A drunken man from St. Petersburg, Russia, was having an argument with his wife one night. In anger, his wife kicked that handle of the folding couch he was lying on and it trapped him in the wall. She returned three hours later to find him dead.
A 28-year-old Russian man bet two women he could have nonstop sex with them for twelve hours. He won the $4,300 bet only to suffer a heart attack several minutes later because of the entire bottle of Viagra he had ingested before the challenge.
Jimi Heselden, owner of the Segway Motorized Scooter Company, died when he accidentally drove his Segway off a cliff.
The Swedish proverb is right. A beard does not necessarily denote wisdom. Hans Steininger, 16th century Austrian man renowned for his 4.5 foot beard, found this out the hard way when he forgot to roll up his beard to escape a fire. He stepped on it, causing him to lose his balance, break his neck, and die.
In 1911, daredevil Bobby Leach became the second person ever to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. He went on to defy death several more times throughout his life during other stunts. But death snuck up on him one day when he slipped on an orange peel and broke his leg so badly it had to be amputated. He died due to complications from the surgery, reminding everyone that death can come when we least expect it.
Singapore Zoo janitor Nordin Montong committed suicide in 2008 by entering the white tiger enclosure and provoking them with brooms and a pail until he was mauled to death.
Brothers Homer and Langley Collyer would have been excellent candidates for a modern-day hoarding show. The two obsessively collected junk and even created booby-traps to protect their prized possessions from intruders. One day, Langley accidentally set off one of his own booby traps while crawling through a tunnel of newspapers to bring food to his paralyzed brother. He died instantly and Homer died of starvation a few days later. It took police nearly two weeks to uncover Langley’s body after removing 100 tons of garbage from the house.
Sigurd the Mighty, second Viking Earl of Orkney, decapitated his enemy and attached the head to his horse’s saddle. The head’s teeth grazed against his leg as he rode, causing a fatal infection that cost him his life.
The lifeguards of the New Orleans recreation department threw a pool party to celebrate their first drowning-free season ever. Despite the fact that more than half of the people in attendance were lifeguards and there were four lifeguards on duty during the party, the body of a 31-year-old man who had drowned was discovered at the bottom of the pool.
Ronald Opus jumped from a 10-story window intending to commit suicide. On his way down, someone shot a bullet from the ninth floor, killing him instantly. Opus had no idea that a safety net had been installed just below the eighth floor, which would have hindered his suicide attempt had the bullet not killed him. The bullet was traced back to Opus’ father, who had a habit of threatening his wife with an unloaded shotgun. He believed the gun was unloaded when he fired the shot that killed his son. Police later discovered that Ronald Opus, the son, had put the bullet in the gun because his mother cut him off financially. Knowing about his dad’s habit of threatening her with the unloaded gun, he hoped the bullet would kill his mother so he could receive financial support from his father. Thinking that his plan had not worked, the son decided to take his life that day. The medical examiner closed the case as a suicide because the son had actually murdered himself by putting the bullet in the gun.