According to the famous Greek philosopher Socrates, "death may be the greatest of human blessings." Dying is certainly not a light subject to talk about since it is always associated with negative feelings and experiences.
We often like to discuss what would be the worst way to die. Usually, the answers to that question are pretty far-fetched. While we fear many different ways of dying, it is a fact that most people die in a pretty typical way, with the circumstances having nothing to do with giant spiders, monsters, or any other fantasy.
Sometimes, however, the context of our deaths is not always ordinary. Throughout history, there have been countless instances of unusual deaths. Many people became famous because of the weird ways they died in, some of them being hard to believe to this day.
Below you can find a list of the most unusual deaths that are difficult not to laugh at.
Chrysippus Of Soli Is The ruler Of Unusual Deaths
Chrysippus of Soli was an ancient Greek philosopher. He was a member of the school of thought known as Stoicism - a dominant approach in ancient Greece. As a young man, Chrysippus moved to Athens, where he became a pupil of Cleanthes, indulging himself in the study of life.
Chrysippus of Soli would become pretty successful throughout his life. He would be respected for his achievements by other Stoics. Eventually, he even became the headmaster of the famous Stoic school, earning him the title of Second Founder of Stoicism.
History would remember Chrysippus for an extraordinary detail, however. Even though he was pretty famous for what he did during his life, he would also suffer one of the weirdest deaths in history. Chrysippus died from laughing at his own joke.
Yes, this is not made up. According to modern medicine, one of the biggest names in Stoicism died from one of the rarest causes of death. During the 143rd Olympiad that took place from 208 to 204 BC, Chrysippus noticed that a donkey had started eating his figs. He then said: "Give this donkey some wine to wash down the figs!".
Afterward, he started hysterically laughing before falling on the floor with foam coming out of his mouth, dying soon after.
Some people believe that his "real" cause of death was accidental alcohol poisoning. Whatever the case may be, dying from laughter at one's own death is undoubtedly worthy of being on the list of the most unusual deaths.
One Of The Weirdest Deaths Includes A Beard
One of the champions of famous historical figures who died from unusual deaths has to be Hans Steininger - a 16th-century Austrian mayor of a small town.
Steininger was loved by the citizens of his town, named Braunau am Inn. He was known to be a pretty open-minded and hard-working person, not having the corrupt and cunning image of a politician that we know of today.
However, one of the things he was most known for was his excessive beard. Beards were not uncommon in the middle ages. It was a pretty standard look for men during the time. But, Steininger had impressive facial hair that was so long that he kept it tucked in in his pants.
As you would imagine, at four and a half feet long, the beard was a logistical nightmare to take care of. Halfway through, the beard was split in half, consisting of two thinner parts, like a giant snake's tongue. Naturally, it took Steininger a pretty long time to grow and, thus, was very precious to him. It's truly ironic that the things we care about the most end up hurting us in the end. Well, in this case, resulting in one of the weirdest deaths in history.
Unfortunately for Steininger, a fire broke out one day, late at night in his town. In medieval times, it was pretty hard to contain city-wide fires, requiring the mobilization of every citizen. Steininger, of course, as the mayor, had to be actively involved in the process of controlling the fire to make sure that it did not spread and destroy everything.
In the terrifying chaos that came with a fire of that attitude, he did not have a lot of time to deal with his unusually long beard. As he was woken up late at night, he forgot to tuck it in his pants, tripped on it, and fell down a flight of stairs. He broke his neck and died in an instance.
Yes, that's true. An Austrian mayor died from tripping on his beard. That must be one of the weirdest deaths in history. However, even stranger is that the town loved their mayor so much that they preserved his beard. To this day, it is kept in the town's historical museum on public display.
King Adolf Frederick Ate Himself
Monarchs tend to be excessive. It is nothing new for a king to be hated because of their gluttonous actions. Of course, the most famous example of this is King Louis XVI. The French hated the arrogant king so much that they turned the world upside down, had a revolution, and changed the course of history.
King Adolf Frederick of Sweden was not nearly as hated throughout his lifetime. On the contrary - the time of his reign is usually characterized as very prosperous. He increased the rights of ordinary citizens and led the country in a period of peace and stability. Just like the other two entries on this list, however, he would be remembered because he suffered one of the most unusual deaths.
Being strictly religious was essential for a king back in the middle ages. This is why on February 12, 1771, King Adolf Frederick indulged himself - with the fullest extent of the word - before he started fasting during Lent. For devout Christians, Lent is one of the most crucial fasting periods. It lasted for six long weeks, and it was nothing new for King Adolf Frederick to throw a feast before it started.
Unfortunately, he went all out, which turned out to be a bit more than he could have endured. The king was known to be a man of a large appetite, but his servants were shocked when he had a meal of lobster, caviar, boiled meats, sauerkraut, kippers, and turnips. He did not choose to stop there, however. The king added a dessert of Swedish sweet buns Called Semlas - eating 14 servings, enough for about seven people.
It is not hard to guess what happened to him after this indulgence. He quickly developed a digestive problem and died later that day. He had eaten himself to death - certainly one of the most unusual deaths. Instead of his prosperous rule, he will always be remembered for that.
The Dyatlov Pass Incident
The disappearance of nine Russian hikers in the Ural mountain range is known as the Dyatlov Pass incident. To this day, no one knows what happened.
In February of 1959, a group of young Russian hiking enthusiasts were declared missing during their trip. The search teams were looking for them for days, but with no success. That is until they started to find the bodies scattered about a mile from their camp.
At first, hypothermia was named as their cause of death. On the one hand, it made sense since the temperature in the Ural mountains was extremely low.
However, after further examining the bodies and the camp, more mysterious details would unfold that would puzzle the officials for years to come. For one, their tents had cut from the inside. In addition, the bodies were found quite far away from the camp, giving the investigators a reason to think that they deliberately left their encampment. Plus, their clothes and equipment, after more examination, seemed to exert high levels of radiation.
Nobody could say for certain what happened to the nine hikers. The bodies even had inconsistent injuries, which could not have been inflicted during their trip. This incident remains among the most unusual deaths of the 20th century.
Unusual Death Of Egidius Schiffer
Egidius Schiffer was a German serial killer that was sentenced to life in prison in 2008. Despite his crimes, he would break the news of one of the weirdest deaths you might ever hear.
Schiffer was a sadomasochist, meaning inflicting pain upon himself or someone else granted him sexual pleasure. It was only fitting for him to be found dead ten years after his conviction, electrocuted in his prison cell while conducting a solo sex act.
Schiffer had removed a lamp cable and started the process, which he could not endure. He wrapped it around his body and put the other end into the socket, dying from the electric shock.
The serial killer who electrocuted himself to death deserves a spot on the list of the most unusual deaths.