San Francisco is home to The Golden Gate Bridge, definitely one of the most recognizable milestones in the world and a spectacle of engineering. However that’s all dominated by the fact that it is one of the main suicide magnets in the world. It is anticipated that there are about 30 deaths every year from jumping off the bridge, even though there could be people who have jumped without anybody else seeing them whose bodies were never retrieved.

One reason why numerous people jump off the bridge is because they figure that it is a fast and easy way to finish your life—just one impact and it’s all over instantly. Though, autopsy reports have revealed that it might not be as easy as you think. Firstly, about 5 percent of people actually survive the fall. To make troubles worse, some people who do survive the fall die later due to a combination of drowning and gruesome injuries—punctured lungs and bleeding brains are just certain consequences a jumper can expect.

The fact that there really isn’t much of a barricade to prevent people from jumping off the bridge is another reason why behavioral scientists believe it is such a suicide attraction.

Sadly, some people don’t comprehend the mindset of suicide. They believe that funding a barricade or netting would just cause people to commit suicide somewhere else, and funding such a barrier would be a waste of taxpayer’s money. A report done on the topic of bridge suicides showed this was simply untrue. Suicide is typically a very spontaneous act, of the people who survived the fall off the Golden Gate Bridge, 90 percent of them did not go on to attempt suicide ever again.

Sadly, this second myth is certainly costing lives because not enough people believe making suicide attempts more challenging will reduce deaths.

There are several myths about The Great Wall of China; the most recognized myth would possibly be that the wall is the only man-made item noticeable from outer space, which is not at all true. Though, there is a much more ghoulish myth about the Great Wall that is fairly popular.

We know that building the Great Wall was an immense effort that likely involved millions of workers during the years. Numerous people who labored on the wall died while working on the assignment. This has led to the myth that there are possibly hundreds of thousands of bodies buried inside the remaining wall itself.

According to experts, this is very doubtful—though it’s difficult to prove either way. They claim that it would have significantly weakened the configuration, because the bodies would have produced air pockets as they decayed within the walls.

Still, there could be a definite component of truth to the story. Long before the current Ming Wall was built, there was another lost wall known as the Qin Wall. A domineering emperor of the same name ordered this wall’s production. Several legends claim there were so many deaths throughout the assembly that they just dug lots of graves and dropped the bodies right in. Though, even in these legends the deceased are not truly entombed inside the walls, as that would have been an unrealistic idea. They were simply buried nearby, as a matter of pure convenience—not to please the impulses of an outrageous dictator who believed a wall crammed with bodies was a good idea.

Bobby Leach wasn’t afraid to court death: in 1911, he was the second person in the world to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The daredevil went on to perform many other death-defying stunts, so his death is especially ironic.

One day while walking down a street in New Zealand, Leach slipped on a piece of orange peel. He broke his leg so badly it had to be amputated. Leach died due to complications that developed afterwards.

 

Kenya adds to the fine tradition of dead-person-wakes-up stories—like this, this, this, and this, to name just a few—with this gem: Guy ingests insecticide, goes to the hospital, is declared dead by doctors, and gets sent to the morgue. Guy then wakes up and scares the bejeezus out of morgue workers, as recounted by the Sunday World. Doctors speculate that his heart rate was slowed to an imperceptible rate, either by the insecticide or the drug used to treat him. The hospital superintendent puts the best possible spin on it via this quote picked up by the BBC: Yes, the doctors were confused, but “the victim was saved before he could be embalmed.”

Franz Reichelt, a French tailor, was obsessed with his idea of creating a wearable parachute suit for aviators who might be in danger. He called himself The Flying Tailor, and arranged to have a test run for his invention atop the Eiffel Tower on Feb. 4, 1912, promising to use a dummy. It turns out he did use a dummy – himself – and horrified onlookers watched as he strapped on the para-suit and promptly plunged to his death. Thanks to YouTube, his first and final jump has been preserved for all to watch.

Autoerotic asphyxiation is the act of strangling or suffocating yourself to heighten sexual arousal and orgasm. Depriving the brain of oxygen gives a person a dizzy, high feeling, however it’s all too easy to make a mistake and accidentally kill yourself while practicing this dangerous sex act. Just ask the 600 people per year who die while masturbating. Oh wait, you can’t ask them… because they’re dead.

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The only sure thing is that if The Guinness Book of World Records existed back when Hans was alive, then the man would definitely hold one of its many bizarre records. Hans Steininger was an Austrian man who became famous for having the world’s longest beard. According to various estimates, it was over 1.50 meters long, and he became even more famous for dying because of it. It might sound unbelievable and funny, although the death of someone is never funny, but it seems like one day Hans accidentally tripped on his long beard. He lost his balance and fell, breaking his neck from the unexpected accident! He died instantaneously.