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Famous last words....

  • 29-06-2020 10:56pm
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    Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 72,174 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


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  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 72,174 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


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  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 72,174 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,759 ✭✭✭ RobertFoster


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,257 ✭✭✭ storker


    On the chances of Hitler becoming leader of Germany...

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,257 ✭✭✭ storker


    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist-"

    Attributed to an American Civil War general who had been warned that he was exposing himself to enemy fire.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,981 ✭✭✭ Quantum Erasure


    https://history.info/did-you-know/did-you-know-albert-einsteins-last-words-may-never-be-known-because-his-nurse-didnt-understand-german

    The great physicist Albert Einstein passes away in Princeton Hospital, New Jersey on 18 April 1955. The cause of his death was the rupture of an aneurysm, which had already been reinforced by surgery in 1948.

    Einstein refused to undergo further surgery, saying “I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.“

    However, his very last words will remain forever unknown because they were uttered in his native German. Namely, as he lay dying in bed, he muttered a few last words in that language. The only witness was his nurse and she unfortunately didn’t speak the language.

    Einstein kept working almost to the very end, leaving the Generalized Theory of Gravitation unsolved. He was 76 years old at the time of his death.

    He did, however, leave an unfinished piece of writing, which ends abruptly mid-sentence:
    “In essence, the conflict that exists today is no more than an old-style struggle for power, once again presented to mankind in semireligious trappings. The difference is that, this time, the development of atomic power has imbued the struggle with a ghostly character; for both parties know and admit that, should the quarrel deteriorate into actual war, mankind is doomed.

    Despite this knowledge, statesmen in responsible positions on both sides continue to employ the well-known technique of seeking to intimidate and demoralize the opponent by marshaling superior military strength. They do so even though such a policy entails the risk of war and doom.

    Not one statesman in a position of responsibility has dared to pursue the only course that holds out any promise of peace, the course of supranational security, since for a statesman to follow such a course would be tantamount to political suicide. Political passions, once they have been fanned into flame, exact their victims…“


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 72,174 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


    Mod: Cool, but please let's stick to pictures. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,981 ✭✭✭ Quantum Erasure


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    The phrase refers to one of the most important theories in modern physics: quantum mechanics. It describes the weird behavior of tiny subatomic particles. A major part of quantum theory, called the Heisenberg Uncertainly Principle, says it's impossible to know both the speed and position of a single particle at the same time. So in quantum mechanics nothing can be certain, and we can only describe things in terms of probabilities.


  • Registered Users Posts: 705 ✭✭✭ tigerboon



    I seen somewhere that his last words were in German and the only other person in the room was a nurse who, of course, couldn't understand German.


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 72,174 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


    *Insert facepalm*


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,257 ✭✭✭ storker


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,257 ✭✭✭ storker


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    Bobby Fischer, who went on to become world champion in 1972 and then went into seclusion, not playing another game until 1992.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,964 ✭✭✭ Ficheall


    storker wrote: »
    Bobby Fischer, who went on to become world champion in 1972 and then went into seclusion, not playing another game until 1992.
    He said that in 1962 though.. it's not like he had an immediate change of heart. And he just didn't play competitive public chess..


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,143 ✭✭✭ locum-motion


    Is this thread “Famous Last Words” or

    “Random Crap That Someone Has Said That Turned Out With Hindsight To Be (Perhaps Spectacularly) Untrue”?

    Because you all know that they’re two very different threads, right?


  • Registered Users Posts: 48,742 ✭✭✭✭ Wichita Lineman


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