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Last Words in Life

Just before someone dies, they often have the chance to utter a few words. They are then referred to as "So-and-so's Last Words" and usually they will be remembered by those words. Last words can be famous or thought provoking, but in many cases they can be absolutely stupid. The stupid last words are what I'll be rambling about, because they too can offer insight into a person's life.

Stupid last words can be classified into 3 main categories: Curiosity, Confidence, and Ignorance. Mostly the last words in these categories are spoken by people who didn't die of natural causes. We'll go into each of these, and show you some examples.

Ignorance

This is when a person doesn't know that what he or she is about to do will eventually kill them. Death in these cases can be accidental, or directly as a result of that individual's ignorance. Some examples are:
"Will this hurt?"
"What's wrong with this one?"
"Toss me the gun, son"
"See, that's how the safety works"
"I wanna try"
"That looks like fun!"
"Let me take a look"

And then... Dead...

Curiosity

We've all hear the saying: curiosity killed the cat. Unfortunately, curiosity killed a lot more than just cats. Most cases of death here are very closely tied with ignorance; so close, in fact, that it's sometimes quite hard to make the distinction.
"What's this do?"
"How long can a human withstand this sort of thing?"
"What's on the other side?"
"Is it sharp?"
"Is it safe?"
"How long do we have to wait?"
"It couldn't really be that bad"
"And what happens when I push this button?"

And then... Dead...

Confidence

Confidence has to be the topper when it comes to stupid ways of dying. If that person were to somehow come back after death, I assure you, all confidence has been lost.
"Trust me"
"I do this all the time"
"There's absolutely nothing to worry about"
"I'll go first"
"Don't worry, it's not dangerous"
"Follow me!"
"I know what I'm doing, I've been training for this my entire life"
"Allow me"
"Let me help you with that"
"Here, I'll show you"

And then... Dead...

Now you make sure that when your time comes, don't say something stupid. If you have more ideas about last words that fit into these or other categories, be sure to add them in the comments.



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Comment by Darryl Crist

Posted on 4 July, 2008
Here's 2 more for confidence: 1. "The things I do for kicks" 2. "Watch me jig"

Comment by Kendall Meade

Posted on 13 July, 2008
argh! Darryl beat me to it, I was going to say (for confidence) "Hey guys, Watch This!", but "watch me jig!" is pretty much the same.

Comment by Ralph van den Berg

Posted on 17 July, 2008
"What's the worst that could happen?" - "How hard could it be?" - "Look! I can fly!" - "I'm invincible, nothing can hurt me!" - "There can't be anything worse than this..." - "Oh, yeah!? What are you gonna do about it?!?" - "I dare you..."

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