Since the beginning of time, human beings have shared one common yet inevitable phase of life: death. Most hope for a peaceful passing, however, that is not always the case. Here are some examples of the unusual deaths that at first glance seem impossible.
A Poetic Way to Perish: “Alone and Drinking Under the Moon” was the final poem written by the starry-eyed Li Bai before his tragic death. Coincidently, Bai fell overboard in the middle of the night while intoxicated and drowned.
A Delicious Demise: King Adolf Frederick suffered from fatal digestion problems after he ate 14 servings of his favorite dessert. Swedish children today still remember him as “the king who ate himself to death” – literally.
The Case of a Lifetime: U.S. Congressmen Clement Vallandigham was defending a client in court when he accidentally shot himself. He was arguing to the jury just how easy it can be to shoot yourself. Let’s just say he proved everyone right.
Dying to Be Right: A man named Garry Hoy threw his entire body towards a glass window at the Toronto-Dominion Centre to prove to a group of visitors that the glass was unbreakable. The glass did not break, instead, the window popped out of the frame and Hoy plummeted 24 floors to his death.
Folding Under Pressure: A St. Petersburg man was having an argument with his wife one night when she kicked the handle to the folding couch he was lying on. Unfortunately, when she returned home three hours later, she found he had been trapped in couch and had suffocated.
Don’t Upset the Grim Reaper: A renowned daredevil, Bobby Leach found death unexpectedly when he slipped on an orange peel and broke his leg. After several death-defying stunts, Leach later died from complications from leg-related surgery.
Hoarders: Buried Alive: Two brothers, Homer and Langley Collyer, obsessively collected junk. They set up booby traps to deter potential thieves but didn’t anticipate that those same traps could be used against them. Langley suffered an instant death while Homer became paralyzed and then died.
Tooth and Nail: Sigurd the Mighty, second Viking Earl of Orkney, died from a fatal infection on his leg. It occurred after he decapitated the head of an enemy and attached it to his horse where the head’s teeth grazed his leg as he rode.