Death never comes with an invitation, like Death saying “hello sir you have to die in two day’s”. People die in many different ways but most of the deaths are unexpected. Throughout history, mankind has found a number of ways to kill each other, whether through swords, bullets, or bombs.
But there are some who die in a very odd way possible because of their stupidity or bad luck. This is a list of the first people to die in odd ways, pioneers of idiocy if you will. Most of the following deaths were accidental, though several were quite preventable. One or two were more deliberate, albeit very unique, acts.
Draco, an Athenian lawmaker from the seventh century BC, was best known for his incredibly severe laws. No matter whatever the crime is the ultimate punishment is death, steal a cabbage , you die. His laws were very severe that the people of Athens forced him out of the city.
Though he had a bad reputation at Athens, outside the city he was very popular and admired person. After he was out of Athens he eventually found his way to the nearby island of Aegina. The island being an oligarchy kingdom was very brutal to its people and Draco was about to become the lawgiver for Aegina.
Upon his presence in Aegina at a theater his supporters wanted to honour him They elected to hurl their clothes on top of him, and Draco suffocated underneath the pile at the tender age of 50.
Worth Bingham was from a very wealthy family, his dad was a rich newspaper magnet from Kentucky. It was almost time that Worth Bingham was to take over the company. In 1966 Bingham was vacationing with his family in Nantucket. Finding that he had some time to kill, he decided to go for a quick surf.
He tied the surf board at the back of his convertible, while driving towards the beach his surf board got hit to a parked car causing it to swing and hit Bingham in the head and kill him instantly by breaking his neck.
Basil Brown was an English food enthusiast, who always praised the health benefits of the carrot. Said to have “a low opinion of doctors,” Brown ignored their warnings about his habits, which included drinking up to 3.8 liters of carrot juice every day. All of this drinking eventually led to him becoming addicted to carrot juice, as well as a severe case of jaundice.
In 1974 during the course of ten days leading to his death, he consumed 10,000 times more than recommended amount of Vitamin A, in juice and pill form. The doctors have already warned him about the danger of his enlarged liver, this massive dose prompted the organ to shut down, and Brown died.
The ancient Greek’s had a market on unusual deaths. Another one into the list is Zeuxis, a Greek painter in the fifth century BC. He was a well known painter during his time. For his painting of Helen of Troy, he assembled the five most beautiful women of the city and combined their features to create his composite. He would often paint his patrons as gods or goddesses, and that is what caused his death.
One day an elderly wealthy woman came to Zeuxis and asked him to draw her as a goddess, Aphrodite, Zeuxis agreed and completed the painting. When he looked at his work, as well as the woman who modeled for it, he burst out laughing and died because he couldn’t stop.
Hypatia, was one of the famous female thinkers of all time in antiquity, was born in either AD 350 or 370. She spent most of the time in the great city of Alexandria, the center of learning at the time, Hypatia was wellknown for her intellectual prowess. However, she was a pagan, and that fact irritated the Christians of the city. Cyril, the patriarch of the Alexandria, took offense to Hypatia’s relationship with Orestes, his rival, and proclaimed her to be an enemy.
Heeding Cyril’s call and under the direction of Peter the Lector, a mob attacked Hypatia in 415 and dragged her to the Caesareum, which was a Christian church at the time, stripping her naked when they arrived. They then proceeded to strike her with oyster shells, killing her. Afterward, they took her remains outside the city walls and burned them.
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