In this episode of Strange Matters we present a number of particularly weird and bizarre ways that people have died. Though there are countless ways death can occur, for this discussion the focus is on rare and unusual cases. With that in mind Sean has collected a handful of some of the strangest ways people have died.
The first strange death covered is Spontaneous Human Combustion. In these cases, it is reported that a person burst into flames without any obvious source of ignition or fuel. All that is left of these people are a pile of ashes where their bodies last lay.
Next comes the strange case of dancing mania, specifically the Dancing Plague of 1518. In this bizarre event, hundreds of people suddenly and without any reason began to dance non stop out in the streets for days at a time. Some of these people literally danced to their own death, grooving until their bodies could not function any longer.
Another case of strange deaths occurred on two separate occasions, when disasters involving food products caused the drowning deaths of numerous people. The Boston Molasses Disaster and the London Beer Flood are two of the only instances in which groups of unfortunate people were swept up in a spreading wave of something normally edible and ended up drowning.
Franz Reichelt steps up next with his own unique and strange death. Franz was an inventor at heart and worked hard to create a working parachute suit pilots could wear. Unfortunately his tests jumps were not successful. Adamant to prove the worth of his invention, Franz decided to test his own design by jumping off the Eiffel Tower to display the effectiveness of his parachute… Things didn’t quite go as planned however, as Franz would not be remembered by his ingenious invention, but rather for his foolish death.
The last, and perhaps strangest, topic is a rare mental disorder known as Cotard Delusion, also called Walking Corpse Syndrome. This illness describes an afflicted person who actually believes that they are already dead. Though extremely uncommon, this mental condition has lead several living people to unfortunately meet their own demise as they refuse to take care of their bodies, since in their own mind they are already dead.
Please enjoy hearing all about several of the most unusual and strangest ways to die!