5 Weird Deaths
1. Drinking yourself to death with carrot juice.
In 1974, Basil Brown, a 48-year-old health food advocate from Croydon, drank himself to death with carrot juice. He intook 10 gallons of carrot juice in a span of 10 days, which gave him 10,000 times the recommended amount of vitamin A and ultimately led to his death from severe liver damage.
2. The laughter of death.
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. (Wikipedia)
What's even funnier is how the scene isn't funny at all. Take a look for yourself.
3. The Dylatov Pass Incident
In 1959, 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. The hikers also appeared to have a tan. Soviet investigators determined only that "a compelling unknown force" had caused the deaths. (Wikipedia)
Ok, let's try to break this down and comprehend it.
The nakedness - Paradoxical undressing. This happens when you're so cold (moderate to severe hypothermia), that your muscles contracting blood vessels become exhausted and relax, leading to a sudden surge of blood to the extremities. This fools the person into feeling overheated.
The missing tongue - Animals tend to go for the warmest, softest tissue on a human body when searching for food. The tongue!
The radiation - This was never in the actual documentation of the incident. Some 'I want to believe' kid probably added that in.
The tan - Yeah, lying in the sun for days before being discovered does that to you.
4. The swimming pool drain sucking out your innards.
In 2008, Abigail Taylor, a 6-year-old from Edina, Minnesota, died nine months after several of her internal organs were partially sucked out of her lower body while she sat on an excessively powerful swimming pool drain. Surgeons had replaced her intestines and pancreas with donor organs, but she later succumbed to a rare transplant-related cancer. (Wikipedia)
Wait, what? Poor kid... Do you remember sitting on one of those fan things in the swimming pool? Feeling that warm wave heating up your cold body while you cursed the pool water for being too cold? I guess you sat on one of the friendly ones, then!
But seriously, why would they power up something like that? If it looks like it's creating a whirlpool, then remove it before it sucks out a poor child's body contents!
5. Oh, those ancient people.
Two strange deaths here - the first two listed in Wikipedia.
- In 620 BC, Draco, an Athenian law-maker, was smothered to death by gifts of cloaks showered upon him by appreciative citizens at a theatre on Aegina.
Thank you, Draco! Here, come to this theatre in Aegina, a very video gamey name, where we can smother you to death with our wizarding cloaks and watch you choke and die without helping.
- 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.
Fi Fo Fum, I can see a tree trunk stump! Let me test my muscle power, then the wolves can have something to devour!