Nowadays, you get to hear that you have to live your life like there’s no tomorrow. Some of us do and that’s great actually because, if you read the list below you will understand that the cause of death can be varied, at least, and sometimes ridiculous. It goes without saying though, that the following people were certainly very unlucky.

1. Joao Maria de Souza from Brazil was killed in 2013 when a cow fell from the roof into his house, while he was asleep.

Yeap, it is possible

Yeap, it is possible

2. Clement Vallandigham, a lawyer, was killed when he accidentally shot himself, while trying to prove that a victim can shoot himself (and his client was proven to be innocent).

3. The U.S. Senator, Michael F. Farley died in 1921, because the brush he used for shaving was infected by anthrax.

4. In 1900, the American physicist, Jesse William Lazear wanted to prove that the yellow fever comes from mosquitoes and, to do so, he let infected mosquitoes bite him. He died of the disease and demonstrated what he claimed.

He proved his point

He proved his point

5. The Austrian tailor Franz Reichelt believed he had found a mechanism that could make him fly. He was sure of his invention so he tried jumping from the Eiffel Tower. Since he made it on the list, his machine didn’t work and he died.

Franz Reichelt and his machine

Franz Reichelt and his machine

6. In 1567 the man who had the longest beard because he overstepped on it, while trying to avoid fire.

It is not always good to be like that

It is not always good to be like that

7. A British actor, Gareth Jones, died of a heart attack while playing in a live television work. According to the script, his character was supposed to suffer from a heart attack and die, so the other actors improvised and went on.

Cut!

Cut!

8. Basil Brown who was a fanatic of healthy eating, died from the habit of drinking one gallon of carrot juice every day (about 3.79 liters). Well, he believed that this would make him healthier but it worked the other way around.

A carrot a day keeps the doctor away

A carrot a day keeps the doctor away

9. In 1992 Greg Austin Gingrich wanted to fool around by acting like he was about to fall to his death on the Grand Canyon. Unfortunately, he lost his balance, fell and really died.

That is such an appropriate place to fool around

That is such an appropriate place to fool around

10. Queen Sunanda Kumariratana of Siam (today’s Taiwan), drowned in 1880 in front of many nationals, as they had been forbidden to touch her in any case.

11. Isadora Duncan, a dancer of the early 20th century, was killed when the scarf she was wearing on her neck tangled in the wheels of the convertible car she was driving, resulting in breaking her neck.

Keep the scarf in the car!

Keep the scarf in the car!

She was right

She was right

12. 8 people died in London in 1814, when a giant tank of brewery exploded and 3500 barrels of beer flooded the streets.

Let the barrels hit the floor

Let the barrels hit the floor

13. Monica Meyer, the mayor of Betterton, Maryland, died as she fell into human waste while she was checking the sewage tanks. She drowned in about 4.5 meters of it.

By +Nikos Kontorigas

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