10 of the Most Bizarre Deaths in Human History

Whether you fear death or accept it as an inevitable part of life, at some point you've thought about what yours will look like. Some of us picture ourselves passing away in a comfortable bed, surrounded by friends and family on a sunny day. If you're the adventurous type, maybe you've imagined yourself going down in a blaze of glory, dramatically and unforgettably. 

According to most statistics, heart failure and cancer will claim the majority of us. But there are and have always been outliers. Let's go back in time and look at some of the most unexpected, strange, and unbelievable deaths in human history.

1. Angry Birds

455 BC, Greece: Athenian author Aeschylus dies when an eagle drops a tortoise on his head. He had been living outside in an attempt to escape a prophecy predicting that he would be killed by a falling object. You can't cheat death! 

2. A Royal Pain

1327, England: King Edward II is murdered by having a red hot iron inserted into his anus, burning out all of his insides but leaving no mark on the body. Yuck.

3. Bearded Burdon

1567, Bavaria: Hans Steininger breaks his neck and dies after tripping on his 4.5 ft long beard. See kids, vanity is lethal.

4. A Dangerous Dinner

1771, Sweden: King Adolf Frederick has one ridiculously large meal, thereby eating himself to death. 

5. Cursed

1923, England: George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, cuts open a mosquito bite while shaving. The wound gets infected and he ultimately dies of pneumonia. (Because he was the financial backer for the excavation of King Tut's tomb, many thought him to be a victim of the Curse of the Pharaohs.)

6. Rise of the Machines

1979, Michigan: Ford Motor's factory worker Robert Williams becomes the first person killed by a robot after a machine arm whacks him in the head. Then, to everyone's shock, the machine said, "Hasta la vista, baby." (But not really.)


7. "Unbreakable"

1993, Toronto: A lawyer falls from the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre, throwing himself at a window in order to prove to visitors that it is "unbreakable". True, the window didn't break, but it popped right out of place.

8. Hold Your Wee for Wii

2007, California: Jennifer Strange dies of bladder failure and water toxicity after trying to win a Nintendo Wii from a radio contest called "Hold Your Wee For A Wii". The contest challenged contestants to drink as much water as they possibly could without urinating. After her death, Jennifer's husband successfully sued the radio station for 16.5 million dollars, and 10 of the station's employees were fired. 

9. Revenge of the Creepy Crawlers

2012, Florida: Edward Archibold chokes to death after winning a cockroach eating contest. He ate dozens of cockroaches, putting him in first place and awarding him the grand prize of.... a python. No joke. 

10. Selfie Suicide

2014, Mexico: Twenty-one year old Oscar Otero Aguilar dies by accidentally shooting himself in the head while trying to take a photo of himself holding a loaded gun.

Author: Nate Morgan