(Includes 29 jokes and articles, 16 1001,3,cf,wXT3,3)
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Subj: The Centrifuge Brain Project (S922d)
Published by: KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg
From: Valorie Calton on Facebook
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Subj: Six Unluckiest People in the World (S571)
From: ginafm on 12/31/2007
1 - Frane Selak
Escaped from a derailed train,
a door-less plane, a bus
crash, a car into flames, another 2 car accidents... but
then won $1,000,000 dollars on the lottery! Frane Selak
(born 1929) is a Croatian music teacher famous for his
numerous escapes from fatal accidents:
In January, 1962, Selak was traveling
via train from
Sarajevo to Dubrovnik. However, the train had suddenly
derailed and plunged into an icy river, killing 17
passengers. Selak managed to escape, and only suffered
a broken arm and minor scrapes and bruises.
The following year, while traveling
from Zagreb to
Rijeka when the door blew away from the cockpit, forcing
him out of the plane. Although 19 others were killed, he
suffered only minor injuries and had miraculously landed
in a haystack.
In 1966, he was riding on a bus
that crashed and plunged
into a river. Four others were killed, but Selak managed
to escape unharmed.
In 1970, he managed to escape
before a faulty fuel pump
engulfed his car into flames.
In 1973, another of Selak's cars
caught fire, forcing fire
through the air vents. He suffered no injuries save the
loss of most of his hair.
In 1995, he was hit by a city
bus, but once again suffered
In 1996 he escaped when he drove
off a cliff to escape an
oncoming truck. He managed to land in a tree, and watched
as his car exploded 300 feet below him.
In 2003 he won $1,000,000 dollars
in the Croatian lottery,
and had stated that "I know God was watching me over all
these years." He has reputedly refused to fly to Australia
to air on a Doritos commercial, saying he "didn't want to
test his luck."
He has said that he can either
be looked as "the world's
unluckiest man, or the world's luckiest man," and prefers
2 - John Lyne
Suffered 16 major accidents in
his life. As a teen, he
felt from a tree; on his way back from hospital, his bus
crashed. John Lyne could well be Britain's unluckiest man.
'Calamity John' has suffered 16 major accidents in his life,
including lightning strikes, a rock-fall in a mine and
three car crashes. 'I don't think there is any reason or
explanation. Things could have been much worse and I could
have died but it doesn't worry me too much.'
Mr Lyne's mishaps cover a lifetime
and he has even been
known to suffer two accidents at once. As a child, he fell
off a horse and cart - only to be run over by a delivery
van. When he was a teenager, he broke his arm falling from
a tree. On his way back from hospital, his bus crashed,
breaking the same arm in another place. The date, of
course, was Friday the 13th.
3 - William "Bud" Post
Won the lottery, but got sued
by everyone and finally went
broke and died.
William "Bud" Post won $16.2
million in the Pennsylvania
lottery in 1988 but now lives on his Social Security. "I
wish it never happened. It was totally a nightmare," says
A former girlfriend successfully
sued him for a share of
his winnings. It wasn't his only lawsuit. A brother was
arrested for hiring a hit man to kill him, hoping to
inherit a share of the winnings. Other siblings pestered
him until he agreed to invest in a car business and a
restaurant in Sarasota, Fla., - two ventures that brought
no money back and further strained his relationship with
his siblings. Post even spent time in jail for firing a
gun over the head of a bill collector. Within a year, he
was $1 million in debt.
Post admitted he was both careless
and foolish, trying to
please his family. He eventually declared bankruptcy.
Now he lives quietly on $450 a month and food stamps. "I'm
tired, I'm over 65 years old, and I just had a serious
operation for a heart aneurysm. Lotteries don't mean
(anything) to me," said Post. He died on Jan 15 of
4 - Major Summerford
Struck by lightning... 4 times!
