Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Whale of an ending

Film director James Whale (the original Frankenstein) died on this day in 1957, a suicide. He left this note:

"The future is just old age and illness and pain.... I must have peace and this is the only way."

For a fictionalized look at Whale as an old man, check out the great movie, Gods and Monsters.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

There'll be a pop quiz in Hell

French grammarian Dominique Bouhours died on this day in 1702. His last words:

"Je vais ou je vas mourir, l'un et l'autre se dit ou se disent." ("I am about to--or I am going to--die; either expression is correct.")

To read about another Frenchman interested in words, whose birth date is today, visit Today in Cynic's Calendar

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tell my wife that

German philosopher Martin Heidegger died on this day in 1976. He wrote:

"Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one."

Monday, May 21, 2012

Been dying to talk to you

Obit in the local paper the other day with a picture of the deceased talking on his cell phone. Maybe he'll be buried with it, so as to stay in eternal touch with everyone on his list.

Some time ago there was one of the dead guy at his desk, pen in hand and phone cupped to his ear. Maybe he was the one person who did say on his deathbed:

"I didn't spend enough time at the office."