Arthur de Souza Coelho, 47, installed a tiny electric fence around his car to protect against the frequent robberies that occur in his neighborhood in Belem, Para. Then (direct translation from Portuguese) “he forgot that he had left the fence on and he ended dying with the electric shock.”
(10 January 2010, Brazil)
Two animal rights activists were protesting the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn by freeing a captive herd. Suddenly all two thousand of pigs stampeded through the gate they were opening, and trampled the hapless protesters to death.
Iraqi terrorist Khay Rahnajet, didn’t put enough postage on a letter bomb, and it came back marked “return to sender.” He opened the package and was blown away.
Robert, 37, shot himself while explaining gun safety to his wife, when he placed a .45-caliber pistol he thought was unloaded under his chin and pulled the trigger. Shovestall’s wife told police that the incident occurred after her complaints about her husband’s 70 guns prompted him to demonstrate their safety.
(2000, Glendale, California)
A motorcycle taxi driver challenged his neighbour to stand beneath a hornets’ nest, while two men pelted it with stones.
The 53-year old man should have known better, but he had a local reputation as a ‘strong man’ to uphold. He stood beneath the nest and the pelting commenced. The man endured the pain of countless stinging hornets before expiring from the toxic injections. Apparently he was not as strong as he thought.
(27 July 2000, Phnom Penh)
A sword swallower died in Bonn after he put an umbrella down his throat, then accidentally pushed the button that opened it
(18 April 1999, Germany)
A Canadian man dressed as a mummy by wrapping himself from head to toe in fluffy cotton batting for Halloween. The cotton was taped at the wrists and ankles, and white gloves and running shoes completed his ensemble. As the mummy waited for his girlfriend to dress for pictures, he carelessly lit a cigarette… and the fluffy cotton burst into flames.
Firefighters arrived within minutes, yet already the mummy costume was reduced to ashes, right down to the white coveralls underneath. The man kept repeating, “It’s my fault.” He was taken to Soldier’s Memorial Hospital with 2nd and 3rd degree burns, where he died the next morning.
(31 October 1998, Canada)