Wikipedia – The Plot to Keep Me Unpublished

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Wikipedia – The Plot to Keep Me Unpublished

 Even though research slows down my progress in writing, I love what I learn and being able to give my story credibility.

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.[2]

 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.[8]
  • 53 BC: The Roman general and consul Marcus Licinius Crassus was 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.’[9]

Love

  • 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.[citation needed]

Laughter

Science

  • 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.[73]
  • 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

Fire Power

  • 1982: David Grundman was killed near Lake Pleasant, Arizona while 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.[113][114]
  • 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.[143]

Oh so much more!  Thank you Wikipedia for at least making my time entertaining!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unusual_deaths

 

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lindsay @ you are here
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 13:16:20

    * 1982: David Grundman was killed near Lake Pleasant, Arizona while 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.[113][114]

    Did this win a Darwin? Because it should have. LOL
    Loved this. :) I’m your newest fan :)

    Reply

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  3. the domestic fringe
    May 31, 2011 @ 22:50:52

    Oh, my goodness! This stuff is crazy. No wonder you had to keep reading.

    Reply

  4. brahmineyes
    May 31, 2011 @ 21:43:30

    great compilation here, Chris… will file this under “stock knowledge”… hehehe…

    Reply

  5. Jackie Paulson Author
    May 31, 2011 @ 19:29:20

    Chris, I appreciate learning this from you today.

    Reply

  6. Joss
    May 31, 2011 @ 19:03:59

    I noticed no one has died of gathering too much information, or following too many links. hee hee. couldn’t resist!

    Reply

  7. amblerangel
    May 31, 2011 @ 16:07:31

    I’m not happy to know one can actually die laughing. Now- why were your researching this? Topics for the grandkids?

    Reply

    • bridgesburning
      Jun 01, 2011 @ 16:42:38

      Me either on the laughing thing. I was actually researching some background on a story I am doing and came across the link. I am terrible at finishing things because I just wander away..a link here..a link there…sigh

      Reply

  8. judithhb
    May 31, 2011 @ 16:05:18

    Oh great Chris – now I have another reason for not writing.
    I have never before considered how people have died and in what way. Very entertaining. Thank you :)
    Judith

    Reply

  9. Thypolar
    May 31, 2011 @ 15:24:55

    That’s awesome! Death in itself is not funny, you are right in that. But I have to admit that I have always found in interesting to read the unusual ways that people have died.

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Reply

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