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Famous Last WordsPosted Thursday, April 15, 2010, at 4:26 PM
Famous last words... what do you think of when someone adds that phrase to the conversation? Phrases like "hold my beer and watch this" blurted out by the drunk driver could easily be on a list of last words. I'd imagine "Oh S*%#" is pretty high on the list of last words if truth be known. But in reality, when we add "famous last words" in a conversation, we usually mean, sarcastically, that things got out of hand in a rather negative way.
What brings this to mind was a reference to famous last words made in a model railroad forum I was reading today. (OK, so I'm into toy trains, but I prefer to call it model railroading.) The famous last words were... "How bad can it be? They're just toy trains." This eventful statement was made by the wife of a man that had just warned her that "it could get ugly" when his wife suggested that they go to the local model railroad show.
Now to those of us that know something about model railroading, this lady unknowingly opened the door to untold trips to the hobby shop and hours of her mans time spent in the train room. Maybe she thought there were a lot worse places he could be, but the forum article made it clear that the person uttering the words had no idea what was going to actually happen.
What's my point? Famous last words are often used after the fact, and are usually proceeded by a prophetic statement like "what's the worst that can happen". Murphy's law must be involved somewhere in all of this, but I'd recommend those that like to guess the future, consider what you say carefully as famous last words may come back to inflict a heavy dose of irony upon you.
In the mean time, here are a few real last words...
Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something - Pancho Villa
I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have - Leonardo da Vinci
I die hard but am not afraid to go. -George Washington
Go away. I'm all right - H. G. Wells
Either that wallpaper goes, or I do - Oscar Wilde
And finally, the most famous last words I know of...
Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit - Jesus Christ
Have a great weekend everyone!
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