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It Happens to Us All in the End
  It Happens to Us All in the End   top quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
We all have to die, but many famous people have managed to do so in memorable fashion....
Average, 10 Qns, EnglishJedi, Oct 16 13
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  They Passed On Christmas Day   best quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
In this Editors' Advent quiz you are asked to identify these ten poor souls who had the misfortune to pass away on Christmas Day. Warning: As question number increases number of clues decreases.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, 1nn1, Dec 24 21
Very Easy
1nn1 gold member
Dec 24 21
1089 plays
  On Christmas Day in the Mo(u)rning   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Christmas is usually a time of cheer, but sadly for some it has been a less pleasant time. Here are ten famous people for whom Christmas Day was their last.
Average, 10 Qns, Snowman, Dec 22 09
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And So Thats Why You Never
  And So, That's Why You Never...   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
While death is often a tragedy, some people may have asked to punch their tickets a bit early, at least subconsciously. This quiz examines some 'Darwin Award' winners who set examples for the rest of us...not that we'd necessarily make the same choices.
Difficult, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, May 30 11
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2606 plays
  Strange Endings   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
I will give you the name of a famous person; you need to match them with the correct instrument of their demise.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, nyirene330, Jan 12 17
Very Easy
887 plays
  Is This Any Way to Run an Airline?   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
They say that air travel is safer then driving a car, but here are ten celebrities that would disagree.
Average, 10 Qns, leith90, Jun 26 18
leith90 gold member
Jun 26 18
3632 plays
  10 Questions: How Did They Die? Match Quiz   great trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match the names of well-known people to their manner of death.
Easier, 10 Qns, debodun, Nov 18 18
Nov 18 18
811 plays
  How Did I Die?   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ten famous deceased people are speaking from beyond the grave. Answer their question about how each of them died.
Average, 10 Qns, Joepetz, May 12 17
Joepetz gold member
1654 plays
  Death By Invention   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz about the unfortunate souls who died by their own inventions.
Average, 10 Qns, ramonesrule, Oct 26 21
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Oct 26 21
390 plays
  Missing   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
People say it's a small world. Sometimes it has been too small for people to hide, but sometimes people have vanished without trace. What do you know of these famous 20th Century disappearances?
Average, 10 Qns, baldricksmum, Aug 23 16
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trivia question Quick Question
Because he did not feel worthy of being compared to Jesus, he was crucified on an upside down cross. Who was this apostle?

From Quiz "Unusual Deaths"

