Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Assisi, for one, had relations with animals

October 4, 1226 -- Saint Francis of Assisi died.

"Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent." -- George Orwell.

October 5, 2004 -- Comedian Rodney Dangerfield didn't get any respect -- he died. His epitaph:

"There Goes the Neighborhood."

October 7, 1849 -- Edgar Allan Poe died.

"Quoth the Raven nevermore." -- Poe's epitaph.

It would have been elegant for Poe's last word to have been "Nevermore," in answer to the question he was asked on his deathbed ("Would you like to see your friends?"), but his dying utterance was probably the much more somber, "Lord help my poor soul."