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From The Book Of Lists, The Original Compendium Of Curious Information by David Wallechinsky & Amy Wallace (ISBN 1 84195 661 9)

7. The Electric Guitarist

Keith Relf, who had gained fame as the lead singer of The Yardbirds, a 1960s blues rock group, was found dead at his home in London on May 14, 1976. The cause of death was an electric shock while playing his guitar. Relf was 33 years old. :reap:

 

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From The Book Of Lists, The Original Compendium Of Curious Information by David Wallechinsky & Amy Wallace (ISBN 1 84195 661 9)


8. Too Much Of A Good Thing

It is almost impossible to die of an overdose of water but Tina Christopherson managed to do it. The 29 year old Florida woman who had an IQ of 189 became obsessed with the idea that she had stomach cancer, a disease which had killed her mother. In an attempt to cleanse her body, Christopherson went on periodic water fasts, during which she ate no food but drank up to four gallons of water a day. By February 17, 1977, she had consumed so much water that her kidneys were overwhelmed and the excess fluid drained into her lungs. She died of internal drowning, otherwise known as 'water intoxication'.

9. The Burden Of Matrimony

William Shortis, a rent collector in Liverpool, England, and his wife, Emily Ann, had not been seen for several days. Worried friends and a policeman entered the house on August 13, 1903, and were horrified to discover William, dazed and dying, at the foot of the staircase pinned to the floor underneath the body of his 224 lb wife. A coroner's jury concluded that the elderly couple had been walking up the stairs when Emily Ann fell backwards carrying her husband with her, but William remained in this unfortunate position for three days, too seriously injured to be able to extricate himself.
 

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8. Too Much Of A Good Thing

It is almost impossible to die of an overdose of water but Tina Christopherson managed to do it. The 29 year old Florida woman who had an IQ of 189 became obsessed with the idea that she had stomach cancer, a disease which had killed her mother. In an attempt to cleanse her body, Christopherson went on periodic water fasts, during which she ate no food but drank up to four gallons of water a day. By February 17, 1977, she had consumed so much water that her kidneys were overwhelmed and the excess fluid drained into her lungs. She died of internal drowning, otherwise known as 'water intoxication'.
My Dad told me about that kind of thing many years ago.
IQ of 189 and she didn't know that?
 

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There's 17 more .. unless the authors rumble what I'm doing before I finish Shades .. there's 467 pages in this book of all sorts of other weirdness so I strongly recommend all Forteans buy it .. that's why I'm including the details of it on top of all of these posts. It's a delight of madness to keep you going between each issue of FT ..

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Book-Lists-Original-Compendium-Information/dp/1841956619/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534269287&sr=8-1&keywords=the book of lists
Quit printing em, i bought the book :p

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My Dad told me about that kind of thing many years ago.
IQ of 189 and she didn't know that?
Didn't a young girl die from a drinking water game, her brain suffered???
 

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My Dad told me about that kind of thing many years ago.
IQ of 189 and she didn't know that?
I've got an issue with the water overdose thing .. if you remember, a girl (Leia Betts I think her name was?) was supposed to have died because 'love dove' ecstasy rave pills killed her in the early/mid 90's.

Firstly, she wasn't on 'love dove' E's, she was 'apple' E's. That never made the papers. A couple of days later, I heard about one drug dealer on street gossip level who dumped a load of them (apple printed E's) off of a motorway bridge in the midlands. Of more relevance to the previous post, she'd read the advice that you need to keep drinking water at raves (good advice if you're abusing MDMA and amphetamines) but she over did it so died ,in fact, of drinking too much water as the media later reported it. Rare but it can happen.

http://www.urban75.com/Drugs/drugxtc1.html
 

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Talking of ravers .. death by Northern Soul party ?

10. The Deadly Dance

In August 1981, 11 year old Simon Longhurst of Wigan, England, attended a Sunday afternoon session where, along with other youngsters, he performed the 'head shake', a New Wave dance in which the head is shaken violently as the music gets faster and faster. The following day, young Simon began suffering headaches and soon a blood clot developed. Three weeks later he died of acute swelling of the brain. The coroner ruled it 'death by misadventure'.

11. A Wish Fulfilled

American revolutionary patriot James Otis often mentioned to friends and relatives that, as long as one had to die, he hoped that hid death would come from a bolt of lightning. On May 23, 1783, the 58 year old Otis was leaning against a doorpost in a house in Andover, Massachusetts, when a lightning bolt struck the chimney, ripped through the frame house and hit the doorpost. Otis was killed instantly.

12. A Fatal Temper

On April 15, 1982, 26 year old Michael Scaglione was playing golf with friends at the City Park West Municipal Golf Course in New Orleans. After making a bad shot on the 13th hole, Scaglione became angry with himself and threw his club against a golf cart. When the club broke, the club head rebounded and stabbed Scaglione in the throat severring his jugular vein. Scaglione staggered back and pulled the metal piece from his neck. Had he not done so, he might have lived since the club head could have reduced the rapid flow of blood.

