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A pre-med student from the University of Arizona was looking to score with his date on a Friday night. Determined to put the girl in the mood he drove her up to a spot on Mount Lemmon, which overlooked the city of Tucson.
They walked to an open knoll where they could see the city lights. Overcome by the romantic locale she succumbed to his pleas and they stripped down, made a bed of their clothes, and passionately began making love.
Heavy storm clouds then began rolling overhead and the low rumble of thunder inside them excited the lovers even more. At the first few flashes of lightning, they never looked up to see the charred remains of once great trees.
Their idyllic clearing was a hotbed of electrical activity during the warm desert nights. With a blinding light, a bolt of lightning struck the high point on the knoll, which happened to be the pre-med student's ass, and sought the path of least resistance, straight down to the pretty young girl.
Incredibly he survived, but he was in excruciating pain. The heat of the lightning had fused together his flesh and the latex condom he was wearing, so that the lovers were now stuck together like a pair of dogs. The girl, unfortunately, did not survive the lightning strike. When the student looked down into the vacant eyes of his girlfriend and realised that she was dead, his immediate repulsion caused him to jerk away from her, which of course, was impossible. A wave of pain and nausea made him vomit into the girl's face and open mouth! Heaving only caused more pain and repeated vomiting until finally he passed out!
Some time later, attracted by the smell of 'food', a bear found it's way to the two lovers and began to lick the semi-digested pizza and chicken wings from the dead girl's face. Just at that time the pre-med student woke up, but when he saw the bear, there was little that he could do other than watch and lay there silently in fear.
To his horror the bear became dissatisfied with just a lick and started to eat the girl, loudly crunching her facial bones only inches from the his ear. The bear also tasted the student , scraping the back of his skull with it's teeth, before moving on.
Around mid-morning a group of junior girl scouts, up for a fun weekend camp out, arrived at the campsite where the pre-med student's car was parked. It was only a matter of minutes before three screaming girls discovered the student, who had regained consciousness several times in the night and had managed to drag himself and the partially-eaten girl about 20 feet.
Doctors managed to 'successfully' separate the student from the corpse, but his penis looked like a small piece of cauliflower in it's flaccid state.
The first hint of arousal resulted in so much pain, that the student was unable, or unwilling, to achieve a full erection. Future surgery may produce a reasonably functioning penis, but the student's testicles, desribed by doctors as a 'scrotum mass' are irreparable.

A 16 year old boy in Manchester, England became so obsessed with smelling good, that he sprayed deodorant all over his body for months. The chemicals in the deodorant killed him.

In the USA an unidentified man using a shotgun like a club to break a former girlfriend's car windscreen accidentally shot himself to death when the gun discharged, blowing a hole in his gut!

Ken Charles Barger, aged 47 accidentally shot himself to death in December, in Newton, North Carolina, when, awakening to the sound of a ringing telephone beside his bed, he reached for the phone but grabbed instead his Smith and Wesson .38 Special pistol, which discharged when he drew it to his ear, blowing his brains out!

A terrible diet and room with no ventilation are being blamed for the death of Michael Franklin, who was killed by his own body gasses. There was no mark on his body, but an autopsy showed large amounts of methane gas in his system. His diet had consisted primarily of beans and cabbage.
It was just the right combination of foods to produce these gasses and it appeared that the man died in his sleep from breathing in the poisonous cloud that was hanging over his bed.
Had he been outside or had his windows been opened it would not have been fatal but the man was shut up in his near airtight bedroom.
He was a very big man with a huge capacity for producing this deadly gas. Three of the rescuers got sick and one of them was hospitalised!

In the USA a man cleaning his bird feeder on his balcony of his apartment in a Toronto suburb slipped and fell 23 floors to his death.
Stefan Macko, aged 55 was standing on a wheel chair when the accident happened. Inspector D'arcy, of the Peel regional police Dept stated, "It appears that the chair moved and he went over the balcony. It was just one of those freak accidents that happen. No "fowl" play is suspected."