  Unusual Deaths   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In some cases a person's death is remembered more than their achievements in life. In this quiz you need to select the individual who died in unusual circumstances. Not as depressing as it sounds.
Average, 10 Qns, Rehaberpro, Sep 21 16
4009 plays
  What in the World?   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Bizarre Causes of Death
People die all the time, but there are some pretty standard ways to go, be it naturally, accidentally, or nefariously. However, these next ten people died under truly bizarre circumstances. What in the world?! (Look for hints in the questions)
Average, 10 Qns, LeoDaVinci, Dec 13 22
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Dec 13 22
442 plays
  A Sleep with the Fishes   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Drowning is perhaps one of the most frightening ways to die. This quiz takes a look at 10 famous people, both real and fictional, who, sadly, met their maker after they drowned.
Average, 10 Qns, eburge, Aug 01 09
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2475 plays
  They Should Have Taken the Train   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I don't care what Bernoulli's Principle says, airplanes are fundamentally an unsound concept, as these people discovered the hard way.
Easier, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Jun 14 19
looney_tunes editor
Jun 14 19
882 plays
  Watch Out for that Knife!   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Murdered by Stabbing
Stabbing is one of the most gruesome and brutal ways to die, yet it has been very common throughout history. See if you can identify these ten people who came under the knife in the most bloody of fashions.
Average, 10 Qns, LeoDaVinci, Dec 07 22
LeoDaVinci editor
Dec 07 22
1471 plays
  Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match the historical figure to the way they perished, either by execution or by assassination.
Average, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Dec 07 19
Joepetz gold member
Dec 07 19
607 plays
  Done In...By Themselves!   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about famous people who have offed themselves, so to speak.
Average, 10 Qns, redsoxfan325, Oct 25 16
1190 plays
  Unfortunate Demises of the Famous and Infamous    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
See if you can figure out whose demise I'm describing. The clues should help.
Average, 10 Qns, nmerr, May 07 11
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1538 plays
  They Were Murdered   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
We have had Death Quiz 2000, now let's see how extensive your knowledge of murder is. Welcome to the Murder Quiz!
Average, 10 Qns, bolan, Apr 16 13
7110 plays
  Life is Short, Death is Long   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Death is only part of life, and this quiz will cover unique and memorable deaths of famous individuals.
Easier, 10 Qns, Moose356, May 29 14
2450 plays
  Mister Greedy   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
From a challenge issued in the Author's Lounge, here are ten people throughout history who died from eating or drinking related causes. Were they greedy - or were they needy? Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, Mar 06 12
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1265 plays
  Famous People in Aircraft Crashes   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
They should have given up their seat and taken the next one! All of the people unfortunate enough to be the subject of this quiz have died as a result of flying. Who are they?
Tough, 15 Qns, FussBudget, Nov 05 14
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2045 plays
  Such a Life, Such a Death   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some odd facts about the deaths of famous people. Can you identify them?
Average, 10 Qns, fringe, May 15 13
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5086 plays
  Unusual Deaths of Various People   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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A nice peaceful death in a warm and comfortable bed has not been the lot of many people throughout time. Here are ten more unusual ones for you. Watch your step.
Tough, 10 Qns, Creedy, Feb 20 22
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Feb 20 22
319 plays
  Unusual Deaths No 2   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here is another quiz on some unusual ways in which various people have met the grim reaper. Enjoy yourself - if that's an appropriate thing to say.
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, Dec 18 11
Creedy gold member
1318 plays
  Unusual Deaths No 1   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Throughout history there have always been people who became famous for the way in which they died rather than how they lived. See if you know who they are.
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, Dec 31 17
Creedy gold member
Dec 31 17
1693 plays
  Take this Why Me? Quiz   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Following are the final laments of people who met untimely or accidental death. Can you identify them?
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Mar 13 13
ponycargirl editor
709 plays
  Swinging in the Rain    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is just a few questions about famous folk who chose to end it all by hanging themselves. What do you know about these sad souls?
Average, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Jun 27 17
2509 plays
  Chivalry is Deadly   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Chivalry, alas, is dead, and this quiz may help explain why. More than a few people throughout history have found it hazardous to their health. Enjoy!
Tough, 10 Qns, jouen58, Nov 22 14
939 plays
  Great Blunders Throughout History   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many people throughout history made a mistake; a deadly mistake. They died, or others died, because of something they probably wish they didn't do. Here are nine of these deadly blunders, and one very close call.
Average, 10 Qns, salami_swami, Mar 08 17
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What a Way to Go Trivia Questions

1. Franz Reichelt was testing out a parachute of his own design when he jumped to his death from the Eiffel Tower in 1912. What was he sometimes called?

From Quiz
Death By Invention

Answer: Flying Tailor

Reichelt was born in 1878 in the Kingdom of Bohemia. He was a tailor and inventor who was an early pioneer in parachuting. He successfully tested out a parachute-suit that he had created on dummies. With that success in mind, he petitioned to conduct an experiment from the Eiffel Tower. He got the approval to conduct the test using a dummy but upon arriving in Paris, insisted on doing the test himself instead. He argued with a guard who tried to block his access to the Eiffel Tower but eventually and reluctantly was given permission. On February 4th, 1912, he jumped from the tower wearing his parachute-suit, which failed to deploy. He plunged to his death, which was witnessed by a number of spectators, press, and a cinematographer, who captured the jump on film.

