DUMBEST DEATHS IN HISTORY
How Not To Die:
Attila the Hun:
One of the most notorious villains in history, Attila's>army had
conquered all of Asia by 450 AD--from Mongolia to the edge
of the Russian Empire--by destroying villages and
pillaging the countryside.
How he died: He got a nosebleed on his wedding night
In 453 AD, Attila married a young girl named Ildico.
Despite his reputation for ferocity on the battlefield, he
tended to eat and drink lightly during large banquets.
On his wedding night, however, he really cut loose, gorging
himself on food and drink. Sometime during the night he
suffered a nosebleed, but was too drunk to notice. He
drowned in his own blood and was found dead the next
>An important Danish astronomer of the 16th century.
>His ground breaking research allowed Sir Isaac Newton to
>come up with the theory of gravity.
>How he died: Didn't get to the bathroom in time
>In the 16th century, it was considered an insult to leave a
>banquet table before the meal was over. Brahe, known to
>drink excessively, had a bladder condition -- but failed to
>relieve himself before the banquet started. He made
>matters worse by drinking too much at dinner, and was too
>polite to ask to be excused. His bladder finally burst,
>killing him slowly and painfully over the next 11 days.
>Pioneered the use of anesthesia in the 1840s
>How he died: Used anesthetics to commit suicide.
>While experimenting with various gases during his anesthesia
>research, Wells became addicted to chloroform. In 1848 he
>was arrested for spraying two women with sulfuric acid. In a
>letter he wrote from jail, he blamed chloroform for his
>problems, claiming that he'd gotten high before the attack.
>Four days later he was found dead in his cell. He'd
>anaesthetized himself with chloroform and slashed open his
>thigh with a razor.
>One of the most influential minds of the late 16th century.
>A statesman, a philosopher, a writer, and a scientist, he
>was even rumored to have written some of Shakespeare's
>How he died: Stuffing snow into a chicken.
>One afternoon in 1625, Bacon was watching a snowstorm and
>was struck by the wondrous notion that maybe snow could be
>used to preserve meat in the same way that salt was used.
>Determined to find out, he purchased a chicken from a nearby
>village, killed it, and then, standing outside in the snow,
>attempted to stuff the chicken full of snow to freeze it.
>The chicken never froze, but Bacon did.