James Burns, 34, of Alamao, Michigan, was killed in March as he was trying to repair what police desribed as a 'farm type truck.' Burns got a friend to drive the truck onto a highway while burns hung underneath so that he could ascertain the source of a troubling noise.
Burns' clothes caught on something, however, and the driver of the vehicle later found Mr. Burns "Wrapped around the drive shaft!"

Motorist Mr. Alvin Sims, of Miami, Florida didn't notice that his truck had smacked into a telephone pole and that his passenger was dead, until he had been stopped by police.
Donna Richardson, 29, was hanging her head out of the window of her boyfriend's truck to vomit, when the truck suddenly veered. Her head slammed against the pole, killing her instantly, but Mr Sims, 36, kept on driving.
Metro Dade police stated that when an officer stopped the truck several miles later it's right mirror and antenna were damaged.
Sims told police that he was looking for a hospital because his passenger was sick. Apparently, he thought that he had hit a puddle and did not notice that he had killed her!

Derrick L. Richards, 28, was charged in April with third degree murder in Minneapolis in connection with the death of his beloved cousin Kenneth E. Richards.
According to police, Derrick suggested a game of Russian Roulette with his cousin and put a semi-automatic pistol to Ken's head instead of a revolver!

In Moscow, Russia a drunk security officer asked a colleague at the Moscow bank where they both worked to stab his bullet-proof vest to see if it would protect him against a knife.
It didn't and the 25 year old guard died of a heart wound!

Jaques Lefevrier left nothing to chance when he decided to commit suicide. He stood at the top of a tall coastal cliff and tied a noose around his neck. He then tied the other end to a rock. He drank some poison and then set fire to his clothes.
Finally he jumped and fired the pistol. Unfortunately the bullet missed his head and cut through the rope above him. Free of the threat of hanging, he plunged into the sea. The sudden dunking in water extinguished the flames and made him vomit up the poison. He was dragged out of the water by a kind fisherman and was taken to hospital.
Where he died of hypothermia!

Toronto police reported that a lawyer demonstrating the safety of the windows in a skyscraper crashed through the pane with his shoulder and plunged 24 floors to his death. A police spokesman said Garry Hoy, 39, fell into the courtyard of the Toronto Dominion Bank Tower early on Friday evening as he was explaining the strength of the building's windows to visiting law students.
Mr. Hoy had previously conducted demonstrations of window strength according to police reports. Peter Lauwers, managing partner of the firm Holden Day Wilson told the Toronto Sun newspaper that Hoy was, "One of the best and brightest" members of the 200 man association.

On 31st August 1995, in Cairo, Egypt six people drowned while trying to rescue a chicken that had fallen into the well in Southern Egypt. An 18 year old farmer was the first to descend into the 60 foot well. He drowned, apparently after an undercurrent of water pulled him down. His sister and two brothers, none of them who could swim well, went in one by one to help him, but they also drowned. Two elderly farmers then came to help but they apparently were pulled in by the same undercurrent. The six bodies were later pulled out of the well in the village of Nazlat Imara, 240 miles from Cairo. The chicken was also pulled out. It survived!

In Liberia, witch doctor, James Numeni was charged with murder after he gave two men a magic potion which he claimed would protect them from bullets. After he cast his spells Numeni then insisted on testing out his potion by shooting the two men repeatedly in the face and the chest. They were both killed instantly.

In Milwaukee, USA, in the 1920's, stuntman, Joseph Toma, known as 'The Mighty Toma' attempted to escape from being padlocked, upside down, on a rope 80 feet in the air. To add to the thrill the rope would be burnt. He would only have 1 minute to escape.
On the day of the stunt Toma was hoisted up and the rope was set alight. But unfortunately the flames tore throught the hemp rope in seconds, rather than minutes and Toma plunged to his death.

In Fresno, California, USA, stuntman, John Barras attempted to be buried alive, chained, padlocked and placed in a coffin of clear perspex, lowered into the six foot grave, with soil placed on top and then wet cement poured on top of that. All was going well until the cement was poured on top of him and the lid of the perspex coffin collapsed encasing Barras in the wet cement. All attempts to rescue him failed.