2. Christophe de Margerie was a French oil magnate. Really wealthy, he was flying home in the corporate jet one winter's day when it collided with... what in the world?

From Quiz What in the World?

Answer: A snowplow

On October 20, 2014, Christophe de Margerie was about to take off from Vnukovo International Airport outside of Moscow, Russia, when his jet collided with a snowplow upon takeoff. The landing gear snapped off and the plane, a Dassault Falcon 50EX, and went out of control. De Margerie, along with three crew members, were killed when the jet rolled across the grass next to the runway. The driver of the snowplow, Vladimir Martynenko, was found to have been drinking. He pled guilty to violating safety rules and was sentenced to four years in prison, but was amnestied immediately. Four other people were also implicated in the accident.

3. Dr. Saso Baricevic of Slovenia was killed by his three large bullmastiffs in 2010. Ironically, Baricevic had earlier fought to save the dogs from being euthanized, after they committed what offense?

From Quiz Revenge Of The Pets

Answer: They attacked and seriously injured a man.

The dogs (Atlas, Joy and Atos), were ordered to be euthanized after they attacked a man in 2006. A lengthy court battle followed which received national attention. Eventually, the dogs were returned to Baricevic who was ordered to pay a substantial fine. But four years later they showed their gratitude by killing him.

4. Draco of Athens certainly had a very dramatic death. How did he die?

From Quiz Unusual Deaths of Various People

Answer: Smothered by cloaks from an appreciative audience

Draco of Athens (650-600 BCE) has been awarded the title of the first legislator in the world of Athens in ancient Greece. He took the very sensible step of replacing the oral laws and blood feuds of the time with a concise and well set out list of written laws. Unfortunately those laws he created were exceptionally harsh, and this has given rise over time to the adjective "draconian" being applied to any exceptionally severe piece of jurisdiction. Apparently Draco died while attending a theatre production on the island of Aegina, to where some say he had fled in fear of his life from the irate Athenians. When he was recognised by the much more appreciative people of Aegina at this show, they expressed that appreciation by ripping off their hats and shirts and cloaks and hurling them down on top of the unfortunate lawmaker - and he suffocated.

5. "My name is Meriwether Lewis and I was part of the Corps of Discovery with William Clark who explored the newly purchased Louisiana Territory. I died on October 11, 1809 in Tennessee while I was traveling to D.C. How did I die?"

From Quiz How Did I Die?

Answer: By multiple gunshot wounds

How exactly Meriwether Lewis died is still not totally clear. The most prominent theory is that Lewis committed suicide. At the time of his death, Lewis was heavily in debt and had recently made a will. However, Lewis spent the night of his death at an inn that was a known target of robbers and some of his money was missing after his death. The innkeeper's wife heard the gunshots and immediately went to check on Lewis and saw no one in the room or on the way. It is generally accepted that Lewis did commit suicide (and not murdered by robbers) and it is reported that his close family and friends, including Thomas Jefferson, believed Lewis killed himself.

6. Who was the first person to die while at the controls of an airplane?

From Quiz They Should Have Taken the Train

Answer: Eugene Lefebvre

Eugène Lefebvre (1878-1909) was a pioneer of French aviation, and participated in the first international air race, the Grande Semaine d'Aviation, and performed a stunt echibition before the race that earned him a fine for reckless flying. He came fourth in the race, which was won by Glenn Curtiss. Less than a fortnight later he was killed when the plane he was test-flying fell to the ground from a height of only twenty feet. Lefebvre was the first pilot to die in a powered aircraft, but the first passenger to die was Thomas Selfridge, who died in 1908 during a demonstration flight by Orville Wright.

7. What famous Norwegian explorer, the first man to reach both poles, was lost at sea in 1928 when his rescue mission to help the airship "Italia", which was stranded in the Arctic, disappeared over the Norwegian Sea?