A British officer, Major Summerford,
while fighting in the
fields of Flanders in February 1918 was knocked off his
horse by a flash of lightning and paralyzed from the waist
down. Summerford retired and moved to Vancouver. One day
in 1924, as he fished alongside a river, lightning hit the
tree he was sitting under and paralyzed his right side.
Two years later Summerford was sufficiently recovered that
he was able to take walks in a local park. He was walking
there one summer day in 1930 when a lightning bolt smashed
into him, permanently paralyzing him. He died two years
later. But lightning sought him out one last time. Four
years later, during a storm, lightning struck a cemetery
and destroyed a tombstone. The deceased buried here?
5 - Henry Ziegland
Killed by a very persistent bullet
Henry Ziegland thought he had
dodged fate. In 1883, he
broke off a relationship with his girlfriend who, out of
distress, committed suicide. The girl's brother was so
enraged that he hunted down Ziegland and shot him. The
brother, believing he had killed Ziegland, then turned his
gun on himself and took his own life. But Ziegland had
not been killed. The bullet, in fact, had only grazed his
face and then lodged in a tree. Ziegland surely thought
himself a lucky man. Some years later, however, Ziegland
decided to cut down the large tree, which still had the
bullet in it. The task seemed so formidable that he
decided to blow it up with a few sticks of dynamite. The
explosion propelled the bullet into Ziegland's head,
6 - Evelyn Adams
Won the lottery twice, now lives on a trailer
"Winning the lottery isn't always
what it's cracked up to
be," says Evelyn Adams, who won the New Jersey lottery not
just once, but twice (1985, 1986), to the tune of $5.4
million. Today the money is all gone and Adams lives in a
trailer. "I won the American dream but I lost it, too. It
was a very hard fall. It's called rock bottom," says Adams.
"Everybody wanted my money.
Everybody had their hand out.
I never learned one simple word in the English language -
'No.' I wish I had the chance to do it all over again.
I'd be much smarter about it now," says Adams, who also
lost money at the slot machines in Atlantic City. "I was
a big-time gambler," admits Adams. "I didn't drop a
million dollars, but it was a lot of money. I made
mistakes, some I regret, some I don't. I'm human. I
can't go back now so I just go forward, one step at a
Submitted by Jesse J.
Subj: A New Drug Children have Discovered (S449b)
From: PGM2R4U on 8/20/2005
This article is true and can
be checked at
First I'm going to tell you a
little about me and my family.
My name is Jeff. I am a Police Officer for a city which is
known nationwide for its crime rate. We have a lot of gangs
and drugs. At one point we were # 2 in the nation in ######
per capita. I also have a police K-9 named Thor. He was
certified in drugs and general duty. He retired at 3 years
old because he was shot in the line of duty. He lives with
us now and I still train with him because he likes it. I
always liked the fact that there was no way to bring drugs
into my house. Thor wouldn't allow it. He would tell on you.
The reason I say this is so you
understand that I know about
drugs. I have taught in schools about drugs. My wife asks
all our kids at least once a week if they used any drugs.
Makes them promise they won't.
I like building computers occasionally
and started building
a new one in February 2005. I also was working on some of
my older computers. They were full of dust so on one of my
trips to the computer store I bought a 3 pack of DUST OFF.
Dust Off is a can of compressed air to blow dust off a
computer. A few weeks later when I went to use one of them
they were all used. I talked to my kids and my two sons
both said they had used them on their computer and messing
around with them. I yelled at them for wasting the 10
dollars I paid for them. On February 28 I went back to the
computer store. They didn't have the 3 pack which I had
bought on sale so I bought a single jumbo can of Dust Off.
I went home and set it down beside my computer.
On March 1st, I left for work
at 10 PM. Just before midnight
my wife went down and kissed Kyle goodnight. At 5:30 am the
next morning Kathy went downstairs to wake Kyle up for school,
before she left for work. He was propped up in bed with his
legs crossed and his head leaning over. She called to him a
few times to get up. He didn't move. He would sometimes
tease her like this and pretend he fell back asleep. He was
never easy to get up. She went in and shook his arm. He fell
over. He was pale white and had the straw from the Dust Off
can coming out of his mouth. He had the new can of Dust Off
in his hands. Kyle was dead.