13. The Worst Nightmare Of All

In 1924, British newspapers reported the bizarre case of a man who apparently committed suicide while asleep. Thornton Jones, a lawyer, woke up to discover that he had slit his own throat. Motioning to his wife for a paper and pencil, Jones wrote, "I dreamt that I had done it. I awoke to find it true.". He died 80 minutes later.
 
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14. A Daredevil's Final Fall

Bobby Leach was a colourful character who first became famous in 1911 when he went over Niagara Falls in a barrel. He continued to perform dangerous exploits including parachuting over the falls from an airplane. In April 1926 Leach was walking down a street in Christchurch, New Zealand, when he slipped on a piece of orange peel and broke his leg so badly that it had to be amputated. Complications developed and he died.

15. Killed By Jazz

Seventy nine year old cornetist and music professor Nicolas Coviello had had an illustrious career having performed before Queen Victoria, Edward VII and other dignitaries. Realising that his life was nearing its end, Coviello decided to travel from London to Saskatchewan to pay a final visit to his son. On the way, he stopped in New York City to bid farewell to his nephews, Peter, Dominic and Daniel Coviello. On June 13, 1926, the young men took their famous uncle to Coney Island to give him a taste of America. The elder Coviello enjoyed himself but seemed irritated by the blare of jazz bands. Finally he could take it no longer. "This isn't music," he complained and he fell to the boardwalk. He was pronounced dead a few minutes later. Cause of death was 'a strain on the heart'.

(my own personal WTF favourite)

16. Drowned At A Lifeguard's Party

On August 1, 1985, lifeguards of the New Orleans recreation department threw a party to celebrate their first drowning free season in memory. Although four lifeguards were on duty at the party and more than half of the 200 party goers were lifeguards, when the party ended, one of the guests, Jerome Moody, 31, was found dead on the bottom of the recreation department pool.
 

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16. Drowned At A Lifeguard's Party

On August 1, 1985, lifeguards of the New Orleans recreation department threw a party to celebrate their first drowning free season in memory. Although four lifeguards were on duty at the party and more than half of the 200 party goers were lifeguards, when the party ended, one of the guests, Jerome Moody, 31, was found dead on the bottom of the recreation department pool.
I reckon in Agatha Christie style they were all in on it & did the guy in. They were sick of him dive bombing & petting.
 

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From The Book Of Lists, The Original Compendium Of Curious Information by David Wallechinsky & Amy Wallace (ISBN 1 84195 661 9)
I owned that book for a while. Posted it off to a friend in prison, along with another work of Wallechinksy's, The People's Almanac. Now, that WAS a book! It was like owning the internet before there was one.
 

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I owned that book for a while. Posted it off to a friend in prison, along with another work of Wallechinksy's, The People's Almanac. Now, that WAS a book! It was like owning the internet before there was one.
I've never heard of that second book (I'd never heard of this one either to be honest) .. I'll be keeping a look out for that one now thanks ! ..
 

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I still have my People's Almanac! Ordered through the FT when they still did book deals. Great read.
 

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17. Strangled By A Garden Hose

Thirty five year old Richard Fresquez of Austin, Texas, became drunk on the night of May 7, 1983. He tripped on a garden hose, became tangled in it and was strangled to death while tying to break free.


18. Perfect Re-Creation

On April 23, 1991, Yooket Paen, 57, of Anghton, Thailand, slipped in some mud, grabbed a live wire and was electrocuted. Later that day, her 52 year old sister, Yooket Pan, was showing some neighbours how the accident happened when she slipped, grabbed the same live wire and was also electrocuted.

19. Killed By Art

In 1991, environmental artist Christo erected 1,760 yellow umbrellas along Southern California's Tejon Pass and another 1,340 blue umbrellas in Ibaraki Prefecture north of Tokyo. Each of the umbrellas weighed 48 lb. On October 26, Lori Jean Keevil-Mathews, a 30 year old insurance agent, drove out to interstate 5 to view the California umbrellas. Shortly after she and her husband got out of their car, a huge gust of wind tore one of the umbrellas loose from its steel screw anchors and blew it straight at Lori Jean, crushing her against a boulder. Christo immediately ordered the dismantling of all the umbrellas in both countries. However, on October 30, another umbrella related death occurred when 57year old crane operator Wasaaki Nakaruma was electrocuted by a power line in Japan as he prepared to take down one of the umbrellas.
 

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The section on disasters fascinated me; the Shirtwaist Factory Disaster and the Coconut Grove fire. Brrr.
It's all good, but yeah, the disasters - the one that "sticks" with me is the Boston Molasses flood, which sounds comical until you read 21 people were drowned in the stuff and about 150 injured. There's also a good section on Death that Swifty would love.
 
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Maybe this fits here. Anyway, the mystery is finally solved.

One of the Internet’s Favorite Mysteries Has Been Solved
We now know the true identity of ‘Lyle Stevik’—nearly 17 years after he hung himself at a remote Washington State motel


On Thursday evening, we received word that the Man with No Name had been identified. And so, over the last few days, Pepi has reached out to the Reddit community that helped crack the nearly 17-year-old cold case to find out how the unknown man’s name was finally uncovered; everything we know about him at the moment; and what it feels like to solve the answer to one of the internet’s biggest mysteries. ...

