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9th Aug '17 5:17:12 AM CaptEquinox
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** The most common last word on black box recordings is "[[OhCrap Shit!]]" (or its equivalent in the pilot's native language). This is rendered as "Unintelligible" when said recordings are broadcast on the news.
* Christopher [=McCandless=] kept a diary of his time in the Alaskan wilderness, which documented his eventual death by starvation in Alaska on the 112th day of his excursion. Notably, this also appears in literature and film as ''Film/IntoTheWild''.

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** The most common last word on black box recordings is "[[OhCrap Shit!]]" (or its equivalent in the pilot's native language). This is rendered as "Unintelligible" when said recordings are broadcast on the news.
news. Probably the second most common is "OH MY G*... [static noise]"
* Christopher [=McCandless=] kept a diary of his time in the Alaskan wilderness, which documented his eventual death by starvation in Alaska on the 112th day of his excursion. excursion, August 1992. Notably, this also appears in literature and film as ''Film/IntoTheWild''.''Film/IntoTheWild''.
* Tammy Mathre did this in 1978, keeping a diary in her checkbook. She was a nursing student who'd become depressed and increasingly focused on God and what the Bible says about death and dying. She went camping alone in the Big Horn Mountains. A year later a few fragments of her bones were found. She hadn't killed herself; she'd been injured and couldn't leave.



* In 1988, Ivan Lester [=McGuire=] went skydiving and recorded his dive. Partway through the video, he appears to be looking for his ripcord, which he can't find, since he'd forgotten his parachute. At this point the camera goes spinning until the video glitches out, as footage of the final stage of his descent was destroyed on impact.

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* In 1988, Ivan Lester [=McGuire=] went skydiving and recorded his dive. Partway through the video, he appears to be looking for his ripcord, which he can't find, since he'd [[WhatAnIdiot forgotten his parachute.parachute]]. At this point the camera goes spinning until the video glitches out, as footage of the final stage of his descent was destroyed on impact.
8th Aug '17 12:43:52 AM CaptEquinox
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* There's an article in a 1982 issue of ''Twilight Zone'' magazine, [[https://lovecraftzine.com/2013/09/25/thoughts-on-silly-mythos-endings-by-robert-m-price-and-a-writing-contest-with-prizes/ Thoughts on Silly Mythos Endings]], that delineates the best of these and offers a contest to see who can come up with more.


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''[-Well, that about wraps it up for... Good God! What’s that coming out of the garbage disposal — eeeeyahh! glub, glub. . . .-]''
23rd Jul '17 4:05:12 PM nombretomado
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** Some of the footage used in ''Film/TheBay'' is this, like the videos left by Dr. Abrams, head doctor who must deal with the outbreak at the local hospital, and Jennifer, a young girl who records the progress of her infection via a Skype/YouTube-like web app.

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** Some of the footage used in ''Film/TheBay'' is this, like the videos left by Dr. Abrams, head doctor who must deal with the outbreak at the local hospital, and Jennifer, a young girl who records the progress of her infection via a Skype/YouTube-like Skype/[=YouTube=]-like web app.



* Right-wing YouTuber Nightvisionphantom made an "If Obama Wins" video during the 2008 election (needless to say, it was quietly removed afterwards), in which he claims to be the last surviving member of a resistance who fought a losing battle against the Islamofascist hordes that Obama unleashed upon the world.

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* Right-wing YouTuber [=YouTuber=] Nightvisionphantom made an "If Obama Wins" video during the 2008 election (needless to say, it was quietly removed afterwards), in which he claims to be the last surviving member of a resistance who fought a losing battle against the Islamofascist hordes that Obama unleashed upon the world.
5th Jul '17 5:28:04 PM RockRaider
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* ''VideoGame/{{Skyhill}}'' has these in the form of cassette tapes, newspaper clippings, and abandoned cellphones.
23rd Jun '17 7:53:20 PM Elle
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** ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'' quotes a few passages from a book recording a wizard's attempts to contain and control a Hiver, a mind-controlling monster that gradually turns whatever creature it possesses into a pathological id. To drive the point home, the last few pages degenerate into "Those ''fools!'' I'll show them! [[TheyCalledMeMad I'll show them]] ''[[TheyCalledMeMad all!!!!!]]''" ranting, and finally completely incoherent random letters.
** ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' has the numerous, disjointed, seemingly-random-numbered notes left by the painter of ''The Battle of Koom Valley'', who slowly went mad (including thinking alternately that he was being chased by a giant chicken and that he ''was'' a giant chicken). The last one -- only known to be so because it was found under his dead body -- read "It comes! ''It comes!!!''" He was found with his throat full of chicken feathers.
** In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' the last few ''intact'' pages of the Library's copy of ''The Summoning of Dragons'' detail, in nervous handwriting, the author's intent to put his dragon-summoning spell into practice. The rest of the pages have been badly scorched, demonstrating that this didn't end well.

