…for those in the United States (like me) about to suffer the shutdown blues:
First, a list of 36 last words spoken by people condemned to be executed:
The 1st and 12th ones are pretty bad puns…the 19th one verges on the poetic.
Next up in our grim trifecta, the last words spoken by famous people:
My favorite is the eminently quotable Oscar Wilde’s last words: “Either the wallpaper goes or I do.” Even in the face of death, he delivers a great line!
The best unexpected last words spoken has to go to #56, to Union General John Sedgewick: “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist…”
Finally, a list of 14 people in ancient times…and the very strange ways they died:
Check out in particular the way both Heraclitus and Milo of Croton went out…brrr.