I am a police officer and I had
never heard of this. My wife
is a nurse and she had never heard of this. We later found
out from the coroner, after the autopsy, that only the pro-
pellant from the can of Dust off was in his system. No other
drugs. Kyle had died between midnight and 1 AM.
I found out that using Dust Off
is being done mostly by kids
ages 9 through 15. They even have a name for it. It's called
dusting. A take off from the Dust Off name. It gives them a
slight high for about 10 seconds. It makes them dizzy. A boy
who lives down the street from us showed Kyle how to do this
about a month before. Kyle showed his best friend. Told him
it was cool and it couldn't hurt you. Its just compressed
air. It can't hurt you. His best friend said no.
Kyle was wrong. It's not
just compressed air. It also
contains a propellant called R2. Its a refrigerant like
what is used in your refrigerator. It is a heavy gas. Heavier
than air. When you inhale it, it fills your lungs and keeps
the good air, with oxygen, out. That's why you feel dizzy,
buzzed. It decreases the oxygen to your brain, to your heart.
Kyle was right. It can't hurt you. IT KILLS YOU.
The horrible part about this
is there is no warning. There
is no level that kills you. It's not cumulative or an over-
dose; it can just go randomly, terribly wrong. Roll the
dice and if your number comes up you die. IT'S NOT AN
OVERDOSE. Its Russian Roulette.
You don't die later. Or
not feel good and say I've had too
much. You usually die as your breathing it in. If not you
die within 2 seconds of finishing "the hit." That's why
the straw was still in Kyle's mouth when he died. Why his
eyes were still open.
The experts want to call this
huffing. The kids don't believe
its huffing. As adults we tend to lump many things together.
But it doesn't fit here. And that's why its more accepted.
There is no chemical reaction. no strong odor. It doesn't
follow the huffing signals. Kyle complained a few days
before he died of his tongue hurting. It probably did. The
propellant causes frostbite. If I had only known.
It's easy to say hey, it's my
life and I'll do what I want.
But it isn't. Others are always effected. This has forever
changed our family's life. I have a hole in my heart and soul
that can never be fixed. The pain is so immense I can't
describe it. There's nowhere to run from it. I cry all the
time and I don't ever cry.
I do what I'm supposed to do
but I don't really care. My kids
are messed up. One won't talk about it. The other will only
sleep in our room at night. And my wife, I can't even describe
how bad she is taking this. I thought we were safe because of
Thor. I thought we were safe because we knew about drugs and
talked to our kids about them.
After Kyle died another story
came out. A Probation Officer
went to the school system next to ours to speak with a student.
While there he found a student using Dust Off in the bathroom.
This student told him about another student who also had some
in his locker. This is a rather affluent school system. They
will tell you they don't have a drug problem there. They don't
even have a Dare or Plus program there. So rather than tell
everyone about this "new" way of getting high they found, they
hid it. The probation officer told the media after Kyle's
death and they, the school, then admitted to it. I know that
if they would have told the media and I had heard, it wouldn't
have been in my house.
We need to get this out of our
homes and school computer labs.
Using Dust Off isn't new and some "professionals" do know
about it. It just isn't talked about much, except by the kids.
They all seem to know about it.
April 2nd was 1 month since Kyle
died. April 5th would have
been his 15th birthday. And every weekday I catch myself
sitting on the living room couch at 2:30 in the afternoon and
waiting to see him get off the bus. I know Kyle is in heaven
but I cant help but wonder if I died and went to Hell.
Subj: Bungee Jumping To A Cruise Ship (S420b)
From: igiggle on 2/9/2005
A thirty-six-year-old man from
Nanaimo, British Columbia,
tried to stow away on a ship as it left Vancouver - the
hard way. The man positioned himself on a bridge, knowing
the ship would pass under him.