From Quiz Plane Crash Victims

Answer: Roald Amundsen

Amundsen and five crewmembers disappeared on June 18, 1928. It is believed their French Lathan 47 flying boat went down in fog. Their bodies have never been found. Amundsen is also credited with being the first explorer to cross the Northwest Passage in the Arctic.

8. The winner of an eating contest in Florida died due to choking on what he was eating. His airway was said to be obstructed by "arthropod body parts". What did he eat?

From Quiz Another One Bites the Crust

Answer: Cockroaches

The man won the contest, the prize of which was a python, but died a short time later because his airway was blocked. No other contestants suffered any ill effects.

9. Peg Entwistle (1908-32) was an aspiring actress who appeared on stage or film with Dorothy Gish, Laurette Taylor, Billie Burke, and Irene Dunne. Disappointed in her career and with her life, she chose to end it how?

From Quiz Suicide Is Painless

Answer: Jumping off the "Hollywood" sign

Peg Entwistle was born in Wales, emigrated to America and became an actress on Broadway then to the mecca of Hollywood. It is believed that she sprang to her death from the letter 'H'. Her suicide note is cryptic: "I am afraid, I am a coward. I am sorry for everything. If I had done this a long time ago, it would have saved a lot of pain." She appeared in only one Hollywood film with a supporting role in "Thirteen Women" that starred Myrna Loy and Irene Dunne. She was married in 1927 to Robert Keith and became the step-mother to Brian Keith, the actor. Hollywood fund raisers for suicide prevention are done in memory of her. A musical based on the tragedy of Peg Entwistle has been produced and there are rumors that her story may be filmed.

10. American television director Boris Segal was killed during the filming of the TV miniseries "World War III" in 1981. What caused the death of the popular director?

From Quiz Bad Timing or Thinning The Herd II - You Decide

Answer: walked into a spinning helicopter blade

While on location in Oregon, Boris Segal was killed when he inadvertently walked into a spinning tail rotor blade after disembarking from the helicopter in the parking lot of the Timberline Lodge in Oregon. The investigation of the May 22, 1981 accident revealed that Segal turned the wrong way after exiting the aircraft, and walked into the blade which partially decapitated him. Segal was rushed to a hospital in Portland, Oregon, where he died five hours later. Segal, a well respected director of movies and television, had well over 100 credits, directing movies and episodes of many of the most popular television series during his career, spanning from 1955 until his death. Boris Segal was the father of singer-songwriter and actress Catherine Louise "Katey" Segal. Katey Segal is probably best remembered for her role as Peg Bundy on the 1987 hit sitcom, "Married... With Children".

11. Mike Edwards, a founding member of the British rock group, "Electric Light Orchestra" (ELO), died following what was described by police officials as a "bizarre" accident. How did he meet his maker?

From Quiz Bad Timing or Thinning the Herd - You Choose!

Answer: killed when a large moving bale of hay hit the vehicle he was driving

While driving on a rural road between the villages of Harbertonford and Halwell in Devon, England, Edwards' van was struck by a cylindrical bale of hay that was rolling down a hill. The 1,300 pound hay bale collided with the van, causing the musician's immediate death.

12. Most historians credit Narmer with being the person who unified Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt, and he is therefore credited with being the very first Egyptian pharaoh. According to the Egyptian historian Manetho, how did King Narmer meet his sad end?

From Quiz Exit With a Flourish

Answer: Killed by a hippopotamus

Narmer, also known as Menes, was the ruler of Upper Egypt, and conquered Lower Egypt, unifying the country under one ruler for the first time in its history. According to Manetho, he ruled for 62 years, and was killed by a hippopotamus. Modern archaeologists discount much of what Manetho wrote, but Narmer does seem to have been a real person who ruled sometime between 3100 and 3000 BC. Because the historical record is incomplete, some people identify Menes with Narmer's son, Aha. Regardless, the account of Narmer's death is not as absurd as it sounds. Hunting hippopotamuses was a favorite sport of Egyptian royalty, and hippos still kill about 3,000 people every year in Africa.