(Left) Barras in his perspex coffin - (Right) The coffin collapsing.

In Switzerland a nine year old boy was killed when he was crushed by a giant snowball. The boy had been playing with his five year old brother when the huge snowball that they made got too big and started to roll down the hill. The older boy tried to stop the snowball by jumping in front of it, without success, the snowball running over him causing him massive internal injuries.

In Illinois, USA a 38 year old man was arguing with his girlfriend about what type of curtains to buy for their home when he lost his temper, ran into the bedroom, cut a hole in his waterbed, stuck his head in the hole and then drowned himself to death.

In Stuttgart, Germany a fight broke out in a pub after a customer refused to stop using his mobile phone. The noise of the phone was so irritating that a brawl broke out and the mobile phone user was clubbed to death with a beer bottle.

In Cameroon and Nigeria three men were lynched and many others injured by angry mobs who were on the lookout for the so called 'penis snatchers.' These evil men are thought to be responsible for the disappearance of several men's genitals, simply by shaking their hands. One student said, "I felt an electric current running through my body and a feeling that my manhood was retreating into my stomach."

In Chicago, USA builder, Lafayette Gatlin has opened a 24 hour drive through funeral home where visitors can visit and by using a microphone at the drive in booth can request which body they want to see, a photograph of it promptly appearing on a television screen.

In Germany a 17 year old gymnast decided to celebrate her birthday by trampolining on her sofa when she suddenly lost her balance and bounced out of the window falling 6 floors to her death.

In New York, USA Mr David Solarte, a taxi driver, was so fed up with his weight problem that he took desperate measures. The 230 pound man allowed his medical student friend to perform a makeshift liposuction operation on him using whiskey, sleeping tablets and a household vacuum cleaner.
During the 'operation' Mr Solarte went into shock and died.

In Tokyo, Japan the Bridgestone Tyre Company decided to downsize it's employees to save money which had a bad effect on one of it's employees.
An executive with the company took redundancy so hard that he committed hari-kiri in a company meeting room, stabbing himself in the stomach with a 14 inch fish knife.

In the USA, in 1989 Hearse driver, Jack Volkering, was killed when he had a head on collision with another vehicle. The casket in the back of his hearse crushed him!

In Boulder, Colorado, USA, in 1981 a batch of bricks were buried in the cemetery after a local worker at a brickmaking factory fell into some machinery and was killed. There was so little left of the man that burying the bricks was the only way that the relatives could be sure that his entire body was interred.

In the USA, in 1958 Mr Robert Hughes, who weighed 1,069 pounds, was so heavy that he had to be winched into his grave with a crane.

In Dubai drug smugglers disguised as a happy family were stopped in the Gulf States when an official noticed that the baby girl they were carrying was in fact dead. Further inspection revealed that the dead baby had been disembowelled, her internal organs completely removed and replaced with a large amount of codeine tablets. The evil smugglers had murdered the girl and have been charged with murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking.

In Bangkok, Thailand 25 year old policeman Jirawat Sangworn shot one man dead and seriously injured another man after they booed him while he was singing along with a karoake song. Sangworn began singing the Thai classic 'Tears of a sergeant' and, when the two men became hostile, he took out his regulation pistol and fired a volley of shots at the two men.

In Johannesburg, Florida, USA, Danie du Toit, aged 49 was giving a speech at a toastmasters club encouraging his audience to 'enjoy life while you can because death could strike at any moment' when he suddenly collapsed and died after choking on a peppermint.

In London, England three South African men wheeled the corpse of their dead uncle into a post office to try and cash the dead man's pension. They tried to convince the cashier that their uncle was only unwell and even put his finger on the electronic identification pad. Unfortunately for the men the postal worker noticed that the man's hands were ice cold and immediately called paramedics.

In Egypt a 48 year old widow was arrested after it was found she had dug up her dead husband's grave, removed his skull and took it home. The woman claimed that she was very lonely and missed having him around the house.

