot straight you bastards!  Don't make a mess of it!
 
2013-02-07 11:24:30 AM
That was the best egg cream soda I have ever had.
 
2013-02-07 03:17:04 PM
"The horror...the horror"
 
2013-02-07 04:25:37 PM
"No! No!"--Benito Mussolini
 
2013-02-07 04:45:06 PM

fusillade762: "Not like this... not like this..."


Poor Switch.
 
2013-02-08 01:10:39 AM
In keeping with Channel 40′s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first: an attempted suicide.

- or -

Stay away, this thing will hurt someone
 
2013-02-08 06:13:27 AM
"Let us ride across the river, and rest under the shade of the trees."

Stonewall Jackson
 
2013-02-08 07:35:14 AM
"Don't worry. It's not loaded..."
 
2013-02-09 11:08:00 AM

Hugo Zorilla: In keeping with Channel 40′s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first: an attempted suicide.

- or -

Stay away, this thing will hurt someone


Hey man, nice shot.
 
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