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.
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
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 in 1916. 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 in 1975 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 in 1978 while his wife was being hospitalized. He suffered from extreme paranoia and refused to eat unless his wife prepared the food.