In St. Pierre, Martinique, in 1902 the volcano Mount Pelee erupted killing all the inhabitants apart from one man. He was a prisoner in the town jail.

At the battle of Karansebes, in 1788 Austrian soldiers succeeded in wiping out 10,000 of their own men after a few drunken Austrians played a prank. The drunk soldiers started shouting that the enemy Turks were upon them which created such panic that the Austrians began firing indiscriminately at each other.

On average every year over 2500 left handed people are killed in accidents using products designed for right handed people.

On average every year 100 people choke to death on ball point pens. The most common object that Americans choke on are toothpicks.

On average every year 13 people are killed by vending machines accidentally falling on them.

The ashes of a cremated person weigh 9lb on average.

During the Crimean War the British Army lost ten times more men to dysentery than to injuries received during battle.

In New Orleans, USA, in 1985 a group of lifeguards decided to have a party to celebrate an entire season without any drownings. At the end of the party one of the guests was found dead at the the bottom of the swimming pool.

In 1986, in the USA a security guard who was travelling in an armoured security van was killed when $50,000 worth of quarters fell on top of him.

In March 1989, in South Carolina, USA Michael Anderson Godwin, who had recently had his sentence of execution by electric chair commuted to life imprisonment, died while he was sitting on his metal toilet in his cell.
He had tried to fix his TV set, bit into the wire and electrocuted himself.

Mr. Marino Malerba, from the USA was poaching deer when he suddenly spotted a stag standing above him on an overhanging rock. He shot the stag stone dead which fell on top him killing him instantly.

In St. Louis, USA, in 1997 Mr. Robert Puelo was causing trouble in a local store. When the store assistant threatened to call the police he then snatched a hot dog, put it in his mouth and walked out of the shop without paying. A short while later the police arrived and found Puelo lying on the pavement outside the shop. He had choked to death on the 6inch long hotdog.

During the 13th century an English nobleman by the name of Fitzwaine Fulk suffocated in his suit of armour after his horse had got stuck in a mire.

In Naples, Italy, in 1983 Mr. Vittorio Luise, 45, was driving down the road when a huge gust of wind blew his car into a river. He succeeded in smashing the car window, climbing out and swimming to the shore where he was killed instantly by a falling tree!

In Texas, USA six illegal immigrants from Mexico were all killed after they were hit by a 105 coach train. It was found that the six Mexicans had decided to sleep on the train tracks because they were afraid of being bitten by snakes and reptiles. The Union Pacific train ran over the lot of them while they slept.

In Kota Maru, Malaysia 47 year old Harun Mamat, a fruit picker, was shot in the chest and killed when some hunters totally mistook him for a squirrel. He had been up in a tree picking Mongosteen fruits.

In Damascus in ancient times a sword was often sharpened by plunging it into a slave.

In ancient Japan the Imperial army had special soldiers whose only duty was to count the number of severed heads after a battle.

In Las Vegas, Nevada, USA in 1980, a hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die.

Nearly 6000 men died building the Panama Canal.

A quarter of all Americans believe in ghosts.

During the 19th century when the Mombassa and Lake Victoria railway bridge was being built, work had to be delayed when lions killed and ate 28 of the workers.

In Kenya the Masai warriors leave their dead relatives out in the bush for the hyenas to eat.

In Borneo a certain tribe keep their dead in huge earthenware jugs to rot. Once all the bodily fluid is drained away the dried remains are put in a smaller container and the original jars are used for cooking.

Every ten minutes another plant or animal life becomes extinct.

In recorded history it is estimated that over 75 million people have been killed by earthquakes.

In Turkey the colour for mourning is violet instead of the usual black.

In Japan the number 4 is thought to be an unlucky number because it is pronounced the same as "Death".

Harry Bagshaw, a cricket player with Derbyshire, was buried dressed in his umpire's coat and clutching a cricket ball.

During the 1905 American Football season 18 players were killed and 150 seriously injured.

In Brazil during a friendly soccer match a referee drew a revolver and shot dead a player who disputed a penalty decision. The referee escaped on horseback.