He had a bungee cord firmly tied
around his waist, and he
planned to jump down onto the ship's deck, cut the cord,
and gain a free cruise. As soon as the ship was in position,
the man leapt from the bridge but he hadn't properly
calculated the weight of his body, the distance of the fall,
and the tension of the cord. Instead of gracefully landing
a few feet from the deck, the man slammed onto the ship's
tennis court and then bounced back up.
On his way back down he crashed
into the railing of the stern
and was left dangling above the water like a yo-yo. He
rappelled into the water, where the crew of a passing boat
rescued him. Life has its little ups and downs, but this
guy had them all in one day.
Five Amazing Accident Photos (S474b)
From: gordonschuk on 2/9/2006
Subj: Guys w/New Jeep Go Duck Hunting (S157)
From: RFSlick on 01/31/2000
(Also see 'Two Brain Surgeons Go Duck Hunting' in DUCKS)
This from a radio program, a
true report of a happening in
Michigan: A guy buys a brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee for
$30,000 and has $400+ monthly payments. He and a friend
go duck hunting and of course all the lakes are frozen.
These two guys go to the lake
with the guns, the dog, the
beer, and of course the new vehicle. They drive out onto
the lake ice and get ready. Now, they want to make some
kind of a natural landing area for the ducks, something
for the decoys to float on. In order to make a hole large
enough to look like something a wandering duck would fly
down and land on, it is going to take a little more effort
than an ice hole drill.
So, out of the back of the new
Grand Cherokee comes a stick
of dynamite with a short, 40-second fuse. Now these two
Rocket Scientists do take into consideration that they must
place the stick of dynamite on the ice at a location far
from where they are standing (and the new Grand Cherokee).
They don't want to take the risk
of slipping on the ice
when they run from the burning fuse, and possibly go up in
smoke with the resulting blast. So, they decide to light
this 40-second fuse and throw the dynamite.
(Remember a couple of paragraphs
back when I mentioned the
vehicle, the beer, the guns and the dog?)
Yes, the dog: A highly trained
Black Lab used for retrieving.
Especially things thrown by the owner. You guessed it, the
dog takes off at a high rate of doggy speed on the ice and
captures the stick of dynamite with the burning 40-second
fuse about the time it hits the ice.
The two men yell, scream, wave
arms and wonder what to do
now. The dog, cheered on, keeps coming. One of the guys
grabs the shotgun and shoots the dog. The shotgun is loaded
with #8 duck shot, hardly big enough to stop a Black Lab.
The dog stops for a moment, slightly confused, but continues
on. Another shot and this time the dog, still standing,
becomes really confused and of course terrified, thinking
these two Nobel Prize winners have gone insane.
The dog takes off to find cover,
(with the now really short
fuse burning on the stick of dynamite).... under the brand
----BOOM!---- Dog and Cherokee
are blown to bits and sink
to the bottom of the lake in a very large hole, leaving the
two idiots standing there with this "I can't believe this
happened" look on their faces.
The insurance company says that
sinking a vehicle in a lake
by illegal use of explosives is not covered. He still had
yet to make the first of those $400+ a month payments!!
Subj: Fun With Beer And Guns (73)
From: Ossama's Laugh on 6/14/98
In rural Carbon County, PA, a
group of men were drinking
beer and discharging firearms from the rear deck of a home
owned Irving Michaels, age 27. The men were firing at a
raccoon that was wandering by, but the beer apparently
impaired their aim and, despite of the estimated 35 shots
the group fired, the animal escaped into a 3 foot diameter
drainage pipe some 100 feet away from Mr. Michaels deck.
Determined to terminate the animal,
Mr. Michaels retrieved
a can of gasoline and poured some down the pipe, intending
to smoke the animal out. After several unsuccessful
attempts to ignite the fuel, Michaels emptied the entire 5
gallon fuel can down the pipe and tried to ignite it again,
to no avail.
