Special Sub-Topic: Having the Last Word 2
|Many artists have painted versions of "The Last Supper". Whose version is perhaps the most famous, painted on a wall in Milan?|
Leonardo Da Vinci. Leonardo Da Vinci began painting the "Last Supper" in 1495 on the northern wall of the refectory (dining hall) of the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent in Milan (Italy). It was finished in 1498 and is still there today, albeit in rather poor condition. It measures 15 by 29 feet. In 1653, a doorway was constructed in the lower central area of the painting.
|What were Jesus Christ's last words, according to the Gospels of Matthew and Mark?|
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?. Luke's and John's accounts of Jesus Christ's last words differ from that of Matthew and Mark. According to the Gospel of Luke, Jesus' last words were "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing", followed by "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit". According to Gospel of John, his last words were "It is finished".
|Of the 48 contiguous states of America, which was the last to join the Union?|
Arizona. The four states listed were the last of the 48 contiguous states of America to join the Union. Arizona was the 48th or last one to join on the 14th February 1912. Alaska is the 49th state and Hawaii is the 50th state, but they are not contiguous (that is, they are separate from the other states and do not share any borders).
|In the classic movie "Citizen Kane", what were Charles Foster Kane's last words?|
Rosebud.. The character of Charles Foster Kane said all of these things but his last word was "Rosebud". The movie "Citizen Kane" was written by Herman Jacob Mankiewicz and Orson Welles. It portrayed the life of a newspaper tycoon. In fact it was a thinly-disguised biography of William Randolph Hearst, who tried unsuccessfully to have the film banned. The 1941 movie won an Academy Award for best original screenplay and was nominated for a further eight awards. At the conclusion of the movie, some of Kane's possessions are burned after his death, one of which is a sled called Rosebud. Rosebud symbolizes Kane's lost youth. However, some trivia sources claim that, according to an essay written by Gore Vidal (a close friend of Hearst's), one of the reasons that Hearst was so infuriated by this film is because Rosebud was actually Hearst's nickname for an unmentionable portion of the anatomy of his mistress, the actress Marion Davies.
|Which famous Irish writer's (alleged) last words were "Either the wallpaper goes or I do"?|
Oscar Wilde. Oscar Wilde died on November 30, 1900, in a Paris hotel (L'Hotel). He died of acute meningitis which resulted from an ear infection. Some sources say his last words were "I am dying as I have lived - beyond my means" and some say they were "Either the wallpaper goes or I do". In the year 2000, to mark the 100 year anniversary of Wilde's death, the management of L'Hotel replaced the wallpaper.
|What is Queen Elizabeth II of England's last name?|
Windsor. The surname Saxe-Coburg-Gotha was originally that of Queen Victoria's husband, Albert, who was German. In 1917, during World War I, because of anti-German sentiment, George V declared by royal proclamation that all male descendants of Queen Victoria who were British subjects would adopt the surname Windsor. Queen Elizabeth II's children would normally have borne their father's surname, Mountbatten (which had been anglicized from Battenberg). However, in 1952, shortly after her accession to the throne, Elizabeth declared that her children and descendants would also bear the surname Windsor.
|Which American inventor's last words were contained in a suicide note: "To my friends: my work is done. Why wait?"|
George Eastman. George Eastman (1854-1932) is most well known for his establishment of the Eastman Kodak company in 1888, as well as his photographic inventions, such as the box camera and flexible film strips. Eastman invented the name Kodak for his company for several reasons. He wanted a word that didn't already have a meaning, was short, hard to mispronounce and did not resemble any existing brand name. He also liked the letter K, explaining that "I devised the name myself. The letter 'K' had been a favourite with me, it seems a strong, incisive sort of letter. It became a question of trying out a great number of combinations of letters that made words starting and ending with 'K'. The word 'Kodak' is the result."
|In 1952, the song "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" was a number one hit. It was also the last hit song for the artist who died unexpectedly the same week it was released. Who was this country and western singer?|
Hank Williams. Hiram ("Hank") Williams died unexpectedly on 1st January (New Year's Day), 1953, from heart failure, thought to have been brought on by alcohol abuse.
|Which American state's capital city was originally named Last Chance Gulch and is now named Helena?|
Montana. Helena, the capital city of Montana, was originally called "Last Chance Gulch". It was named by four men known as the "Four Georgians" (although only two were from Georgia - one was from Iowa and one from Alabama). They were looking for gold and "hit paydirt" there in 1864.
|Which was the last Hercule Poirot novel - not the last one written, but the one in which Poirot dies?|
Curtain: Poirot's Last Case. In chronological order of writing, the last Poirot novel was "Elephants Can Remember" which was published in 1972. The last novel she ever wrote was "Postern of Fate", published in 1973 - but it was not a Hercule Poirot novel. Agatha Christie wrote "Curtain" in the early 1940s. This is the novel which features Hercule Poirot's last case and in which he dies. She intended it to be published after her death. However, it was published in 1975, the year before she died.
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