Monday, January 16, 2012

Famous to the End

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It's Martin Luther King Day as I write this, and since work has been slow as molases in winter time, I decided to mess around on the internet. I came across this website that offers famous last words from people you may or may not know.

For example, Voltaire, a French Philosopher that died in 1778 was counseled by a priest giving him his last rights to "Renounce Satan." Voltaire replied, "Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies." Couldn't make this up if I wanted to. See the entire list from here. Wiki Quote has a few good ones too. Not laid out as fancy as the other site, but just as interesting. Try them here. My favorite one is, Edward Abbey, a writer that advocated for environmental reform. When asked if he had any last words, he replied "No Comment." His epitaph eventually became "No Comment". Makes sense I guess.

Because it is MLK Jr Day, I only see it fitting to make a quote about the only true American King. MLK Jr Day is in celebration of Martin Luther's birthday, which is actually Jan 15th. King was highly spoken as a non-violent activist for civil rights. (Honestly, if you didn't know that, you are either not from America, or you need to go back to school :D). According to, MLK Jr Day was signed into law in 1983 by President Reagan. It was officially observed for the first time in all 50 states in 2000, with good 'ol Utah being one of the last to officially celebrate the holiday. In Utah, it used to be known as "Human Rights Day" until Governor Leavitt signed a bill pushed through the Utah legislation was signed in 2000.

Does anyone know a place outside of America that celebrates MLK Jr Day? I'll give you a hint, one of them is an island. They celebrate the day by holding a special banquet at the mayor's office that unifies the call for peace with King's message of human rights. Okay, I'll just tell you. That example was from Hiroshima Japan. If you haven't heard of it, recheck your WW2 history. Also Toronto, but it has a large population of American Canadians. Israel celebrates it too. Go figure right.

So hit me up a comment if you love the post. (And Paul, if you have more than 3 Os in your comment line, we may have words. Hehe.)

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