e know that death is coming for all of us at some point in time. Until and unless science figures out a way for us to live forever, we're all going to die. That's the bad news.
The good news is it probably won't happen like this:
For this first unusual death story, we’ll have to travel back to the year 620 BCE. An Athenian lawmaker named Draco was smothered to death by a bunch of cloaks and hats that had been given to him as gifts from appreciative citizens.
At least he was smothered to death by presents, though. Everybody loves presents.
In 475 BCE, the Greek philosopher Heraclitus died after being attacked by dogs. The dogs went after him because he had smeared himself with cow manure in an attempt to cure a condition known as dropsy (typically referred to today as edema). He probably didn’t expect smearing manure all over his body to be the second-worst thing to happen to him that day.
The Athenian playwright Aeschylus also had an unusual death. After hearing a prophecy that said he’d be killed by a falling object, he decided to go sit outside. It was then that an eagle mistook Aeschylus’ bald head for a rock and dropped a tortoise on top of it to crack the shell.
In 288 BCE, a Greek tyrant named Agothocles was murdered…
By a poisoned toothpick.
The Greek Stoic philosopher Chrysippus laughed himself to death. What was so funny? Apparently, he saw a donkey eating his figs.
Jokes were different back then, I guess.
This next guy actually made a pretty hilarious joke even as he was dying…