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The_unconservative_one's avatar

Kind of macabre, but these death trivia stories are fascinating. What do you think of them?

Asked by The_unconservative_one (1124points) March 25th, 2009

My favorite from the page: “Jerome Rodale, who founded The Rodale Press publishing house, was taping an interview on the Dick Cavett Talk show. He was bragging about how he was so healthy he’d live to be 100 when he slumped over, dead from a heart attack. The show was never broadcast to the public because it’d be kinda funny.”

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marinelife's avatar

It is interesting. Here is another source. I liked this one:

“While conducting the hymnal Te Deum for French King Louis XIV in 1687, Jean-Baptiste Lully was so focused in keeping the rhythm by banging a staff against the floor (this was the method before conductor’s baton came into use), that he struck his toe hard but refused to stop.

The toe developed an abscess, which later turned gangrenous, but Lully refused to have it amputated. The gangrene spread and killed the stubborn musician.
Ironically, the hymn he was conducting was in celebration of the recovery of Louis XIV from an illness.”

TheoreticalBS's avatar

Without citations, I will call BS on some of those.

The_unconservative_one's avatar

@Marina , I liked this one from your page :

“In 1911, French tailor Franz Reichelt decided to test his invention, a combination overcoat and parachute, by jumping off the Eiffel Tower. Actually, he told the authorities that he would use a dummy, but at the last minute decided to test it himself. It was no surprise that he fell to his death.
There’s even a YouTube clip of his fatal jump.”

Here is the youtube Video

marinelife's avatar

@TheoreticalBS Luly’s death is well documented. And you can view the one The_unconservative_one posted for yourself.

SuperMouse's avatar

I can’t find the site now, but I once spent an entire evening reading through a website that listed all kinds of bizarre celebrity deaths. They had everything from Peg Entwhistle (who committed suicide by jumping off the Hollywood Sign) to Elizabeth Short (the Black Dahlia), to Chris Farley. It is macabre but oddly fascinating. I tend to think of it as whistling in the dark.

lunabean's avatar

nice find. i love stuff like this :D

jo_with_no_space's avatar

I have a dark sense of the macabre :)

Sakata's avatar

Albert Dekker… enough said :)

SuperMouse's avatar

@Sakata that’s the site I spent the evening surfing! It was interesting in a creepy, macabre kind of way.

dearest_prudence's avatar

I think it is kinda how you described it
macabre and funny

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