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** ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'' ''Literature/AHatFullOfSky'' quotes a few passages from a book recording a wizard's attempts to contain and control a Hiver, a mind-controlling monster that gradually turns whatever creature it possesses into a pathological id. To drive the point home, the last few pages degenerate into "Those ''fools!'' I'll show them! [[TheyCalledMeMad I'll show them]] ''[[TheyCalledMeMad all!!!!!]]''" ranting, and finally completely incoherent random letters.
** ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' ''Literature/{{Thud}}'' has the numerous, disjointed, seemingly-random-numbered notes left by the painter of ''The Battle of Koom Valley'', who slowly went mad (including thinking alternately that he was being chased by a giant chicken and that he ''was'' a giant chicken). The last one -- only known to be so because it was found under his dead body -- read "It comes! ''It comes!!!''" He was found with his throat full of chicken feathers.
** In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' ''Literature/GuardsGuards'' the last few ''intact'' pages of the Library's copy of ''The Summoning of Dragons'' detail, in nervous handwriting, the author's intent to put his dragon-summoning spell into practice. The rest of the pages have been badly scorched, demonstrating that this didn't end well.
20th Jun '17 8:28:20 AM WZA
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** At least one appears in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', specifically in the episode "The Expanse". Perhaps the most disturbing example of this trope in all of ''Trek'', this one had to have been inspired by ''Film/EventHorizon'': [[spoiler:a collection of grainy imagery featuring the crew of the subject (Vulcan) starship slaughtering each other in an overwhelming display of uncontrolled emotion (remember they're Vulcans) and insanity, all from passing through a specific region of space.]]
20th Jun '17 5:08:28 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* LOTS of them in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. Some of the most memorable:
** A journal found in Azuna written by the tauren Paladin Aponi Brightmane details how she and her comrades have fought the Burning Legion for days, only to fail. The final entry claims they've been captured and are about to be dragged through a portal to the Legion's hellish domain. [[spoiler: (A subversion, however, as she still lives, and can be rescued and recruited.)]]
** In Sumar, a journal left by Arcanist Kel'danath, a Nightfallen mage, details his attempts to find a cure for the Nightfallen's condition. While he came very close to success, the Legion's initial invasion ruined his research, and the last entry suggests he is about to succumb to his addiction and become withered. (Which is exactly what happened; when the player actually finds him, he is a mindless husk of what he once was and can only be put out of his misery. However, his work was not in vain, because the player can bring it to the other Nightfallen to continue and improve it, eventually leading to an actual cure.)
20th Jun '17 5:07:49 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* LOTS of them in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. Some of the most memorable:
** A journal found in Azuna written by the tauren Paladin Aponi Brightmane details how she and her comrades have fought the Burning Legion for days, only to fail. The final entry claims they've been captured and are about to be dragged through a portal to the Legion's hellish domain. [[spoiler: (A subversion, however, as she still lives, and can be rescued and recruited.)]]
** In Sumar, a journal left by Arcanist Kel'danath, a Nightfallen mage, details his attempts to find a cure for the Nightfallen's condition. While he came very close to success, the Legion's initial invasion ruined his research, and the last entry suggests he is about to succumb to his addiction and become withered. (Which is exactly what happened; when the player actually finds him, he is a mindless husk of what he once was and can only be put out of his misery. However, his work was not in vain, because the player can bring it to the other Nightfallen to continue and improve it, eventually leading to an actual cure.)
20th Jun '17 4:57:45 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* The short (one chapter) fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3476162/1/Shadow-Realm-Blasphemy Shadow Realm; Blasphemy]]'' is an Apocalpyptic Log written by Kozaky (well, ''a'' Kozaky, there's lots of them) who is commissioned to translate a tablet. [[spoiler:The journal starts off like a typical research log, but the writer starts showing signs of exhaustion, then obsession, then questionable sanity. Eventually, the log makes it clear that the tablet itself is cursed, and details a dark ritual that, if performed correctly, will restore Ruin, Queen of Oblivion and Demise, King of Armageddon, and the still-sapient vestiges of both are trying to control him in order to compel him to do so. Eventually, he has a brief moment of lucidity, convinces a courier to bring the tablet to the ocean and bury it on the seafloor, and after writing the final entry on the fireproof journal as a warning to anyone who goes looking for it, activates a bomb that kills him and destroys the translations.]]
9th Jun '17 9:00:44 AM ChronoLegion
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* A live-action short video titled "Anime/{{Voltron}}: The End" has Sgt. Lance Rainier (Timothy Omundson) wake up after some kind of accident and discover that he is likely the only survivor of the entire Voltron Force. His Red Lion is critically damaged with only 10 minutes of oxygen left and only enough power to send a single message. He starts a recording, explaining that the unthinkable has happened and that the Galaxy Alliance must now prepare for King Zarkon's attack. As he sends it out, the eyes of the Red Lion wink out, the computer is able to tell him goodbye before shutting down.
--> '''Sgt. Lance Rainier:''' Someday, somehow, Voltron will rise again to become the defender that this great universe deserves. Until that day, Godspeed. Good Luck. Red Lion, out.
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