CIA revealed a "heart attack" gun in 1975. A battery operated gun which fired a dart of frozen water & shellfish toxin. Once inside the body it would melt leaving only a small red mark on the victim where it entered. The official cause of death would always be a heart attack. historycollection.com/con…
There is a traditional European custom called "telling the bees," where bees would be informed about important events like deaths, births, and marriages; and that if the bees were not properly informed people feared they would leave the hive, stop pollinating or producing honey, or die daily.jstor.org/telling-t…
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess was written over a period of three weeks after he was misdiagnosed with brain cancer and given a year to live.He decided to spend that year writing five novels to provide for his wife after his death. Ironically, he outlived her. heraldscotland.com/arts_e…
The other man in the balcony with Lincoln the night he was assassinated was so consumed with guilt over not having prevented it that he slowly went mad and eventually stabbed his wife to death and tried to kill his children before he was committed to a mental asylum for the rest of his life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
In 2013 Detroit was so broke that they were unable to print out death certificates because they had not been able to pay the company that provided the special embossed paper on which they were printed, and subsequently ran out. huffpost.com/entry/detroi…
Today I learned about Kuru. a terrifying disease caused by eating human brains. Villages in Papua NG ate brains of the dead as an act of love and twisted brain proteins caused trembling and β€œthe laughing death”. People die within 2-4 months. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
In World War 2 the Japanese made American and Filipino soldiers walk 96.6 km or 60 miles. They were subjected to physical abuse and given little to no food and water. With the death of thousand of soldiers it is called the "Bataan Death March" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Freddie and Truus Oversteegen are two sisters who spent their teenage years luring Nazis to their death by seducing them. They were finally honoured for their role in the resistance with the Mobilistatie-Oorlogskruis (War Mobilisation Cross) in 2014 history.com/.amp/news/dut…
Despite it’s reputation for dangerous creatures, Australia is one of the safest places to live. On average only two people die of snake bite per year, 1 from sharks and 0 from spiders (1 death in 37 years). theconversation.com/a-ven…
Freddie Mercury spent his last months recording as many vocals as he could for the rest of Queen to finish after his death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
During the last few months for jazz legend John Coltrane’s death, he would take the sax out of his mouth during performances and start beating his chest, chanting, yodeling, and screaming. Sometimes Coltrane felt like even his sax couldn’t truly express what he wanted to say. jazzwise.com/other/articl…
The β€œDeath Zone” is what climbers call the highest part of Mount Everest (everything above 26,247ft). Due to its lack of oxygen, the body literally begins to die, cell by cell. This can result in health risks like impaired judgement, heart attack or stroke, and altitude sickness. businessinsider.com/mount…
There’s a body farm in Texas where people donate their bodies to have them be placed in different circumstances to help study human decomposition and therefore help develop methods for determining the post mortem interval or time since death. txstate.edu/anthropology/…
A family survived a shipwreck by taking enemas of turtle blood and rain water collected in the bottom of their lifeboat. Drinking the mixture orally would have been poisonous and led to their deaths. They were rescued after 37 days. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Heath Ledger was developing the novel of 'The Queen's Gambit' as his directorial debut, with Ellen Page set to star before his death in January 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The U.S. Presidency has a 18.6% death rate with 3 leading causes: illness, natural causes, and assassination. newstatesman.com
In 2020 two rival Drug Cartels Decided to have a friendly soccer Match. The match ended with 16 deaths and 5 injuries sportbible.com/football/n…
Diana Serra Cary, aka Baby Peggy, was one of the last living film stars of the Silent Era of Hollywood until her death in Feb 2020, working 8 hours a day 6 days a week as a child star. She later became a silent film historian and advocate for child actors' rights. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia…
The water of Lake Tahoe is so cold that when the body of Donald Christopher Windecker was found 17 years after he went missing, it was preserved enough to conduct an autopsy and determine his cause of death. The body was located 265' (80 meters) below the surface. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The "Starvation Doctor," Linda Burfield Hazzard, who wrote a book, "Fasting for the Cure of Disease," was convicted of manslaughter in 1912 for a patient's death by starvation. At least 15 deaths are attributed to her "care." While doing a fasting cure on herself in 1938 she died of starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Tsar Peter the Great had a fondness for anatomy and often attended medical dissections. So after having his mistress Mary Hamilton beheaded, he picked up the head, gave a lecture about its anatomy, kissed its lips, then dropped it to the ground. Peter also had his own son tortured to death. abc.net.au/radionational/…
High doses of ketamine can temporarily switch off the brain. This pause in brain activity may correspond to what ketamine abusers describe as the 'K-hole' - a state of oblivion likened to a near-death experience, which is followed by a feeling of great serenity. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
A dog saved his owner from choking to death on an apple slice by jumping on her chest until it was dislodged. He also licked her face to keep her from passing out. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ameri…
Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, was in a same-sex relationship for 27 years. This wasn’t known to the public until her obituary was released after her death on July 23, 2012. huffpost.com/us/entry/us_…
The bullet lodged inside President Garfield likely didn't cause his death. At the time, Joseph Lister's ideas about germs had been widely accepted in Europe, but American doctors were still sceptical. Garfield's doctors used unsterilised instruments, causing an infection which killed him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Josef Mengele, a.k.a the Angel of Death, was a Nazi physician who conducted human experiments on prisoners. He escaped Germany and gained a foreign residence permit in Argentina and returned to Germany to visit his family with a passport just 11 years after Nazi Germany fell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
