How Are You Going to Go?

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When it comes to death, the only real certainty is that we all will face it eventually. As to the manner in which you are likely to leave this world, well, statisticians have chimed in on the likelihood of meeting the following types of death: Continue reading

Just as Popular in Death

 

Eva Duarte Peron, in repose next to Juan Peron

Eva Duarte Peron, the wife of one-time leader of Argentina Juan Peron, was immensely popular as the nation’s First Lady. Her life inspired the musical play and motion picture Evita.

Upon her death, her popularity only increased, and her body went on a long and sometimes-mysterious journey, including a period of time where Eva’s embalmed corpse sat at the dinner table with Juan Peron and his new wife, Isabel.

When Juan Peron died, Isabel consented to Eva’s body briefly being placed on display next to her deceased husband, but ownership and possession of the body remained with Isabel until 1976 — nearly a quarter of a century after Eva’s death — when the body was finally interred.
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The Dangers of Long Hair on a Hair-Raising Ride

coasterRoller coasters are supposed to be scary, but they aren’t supposed to actually be dangerous.

In August 2003 Doug McKay was working at the Island County Fair at Whidbey Island, Washington. His job was to spray lubricant on the roller coaster’s tracks. Unfortunately, his long hair got caught in one of the coaster’s cars as it sped by.

The speeding coaster pulled McKay along to a height between 25 and 40 feet before scalping him and dropping him to his death. source

Fabio, shortly after suffering a bird strike while on a roller coaster.
Fabio, shortly after suffering a bird strike while on a roller coaster.

McKay was not the first long-haired man to have an unfortunate encounter with a roller coaster.  On March 30, 1999 supermodel Fabio was invited on the inaugural run of Busch Gardens’ new roller coaster, Apollo’s Chariot. Just as the riders began a 70 mph descent, the car collided with a flying goose. The bird hit the front of the car before its body flipped upward, striking Fabio in the face, causing a large cut across the bridge of his nose.

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Death Comes from Above

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How can suicide be the cause of death and not be self-inflicted? How about when the suicide of one person causes the death of another?

Such an unfortunate event happened on August 31, 2009 in Viladecans, Spain. A 50-year-old Ukrainian man was out for a stroll that evening with his wife. Unbeknownst to them, a woman eight floors above chose that moment to end her life by throwing herself off the balcony. She landed on the couple, killing the man and injuring his wife.

The jumper died instantly.

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Laughter: the Best Medicine?

Alex Mitchell
Alex Mitchell

They say laughter is the best medicine, but that did not prove to be true for Alex Mitchell.

On March 24, 1975, Mitchell was enjoying the BBC comedy program The Goodies. While watching a skit entitled “The Battle of Eckythump”, Mitchell burst out laughing and continued to laugh, non-stop for the next 25 minutes. He then succumbed to cardiac arrest.

Rather than be resentful of the program, Mitchell’s widow sent a letter of gratitude to the show’s producers, thanking them for making her husband’s final moments so enjoyable.

To watch the infamous Eckythump skit, click here — IF YOU DARE AND ONLY IF YOU ARE NOT UNDER A PHYSICIAN’S CARE FOR CARDIAC DISEASE.

Defending His Client to the Extreme

Clement Vallandigham (1820-1871)
Clement Vallandigham (1820-1871)

Attorney Clement Vallandigham (former US Congressman from Ohio and famously deported to the South by President Lincoln during the Civil War) was defending Thomas McGehan, who was accused of shooting a man to death during a fight in a saloon. Vallandigham argued that his client was innocent and that the victim had accidentally shot himself. He believed the victim could have snagged his pistol on his own clothing, causing an accidental discharge of the weapon.

While trying to prove his theory, Vallandigham staged a reenactment, where he played the part of the victim. At the crucial moment, he pulled a pistol from his pocket. In the process, the weapon snagged on his waistcoat and fired, lodging a bullet in Vallandigham’s abdomen.

The bad news is that this wound proved fatal; Vallandigham died the next day from peritonitis.

The good news is that he proved his point, and Mr. McGehan was found not guilty and released from custody.

Further bad news…. Four years later, McGehan was shot to death in yet another barroom brawl.

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