The hippopotamus has physically killed more people than any other mammal in the world.

In ancient Egypt the people used to shave their eyebrows to mourn the death of their cats.

The poison arrow frog has enough venom on it's body to kill 2,200 people instantly.

More people die in Sri Lanka from snakebites than in any other country in the world.

Humans kill more sharks than sharks have ever killed humans.

In Obidos, Brazil, in 1981, a ferry capsized as it was docking and 300 people were eaten alive by piranha. There were only 128 survivors.

Mosquitoes kill more people than any other living creature in the world.

Bees kill more people every year than venomous snakes do.

Nutmeg will kill you if you inject it intravenously.

The human brain continues to send out electrical wave signals for up to 37 hours after you die.

If you are locked in an airtight room you will die from carbon monoxide poisoning long before you will die of oxygen starvation.

It is impossible to kill yourself by holding your breath.

During the late 19th century millions of human mummies were used as fuel for trains in Egypt. Wood and coal were in short supply but mummies were plentiful.

On Chesil Beach, Dorset, England, in 1875, the cargo ship "Royal Adelaide", which was filled with a shipment of alcoholic spirits, was accidentally driven aground. Six people drowned in the wreck but 20 locals died from drinking too much of the washed up cargo.

In Sri Lanka a cricket umpire was murdered by players after he made an unpopular decision. Kamal Ranjith de Silva was officiating at a match between two teams who have a history of bitter rivalry. He was clubbed to death with the stumps after giving a disputed run-out.

A local newpaper in Cambodia - The Light of Cambodia - reported what was considered to be a predictable death. A man had been dared to stand under a hornets nest whilst friends pelted it with stones. The fool was quickly overwhelmed by angry insects but he managed to make the journey home before dying from the effect of the relentless stinging.

The fate of a would-be hijacker was sealed by his pathetic attempt at a home-made parachute. Augusto Lakandula held up a plane from Davao City en-route to Manila. He threatened to blow everyone up with a grenade and robbed passengers before bailing out at 6000ft. Unfortunately his improvised chute failed and he plummeted to his death. Locals are thought to have nicked the cash before police arrived on the scene to find their man with just his hands and knees visible above the ground.

US citizen John Hwika was giving his mother a gun safety lesson when his white French Poodle Benji jumped on his lap, pulled the trigger on his .45 pistol and shot him through the heart. The pooch then licked the store managers face while he lay dying. A neighbour commented: "John loved Benji so much. The dog was just trying to return that love!"

In Copenhagen Mr. Fleming Peterson was charged with 'illicit handling of a corpse' after taking his dad's cadaver out on a final booze-up. He dressed him up in motorbike leathers and tied him to the back of his Harley-Davidson. After touring a few bars, where he placed a cigar in his dad's mouth and chatted to him all night, he eventually dropped him off at a police station.

A sleeping truckdriver in Texas received a rude awakening when a highway patrolman decided to search his cab. An envelope was discovered containing a 'suspicious substance' which the patrolman declared was speed. After he'd spent a month in jail the man was released after tests concluded that the 'speed' were the ashes of his dead grandmother.

An investigation is underway after passengers on a flight from Dubai toManila complained they were being put off their in-flight meal by a dead passenger who had been left in his seat for three hours following his death.

In Oakland, Oregon during an argument over directions to a relatives house while driving, two brothers killed each other. One smashed a beer bottle over the other's head who promptly responded by shooting his brother in the forhead with a .22 calibre gun!

At a funeral a widow collapsed and died instantly of a heart attack after she heard her husband's voice coming from the coffin shouting, "Let me out!"
What she didn't know was that the voice belonged to a fellow mourner, Jacques de Putron, who was a ventriloquist.
A distraught de Putron later stated, "I thought that it would cheer everyone up and make them feel better!"

In London, England, 88 year old George Diggs decided to fix a blocked pipe underneath the floorboards of his home when he suddenly suffered a stroke and died.
His last words were, "I'll fix that pipe, even if it kills me!"

