10 Strange and Bizarre Deaths From History

As a member of the Royal House of Plantagenet, George was the brother of two English kings, Edward IV and Richard III, and was embroiled in the complex web of intrigues and conflicts known as the War of the Roses.

One Last Drink

You can have too much of a good thing. That is one lesson that English scientist and health food advocate Basil Brown learned the hard way. Back in 1974, he was all about the health benefits of carrots.

When Carrots Kill

We know that, technically, it is not possible for someone to die of irony but, if it were, then Jerome Moody might be the strongest example. He died by drowning… while attending a party for lifeguards.

The Late Night Swim

As far as we know, Arrhichion of Phigalia has the distinction of being the only athlete to win the Olympic Games… as a corpse.

The Dead Olympian

We’re staying in ancient Greece, but traveling to the city of Ephesus to see how one of its most prominent philosophers, Heraclitus, met his end.

Mortal Manure Mayhem

There once was a time when the Abbasid Caliphate was one of the most powerful empires on the planet, representing the height of the Islamic Golden Age.

The Worst Carpet Ride in the World

One of Britain’s most famous explorers met his end at his own hands when he accidentally shot himself in the chest.

The Hunter Becomes the Hunted

James Otis Jr. was an important figure during the onset of the American Revolution, best known for being credited with the line “taxation without representation is tyranny.”

Wish Granted

If you were an assassin looking to murder a king, what would be your weapon of choice – dagger, poison, maybe a fall that makes it look like an accident? None of those? How about a silver bucket?

The Bucket Is Mightier than the Sword

We end with the most gruesome fate on this list, but also the most controversial since historians still debate whether or not this unbelievably brutal execution method was ever actually put into practice. We are talking, of course, about the notorious blood eagle.

The Blood Eagle