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.
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.
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.
- 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.’
- 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.
- 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.
- 207 BC: Chrysippus, a Greek stoic philosopher, is believed to have died of laughter after giving his donkey wine then seeing it attempt to eat figs.
- 1410: Martin I of Aragon died from a lethal combination of indigestion and uncontrollable laughing.
- 1975: Alex Mitchell, a 50-year-old from Norfolk, England, died laughing while watching The Goodies. A particular scene had caused Mitchell to laugh nonstop for twenty-five minutes before dying of heart failure.
- 1753: Professor Georg Wilhelm Richmann, of Saint Petersburg, Russia, became the first recorded person to be killed while performing electrical experiments when he was struck and killed by a globe of ball lightning.
- 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.
- 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
- 1982: David Grundman was killed near Lake Pleasant, Arizonawhile 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.
- 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.
Oh so much more! Thank you Wikipedia for at least making my time entertaining!