In Kasai, Congo, an entire football team was killed instantly when lightning struck the pitch during a match. The whole visiting team was wiped out and over 30 spectators were injured but amazingly every member of the home team escaped unharmed.

In New York, USA, Mr. Ian Manson, a seabird fanatic, decided to hollow out the swan carcass he had found, placed his head in it and used it as a disguise so that he could wade out on the coast and get close to a group of swans.
Unfortunately for him he became encumbered by the dead swan, and, unable to swim was swept out to sea where he drowned.

In Copenhagen, Denmark, 37 year old Flemming Pederson stole his father's dead body from the local morgue and took it on a tour of his late pa's stomping grounds.
He kitted out the corpse in biker gear and sunglasses and tied it to the end of his Harley Davidson. He then bought the corpse several beers and placed lit cigars in it's mouth.
He was later arrested.

In Israel, in September 2000 three Palestinian terrorists were blown to smithereens after an hilarious mix up with the bomb makers in the West Bank.
At exactly 1700 hrs the terrorist bombs exploded unexpectedly killing all the cowardly assassins.
Israeli Security Services believe that the bombs had been set to detonate at 6pm but because the West Bank is one hour ahead of Israel the doomed terrorists assumed that the detonation time referred to the target zone in Israel and they were still driving to this target thinking they were an hour early when they were all killed. Nice One Father Time!

In Bodenwerder, Germany, in 2000 a 75 year old woman died an unusual death apparently falling victim to her habit of collecting junk.
Police were called to the old woman's flat when neighbours complained of a stench and after forcing their way into the flat they found the decomposing body of the woman buried by stacks of clothes, food, household appliances and advertisements.
While searching the flat police found 30 flashlights, 50 cans of fish, 10 suitcases, piles of toothpaste and masses of brochures.
It was eventually discovered that the woman had died of thirst after she found herself unable to set herself free from the mounds of rubbish.

At Niagara Falls, USA, during the 1950's, stuntman William "Red" Hill Jnr attempted to shoot over the edge of the falls in a home made contraption he called "The Thing!"
Crowds gathered in their thousands and police allowed the death defying leap to go ahead.
Unfortunately for Hill Jnr he became parted from the contraption mid-way down and continued to drop by himself.
His vessel completed the stunt totally unscathed but Hill Jnr was not so fortunate.
His battered and mangled corpse was found the following day.

Polish burglar Torge Csar's life of crime came to an abrupt end recently during an attempt to break into a gem store. The idea was to tunnel through a wall and into the safe on the other side. Unfortunately he got his angles all wrong and tunnelled into a food factory instead when he fell into a giant vat of spinach and drowned.

There are bad ways to die and there are bad ways to die. For sheer pain and humiliation it's hard to beat the tale of the two spectacularly unfortunate Papua New Guinea fishermen who met their maker after a fish chewed their cocks off. The two bled to death after the mystery fish gnawed their nobs as they stood in the Sepik River in north-western Papua. Local authorities suspect the pair were attacked because they were pissing in the river as many fish are able to detect minute chemical changes in water. The notorious candiru of the Amazon is legendary for its ability to follow a stream of piss back to it's original source - where it generally swims into the culprits urethra and sticks there thanks to a handy set of backwards-facing spines. The most likely suspect for the fishermens deaths, according to local rumour, is the pacu, a fish related to the piranha. Pacu were introduced to Papua in 1994 as part of a United Nations programme to stock waters with new food fish species. Way to go fella's!

In Knoxville, Illinois the widow and two children of Carl Stevens were found to have been looking after him as though he were ill, when in fact, he had been dead for eight years. Sheriff Mark Shearer explained: "Let's just say the family has abnormal beliefs in the power of healing."

In Romania, in 2001, 24 year old Gheorgita Vieru decided that it would be a good idea to steal some high voltage electrical cable to sell on.
After climbing up an electrical pylon he reached up to cable, which was still live, and recieved such a powerful shock that his head was instantly blown off!
Vieru's carbonized body was later found still stuck to the pylon and his head was found a short distance away by a dog.

