On the face of it, death isn’t a funny subject. But while researching for an article, we came across some pretty funny anecdotes. So, since we’ve decided to play down the subject of death and bereavement, here’s our top 5 most unusual deaths. And we dare you not to crack a smile!
Welcome to the fascinating world of the unusual and unexpected. In this article, we’re going to dive deep into history to uncover tales of five truly unusual deaths that defy belief. These strange stories remind us that life can sometimes be far stranger than fiction.
Prepare to be amazed, amused and perhaps even a little perplexed as we discover the 5 most unusual deaths in history.
The death of the man who laughed himself to death
In 1975, in Taiwan, a man named Chow fell died in a rather unusual way. He was watching a comedy sketch on TV when the laughter took over. Chow simply couldn’t stop laughing. After two hours, he was exhausted and taken to hospital, where he died of cardiac arrest due to excessive laughter.
The death of the man crushed by a cow that fell from the sky
In 1997, in the small town of Carleton, Michigan, a man named Michael Edwards died in an incredibly unusual way. While working in his garden, a cow weighing over a ton literally fell on him. The cow had been thrown into the air after being hit by a vehicle which had failed to avoid the animal wandering onto the road. Edwards sadly died instantly, reminding us that sometimes tragedy can literally fall from the sky.
The death of the marathon video gamer
In 1982, a man named Peter Burkowski shockingly died during a marathon video game session. He had been playing the arcade game Berzerk for over 15 hours straight when his heart suddenly gave out.
The death of the stuntman who survived everything but himself
Evel Knievel was famous for his daring and dangerous motorcycle stunts, but he died rather unexpectedly in 2007. After surviving numerous perilous stunts, he succumbed to a smoking-related chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The scientist’s death a victim of his own experiment
In 1926, Canadian scientist Thomas Midgley Jr. died in a tragic and ironic manner. He was known for his inventions in the field of refrigerants and fuels. However, he contracted poliomyelitis at the age of 51, which left him partially paralyzed. Hoping to find a way of getting around more easily, he developed a pulley system to help him get out of bed. Unfortunately, he became entangled in his own ropes and died of strangulation.