2013’s Most Ridiculous Ways to Die
Heart disease, cancer, car accidents and falls might be amongst the most common ways for people to die, but every year across the globe there are plenty of people who buck the trend and meet their death in what might be considered unbelievable circumstances. Here we take a look at just a few examples of those that have made the news so far in 2013.
Eating competition proves fatal
Eating competitions don’t just do damage to your waistline, they seem to claim lives too. Last year there was a case where someone died after eating cockroaches in a competition held at a pet store in Florida, while another man from Tunisia met his end after eating 28 raw eggs. This March, eggs were again the cause of death at an eating competition, only this time they were cooked and the contestant unfortunately choked while trying to eat as many boiled eggs as possible; the competition took place at a pub in the UK over the Easter weekend.
Spontaneous human combustion in Oklahoma
Whether or not you believe it to be possible, spontaneous human combustion seems to have claimed another victim in February. Emergency services were called to the home of Danny Vanzandt after neighbors witnessed smoke emerging from the property. What was unusual when they entered though was that there was no damage to the contents of the house, only a pile of burned out remains on the kitchen floor that police mistakenly believed to be trash. On closer inspection, it was in fact the owner’s body. While further investigations are needed to confirm the exact cause of death, the town sheriff said in relation to spontaneous human combustion that they “haven’t ruled it out”.
Death by zorbing in Russia
Rolling down a hill in a large transparent orb might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but in recent years the adventure sport of zorbing has grown in popularity and really, how dangerous can it be? Potentially fatal if not well managed, as one father from Russia found out when he tried the activity at a ski resort in January this year. The zorb that Denis Burakov and his friend, Vladmir Shcherbov, were travelling downhill in at speed strayed from its usual course, so the official at the bottom of the track was unable to prevent it from tumbling into a gorge; it rolled on for another kilometer before coming to rest at a frozen lake. Burakov died after suffering a broken back during the accident, though his companion got off lightly, experiencing only concussion. If you’re into extreme sports, maybe it’s time to arrange life insurance if you haven’t already?
Decapitated while go-carting in Turkey
You would expect it to be safer to ride a go-cart round a track than to get behind the wheel of a car and drive on the highway. Not necessarily, as one student from Turkey was involved in a fatal accident go-carting in February. It wasn’t so much the impact of the crash that was the problem though, more the fact that they had not been wearing their seatbelt appropriately. Rather than wear it across her chest, Tuğba Erdoğan had wrapped the belt around her neck, causing it to tighten and cut through her neck when she hit the safety barriers. Why she didn’t use it as you would a standard safety belt remains unclear.
Death 3 decades after supposed recovery
According to figures from the Firearm and Injury Center, in recent years on average there have been around 30,000 fatal shootings in the US. Most of the time you would expect victims to die within hours or days. It certainly doesn’t seem likely it could have taken 30 years for a gunshot wound to be fatal. However, that’s exactly what happened to a Pennsylvanian woman, despite appearing to make a full recovery from the events of the holdup that occurred in 1982 at a boutique. For Linda Knauss, it appears that it took this length of time for complications to show themselves, by which time it was too late; she died in March of this year. The duration that elapsed till her death may also mean that a murder charge may not be possible. That is if the person who pulled the trigger is ever found after all these years.
Betty writes for a number of health and medical journals including Luxury Medical.