350 Ways to Die
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Death comes to us all eventually! But some die in unusual circumstances - either instantly or very slowly. What is our fate?
 
 
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The Headless Rooster
The amazing, true story dates back to September 1945 when Mike, a young rooster, was about to become the dinner of Colorado, farmer Lloyd Olsen. Mr. Olsen swung an axe, lopping off poor Mike's head. Mike shook off the event, and then continued trying to peck for food. When Olsen found Mike the next morning, sleeping with his ‘head’ under his wing, he decided that if Mike had that much will to live, he would figure out a way to feed and water him. With an eyedropper Mike was given grain and water. Scientists determined that the axe blade had missed the jugular vein and a clot had prevented Mike from bleeding to death. Although most of his head was in a jar, most of his brain stem and one ear were left on his body. Since most of a chicken's reflex actions are controlled by the brain stem Mike was able to remain quite healthy. Mike continued to live for another 18 months until one night he began to choke. Unable to find the eyedropper used to clear Mike's open oesophagus, Miracle Mike, unfortunately, died.
http://miketheheadlesschicken.org/story.html
 
Cyclist killed as a result of a ‘Tamagotchi’ virtual pet
A French driver killed a cyclist and injured another after she took her eye off the road trying to save her Tamagotchi virtual pet. The 27-year-old woman became distracted when the electronic pet, which was attached to her car key ring, started to send out distress signals. She asked a companion in her car to attend to the Tamagotchi but in the confusion she failed to notice a group of cyclists on the road ahead and slammed into the back of them. One died instantly and another was taken to the hospital.
Reuters, Marseille, August 1998

Dangerous Death in America
Here's a handy ranking of the various dangers confronting America, based on the number of mortalities in each category throughout the 11-year period spanning 1995 through 2005 (extrapolated from best available data).

Driving off the road: 254,419
Falling: 146,542
Accidental poisoning: 140,327

Dying from work: 59,730
Walking down the street: 52,000.
Accidentally drowning: 38,302

Killed by the flu: 19,415
Dying from a hernia: 16,742

Accidental firing of a gun: 8,536
Electrocution: 5,171

Being shot by law enforcement: 3,949
Terrorism: 3147
Carbon monoxide in products: 1,554
Reported by Wired November, 2006


So funny it hurts
The fatal guffaw struck Alex Mitchell, a 50-year-old English bricklayer on March 24, 1975, while he and his wife watched his favorite TV sitcom, The Goodies. Mitchell found a sketch called "Kung Fu Kapers" so hilarious that he laughed for 25 minutes straight, until his heart gave out and he died. Mitchell's wife sent the show a letter thanking the producers and performers for making her husband's last moments so enjoyable.
Publications International, Ltd.   
 
Died Stuffing Snow into a Chicken
Francis Bacon, one of the most influential minds of the late 16th century. A statesman, a philosopher, a writer, and a scientist, he was even rumored to have written some of Shakespeare's plays. One afternoon in 1625, he was watching a snowstorm and was struck by the wondrous notion that maybe snow could be used to preserve meat in the same way that salt was used. Determined to find out, he purchased a chicken from a nearby village, killed it, and then, standing outside in the snow, attempted to stuff the chicken full of snow to freeze it. The chicken never froze, but Bacon did. 


Died of a Nosebleed on Wedding Night
Attila the Hun was one of the most notorious villains in history. His army had conquered all of Asia by 450 AD from Mongolia to the edge of the Russian Empire.
In 453 AD, Attila married a young girl named Ildico. Despite his reputation for ferocity on the battlefield, he tended to eat and drink lightly during large banquets. On his wedding night, however, he gorged himself on food and drink. Sometime during the night he suffered a nosebleed, but was too drunk to notice. He drowned in his own blood and was found dead the next morning.

 


Stingray Barb to the Heart
September,2006: Stever Irwin, 44, a television personality and naturalist known as The Crocodine Hunter, died when his heart was impaled by a short-tail stingray barb while filming a documentary entitled "Ocean's Deadliest" in Queenland's Great Barrier Reef. The stingray was not the creature being filmed. Because of bad weather, Irwin was actually taking a break from filming his documentary at the time of the stingray attack, instead taping some snorkeling segments for a children's show. The Ocean's Deadliest aired in January 2007.
 
Poisoned with Polonium-210
2006: Alexander Litvinenko, a former FSB operative and Russian expatriate who had been investigating the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, was intentionally poisoned with polonium-210, an extremely rare radioactive metalloid.
 
Man eats Man
2001: Bernd-Jürgen Brandes was stabbed repeatedly in the neck and then eaten by Armin Meiwes. Before the killing, both men dined on Brandes' severed penis. Brandes had answered an internet advertisement by Meiwes looking for someone for this purpose. Brandes explicitly stated in his will that he wished to be killed and eaten.
 
Left to the Perils of the Sharks
1998: Tom and Eileen Lonergan were stranded while scuba diving with a group of divers off Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The group's boat accidentally abandoned them due to an incorrect head count taken by the dive boat crew. The couple was left to fend for themselves in shark-infested waters. Their bodies were never recovered. The incident is depicted in the film Open Water and an episode of 20/20.

Used anesthetics to commit suicide.
Horace Wells pioneered the use of anaesthesia in the 1840s. While experimenting with various gases during his anaesthesia research, Wells became addicted to chloroform. In 1848 he was arrested for spraying two women with sulphuric acid. In a letter he wrote from jail, he blamed chloroform for his problems, claiming that he'd gotten high before the attack. Four days later he was found dead in his cell. He'd anaesthetized himself with chloroform and slashed open his thigh with a razor.
 
Didn't get to the bathroom in time.
Tycho Brahe, was an important Danish astronomer of the 16th century. His ground breaking research allowed Sir Isaac Newton to come up with the theory of gravity. In the 16th century, it was considered an insult to leave a banquet table before the meal was over. Brahe, known to drink excessively, had a bladder condition-but failed to relieve himself before the banquet started. He made matters worse by drinking too much at dinner, and was too polite to ask to be excused. His bladder finally burst, killing him slowly and painfully over the next 11 days.

Author of the best selling "Complete Book of Running," died while jogging.
Jim Fixx’s book started the jogging craze of the 1970s. One day he started jogging and had only gone a short distance when he had a massive coronary. His autopsy revealed that one of his coronary arteries was 99% clogged, another was 80% obstructed, and a third was 70% blocked....and that Fixx had had three other attacks in the weeks prior to his death.
 
Founding father of the organic food movement, dies while discussing the benefits of organic food
Jan 1971 - Jerome Irving Rodale, creator of "Organic Farming and Gardening" magazine died on the "Dick Cavett Show", while discussing the benefits of organic foods. Rodale, who bragged "I'm going to live to be 100 unless I'm run down by a sugar-crazed taxi driver," was only 72 when he died of a heart attack part way through the interview. The show was never aired.
 
A terrible taste
War is hell, but ancient wars were particularly brutal. After the Persians captured the Roman emperor Valerian during battle around A.D. 260, Persia's King Shapur I is said to have humiliated Valerian by using him as a footstool. But it only got worse for the Roman. After Valerian offered a king's ransom for his release, Shapur responded by forcing molten gold down his prisoner's throat, stuffing him with straw, and then putting him on display, where he stayed for a few hundred years.
Publications International, Ltd.

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