Not one to admit defeat by wildlife,
the determined Mr.
Michaels proceeded to slide feet-first approximately 15
feet down the sloping pipe to toss the match. The sub-
sequent rapidly expanding fireball propelled Mr. Michael
back the way he had come, though at a much higher rate of
speed. He exited the angled pipe "like a Polaris missile
leaves a submarine," according to witness Joseph McFadden,
31. Mr. Michaels was launched directly over his own home,
right over the heads of his astonished friends, onto his
front lawn. In all, he traveled over 200 feet through the
air. "There was a Doppler Effect to his scream as he flew
over us," McFadden reported, "Followed by a loud thud.".
Amazingly, he suffered only minor
injuries. "It was
actually pretty cool," Michaels said, "Like when they shoot
someone out of a cannon at the circus. I'd do it again if
I was sure I wouldn't get hurt."
Subj: Man Determined To Commit Suicide (S71)
From: Tom_Adams on 98-06-12
(Also see 'Suicide in France' in DARWIN AWARDS2)
In France, Jacques LeFevrier
left nothing to chance when he
decided to commit suicide. He stood at the top of a tall
cliff and tied a noose around his neck. He tied the other
end of the rope to a large rock. He drank some poison and
set fire to his clothes. He even tried to shoot himself at
the last moment. He jumped and fired the pistol.
The bullet missed him completely
and cut through the rope
above him. Free of the threat of hanging, he plunged into
the sea. The sudden dunking extinguished the flames and
made him vomit the poison. He was dragged out of the water
by a kind fisherman and was taken to hospital, where he
died... of hypothermia.
Subj: Deaths At Disney
From: Amy's Humor Archive on 06/27/97
When You Die at Disney, You Really Die at Disney
Though Mickey would have us believe
do occur at the happiest place on earth. Yet we hear so
little about them. Funny thing about them is that, most
of the time, these accidents have nothing to do with
Disney, and everything to do with the unbelievable
stupidity of the guests.
Maybe the world is better off without them...
The first death on the Matterhorn attraction is also the
first death to occur at any Disney park, yet no fireworks
were shot to mark the occasion. Intelligent Mark Maples,
15, unbuckled his seat belt while on the roller coaster
and tried to stand up. Not surprisingly, he was thrown
on a lower track. He died a few days later from internal
Scaling Disneyland's outer fence and climbing onto the
Monorailtrack, Thomas Cleveland, 19, thought he had found
a real clever way to sneak into the park. Unfortunately,
the Monorail was using the track at the time, and it took
that opportunity to kill him, despite his attempt to hide
on the fiberglass canopy under the track. After being
struck n' killed, his body was dragged for 30-40 feet.
Ricky Yama, 17, decided that the slow-moving People Mover
ride would be much more fun if he jumped from car to car.
Oh, what fun he must have been having. Oh, the surprise
on the other guests faces! "Can you believe it?" they must
have asked each other, "look at that crazy guy moving from
car to car! Ha,ha. What a card!" Funny Ricky slipped
and was crushed under the wheels of the cars he was about
A Disneyland employee is crushed between the walls of the
rotating theater at the patriotic "America Sings" attraction
in front of many horrified tourists. (The walls were later
reconfigured to prevent this from happening again, but ride
closed several years later due to waning popularity. It's
a good thing, too. "America Sings" would make Pat Boone
With two deaths in 1973(this one and the above), this was
a really violent year at Disneyland. Bogden Delarout, 18,
and his 10 year-old brother hid during closing time while
on Tom Sawyer Island. Since little brother couldn't swim,
Bogden tried to carry him on his back when they tried to
disembark. The 10 year-old was found dog paddling fairly
soon after. Bogden's body was found the next morning.
While searching for her car, Hattie Richardson falls in a
canal in between the "Minnie" and "Goofy" sections of the
Disney World parking lot and drowns.
