There is one thing that all human beings have in common: sooner or later we are all going to die. It may be sad to think about; no one likes thinking of dying, but we all know it to be something that is going to happen to all us. None of us are going to live forever. While a lot of us want to make it to old age and die peacefully, others want to leave this world doing something amazing that they think people will notice. One thing is for sure though, pretty much no one wanted to die like the people on this list.
It is never funny when people die of course. Life is a precious thing, to most of us anyway. When people die, no matter how it happens, laughing at it is just plain wrong. But still, sometimes the way people die is just so weird, and makes such little sense, that one has to stop and say “What the heck was that person thinking? I mean did they really do that?”
While one or two of the things on this list were tragic accidents, most of them were people being incredibly stupid.
Well, stupid is probably putting it kindly. Most of the people here died in ways that were so totally avoidable it makes one wonder what they were thinking at all.
Here is TheRichest’s list of 10 Strangest Deaths of 2015.
10. Woman Froze Herself In Cryotherapy Machine
Cryotherapy is when someone, hopefully well trained, uses low temperatures to treat tissue damage. It is supposed to help with the effects of aging. Cryotherapy has been around forever in Europe, and is more common as of late in the United States. A cryotherapy chamber filled with liquid nitrogen is something that exposes your body to extremely low temperatures. which seems to me like it can be quite dangerous.
Chelsea Ake-Salvacion, who is a 24-year-old esthetician, was found frozen to death inside a cryotherapy chamber at the Las Vegas Salon where she worked. She had been trapped in the chamber for 10 hours, no one is quite sure how she got in there, but according to the coroner she died in seconds.
9. Man Died Riding Shopping Cart
We’ve all done it right? Jumping onto a shopping cart and rode it for a minute or two? Woo! Well okay it isn’t that fun. But one thing we all haven’t done is ride a shopping cart down a hill 50 miles an hour to our deaths. Two men in Australia were walking home when they found an abandoned shopping cart by the side of the road. They hopped in, one in the cart, and one on the back and proceeded to go flying down a hill at 50 miles an hour until they crashed into a car. One died, and the other was injured. I am sure both of their moms are very proud of them.
8. Man Launches Fireworks From His Head, Quickly Dies
This one happened in the good old state of Maine, which is my stomping grounds. Now in Maine a lot of people like to drink, there is no doubt about that. And in Maine, just like in other parts of the country, people like fireworks, too – especially on the 4th of July. Sometimes people even use fireworks at the same time when inebriated, which obviously is not a good idea.
But one thing pretty much no one does, except for Devon Staples, is get drunk, strap a mortar to your head, and light it. On July 4, 2015, he was drunk and began telling his friends about a “stunt” that he thought would be funny to do. His friends kept trying to talk him out of it, but nope, he put a mortar on his head and lit it. He died instantly.
7. Hiker Killed When Lightning Hits Selfie Stick
Believe it or not, I could have done a top 10 list of people dying this year just while taking selfies. Honestly…cut it out, no one cares about you nearly as much as you think. Someone who found that out the hard way was a man who was struck and killed by lightning while carrying a selfie stick in Brecon Beacons, which is a mountain range in Wales.
I mean what are you doing hiking on a mountain during a lightning storm? Why carry around a long metal thing that acts as a lightning rod so you can take your picture and look good for social media? The rescue team blamed the death on the selfie stick, as should we all.
6. Death By Umbrella
Umbrellas don’t just keep you dry, they are also a very dangerous weapon, at least in Japan. A drunken Japanese man died after being poked in the eye by the sharp tip of an umbrella. He didn’t die right away, he was first in a coma. The tip of the umbrella somehow went through his eye and into his brain. Apparently the man with the umbrella was a friend and they were having an argument. The friend was originally charged with assault but after the man died, it was changed to accidental injury resulting in death.
5. Two People Trampled By Camel
Death by camel is not something that you hear about every day. A camel is not considered vicious by anyone. But then again, you probably are not a camel farmer. At a camel farm in Wichita Falls, Texas, an “aggressive camel” took out the farm’s owner as well as a friend. I suppose it goes without saying the camel was aggressive, since the camel killed them and all. The friend entered the pen, to give the camels fresh water. She was then was attacked. The owner was attacked and killed while trying to help.
4. Stowaway On Plane Falls To His Death
Sometimes someone does something that is really brave and you respect them for it. Other times people do something really brave and you don’t respect them, because what they did is so incredibly stupid. This is one of those times. A stowaway jumped on the bottom of a British Airways plane that had taken off from Johannesburg, South Africa. He made it to London before he fell off and landed on top of a building. He made it 8,000 miles before he died. But come on man. Really? Buy a ticket or just stay home! You can’t want to get somewhere that badly!
3. Man Dies Of Bubonic Plague
Okay, you said someone died of what now? The Bubonic Plague? That was over centuries ago. Right? Well yes and no. While the case that I am writing about specifically happened in Utah, there have been 4 deaths from the plague this year. The plague was the cause of the infamous “Black Death” that killed more than 50 million people in the 14th century. To put that in perspective, it killed off half of Europe. While it is mostly over with of course, the Center for Disease Control says that around 7 people get it a year, mostly from fleas from animals.
2. Man is Impaled By Swordfish
A fishing boat captain in Hawaii saw a swordfish swimming around harmlessly, minding its own business. So what does he do? He jumps into the water and spears the fish with a harpoon. The fish didn’t like this much so it speared him back, with his 3 foot long bill, piercing his chest. He was brought to the hospital where he died. The lesson here is obvious: if you are chilling in a boat in Hawaii and you see a swordfish swimming around, for God’s sake just take a picture or something, don’t jump in the water and fight it.
1. Death By Selfie
Sometimes we all try and look cool for social media. Sometimes we even pose in ridiculous ways while we are taking selfies to try to impress people. But most of us don’t kill ourselves doing it. Sadly though, some of us do. A 19-year-old from Texas died after accidentally shooting himself in the throat while trying to look all cool taking selfies while holding a gun. Deleon Alonso Smith, who was just 19 years old, was posting a whole bunch of photos of him and a gun to social media when it happened, and there isn’t anything gangster about that.