13. In 1991 this South African actress's mother shot and killed her father. No charges were filed as her alcoholic husband was attacking her and she was found to have acted in self defense. Who is this blond star of "Monster" and "Prometheus"?

From Quiz Celebrities Whose Parents Were Murdered

Answer: Charlize Theron

Charlize was 15 when her father and uncle came into the house after a night of heavy drinking. Her father brandished a shotgun, threatening to kill his wife and daughter before actually shooting into Charlize's room. Her mother fired a handgun, killing her husband and wounding his brother.

14. Would a man order the killing of his own wife? A famous woman was beheaded at Tower Green by order of King Henry VIII of England for high treason. Who was she?

From Quiz Heads that Rolled

Answer: Katherine Howard

Katherine Howard was the fifth wife of Henry VIII. She was much younger than him and had amorous relationships with men who were nearer her age. As a result of these liaisons she was executed. Her execution took place on February 13, 1542.

15. Also known as the Beheading of the Forerunner, the execution of which preacher, and a major religious figure for four different faiths, is the source of the phrase "having someone's head on a platter"?

From Quiz You Know It Can't Live Without a Head

Answer: John the Baptist

In Christianity, Islam, Mandaeism, and the Bahá'í Faith, John the Baptist is a venerated figure. According to the New Testament he baptized Jesus. Supposedly, John criticized King Herod's marriage to Herodias. As a result of this, Herodias instructed Salome, Herod's stepdaughter (who was offered a favor by King Herod) to request the head of John, on a plate. It is also believed that he was killed to stop the great influence he had over people. The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist is observed today as a holy day in the Roman Catholic Church (and many other denominations) and there is a feast day in his honor on August 29.

16. Saul of Tarsus, who became known as Paul the Apostle, although not one of the twelve disciples taught the gospel of Christ during the 1st century. He was executed in Rome around the year 64, during the reign of which Emperor?

From Quiz Executed!

Answer: Nero

Born in Tarsus in Cilicia (now in south-central Turkey) around the year 5 A.D., Paul the Apostle is not only the main subject of the 'Acts of the Apostles' but he is also credited with writing more than half of the New Testament (14 out of 27 books). Although the exact manner of Paul's death is not certain, it does seem that he was executed at "The Fontane Abbey" (or the Abbey of Saints Vincent and Anastasius to give it its full title) in Rome around 63-67 A.D. Some reports say he was beheaded but others suggest that he suffered a more painful execution by upside-down crucifixion. (An 1887 painting by Spanish artist Enrique Simonet, "The Beheading of Saint Paul", depicts one version of the event.) One thing does seem certain -- Nero was the Emperor at the time of Paul's execution since he reigned at the 5th Emperor of the Roman Empire from 54 A.D. until his suicide in June 68 A.D. Of the alternatives, Claudius preceded Nero, his adopted son. He was poisoned in 54 A.D. Gaiba seized power when Nero died in 68 A.D. but was then himself murdered just seven months later. Trajan was not born until 53 A.D. and became Emperor in 98 A.D.

17. Which Egyptian pharaoh/queen/ruler is said to have died from poison via the unusual method of an asp bite?

From Quiz Poisoned Again!

Answer: Cleopatra

Cleopatra and Marc Antony had joined forces in an effort to defeat Octavian's armies and gain control of the Roman Empire. In the end, they were conquered and pushed back to Egypt. In one last effort to defeat Octavian, Antony went back into battle where word spread that he had been killed. Overcome with grief from the news and desire not to be flaunted like a prized trophy through the Roman streets, Cleopatra ended her own life by way of a bite from the venomous asp.

18. In 610 B.C, according to folklore, how did Draco's audience kill him whilst he was addressing them in a theatre?

From Quiz Why Me?

Answer: They smothered him with their cloaks.

