All human beings have one thing in common – they die. It is a tragic, yet inevitable part of life that has occurred since the dawn of humanity. Some people wish to die peacefully in their sleep; others want to leave this world with a bang.
No matter what your preference, you probably wouldn’t want to suffer any of these 25 Unusual Deaths That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head.
Death by Diarrhea
A Poetic Way to Perish
Starry-eyed poet Li Bai tried to kiss the reflection of the moon in the water next to his boat when he fell overboard and drowned in the 8th century. It has been said the poet had a penchant for liquor, which may have played a factor in his demise. He even wrote a poem before his death titled, “Alone and Drinking Under the Moon.”
A Delicious Demise
King Adolf Frederick of Sweden didn’t die hungry. The king suffered fatal digestion problems after eating caviar, sauerkraut, smoked herring and champagne, lobster, and 14 servings of his favorite dessert, served in a bowl of hot milk. Swedish children today still remember him as “the king who ate himself to death.”
Be Careful What You Wish For
The Case of a Lifetime
U.S. Congressman Clement Vallandigham was defending a murder suspect in court in 1871 when he argued that the victim could’ve accidentally shot himself while drawing his gun. In an attempt to reenact the scene, he drew the gun, which he believed to be unloaded. It accidentally discharged, killing him. Needless to say, he won the case.
A Mystical Death
A Sticky Situation
No Laughing Matter
An Illogical Death
By the Skin of His Teeth
You Can’t Escape Your Fate
Convicted murderer Michael Anderson Godwin faced the death penalty until his sentence was changed to life imprisonment in 1983. However, while adjusting the earphones plugged into his prison cell’s TV six years later, the 28-year-old bit into a wire and died. He had been sitting on a steel-rimmed toilet at the time of his death and died of electrocution.
Dying to Be Right
In 1993, an attempt to prove to a group of visitors that the glass of the Toronto-Dominion Centre was “unbreakable,” proved fatal for 38-year-old lawyer Garry Hoy as he threw himself against a window. He fell to his death from the 24th floor when the window popped out of the frame. In his defense, the glass did not break.
His Dying Wish
In 2001, Chante Jawan Mallard hit Gregory Biggs, a homeless man, with her car on her way home. He became lodged in the windshield but suffered no instantly fatal injuries. However, he died of his injuries a few hours later after Mallard left her car in the garage with Biggs still stuck in the windshield.
Folding Under Pressure
A Little Too Long
Killed by His Own Creation
Wisdom is in the Head and Not in the Beard
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 neglected to roll up his beard to escape a fire. He stepped on it, causing him to lose his balance, break his neck, and die.
Don’t Upset the Grim Reaper
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. However, 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.
Hoarders: Buried Alive
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 in 1947, 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.
Tooth and Nail
Oh, the Irony
In 1985, 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 was discovered at the bottom of the pool after the party. The cause of death was ruled a drowning.
Throughout history, people have gone to extreme measures to protest against things they disagree with. However, most wouldn’t consider David Phyall’s level of protest. The last hold out in a block of flats set to be demolished in Bishopstoke, England, he took his own head off with a chainsaw to protest the injustice of being forced to move out.
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