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List of unusual deaths

April 10, 2008

# 458 BC: Aeschylus, greek playwright, was killed when an eagle dropped a live tortoise on him, mistaking his bald head for a stone. The tortoise survived.

# 270 BC: Philitas of Cos, poet and critic and reportedly wasted away and died of insomnia while brooding about the Liar paradox.

# 207 BC: Chrysippus, a Greek stoic philosopher, is believed to have died of laughter after watching his drunk donkey attempt to eat figs.

A little side note on Philosophers, I once heard someone say about Philosophers that he thought they would wear white lab coats (as do real scientists) if they though they could get away with it… well I thought it was funny.

# 336: Arius, the heretical priest who precipitated the Council of Nicea, passed wind and evacuated his internal organs.

# 1016: Edmund II of England died by having a sword thrust in his anus by the soldiers of King Canute while using a primitive latrine.

Side note. I wonder how long the assassin waited for to give Edmund a pain in the ass.

# 1410 Martin I of Aragon died from a lethal combination of indigestion and uncontrollable laughing.

Side note. Sounds suspiciously like an over dose cyanide with a side dish of magic mushrooms.

# 1753: Professor Georg Wilhelm Richmann, of Saint Petersburg, Russia, was struck and killed by a globe of ball lightning while observing a storm.

# 1899: Félix Faure, french president, died of a stroke while receiving oral sex in his office.

Well it would have saved the US and us all the BS about Bill & Monica.

# 1911: Jack Daniel, founder of the Tennessee whiskey distillery, died of blood poisoning six years after receiving a toe injury when he kicked his safe in anger at being unable to remember its combination.

# 1978: Janet Parker, a British medical photographer, died of smallpox in 1978, ten months after the disease was eradicated in the wild, when a researcher at the laboratory Parker worked at accidentally released some virus into the air of the building. She is believed to be the last smallpox fatality in history.

# 1979: Robert Williams, a worker at a Ford Motor Co. plant, was the first known man to be killed by a robot.

# 1981: A 25-year-old Dutch woman studying in Paris, Renée Hartevelt, was killed, raped, and eaten by a classmate, Issei Sagawa, when he invited her to dinner for a literary conversation. The killer was declared unfit to stand trial and extradited back to Japan, where he was released from custody within fifteen months.

# 1984: Jim Fixx, who wrote “The Complete Book of Running” and lectured about how running and a healthy diet would promote longevity, dropped dead from a heart attack while running. An autopsy revealed he had 3 massively blocked heart arteries.

# 1993: Garry Hoy, a Toronto lawyer, fell to his death after he threw himself through the glass wall on the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre in order to prove the glass was “unbreakable.”

# 2006: Steve Irwin, a television personality and naturalist known as The Crocodile Hunter, died when his heart was impaled by a short-tail stingray barb while filming a documentary entitled “Ocean’s Deadliest” in Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

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