Draco was a lawmaker in ancient Greece, responsible for introducing many tough laws, giving rise to the term "Draconian", meaning harsh laws that are enforced. According to folklore, Draco died whilst addressing his audience. To show their appreciation of his speech, they showered him with their cloaks, and other clothing. The result was the clothing thrown at him smothered Draco.

19. In 1478, George Plantagenet was supposedly executed by what unusual, and intoxicating, method?

From Quiz The Shouting End of Life II

Answer: drowning

Born in Dublin in 1449, George Plantagenet was the brother of two kings - Edward IV and Richard III. He became the Duke of Clarence in 1461, after his father died, and his brother - Edward - ascended to the throne. In 1469 George married Isabel Neville, and they had four children, two of which survived infancy. Shortly after giving birth to their fourth child, Isabel died, and George was convinced she had been poisoned. Never considered stable, his mental state led him into a plot against his brother, Edward, and George soon found himself imprisoned in the Tower of London. He was executed in 1478, and according to popular history, his chosen method of execution was to be drowned in a vat of Malmsey wine.

20. In 1920, Ray Chapman, a shortstop for the Cleveland Indians baseball team, was killed by what type of unusual pitch?

From Quiz The Shouting End of Life

Answer: submarine

Ray "Chappie" Chapman was the first Major League Baseball player to die from being hit by a pitch. On August 16, 1920, Chapman, a shortstop for the Cleveland Indians, was hit in the temple by a submarine pitch by New York Yankees pitcher, Carl Mays. Chapman collapsed after being hit, and died the next morning at a hospital. The requirement for batting helmets was not implemented until more than 30 years after Chapman's death. A submarine pitch is an underhand pitch, and it is an unusual technique. Besides Carl Mays, a few pitchers noted for the technique are Ted Abernathy, Mark Eichhorn and Dan Quisenberry.

21. In 206 BC, the Greek philosopher Chrysippus was having a feast of wine and figs when, becoming very full and intoxicated, he decided to give his donkey a treat of the two products as well. This brought about the early death of Chrysippus. How?

From Quiz Mister Greedy

Answer: He laughed so much that he died

Chrysippus lived from 279 to 206 BC. He was one of the Ancient Greece stoic philosophers. His specialities included logic, physics and ethics. He was a renowned hard worker, and during his lifetime, he wrote more than 700 works on various subjects. There are two versions to how he died. The first is that he drank himself to death. The second, and more popular one, is the donkey story. After consuming too much wine and eating too many figs, Chrysippus ordered a bucket full of wine to be given to the donkey. Then, when the donkey became somewhat the worse for wear, Chrysippus ordered it to be given some figs to eat. The result was so comical when the poor intoxicated donkey tried to chew the figs that Chrysippus laughed so hard, he dropped dead. The moral of this story: Never allow an ass to make a donkey out of you.

22. An American sea captain and explorer, John Kendrick, was accidentally killed in Hawaii in 1794 by the British. How did they do this?

From Quiz Unusual Deaths No 2

Answer: Fired what they thought was an unloaded cannon in salute

To make matters worse, they fired it at Kendrick's ship. When Kendrick arrived in what is now Honolulu, there were two British ships there as well. The two nations intervened in a battle between two warring tribes on the island. When the dust settled, Kendrick fired a thirteen gun salute to honour the British - and the captain of one of the British ships fired a thirteen gun salute back. Unfortunately, one of the British cannons, which were all supposed to be unloaded, was still loaded. The shot was a direct hit on Kendrick's ship. It landed fair and square on the table where Kendrick was sitting, killing him instantly.

23. Franz Reichelt was testing his new invention, the overcoat parachute in 1912. What famous French landmark did he leap off and fall to his death when his invention failed?

From Quiz I Should have Stayed in Bed!

Answer: The Eiffel Tower

It was his first ever attempt with the coat. He fell to his death from the first deck of the Eiffel tower. The Louvre was built as a fortress, but became a museum in 1793. La Sainte-Chapelle is a former royal chapel built in the 13th century, while the Arc de Triomphe was built in 1836 as a war memorial and stands 50 meters high.

