Favourite Deaths, Part 1

One of my favourite deaths is that of the Greek playwright Aeschylus back in the good old days of the 5th century BC.

Aeschylus was visiting Sicily and was outside, situated away from trees, cliffs etc. He did this a lot as there was a prophecy saying that he would be killed by a falling object.

Unluckily for Aeschylus, a nearby eagle had captured a tortoise and was flying overhead, looking for a rock to drop the tortoise onto, which would smash its shell.

The eagle, being bird-brained, mistook Aeschylus’s bald head for a rock, and dropped the tortoise straight onto the acclaimed playwright, killing him instantly.

Luckily for us, someone was there to take a photo of the incident.

Cause of death: FALLING TORTOISE. What are the odds?




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