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Encyclopedia > Gallows humor

Gallows humor is humor that makes light of death or other serious matters. It is similar to black comedy but differs in that it is made by the person affected. Look up humour in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Black comedy, also known as black humour or dark comedy, is a sub-genre of comedy and satire where topics and events treated seriously – death, mass murder, sickness, madness, terror, drug abuse, rape, war etc. ...


Examples

From Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, Act 3 scene 1: William Shakespeare—born April 1564; baptised April 26, 1564; died April 23, 1616 (O.S.), May 3, 1616 (N.S.)—has a reputation as the greatest of all writers in English. ... The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, commonly referred to as Romeo and Juliet, is a tragedy by William Shakespeare concerning the fate of two young star-crossd (ill-fated) lovers. ...

Mercutio is stabbed in a swordfight.
Romeo: "Courage, man; the hurt cannot be much."
Mercutio: "No, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church-door; but 'tis enough, 'twill serve: ask for me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man."

As Sir Thomas More climbed a rickety scaffold where he would be executed, he said to his executioner: Portrait of Sir Thomas More by Hans Holbein the Younger Sir Thomas More (7 February 1478–6 July 1535), posthumously known also as Saint Thomas More, was an English lawyer, author, and politician. ...

"I pray you, Mr Lieutenant, see me safe up; and for my coming down, let me shift for myself."

Immediately after the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the United States, 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: U.S. Declaration of Independence The Declaration of Independence is a document in which the Thirteen Colonies declared themselves independent of the Kingdom of Great Britain and explained their justifications for doing so. ... Benjamin Franklin (January 17 [O.S. January 6] 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the most well known Founding Fathers of the United States. ... Under English, and later British law, high treason is the crime of disloyalty to the Sovereign. ...

"We must all hang together or, assuredly, we will all hang separately."

After her career had declined and she had started aging, actress Tallulah Bankhead would answer the question The great Tallulah Bankhead Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 - December 12, 1968) was an american actress, talk-show host and bonne vivante, born in Huntsville, Alabama. ...

"Are you Tallulah Bankhead?" with
"No, darling, I'm what's left of her."

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 It has been suggested that Wildes Manuscripts be merged into this article or section. ... Boarding House is a privately owned house,in which individuals or families on vaccation, holidays, deputition,transfered on temporary duties, on some particular training,short&mediun tenure visitors,working professionals & lodgers,rent one or more rooms sets for one or more nights,sometimes for extended periods of weeks, months and...

"My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death; one or the other of us has got to go."

In a reference to the popular image of a nuclear reactor as being a potential bomb, and to a pair of famous nuclear disasters, the nuclear aircraft carrier Enterprise carries the nicknames "Mobile Chernobyl" and "Three-Quarter Mile Island." Enterprise Logo The USS Enterprise (CVN-65) is the worlds first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name. ... Chernobyl reactor 4 after the disaster, showing the extensive damage to the main reactor hall (image center) and turbine building (image lower left) The early stages of construction of the sarcophagus. ... Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station consists of two nuclear reactors, each with its own containment building and cooling towers. ...


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External links

  • Famous last words from Wikiquote
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Even from the gallows, Saddam Hussein was boasting that he was the savior of Iraq...
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Kafka saw humor not only as a defense against the pain and anguish he felt inflicted upon him by the outside world, but also against the pain he rained upon himself.
But when Kafka used humor, as shown here, he used it to further emphasize the horror of what was going on in his worlds.
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