24. He was a star of the 1960s comedy "Hogan's Heroes." He was also a notorious womanizer. Brutally murdered while he slept, who starred as Col. Robert E. Hogan?

From Quiz Unfortunate Demises of the Famous and Infamous

Answer: Bob Crane

Crane was a well known sex addict and videotaped his sexual acts. In 1978 he was bludgeoned to death with a camera tripod. The killer also cut a cord from Crane's VCR and tied it around his throat. John Carpenter, Crane's friend, was eventually indicted for the murder but was acquitted two months later. Bob Crane was buried eight days before his fiftieth birthday.

25. For whom does the bell toll? For the actress who portrayed Ilsa Lund it tolled on her 67th birthday. It was breast cancer, not murder on the Orient Express that took the life of which beloved actress on 29th August 1982?

From Quiz Unhappy Birthday

Answer: Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman, most remembered for her role of Ilsa Lund in "Casablanca" (1942) won three Oscars, two Emmys and a Tony for Best Actress. Her role in "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (1943), scored Bergman her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In 1975 she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Greta Ohlsson in "Murder on the Orient Express". While her role of Ilsa Lund, who has an affair with Humphrey Bogart when still married to another man, endeared her to the public, the real life version was not so well received. During her marriage to Peter Lindstrom, Bergman began an affair with Italian director Roberto Rossellini and bore his child. She was ostracised by television chat shows despite her continued popularity with the public. Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 - August 5, 1962), Joan Crawford (March 23, 1905 - May 10, 1977) and Grace Kelly (Nov 12, 1929 - September 14, 1982) were all outstanding actresses, but none of them died on their birthdays.

26. Chrysippus, who was a Greek philosopher, died in what manner?

From Quiz Unusual Deaths No 1

Answer: Laughter

Chrysippus's specialities as a philosopher were logic, ethics, knowledge and physics. Apparently he had a well developed sense of humour as well. The story is that he and his friends one day managed to get a donkey intoxicated by giving it pure wine to drink - and then gave the donkey some figs to try to eat. Watching the poor animal trying to achieve this feat caused so much merriment in Chrysippus that he died from laughing so heartily.

27. The Darwin Awards winner in 1998 threw his wife off the balcony of their eighth-floor apartment yet she survived and he was the one who died. How?

From Quiz But The Cat Had Nine Lives

Answer: She became tangled in power lines and, as he jumped towards her, he missed and hit the ground

This strangeness occurred in Buenos Aires in 1998. During a 'marital dispute' a man threw his wife off the balcony. She got tangled in the power lines and, as he jumped towards her (it is unclear as to why he jumped) he completely missed her and hit the ground. The woman managed to make her way to a nearby balcony, surviving her ordeal.

28. Probably the most infamous person to be associated with cyanide was what charismatic leader of the Peoples Temple?

From Quiz Sparkling Cyanide

Answer: Jim Jones

Jim Jones was the leader of The Peoples Temple that was known for the mass murder/suicide of over 900 people in Georgetown, Guyana in November of 1978. Many subjects willingly drank cyanide mixed into grape-flavored Flavor-Aid.

29. In 1930 William Kogut was on death row in San Quentin. Rather than wait for the State to kill him, he decided to kill himself. What did he use?

From Quiz I Will Never Do That Again

Answer: Playing cards

William tore up several packs of playing cards into pieces, which, utilising various items from his cell he packed into a pipe bomb. He then held the bomb against his head so that when it exploded the pieces of pipe were forced into his skull killing him.

30. Matthew Mechtel died in a shop building in Page (ND) in 2008. Who discovered him?

From Quiz One Bullet Away

Answer: His father

Mechtel had been the republican nominee for the US House of Representatives for 2006. He was also chairman of 'The Northern Crops Council'. He died at just thirty nine years of age of a self-inflicted wound. Though he was known to have been having personal and professional difficulties leading up to the time of his death, there has been no explanation for his suicide.

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