As Disneyland guests sometimes do, Gerardo Gonzales climbs
out of the People Mover ride. As he attempts to re-board,
another "People Mover" comes along and crushes him. As an
added bonus, he was dragged hundreds of feet before the
Mel Yorba, 18, is stabbed and killed between the submarine
ride and "The Matterhorn" by James O' Driscoll, 29, an
unemployed construction worker. The bloody knife is later
found near "Sleeping Beauty's Castle" and a blood-soaked
shirt is discovered in a woman's bathroom in Fantasyland.
It seems Mr. Driscoll thought that Mel was putting the
moves on his lady. Gosh, can't we all just get along?
Phil Straughn, 18, and a friend take an unauthorized ride
on a motorized maintenance boat in the lagoon surrounding
Disneyland's "Tom Sawyer Island". The boat strikes a rock,
and Straughnis ejected into the water and drowns. They
had both been drinking heavily.
Regina Young falls out of her bobsled on "The Matterhorn"
roller-coaster ride, lands on the track, is struck by
another bobsled, and killed. Her seat belt was not fastened.
A shooting death occurs in the Disneyland parking lot. It
is later discovered to be gang related.
Several Videos of Men Having Accidents (S481dwmv)
From: darrell94590 on 4/11/2006
You can view these WMV home videos
of men being dumb
by clicking 'HERE'. Doesn't work on my XP computer
using Google Chrome.
Subj: Falling Cow (S29)
From: ArmaDillow on 97-08-15, Source: Anaise
(Also see 'Falling Cow' in DARWIN AWARDS2)
THIS IS AN ACTUAL ARTICLE TAKEN FROM A JAPANESE NEWSPAPER:
On Friday, March 14, the Japanese
Coast Guard responded to
an SOS call from a sinking ship in the middle of the Sea of
Japan. When the rescue effort arrived, they found the crew
of a trawler clinging to the hull of their overturned ship.
After returning to land, each
member of the crew and the
officers were questions about the events causing the accident,
but after the interviews, the men were placed in confinement
for suspicion of sabatoge.
Every man claimed that their
boat had been struck by a large
cow that had fallen out of the cloudless sky, leading the
authorities to suspect the story had been concocted to cover
up foul play.
The men remained in confinement
for a week until a call
came in from the Russian Air Force, who had heard of the
incident. After the call, all of the men were released.
On the same day that the ship
sank, a Russian cargo plane
was preparing to take off from an airfield in far eastern
Russia. Before takeoff, the crew of the plane noticed a
cow grazing beside the runway.
Hungry for the expensive meat,
they dragged the cow into
the cargo hold and took off, intending to have a feast at
their destination. Once in the air, the disoriented cow
went beserk, thrashing and kicking at anything and anyone
within reach. Before the cow could do any serious damage,
the crew opened the cargo hatch and pushed the cow out at
30,000 feet over the Sea of Japan.
Subj: Gravity Kills
From: ipkis on 97-10-11
A 22-year-old Reston man was
found dead yesterday after
he tried to use occy straps (the stretchy little ropes
with hooks on each end) to bungee jump off a 70-foot
railroad trestle, police said. Fairfax County police
said Eric A. Barcia, a fast-food worker, taped a bunch
of these straps together, wrapped an end around one foot,
anchored the other end to the trestle at Lake Accotink
Park, jumped ... and hit the pavement.
Warren Carmichael, a police spokesman,
think Barcia was alone because his car was found nearby.
"The length of the cord that he had assembled was greater
than the distance between the trestle and the ground,"
Carmichael said. [Derrr.]
Police say the apparent cause
of death was "major trauma."
An autopsy is scheduled for later in the week.
Subj: Launched On The Fourth Of July ...
From: ipkis on 97-10-11
Three young men in Oklahoma were
enjoying the coming fourth
of July holiday and wanted to apparently test fire some
fireworks. Their only real problem was that their launch
pad and seating arrangements were atop a several hundred
thousand gallon fuel distillation or storage tank. Oddly
enough, some fumes were ignited, producing a fireball seen
for miles and miles. They were launched, no doubt, count-
less thousands of feet into the air and were found dead
250 yards from their respective seats.
