Death is one of those things that come to us all sooner or later and for most of us it usually meets us in a rather familiar and standard way.
Of course there is always an exception to every rule and there are plenty of people who head to their death in a very bizarre, strange and unusual way. Sometimes it their death is so bizarre it verges on been funny.
Here we look at 10 Deaths that are So Bizarre they Are Nearly Funny.
Death by Pretend Moon.
You may or may not have heard of a Chinese poet named Li Po (701-706). Li Po was actually one of the two greatest poets in the history of China’s Literacy. He was a man who was well known to enjoy a good drinking session and many of his greatest poems were actually written while he was paralytic under the influence of alcohol.
One night when Li Po had consumed one to many beverages he managed to fall from his boat into the Yangtze River and drown. What makes this death bizarre, strange or funny is the fact that Li Po actually fell from the boat whilst he was trying to cuddle the reflection of them moon in the water.
Death by Beard
Hans Steininger was an Austrian man who was famous for having the world’s longest beard. It is recorded that his beard was 4.5 feet in length which is approximately 1.4 meters long.
On the day of his death in 1567 a fire broke out in the town where Steininger lived. Because the fire was spreading through the town at such a fast rate the town folk began to panic and evacuate their homes and surrounding area as quickly as they could.
Steininger was one of the many town folk who tried to make a run for it only when he tried to make a run for it he soon realised that he had forgotten to roll his beard up. As a result he managed to accidently step on his own beard which caused him to lose his balance, stumble and break his neck.
Death by Pudding
King Adolf Frederick of Sweden is also known as the “King Who Ate Himself to Death.” In 1771 the king died at the tender age of 61 due to a digestive problem after eating an unimaginably large meal. The meal consisted of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, cabbage soup, smoked herring, champagne for the main course. For his dessert he had 14 servings of his favourite puddings which were semla and buns filled with marzipan and milk.
Stubbing Your Toe Can Lead to Death
When you hear the name “Jack Daniel” you will probably, like most people, think of whiskey. Not many people know that Jack Daniel is not only famous for his whiskey but is also famous for his death from stubbing his toe.
There was a morning in 1911 when Jack Daniel was trying to access his safe but had could not remember the combination. In anger and frustration he kicked the safe and injured his toe. The injury to his toe caused an infection which he left untreated. The infection ended up killing him.
The Man Who Was Unkillable.
There are many Russian legends which get thrown around but none quite like the Russian legend of the mystic Grigori Rasputin (1869-1916).
According to Russian legend Grigori Rasputin was first poisoned with enough cyanide to kill at least ten men but was totally unaffected. As a result of this his would be killers then shot him in the back with a revolver which did actually make him fall to the floor but did not kill him. His killers then shot him in the back a further 3 times hoping the extra bullets would finish the job but they did not.
Rasputin’s killers then decided they would beat the living daylights out of him with clubs and then for good measure throw his body into the icy Neva River. No one knows if it was the beating by clubs or the icy river that finally killed him or if he was killed at all.
Killed by a Scarf
Isadora Duncan is well known for being the mother of modern dance who always wore a scarf which became her trademark. Unfortunately for Isadora her trademark scarf was what killed her in 1927.
Isadora was riding in a car which was going at full speed when the scarf, made of strong silk, managed to wrap itself securely around the rear wheel. As a result her body was dragged from her seat in the car and dragged along the cobbled rode for several yards before the driver managed to stop.
It was discovered that she died instantly from strangulation and a broken neck.
Death by Bottle Cap
The American playwright Tennessee Williams died at the hands of a simple bottle cap whilst drunk. No one knows quite what happened but it is suspected that Williams was drunk and tried to unfasten the bottle cap with his teeth and somehow managed to get it lodged in his throat.
Killer Belly Flop
Shirley Crabtree is better known as the famous wrestler “Big Daddy.” In August 1987 he was involved in a wrestling match with a British pro wrestler named Mal “King Kong” Kirk when he decided to belly flop onto him. Then end result was Kirk got such a shock that he suffered a heart attack and died in the ring.
Death by Cactus
I am not sure but I do believe that this could actually be the only death ever recorded at the hands of a plant.
It was back in 1982 that the 27 year old David Grundman and his roommate decided to use a cactus for a little target practice. They grabbed a shotgun and off they went off to the desert where they began shooting at small cactus. This quickly led to Grundman shooting at a larger 26 foot tall Saguaro cactus. Unfortunately for Grundman the 100 year old cactus had a large chunk blasted off its side and it fell on him and crushed him to death.
Orange Peel Death
Booby Leach was a well-known daredevil who, in 1911, was the second person in the world to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The daredevil had many such death-defying stunts to his name so his death was pretty ironic.
Amazingly Leach was walking down a street in New Zealand when he slipped on an orange peel. His leg was broken that bad it needed to be amputated. Unfortunately for Leach there were further complications with the amputation and he died from them.