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35 Amazing Weird Deaths | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. Canadian lawyer Garry Hoy amazingly died in Toronto while trying to prove that the glass in the windows of a 24th floor office was unbreakable, by throwing himself against it , an act he had done twice before. It didn’t break but it did pop out of its frame and he plunged to his death.
  2. Clement Vallandigham, a 19th century US lawyer, accidentally shot himself dead while defending a murder suspect  because he was trying to demonstrate that a supposed victim could have accidentally shot himself dead. He died but proved the point leading to his client’s was acquittal.
  3. Monica Meyer, the mayor of Betterton, Maryland, died while checking the town’s sewage tanks. She accidently fell in and drowned in 15 feet of human waste.
  4. 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 and died.
  5. Sigurd the Mighty, a ninth-century Norse earl of Orkney, was killed by an enemy he had beheaded several hours earlier. He had tied the man’s head to his horse’s saddle, but while riding home one of its protruding teeth grazed his leg. He died from the infection.
  6. Brazilian Joao Maria de Souza was killed in 2013 when a cow fell amazingly through his roof onto him as he slept.
  7. Frank Hayes was a jockey, who in 1923 suffered a fatal heart attack in the midst of a race at Belmont Park in New York but amazingly his horse finished and won the race with his lifeless body still atop for a 20–1 outsider victory making him the first, and thus far the only jockey to win a race after death.
  8. Paul G. Thomas, the owner of a wool mill, fell into one of his machines in 1987 and died after being wrapped in 800 yards of wool.
  9. In 1900, American physician Jesse William Lazear tried to prove that Yellow Fever was transmitted by mosquitoes by letting infected mosquitoes bite him. He amazingly died of yellow fever proving himself right.
  10. Russian physician Alexander Bogdanov performed pioneering blood transfusions on himself before blood types were discovered believing they would give him good health but died of adverse reaction.
  11. Austrian tailor Franz Reichelt thought he’d invented a device that could make men fly. He tested this by jumping off the Eiffel Tower wearing it. It didn’t work and he died.
  12. In 1567, the man said to have the longest beard in the world died after he tripped over his beard and broke his neck running away from a fire.
  13. 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.
  14. US congressman Michael F. Farley amazingly died in 1921 as a result of shaving because his shaving brush was infected with anthrax.
  15. British actor Gareth Jones died of a heart attack while performing in a live televised play in 1958 in which his character was scripted to have a heart attack. Amazingly the rest of the cast improvised around his death and finished the play.
  16. Mary Ward was a pioneering Irish female scientist who is sadly better known as the first person in history to ever be killed in a car accident  while driving with her family in their experimental  car called “road locomotive steam engine”.
  17. The first pedestrian ever killed by a car was Bridget Driscoll of Croydon, London, in 1896.
  18. Carl Wilhelm Scheele was a brilliant Swedish chemist who had an unusual habit of tasting all the chemicals he discovered. He died in 1786 as a result of his exposure to lead, hydrofluoric acid, arsenic and other poisons.
  19. Engineer Horace Lawson Hunley pioneered submarine design in the American Civil War although most of them sank. He died when his final submarine model, named after himself, sank while he was in command.
  20. Amazing fact is General John Sedgwick was killed by a sniper in the American Civil War shortly after uttering the words “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.”
  21. In 1974, a British health fanatic Basil Brown drank himself to death with carrot juice. He guzzled 10 gallons of carrot juice in a span of 10 days! This gave him 10,000 times the recommended amount of vitamin A and ultimately led to his untimely death from severe liver damage.
  22. 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.
  23. Amazing fact is that Queen Sunanda Kumariratana of Siam (now Thailand) drowned in 1880 in full view of many of her subjects because they were forbidden to touch her and couldn’t rescue her.
  24. The first people ever killed in an air accident were hot air balloon pioneers Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and Pierre Romain, in 1785.
  25. The first person ever killed in a powered aeroplane crash was Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge in 1908, in a plane piloted by Orville Wright.
  26. Twenty-one people died in the Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919, when a massive tank of molasses burst on a warm day, sending a 25 ft high wave of sweetener through the city at 35 mph.
  27. Eight people died in the London Beer Flood of 1814, when a giant vat at a brewery burst, sending over 3,500 barrels of beer pouring though the nearby streets.
  28. In 1518, a “dancing plague” struck Strasbourg, Alsace, France whereby hundreds of people danced fervently in the streets over the period of a month. Some suffered heart attacks or strokes, and many others died from sheer exhaustion. The phenomenon still remains unexplained.
  29. A Bosnian man faked his own death including forging a death certificate and bribing undertakers, just to see who would come to his funeral. Only his mother showed up.
  30. In 2005, during a Muslim Pilgrimage in Baghdad, one man pointed to another and accused him of carrying explosives. Amazingly 953 People died in the resulting stampede.
  31. The V-2 rocket in WW2 in fact killed more people during production than as a weapon. 12,000 forced workers died making them while 9,000 died from the attacks.
  32. A 19th century surgeon once tried to amputate a patient’s leg in under 150 seconds. In his haste, he also amputated his assistant’s fingers and slashed through the coat of a spectator. Both the patient and the assistant died of gangrene, and the spectator dropped dead of fright. It is the only instance in recorded history of an operation with 300% mortality rate.
  33. In 1971, Saddam Hussein imported 100,000 tons of grain treated with fungicidal mercury. The grains were intended for planting, but the Iraqis unable to understand the English and Spanish warnings or the “skull and crossbones” image, baked it into bread. Hundreds of Iraqis died as a result.
  34. A volcanologist died at an observation camp when Mount St. Helens exploded in 1980. He had agreed, for one day, to fill in for a colleague who was rotating out a third scientist based at the camp. The man rotated out died 11 years later during the Mount Unzen (Japan) eruption.
  35. Two brothers were amazingly killed within exactly 1 year of each other . Seventeen year old Erskine Lawrence Ebbin was struck and killed by a taxi while driving a moped in 1975 . Tragic coincidence was that this was exactly 1 year after his 17 year old brother was killed by the same taxi, holding the same passenger, driving the same moped, at the same intersection.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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