The great Renaissance artist Michelangelo was also a poet. A great number of his poems were written to another man, Tommaso dei Cavalieri. After his death, his grand-nephew published his poems... and changed the pronouns of the person addressed from masculine to feminine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
In 1884, a botched bank robbery in Arizona resulted in the robbers murdering four people, including a pregnant woman. Five of six accused robbers were sentenced to death, one was sentenced to life in prison. After the verdict a mob broke into the jail and lynched the one sentenced to life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bis…
Captain America #1, with its iconic cover of Cap punching Hitler, came out a year before the US entered WWII. At the time most people did not support war with Germany, so Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, both Jews, received death threats. However, the Mayor of New York was a fan and pledged protection. cbr.com/the-history-behin…
After L. Ron Hubbard's death in 1986, the Church of Scientology officially claimed that he voluntarily abandoned his physical body after it became an impediment to his work, and that he had left Earth to do scientific research on another planetβ€”having "learned how to do it without a body". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._…
Today I learned of Lingchi, also known as death by a thousand cuts, which was a form of torture and execution used from roughly 900 CE until it was banned in 1905. It involved methodically slicing portions of the body over an extended period of time, eventually resulting in death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
During the trial of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, their just-appointed lawyers joined with the prosecution and accused their own clients. The trial lasted about one hour. The Ceausescus were sentenced to death and immediately executed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
After being denied the part of Peter Pan in the Steven Spielberg family-adventure film Hook, Michael Jackson hired a Malian witch doctor to put a death curse on Spielberg. vanityfair.com/news/2009/…
Joseph Guillotin, who proposed the idea of the guillotine as a less painful method of execution, was born prematurely because his mother was in distress after hearing the screams of a man being tortured to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Seinfeld was assigned to an inexperienced NBC executive and intentionally broke many sitcom stereotypes: Jerry and Elaine's relationship never blossomed, it offers no growth or reconciliation to its characters, and even Susan's death elicits no genuine emotions from anybody in the show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sei…
Henry II, the king who uttered the famous phrase "Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?" got beaten up by 80 monks as part of his penance for his part in said priest's death catholicherald.co.uk/the-…
At the end of the last episode of Cheers(TV show), Sam walks over to a picture of Geronimo and straightens it. That picture was in Nicholas Colasanto's(Coach) dressing room until his death 8 years prior. It was placed on the wall of the bar of Cheers production set in his memory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Neil Armstrong met his second wife at a group breakfast where they were seated together. Two weeks later, he called her to ask what she was doing and she said cutting down a cherry tree. Half an hour later, he was at her house to help. They stayed married until his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nei…
Nazi commander Walter Rauff was instrumental in the implementation of the Nazis' genocide by mobile gas chamber and responsible for 100,000 deaths. He was also employed the Mossad and survived an assassination attempt to die a free man in Chile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Today I learned about the God gene hypothesis. Spirituality is heritable, and is influenced by a gene known as VMAT2, which might have provided an evolutionary advantage by providing humans with an innate sense of optimism and the will to keep on living and procreating, despite the inevitability of death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
Chuck Schuldiner, often regarded as The Godfather of Death Metal, described himself as "a lover of life, friendship and animals." He also disavowed metal musician stereotype of being "anti-life" and was openly against the use of hard drugs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Jon Lovitz slam-dunked Andy Dick’s face into a bar because of their feud regarding Phil Hartman’s death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
Ireland was neutral in world war II and actively prepared for an allied invasion of the island along side a Nazi attack. This neutral stance was held until the end of the war, with the president even signing a book of condolences for Adolf Hitler's death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iri…
Upstate New York resident Anthony Mancinelli worked as a barber for 96 years, from the age of 12 until 6 weeks before his death at the age of 108. When he began cutting hair in 1923, he charged 25 cents for his services. Leading up to his death in 2019, he charged $19 for a haircut edition.cnn.com/2019/09/2…
Today I learned of Georgia Tann, the 'baby stealer' who stole children from poor families and adopted them out to celebrities and rich families. Her practices resulted in the deaths of 500+ kids, but she normalized adoption in the USA. insider.com/georgia-tann-…
The death of British author C.S. Lewis went largely unreported by news media because U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated less than an hour later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._…
Today I learned about Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a neurosurgeon who practiced in the Dallas-Ft.Worth area as recently as 2013, and is responsible for the killing and maiming as many as 33 patients (2 reported deaths and 4 grossly maimed). He is also the subject of the podcast Dr. Death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Hospital staff were stunned when Bill Gates made an unexpected visit in 2010 to the death bed of Dr. Ed Roberts, his first employer and developer of the first commercially successful personal computer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_…
In 2015 a basketball player was found dead in her bed, the cause of death was ruled to be falling asleep with gum in her mouth and breathing it into her lungs nypost.com/2015/01/20/bas…
Today I learned about Sabella Nitti. A woman who escaped the death sentence in the 1920s, because she had a make over. The papers first called her "ugly" and that she was "obviously a killer", after the make over she was described as a "butterfly". racked.com/2018/1/26/1692…

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