The Case of a Lifetime
U.S. Congressman Clement Vallandigham was defending a murder suspect in court 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
Infamous Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin reportedly survived being poisoned by a group of nobles only to be shot four times, beaten, and flung into a freezing river. An autopsy revealed he died of hypothermia.
A Sticky Situation
Truly a sticky situation, The Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919 killed 21 people and injured 150 when a tank holding over 2 million gallons of molasses exploded. The blast sent a wave of the viscous substance through the city at a speed of about 35 miles per hour.
No Laughing Matter
They say laughter is the best medicine, but apparently, too much of it can kill you. Alex Mitchell of England learned this the hard way after laughing nonstop for 25 minutes during a comedy show called “The Goodies.” He died of heart failure from the lack of oxygen.
An Illogical Death
Picky eaters, take note. Austrian-American logician Kurt Godel died of starvation while his wife was being hospitalized. He suffered from extreme paranoia and refused to eat unless his wife prepared the food.