In Craddockstown, County Kildare, UK, in August 1996, David Bailey, aged 40, was looking for a lost ball in some bushes while playing golf when a rat suddenly ran up his trouser leg and pissed all over him.
After scaring the rat off Bailey then decided to smoke a cigar to calm his nerves but accidentally touching the rat urine with his fingers he transferred the deadly Weil's disease to his mouth and died of jaundice two weeks later!

In Matchborough, Redditch, England, in July 1997, Michael Foxall, a keep fit fanatic, was running on a treadmill in his local gym when he decided that he had overdone the running a little bit too much and it was time to stop.
Foxall then pressed the emergency stop button and jumped off the machine before it had stopped moving but he was so exhausted that he lost his balance, went flying off the machine and cracked his head open.
He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

In Sydney, Australia, in April 1999, Mr. Boutros Ghabach, aged 45, was fishing in his aluminium boat in Dolans Bay when the boat was suddenly hit by lightning, cooking the fisherman to death.
The man had taken every precaution when going fishing except for going out in the middle of a thunderstorm in a metal boat!

In Durunka, Egypt, in November 1994, a bolt of lightning hit a fuel container on a train which then derailed the locomotive sending it crashing into an army fuel depot.
This then resulted in a gigantic fireball which was then picked up by the torrential rainwater and carried through the town burning everything in it's path.
Over 500 people died in the huge fire and to make matters worse the rescue effort was thwarted by the roads which had turned to rivers of mud!

In Blons, Austria, in 1954, two huge avalanches fell on the small village killing 111 people out of the 376 residents living there. All the dead had been buried alive.

In Peru, South America, Rodney J. Olson, aged 27 and from the USA, went on a hunting expedition and disguised himself so well that it cost him his life.
Unfortunately a keen eyed 13 year old boy, who was also out hunting, mistook his head for a squirrel and killed Olson instantly!

In Livingstone, Zambia, Africa, Harris Simbawa, aged 28, was hunting fish by biting their heads off. Unfortunately for Simbawa the fish slipped down his throat and an attempt to dislodge it forced it further down the fisherman's gullet, eventually choking him to death.
His body was later found with the stick still poking out of his mouth.

In Spain, in 1995, during the Pamplona bull fighting festival, Matthew Tassio, aged 22, from the USA, was running with bulls through the city streets when he was clipped by an ox that had somehow joined the bull run.
As Matthew got back up after being thrown to the ground a half tonne bull charged into him, the horns going right through his stomach. He was then tossed 23 feet into the air and died shortly later from blood loss!
He was the first person to die during the festival in 15 years, and he wasn't even Spanish!

In London, England, in May 1995, Darren Newton, aged 25, decided that it would be very romantic to parachute 300 feet from the top of the London Hilton Hotel and present his girlfriend with a box of chocolates.
After jumping from the 28 storey building, Newton became entangled in his parachute and fell like a stone.
On his way down he smashed twice into the side of the building resulting in his arm being ripped off his body before landing face first into the ground, killing him instantly!

In San Francisco, California, USA, in October 1996, Mr Jack Sullivan was jogging along a scenic route during a nice sunny day when he accidentally ran over the side of a cliff, falling to his death.
His widow later sobbed, "Jack totally zoned when he went jogging. He had a little tape recorder he talked into. He just can't have been looking where he was going!"

In Aldbourne, England, in 1999, Ashley Sleeman, aged 11, was so frightened of the phone ringing that he had a heart attack and died!
Sleeman, who suffered from panic attacks, was watching television when the phone suddenly rang and his mother, Tracey Bendle, asked him to answer it.
Tracey later explained, "Ashley was frightened of picking up the phone, so to help him build up his confidence I asked him to answer it. I then asked if he was all right and he just said "No", and collapsed!"

In Liverpool, England, in 1998, Miss Tracey Ennis, aged 19, was blowing up balloons for a christmas party when she suddenly suffered a brain haemorrhage by straining too hard!
She was taken to hospital where she had part of her brain removed and after intensive care she appeared to be making a recovery.
Unfortunately she relapsed and died shortly later.

