Every shiny thing that comes our way

JB, my partner-in-wishing lives of course on the other side of the planet. AWA. A World Apart as you know. We are different in many ways, and similar in many more ways. We love to laugh at ourselves and at life.

A huge similarity is our predilection for following shiny things. Anything really that catches our attention. Whimsical I think we are. And searches can and do become endless. We wander. Not aimlessly you understand.

Shutterstock has lots of shiny things

 Even though research slows down my progress in writing, I love what I learn and being able to give my story credibility.

Words from more than a decade ago (when it was primarily Wikipedia), and some things never change.

I love this about us. And so follows some old words that demonstrate that fun can be unending!

There is a plot afoot though by Wikipedia methinks.  Having found the information I was seeking I spy with my little eye a link.  An interesting link, and having no willpower, absolutely none, I pursue it.

 Well I cannot say, and will not say, it was a waste of time. It delivered ‘interesting’

The link is below and for anyone wishing to dally away some time it is an entertaining list.  There is a ton of information so I will just list a few that really caught my attention.

The list is – Unusual deaths.  Now death in itself is not funny but how it comes about can be.  Well if not funny, at least strange.  Some of it is legend of course and that is where the interesting comes in.

 Men and Strength

  • 6th century BC: Legend says Greek wrestler Milo of Croton came upon a tree-trunk split with wedges. Testing his strength, he tried to rend it with his bare hands. The wedges fell, trapping his hands in the tree and making him unable to defend himself from attacking wolves, which devoured him.[2]

 Men and War

  • 162 BC: Eleazar Maccabeus was crushed to death at the Battle of Beth-zechariah by a war elephant that he believed to be carrying Seleucid King Antiochus V. Charging into battle, Eleazar rushed underneath the elephant and thrust a spear into its belly, whereupon it fell dead on top of him.[8]
  • 53 BC: The Roman general and consul Marcus Licinius Crassuswas reported to have been put to death by the Parthians after losing the battle of Carrhae, by being forced to drink a goblet of molten gold, symbolic of his great wealth.’[9]
  • 892: Sigurd the Mighty of Orkney strapped the head of his defeated foe, Máel Brigte, to his horse’s saddle. The teeth of the head grazed against his leg as he rode, causing a fatal infection.[citation needed]

Love

  • 882, The Carolingian king, Louis III of France, was riding after a woman with amorous intent; on her flight into a building, he followed, still mounted and struck his head on the lintel of the doorway, killing him.[citation needed]

Laughter

Science

  • 1945: Scientist Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. accidentally dropped a brick of tungsten carbide onto a sphere of plutonium while working on the Manhattan Project. This caused the plutonium to come to criticality; Daghlian died of radiation poisoning, becoming the first person to die in a criticality accident.[73]
  • 1959: In the Dyatlov Pass incident, nine ski hikers in the Ural Mountains abandoned their camp in the middle of the night, some clad only in their underwear despite sub-zero weather. Six died of hypothermia and three by unexplained injuries. The corpses showed no signs of struggle, but one had a fatal skull fracture, two had major chest fractures, and one was missing her tongue. Tests showed that all of the hikers had been exposed to large amounts of radiation. Soviet investigators determined only that “a compelling unknown force” had caused the deaths.[78

Fire Power

  • 1982: David Grundman was killed near Lake PleasantArizonawhile shooting at cacti with his shotgun. After firing several shots at a 26 ft (8 m) tall Saguaro Cactus from extremely close range, a 4 ft limb of the cactus detached and fell on him, crushing him.[113][114]
  • 1995: A 39-year-old man committed suicide in Canberra, Australia by shooting himself three times with a pump action shotgun. The first shot passed through his chest and went out the other side. He reloaded and shot away his throat and part of his jaw. Breathing through the wound in his throat, he again reloaded, held the gun against his chest with his hands and operated the trigger with his toes. This shot entered the thoracic cavity and demolished the heart, killing him.[143]

Oh so much more!  Thank you Wikipedia for at least making my time entertaining!

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One is about 43 degrees latitude N. and longitude 80 W, The other almost equidistant south latitude and longitude 174 E. Two women, two minds, different personalities and experiences, choosing a life of meaning, continual growth and learning, at the same time negating ageist opinions of exactly what ‘an old lady’ should be.

10 thoughts on “Every shiny thing that comes our way”

  1. Oh, true that. Writing has always been a very educational pursuit, because I’ve learned so many things I wouldn’t have otherwise. Following up on your theme, didn’t Houdini die from a ruptured appendix that may or may not have been from a punch to the stomach? Anyway, thanks for this post!

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    1. I believe it was a punch to the stomach Stuart. One of his tricks was to bet people could not hurt him. And he would tighten and brace his stomach. He bet one fellow who did not wait to be told to hit and caught Houdini before he could tighten his abs.

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