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One man's religion is another man's belly laugh.


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John's Next Telescope!

(nicknamed "The Light Straw")

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Famous Last Words ...

  • "Either that wallpaper goes, or I go."

- Orson Wells

  • "Why, at this distance, they couldn't hit the side of a ..."

- some Civil War general

  • "Don't let it end this way. Tell them I said something."

- Francisco "Pancho" Villa

  • "Now I shall go to sleep. Good night."

- Lord Byron

  • "Open the second shutter so that more light may come in."

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • "Hold me up. I want to shit."

- Walt Whitman

  • "This is a fine study of the American politician and possesses the quality of truth in characterization. What else has the lady written?"

- Oscar Wilde (another version!)

  • "All my possessions for a moment of time."

- Queen Elizabeth I

  • "Pardonnez-mois, Monsieur"

- Marie Antoinette, after treading upon her executioner's toe

  • "The prettier. Now fight for it."

- English playwright Henry Arthur Jones, asked whom he would prefer to sit with him during the evening, his nurse or his niece

  • "Dying is easy. Comedy is difficult."

actor Edmund Gwenn

  • "I am about to -- or I am going to - die; either expression is used.."

- French grammarian Dominique Bouhours

  • "Why yes. A bulletproof vest."

- James Roges, asked if he had a last request

  • "How about this for a headline in tomorrow's paper: French Fries!"

- condemned murdered James French

  • "Moose, Indian."

- Henry David Thoreau

  • "Useless, useless."

- John Wilkes Booth, looking at this hands as he emerged fatally wounded from a burning barn

  • "What's this?"

- conductor Leonard Bernstein

  • "I see black light".

- novelist Victor Hugo

  • "This is no time to make new enemies."

- Voltaire, when asked to forswear Satan

  • "Now comes the mystery."

- Henry Ward Beecher

  • "Friends, Applaud. The comedy is over."

- Ludwig van Beethoven

  • "I've had 18 straight whiskeys. I think that's the record."

- poet Dylan Thomas

  • "Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough!"

- Karl Marx