In Brussels, Belgium, police discovered the corpse of an elderly woman after her carers had constantly hammered on the door without getting an answer and the pet poodle inside had stopped barking.
When police entered the house it was found that the poodle had eaten half of it's dead owner's face! Man's best friend huh? Burp!

In London, England, in 1814, eight people drowned after a giant vat of beer exploded destroying whole street and houses in Tottenham Court Road. Dead drunk I suppose!

In Chicago, USA, in 1918, the Hagenback-Wallace Circus was on a train heading towards Indiana when it was hit by another train coming in the opposite direction.
After the crash it was found that 86 clowns and sword swallowers had been killed.
Identifying some of the victims proved to be impossible as some of the performers had only just recently joined the troupe. Dozens of the graves are marked with very vague references such as "Baldy", "4 horse driver" and Unknown male".

In Brussels, in 1994, Mr. Frans Jaumotte was found dead and mutilated in his henhouse. The police were totally baffled at the cause of death until eventually they found out the grim truth.
Jaumotte had run out of chicken feed and when he entered the henhouse the hungry chickens had angrily attacked him, pecking out his eyes and heart!

In Svay Rieng, Cambodia, in 1999, three drunk men were having a brandy drinking competition when one of them started spluttering.
The two others decided that his forfeit for losing was that he had to kick a landmine as hard as possible.
The man gave the landmine a great big kick and blew all three men to pieces!

In Brazil, pilot Bahia de Salvador was showing off in front of his girlfriend by performing loop to loops in his Cessna aircraft over her house.
At the bottom of the loop he came over the house low and shouted "I love you" to her as he passed.
Unfortunately his wing clipped her chimney and sent the plane crashing into the ground, killing him instantly!

During the 'Army Cup' football match final, which was played in front of the King and Queen in 1948, two players actually died from their injuries.

In Bavaria, in 1936, a publican was killed when one of his customers bit him on the neck!

In Papua New Guinea some tribes preserve the remains of their dead relatives, put them in pipes and then smoke them!

During the 19th century Mr. Thomas Otway ran into some bad luck and had to beg to survive. A kind passerby saw that he was starving and gave him a guinea to buy some food.
Happy with his sudden change of luck Thomas went straight to the local shop, bought a bread roll and then choked to death on it!

Cherry leaves are poisonous.

Eau de Cologne was actually invented as a protection against the plague.

The very last American Indian to speak the Mohican language died in 1933.

In 1567 the man with the longest beard in the world was walking down a flight of steps, tripped up on his beard and was killed instantly in the fall.

The very first country in the world to legalise abortions was the USSR.

During the influenza epidemic between 1914 and 1924 over 20 million people died in the USSR alone.

In Sweden, a pastor was electrocuted to death while conducting a baptism.
The pastor was standing in a pool of water when one of his assistants handed him a live wire, killing him instantly.

Scientists studying cannibalism have found that a man weighing 150 pounds would make a meal for about seventy five people.

The most common cause of death of people between the ages of 20 and 30 is from accidents.

Lightning kills about 400 US citizens every year.

There are at least 10 countries who have the nuclear capacity to totally destroy the world.

In Japan, in 1978, a gang leader was hacked to death by a gang of men.
Wanting to find a way to get rid of his fingerprints they chopped off his hands and boiled them to make soup which they then sold at a roadside stall.

Aimee Semple McPherson, who was a devoted Evangelist, was buried with a telephone in her coffin so that she could contact the living world from the spiritual world.
After seven years of waiting without any phone call from her, the telephone line was finally disconnected.

The average lifespan of a caveman was 18 years of age.

A man from Norfolk, England laughed himself to death while watching the 1970's show "The Goodies". Later his wife sent a letter to the comedians in the programme thanking them for making her husband's end such a happy one.

The very last pure blooded Tasmanian died in 1876.

In Leicester, England, Mr. Charles Davies died at his sister's house at 3 o'clock in the morning. When his sister phoned his wife in Leeds to tell her the bad news she then discovered that she had also died at exactly 3 o'clock in the morning.