Ironic Deaths Through the Ages

Death isn’t funny. It really isn’t. Not for the person who died or their families, but sometimes… you just have to laugh at the ways people died.

In 1567, Hans Steininger of Austria was famous for having the longest beard in Europe. It was four feet, seven inches long. And, you guessed it, he died by tripping on his beard, falling and breaking his neck. Is it too soon to laugh?

We expect daredevils and stunt performers to hurt themselves when they perform their death-defying feats, right? In the 1920s, Bobby Leach was a famous daredevil, going over Niagara Falls in a barrel, swimming in whirlpools, and surviving, triumphant. Unfortunately, it’s the little things that will get you. Walking down the street one day, Bobby slipped on an orange peel, injured his leg, and died of gangrene shortly thereafter.

The great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov famously penned the three laws of robotics, the first of which is “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.”

No, Asimov didn’t die because of a rogue robot, but Kenji Urada was fixing an industrial robot at a plant in Tokyo in 1981 and he forgot to turn it off. You can probably guess the rest.