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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Leave 'em Laughing

From the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat of Aug. 7, 2005:

Parting shots: Save the best line for last

By Mark Hinson

FOR AMUSEMENT PURPOSES ONLY

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When the great Mel Blanc died, after spending his life lending his voice to Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig, he really had no choice but to put this on his tombstone: "That's All Folks!"

Benjamin Franklin also had a sense of humor when he composed his final zinger: "The Body of B. Franklin, Printer;/Like the Cover of an old Book/ Its Contents turn out/ And stript of its Lettering and Gilding/ Lies here, / Food for Worms./ But the Work shall not be wholly lost:/ For it will, as he believ'd, appear once more,/ In a new & more perfect Edition,/ Corrected and Amended. By the Author."

Alas, Franklin did not get the glib epitaph he'd wanted. His gravestone reads: "Benjamin and Deborah Franklin. 1790." A cooler headstone prevailed.

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My favorite remains this classic from Tombstone, Arizona: "Here lies / Lester Moore / Four slugs / from a 44 / no Les / no More."

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