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Famous Last Words

Posted 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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"Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit - Jesus Christ "

The last words of all but Jesus were last words before going somewhere to stay. Jesus' last words were also the first words of His Return, in Power. I like His, Best. Yeee-Haaa!!! and AMEN!!

-- Posted by Navyblue on Thu, Apr 15, 2010, at 5:01 PM

John 19:30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

Of course, they weren't really His last words, since He is alive today.


-- Posted by MrsSmith on Fri, Apr 16, 2010, at 7:41 AM

The question is not what you look at, but what you see - Henry David Thoreau

In my travels, I've seen many rock formations where I've seen a "face". I've seen the man in the moon, the face of Mars, and even visions of animals and the likes in clouds. There is a psychological term for the phenomena of people seeing the likeness of living things in inanimate objects but nobody cares what it is I'm sure.

Shower curtain and burnt toast Jesus incidents become famous because somebody is trying to make money. Face it, somebody came up with the idea of selling rocks as pets, why not sell a grilled cheese likeness of Jesus if someone is willing to pay for it?

GI - Your response seems crafted to start a debate. Frankly I don't care for burnt toast and shower curtain debates, they're isolated events and to me totally pointless. However since my blogs are usually pointless anyway, I guess I should make an exception.

So GI... what's on your mind?

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Sat, Apr 17, 2010, at 9:27 AM

I think I was 13 when I realized that religious debate on the internet was the most pointless debate.

Brian, your blog is the least pointless blog on this site. By far my favorite to read on here and one of my top favorites I've come across on the entire web.

-- Posted by npwinder on Sun, Apr 18, 2010, at 10:23 PM

I can accept that GI. Your avitar makes more sense to me now too...

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 8:21 AM

Of course I can think of a lot of reforms that would be beneficial, but I'll keep my religious faith in the God I believe in, and you can vote for yours if that be your choice.

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 1:10 PM

The tribal peoples of South America and Africa, as well as those billions of Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and pick your religion of the day, have all heard "The Word". We all originated from the Tower of Babel, when God dispersed us. Some have chose to create their own god.

Heaven is inclusive for all, all who accept and obey Jesus.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 7:33 PM

"Human activity in North America was widespread AT LEAST 12,000 years before any human even dreamed up the Tower of Babel, and many researchers have found evidence that predate the alleged events at Babel by 30-40,000 years."

Were these anthropologists here to witness this? Are they basing their knowledge of this by the unstable and highly variable carbon dating method? Are they still trying to prove this hypothesis by using the laughable layer stratification method?

Yes Guillermo, REFORM! You must REFORM NOW!

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 8:39 PM

"Radiometric dating involves the use of isotope series, such as rubidium/strontium, thorium/lead, potassium/argon, argon/argon, or uranium/lead, all of which have very long half-lives, ranging from 0.7 to 48.6 billion years. Subtle differences in the relative proportions of the two isotopes can give good dates for rocks of any age."

This assumes we know the precise condition of the parent materials.


Yes, it is time to be educated.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 10:21 PM

edmundburke, sir, you are on the money!

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, Apr 21, 2010, at 3:48 PM

"How about billions of Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc who have never heard the Word? I'm with you Loud..."

Since we all know from South Park that the Mormons are the ones who have it right. Perhaps their explanation of the Harrowing of Hell is accurate and only those who have rejected the Truth will be damned, not just those who haven't heard it.

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Wed, Apr 21, 2010, at 4:04 PM


What is this Christianity and flat Earth nonsense. Show me a link or shut up.

I gave you the data to disprove me, and obviously, you ignored it and resorted to name calling, as you always do. I have my world view which I see as infallible. You have yours, which is always changing in a weak effort to prove God doesn't exist.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, Apr 21, 2010, at 7:25 PM


My Bible make no mention of a 2 dimensional circle called Earth as does the former Christian you cited as your source, who also picks out singular and partial verses, and removes context. As for radiometric dating, the source I cited pointed out, and cross referenced, the errors that occur in estimating the condition of the parent material. Tiny and minute changes can result in huge fluctuations in data. Sorry you couldn't see that.


The pope is a man, a human being, who will subject to judgement by God, as well and the molesters and rapists in the Catholic Church, and just like all of us. I hope in your world, he is not infallible. There may be millions of Christians who may not make to Heaven, the reward for living a righteous life, for they doubted Gods word.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, Apr 21, 2010, at 8:43 PM

There is nothing wrong with my Bible. My Bible does talk about killing, it is wrong. Killing, slavery and all the injustices would never had happened if we had followed God's simple 10 Commandments.

As far as the K-Ar dating method goes, sample of the same rock in question ranged from 1520 millions years old to 2620 millions years old. That's 1100 millions (1.1 billion) years difference. May be close in academia, for the rest of us, not close at all.

I am full aware of human progress/regress, probably more so than you.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, Apr 21, 2010, at 9:49 PM

It appears an impenetrable wall exist between us, or a more accurate description, a wall you hide behind. On my side, we accept we are part of Gods creation, we don't wast time debating it, we go about our lives serving Him.

On your side, you keep having to look back to measure your progress. You keep having to look back in hopes of changing your origins, to disprove the existence of God. In looking back, you waste valuable time and financial resources in your effort to put man before God. If you want to do that, then do it yourself, do not ask anyone else to pay for it.

And what if I am wrong and there is no Heaven or hell? I hope the lessons I have learned in life, good and bad, that I use as a teaching tool for my children, will prepare them for adulthood, courtship, and ultimately, parenthood. Can you even possibly say the same?

But, what if I'm right?

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 2:48 PM

Chunky, is Fred phelps on your side of the wall? If he is, I don't want to be there.

-- Posted by Platinumtoaster on Mon, Apr 26, 2010, at 6:55 PM


I'm sure, much to your dissapointment, phelps wouldn't be found on my side.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, Apr 27, 2010, at 9:52 PM

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