Every once in a while, someone goes out with a real zinger, like Groucho Marx's “Die? Why, that's the last thing I'll do!” But more often, you're gonna get something much more conversational. With the benefit of hindsight, some of those more casual last words wind up being wildly incorrect:

Mediocre painter Leonardo da Vinci MAY2, 1519 CRACKED.COM The man just would not let up on the self deprecation, even at the very end: I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.

Communist manifestor Karl Marx MARCH 14, 1883 CRACKED.COM His last recorded words were Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough, probably to avoid appearing on lists like this one. Sorry Karl, no one can escape the internet content machine.

John Adams JULY 4, 1826 CRACKED.COM Adams took solace in the longevity of an old friend: Thomas Jefferson survives. He had no way of knowing that Jefferson had just died, hours before.

NBA Hall-of-Famer Pistol Pete Maravich JANUARY 5, 1988 CRACKED.COM Pistol Pete died from heart failure while playing a pickup game of basketball at the age of 40. The last thing he said was I feel great!

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Winston Churchill JANUARY 24, 1965 CRACKED.COM Probably not foreseeing the excitement coming his way (in the form of a stroke) Churchill said I'm bored with it all.

Donald O'Connor (the Singin' in the Rain guy) SEPTEMBER 27, 2003 CRACKED.COM The triple threat performer went out with a pretty solid joke: I'd like to thank the Academy for my Lifetime Achievement Award that I will eventually get. As of press time, he still hasn't gotten one.

Louise-Marie- Therese de Saint Maurice SEPTEMBER 3, 1792 CRACKED.COM This socialite was pals with Marie Antoinette, and was killed in the French Revolution. She reportedly farted, then said Good. A woman who can fart is not dead. A+ quip, but sadly, corpses fart all the time.

Cake advocate Marie Antoinette OCTOBER 16, 1793 CRACKED.COM While being led to the guillotine, she accidentally stepped on her executioner's foot, and said Pardonnez-moi, monsieur. By all accounts, she was not pardoned.

Birth control advocate Margaret Sanger SEPTEMBER 6, 1966 CRACKED.COM Shortly before she passed, she said A party! Let's have a party. Her loved ones probably felt anything but festive for the rest of that day.

Chicago frontman Terry Kath JANUARY 23, 1978 CRACKED.COM Kath was screwing around with what he thought was an unloaded gun. When his buddy told him to knock that sh*t off, he said What do you think I am going to do, blow my brains out?

Nobel Prize-winner Albert A. Michelson MAY 9, 1931 CRACKED.COM The physicist was measuring the speed of light to the very last. As he died, he wrote: The following is a report on the measurement of the velocity of light made at the Irvine Ranch, near Santa Ana, California, during the period of September 1929 to... A+ for effort, but we can't award full credit.

R&B singer Johnny Ace DECEMBER 25, 1954 CRACKED.COM Ace was goofing around with a gun between sets at his show. When someone told him to take it easy, he said It's okay! Gun's not loaded, see? It was... very much loaded.

Union General John Sedgwick MAY 9, 1864 CRACKED.COM Just before getting shot in the face by a Confederate gunman, Sedgwick told his men to quit worrying: They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance.

Salvador Dali JANUARY 23, 1989 CRACKED Dali said I do not believe in my death just before... *checks notes ...dying.
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