The DNA Doe Project, a nonprofit that uses genome testing to solve old John and Jane Doe cases, announced that they’d identified Stevik on May 8. They had run his DNA through genetic genealogy databases and traced his relatives back to Alameda County, California, 850 miles away from where he died. The police notified his father. “Lyle’s case has taken hundreds of hours of hard work by a team of nearly 20 skilled and dedicated volunteers,” the DNA Doe Project wrote on its Facebook page. “In the end, all the DNA matches and all the family trees and all the research paid off. This took persistence, good solid genealogy and detective work.” ...

https://melmagazine.com/one-of-the-internets-favorite-mysteries-has-been-solved-1658915a7cc2
 

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20. Self Induced Capital Punishment

Michael Anderson Godwin was convicted of murder and sentenced to the electric chair, but in 1983 his sentence was reduced to life in prison. On March 5, 1989, Godwin, 28 years old, was trying to fix a pair of earphones connected to the television set in his cell at the General Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina. While sitting on a steel toilet, he bit into a wire and was electrocuted.

21. The Perils Of Politics

Nitaro Ito, 41, a pancake shop operator in Higashiosaka City, Japan, concluded that he needed an extra edge in his 1979 campaign for the House Of Representatives. He decided to stage an attack on himself and then draw sympathy by campaigning from a hospital bed. Ito's scheme was to have an employee, Kazuhiko Matsumo punch him in the face on the night of September 17, after which Ito would stab himself in the leg. After Matsumo had carried out his part of the plan, Ito stabbed his right thigh. Unfortunately, he cut an artery and bled to death before he could reach his home 50 metres away.

22. Killed By A Robot

Ford Motor Company's casting plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, employed a one ton robot to fetch parts from a storage rack. When the robot malfunctioned on January 25, 1979, 25 year old Robert Williams was asked to climb up on the rack and get the parts. While he was performing the task, the robot suddenly reactivated and hit Williams in the head with its arms. Williams died instantly. Four years later a jury ordered Unit Handling Systems, the manufacturer of the robot, to pay the Williams family $10 million. Williams is believed to have been the first person killed by a robot.
 

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22. Killed By A Robot

Ford Motor Company's casting plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, employed a one ton robot to fetch parts from a storage rack. When the robot malfunctioned on January 25, 1979, 25 year old Robert Williams was asked to climb up on the rack and get the parts. While he was performing the task, the robot suddenly reactivated and hit Williams in the head with its arms. Williams died instantly. Four years later a jury ordered Unit Handling Systems, the manufacturer of the robot, to pay the Williams family $10 million. Williams is believed to have been the first person killed by a robot.
The version I heard about this was that the robot 'processed' the worker, i.e. it picked him up like a sheet of metal and cut pieces out of him. Obviously this wasn't true! but it expressed a fear of the time, that robots would take over and do scary things.
 

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22. Killed By A Robot

Ford Motor Company's casting plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, employed a one ton robot to fetch parts from a storage rack. When the robot malfunctioned on January 25, 1979, 25 year old Robert Williams was asked to climb up on the rack and get the parts. While he was performing the task, the robot suddenly reactivated and hit Williams in the head with its arms. Williams died instantly. Four years later a jury ordered Unit Handling Systems, the manufacturer of the robot, to pay the Williams family $10 million. Williams is believed to have been the first person killed by a robot.
Hold on. The robot's manufacturer got sued, when it was Ford's responsibility to make sure that it was properly turned off?
 

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23. Aw Chute

Ivan McGuire was an experienced parachutist who spent the afternoon of April 2, 1988, in Louisburg, North Carolina, videotaping parachuting students as they jumped and jumping with them. On his third trip up, McGuire dropped from the airplane and began filming the instructor and student who followed him a second later. McGuire reached back and discovered that he had forgotten to put on his parachute. His videotape, which was shown on the news in nearby Raleigh, recorded McGuire's final words: "Uh-oh",

24. Silenced By The Lambs

Betty Stobbs, 67, put a bale of hay on her bike and went out to feed the sheep at her family farm in Stanhope, England, on January 26, 1999. Forty sheep rushed towards her and began jumping up on the bike to reach the hay, knocking Stobbs into the 100 ft deep Ashes Quarry. Alan Renfry witnessed the incident from his home and was convinced that the sheep were responsible for Stobbs' death.
 

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24. Silenced By The Lambs

Betty Stobbs, 67, put a bale of hay on her bike and went out to feed the sheep at her family farm in Stanhope, England, on January 26, 1999. Forty sheep rushed towards her and began jumping up on the bike to reach the hay, knocking Stobbs into the 100 ft deep Ashes Quarry. Alan Renfry witnessed the incident from his home and was convinced that the sheep were responsible for Stobbs' death.
How did she get an entire bale of hay onto her bike?
 
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