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Unusual Way To Die: 20 Most Bizarre Deaths That Will Make You Glad To Be Alive!

Ian Smith

While some think of death on a rather poetical way, the truth is not every demise sounds like a poem by Walt Whitman or Edgar Alan Po.

Take a look at the list of the weirdest deaths that have happened in history.

This list will leave you scratching your head.

1.There is a legend that claims Arius, presbyter of Alexandria, may have ingested poison before his gruesome death. He was walking across the imperial forum in Constantinople when he suffered sudden diarrhea followed by hemorrhaging, eventually causing his intestines to be expelled from his anus.

2. The poet Li Bai tried to kiss the reflection of the moon in the water next to his boat when he fell overboard and drowned. Allegedly, the poet had an affection for liquor, which may have played  the role in his demise. He even wrote a poem before his death titled “Alone and Drinking Under the Moon.”

3. Robert Williams, a Ford assembly line worker, is the first human in history to have been killed by a robot. He was hit by a robot arm in 1979.


4.American revolutionary James Otis Jr. often told his friends that he wanted to be killed by a bolt of lightning when his time arrived. His wish came true when he was standing in the doorway of his friend’s house and lightning struck the chimney.

5.Alex Mitchell of England  after laughing nonstop for 25 minutes during a comedy show called “The Goodies,” died of heart failure from the lack of oxygen.

6. Austrian-American logician Kurt Godel died of starvation while his wife was being hospitalized. He suffered from extreme paranoia and refused to eat unless his wife prepared the food. Well,  Kurt Godell, maybe was logician by profession, but his decision doesn’t sound so logical to us.

7. In an attempt to prove to a group of visitors that the glass of the Toronto-Dominion Centre was “unbreakable,” 38-year-old Garry Hoy threw himself against a window. He fell to his death from the 24th floor when the window popped out of the frame. In his defense, the glass did not break.

8. A 28-year-old Russian man bet two women he could have nonstop sex with them for twelve hours. He won the $4,300 bet only to suffer a heart attack several minutes later because of the entire bottle of Viagra he had ingested before the challenge.

9. Jimi Heselden, owner of the Segway Motorized Scooter Company, died when he accidentally drove his Segway off a cliff.

10.Hans Steininger was a 16th century Austrian man was known for having the longest beard in the world (4.5 foot). He died after he tripped over his beard running away from a fire.

11.Brothers Homer and Langley Collyer would have been excellent candidates for a modern-day hoarding show. The two obsessively collected junk and even created booby-traps to protect their prized possessions from intruders. One day, Langley accidentally set off one of his own booby traps while crawling through a tunnel of newspapers to bring food to his paralyzed brother. He died instantly and Homer died of starvation a few days later. It took police nearly two weeks to uncover Langley’s body after removing 100 tons of garbage from the house.

12.Sigurd the Mighty, second Viking Earl of Orkney, decapitated his enemy and attached the head to his horse’s saddle. The head’s teeth grazed against his leg as he rode, causing a fatal infection that cost him his life.

13.Ronald Opus jumped from a 10-story window intending to commit suicide. On his way down, someone shot a bullet from the ninth floor, killing him instantly.

14.King Adolf Frederick of Sweden died with full stomach. The king suffered fatal digestion problems after eating caviar, sauerkraut, smoked herring and champagne, lobster, and 14 servings of his favorite dessert served in a bowl of hot milk. Swedish children today still remember him as “the king who ate himself to death.

15.In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes won a race at Belmont Park in New York despite being dead — he suffered a heart attack mid-race, but his body stayed in the saddle until his horse crossed the line for a 20–1 outsider victory.

16. US congressman Michael F. Farley died in 1921 as a result of shaving – because his shaving brush was infected with anthrax.

17. Edward Harrison was playing golf in Washington state in 1951 when his driver snapped, and the shaft lodged in his groin. He staggered about 100 yards before bleeding to death.

18. Basil Brown, a health fanatic killed himself by drinking a gallon of carrot juice a day, in the belief it would make him healthy. The irony…

19.In 1992, Greg Austin Gingrich died in the Grand Canyon after jokingly pretending to fall to his death, then losing his footing and actually falling to his death.

20.An Irish woman died in 2008 after voluntarily having sex with a dog. The exact cause of death is unclear, although it was speculated that an allergic reaction to dogs might have been the cause.


Ian Smith

Ian Smith is one of the authors writing for The Vintage News