Deaths are one of the inevitable events in our lives. In this article, we will be looking at the top 10 strangest indications of our mortality that have been recorded in history. Here is our list of the top 10 most bizarre deaths.
1. Francis Bacon
January 22, 1561 to April 9, 1626
Francis Bacon, a world-renowned philosopher, statesman and creator of English essays, is remembered as the brains behind the “scientific method” which is still widely used today. His death was a result of an experiment he was doing to determine if snow can preserve meat in the same way that salt is used. The experiment was a failure and he died of a serious case of pneumonia due to prolonged exposure to freezing weather.
January 21, 1815 to January 24, 1848
Horace Wells was a successful dentist during his time. He was a native of Vermont and earned his doctorate degree in dentistry in Boston. He is one of the first medical practitioners who used anesthetics. He specifically used laughing gas or nitrous oxide as anesthetic in treating his patients. After a series of misfortunes and setbacks in his personal life and professional career, Wells took his own life by inhaling a considerable dose of chloroform before slitting his throat.
December 14, 1546 to October 24, 1601
Tycho Brahe is a famous astronomer and alchemist. His pioneering study on the motions of the planets was the main reference used by Sir Isaac Newton in developing the gravitational theory. His death shows that brilliance does not always mean common sense. Leaving in the middle a banquet is considered as socially unethical during his time. Despite having a very weak bladder, Brahe chose not to relieve himself. Because of his reticence to ask for a leave, his bladder got severely strained and this led to his eventual death.
406 AD to 453 AD
Attila the Hun, a fearless and notorious warlord, died of nosebleed while sleeping right after his wedding. He is known to be a brilliant tactician and many cowered in fear by the mere mention of his name. Attila had a grand wedding celebration in 453 AD and had one too many drinks that he failed to notice he developed nosebleed while sleeping. He literally drowned in his own pool of blood.
525 BC to 456 BC
Aeschylus died when he got hit on the head with a tortoise that was dropped by an eagle. Aeschylus literary creations have survived the test of time. Yet a little known fact about him is the strangest manner by which he met his death.
May 14, 1710 to February 12, 1771
His Majesty Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden during the period 1751 to 1771, died from eating pudding. He is known for his excesses in his eating habits. This has finally led to his death after eating 14 servings of Semla, a pastry made out of wheat flour. The King apparently succumbed to a terminal case of indigestion.
January 22, 1869 to December 29, 1916
Grigori Rasputin died of drowning after surviving being bludgeoned, stabbed and shot at in previous occasions. Rasputin is an erstwhile peasant who fortunately earned good favor from the Russian royal family by coming to the aid of the hemophiliac Prince Aleksey.
May 27, 1877 to September 14, 1927
Isadora Duncan died of asphyxiation by strangulation and broken neck. She died of accidental strangulation that eventually resulted to a broken neck when her scarf got entangled on the wheel of the car that she was riding.
August 24, 1944 to July 15, 1974
Christine Chubbuck committed suicide during a live performance on TV. She took her life by shooting herself on the head with a revolver while the camera was rolling during an episode of her very popular public affairs show, Suncoast Digest.
September 20, 1961 to October 16, 1996
Sharon Lopatka met her tragic death by choice. She unbelievably offered herself to be severely tortured and eventually murdered. This happened in the guise of experiencing the ultimate sexual satisfaction.