Subj: The Dumbest Deaths In Recorded History (S44)
From: Daemonic Funnies Page
How Not To Die
Attila the Hun:
One of the most notorious villains in history, Attila's
army had conquered all of Asia by 450 AD--from Mongolia to
the edge of the Russian Empire--by destroying villages and
pillaging the countryside.
How he died: He got a nosebleed
on his wedding night. In
453 AD, Attila married a young girl named Ildico. Despite
his reputation for ferocity on the battlefield, he tended
to eat and drink lightly during large banquets. On his
wedding night, however, he really cut loose, gorging him-
self on food and drink. Sometime during the night he
suffered a nosebleed, but was too drunk to notice. He
drowned in his own blood and was found dead the next morning.
An important Danish astronomer of the 16th century. His
ground breaking research allowed Sir Isaac Newton to come
up with the theory of gravity. How he died: Didn't get to
the bathroom in time.
In the 16th century, it was considered
an insult to leave
a banquet table before the meal was over. Brahe, known to
drink excessively, had a bladder condition -- but failed
to relieve himself before the banquet started. He made
matters worse by drinking too much at dinner, and was too
polite to ask to be excused. His bladder finally burst,
killing him slowly and painfully over the next 11 days.
Pioneered the use of anesthesia in the 1840s
How he died: Used anesthetics to commit suicide. While
experimenting with various gases during his anesthesia
research, Wells became addicted to chloroform. In 1848,
he was arrested for spraying two women with sulfuric acid.
In a letter he wrote from jail, he blamed chloroform for
his problems, claiming that he'd gotten high before the
attack. Four days later he was found dead in his cell.
He'd anaesthetized himself with chloroform and slashed
open his thigh with a razor.
One of the most influential minds of the late 16th century.
A statesman, a philosopher, a writer, and a scientist, he
was even rumored to have written some of Shakespeare's plays.
How he died: Stuffing snow into a chicken. One afternoon in
1625, Bacon was watching a snowstorm and was struck by the
wondrous notion that maybe snow could be used to preserve
meat in the same way that salt was used. Determined to
find out, he purchased a chicken from a nearby village,
killed it, and then, standing outside in the snow, attempted
to stuff the chicken full of snow to freeze it. The chicken
never froze, but Bacon did.
Jerome Irving Rodale:
Founding father of the organic food movement, creator of
"Organic Farming and Gardening" magazine, and founder of
Rodale Press, a major publishing corporation.
How he died: On the "Dick Cavett Show", while discussing
the benefits of organic foods. Rodale, who bragged "I'm
going to live to be 100 unless I'm run down by a sugar-
crazed taxi driver," was only 72 when he appeared on the
"Dick Cavett Show" in January 1971. Part way through the
interview, he dropped dead in his chair. Cause of death:
heart attack. The show was never aired.
A Greek playwright back in 500 BC. Many historians
consider him the father of Greek tragedies.
How he died: An eagle dropped a tortoise on his head
According to legend, eagles picked up tortoises and
attempt to crack them open by dropping them on rocks. An
eagle mistook Aeschylus' head for a rock (he was bald)
and dropped it on him instead.
Author of the best selling "Complete Book of Running,"
which started the jogging craze of the 1970s.
How he died: A heart attack....while jogging Fixx was
visiting Greensboro, Vermont when he walked out of his
house and began jogging. He'd only gone a short distance
when he had a massive coronary. His autopsy revealed that
one of his coronary arteries was 99% clogged, another was
80% obstructed, and a third was 70% blocked....and that
Fixx had had three other attacks in the weeks prior to his
And finally there's Lully, one of our favorite 16th-century
composers, who wrote music for the king of France. While
rehearsing the musicians, he got too serious beating time
with his staff, and drove it right through his foot. He
died of infection.