As Sir Thomas More climbed a rickety scaffold where he would be executed, he said to his executioner:
Immediately after the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence, but before the wars that secured independence, Benjamin Franklin is known to have said the following in danger of being accused of high treason to his fellow, often fractious delegates:
After her career had declined and she had started aging, actress Tallulah Bankhead would answer the question "Are you Tallulah Bankhead?" with
Author and playwright Oscar Wilde was destitute and living in a cheap boarding house when he found himself on his deathbed. There are variations on what the sentence exactly was, but his reputed last words were
Perhaps one of the best examples of gallows humour in recent times is the conclusion to Monty Python's Life of Brian, in which a group of crucified criminals joyfully sings "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life".
Gallows Humor in Medicine: Medical Professionals Regularly Joke about Their Patients' Problems. Some of These Jokes Are Clearly Wrong, but Are All Jokes Wrong?
Sep 01, 2011; It was 3:00 am and three tired emergency room residents were wondering why the pizza they'd ordered hadn't come yet. A nurse...