Most of us hope to die peacefully in our beds, surrounded by loved ones. We also think of tragedy - car accidents, plane crashes, serial killers. However, with bodies as fragile as ours there are an infinite number of ways to end a life. You can wade through stories of people shooting themselves in the head or sneaking into a lion cage at a zoo, but of all the ways to be snuffed out, these ten are truly one of a kind.
Have you ever loved a drink so much that you felt like you could drink it for the rest of your life? Read the story of health nut Basil Brown, who drank so much carrot juice that he died within 10 days. What about Frank Hayes, the jockey who died in the middle of a race while his horse was first across the finish line? Edward II was rumored to have been assassinated via a hot poker up the anus. If you prefer to look upon the terrifying enigma of death with a humorous eye, or if you simply enjoy reading tales of natural selection at its finest, each of these ten dumb deaths that would make Darwin himself proud. Whether mysterious, hilarious, or downright odd, these are a crack-up. Sit down, pop some popcorn, and prepare to absorb a melange of deadly tales that will, ironically, make you chuckle.
10 Death by Beer Flood
9 Death by Immortality Potion
8 Death by Laughter
7 Death by Beard
6 Death by Carrot Juice
5 Death by Nintendo Wii
4 Death by Cockroach Body Parts
3 Death by Falling Cow
2 Death by Horse Race
1 Death by Courtroom Demonstration
We all know courtrooms can be vicious, but usually never like this. In 1871, lawyer and former Congressman Clement Valladingham was determined to prove his case. His client, Thomas McGehan, was accused of shooting Thomas Myers to death in the midst of a bar brawl. Valladingham, however, believed that Myers could have shot himself, and he intended to demonstrate in court how this could be done. In front of judge and jury, he raised a gun to his head and mimicked shooting himself - but his empty gun wasn’t so empty after all. He was rushed to a hotel room, mortified by his fatal mistake, and died soon after. The case was won, although the client was shot to death himself a few years later.
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