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Flash
42526.  Mon Jan 02, 2006 12:35 pm Reply with quote

Welcome, Mark. You can't be expected to know this, but on this site we try not to simply cut'n'paste from lists of 'trivia' found elswhere on the web. The idea here is to look behind these assertions (and others less pervasive) and consider whether they're true, how we know, and hopefully to find the interesting stuff that underlies them, rather than simply to re-state the commonplace statement. A google search on the words 'Gandhi krugerrands', for example, gives a very long list of links to pages containing this passage:
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when Mahatma Gandhi died, an autopsy revealed five gold Krugerrands in his small intestine. Aardvarks are allergic to radishes, but only during The summer.
so we don't add much to the store of human knwledge by simply re-stating the assertion here.

On the other hand, folks hereabouts may well be interested to know why he had these krugerrands (if he did) - especially if you are able to find out by means of some original research.

 
gerontius grumpus
42527.  Mon Jan 02, 2006 12:39 pm Reply with quote

Psychosis_Safari wrote:
I choked on a ballpoint pen a few years ago...fortunately not to death, otherwise i would have been part of that statistic!


Alexandros I of Greece died in 1920 from blood poisoning after being bitten by his pet monkey.

Nicholas Breakspear who, as Adrian IV became the only English Pope, choked to death on a fly heíd accidentally swallowed.

The son of George II, Prince Frederick, should have succeeded him as king. But Frederick was hit by a cricket ball and died in 1715.



If he choked on it he had probably inhaled it and not swallowed it.

 
Psychosis_Safari
42530.  Mon Jan 02, 2006 12:45 pm Reply with quote

Yes possibly...

But what if it landed in his mouth...he swallowed...then realised...then panicked and choked on it? Is that not possible too?

 
markvent
42537.  Mon Jan 02, 2006 1:04 pm Reply with quote

Apologies, I was just dipping my toe into the dark and frightening waters that are QI .. The Ghandi "fact" is indeed extremely spurious and wholly unverified and shouldnt have been included .. infact looking into it the Krugerrand was first issued in 1967 and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (aka Mahatma Ghandi) died in 1948.

*feeling very foolish* ..

Mark.

 
gerontius grumpus
42539.  Mon Jan 02, 2006 1:11 pm Reply with quote

Psychosis_Safari wrote:
Yes possibly...

But what if it landed in his mouth...he swallowed...then realised...then panicked and choked on it? Is that not possible too?



Yes true, or he could have vomited it back up and aspirated his vomit, including the fly.

 
Psychosis_Safari
42540.  Mon Jan 02, 2006 1:12 pm Reply with quote

gerontius grumpus wrote:
Psychosis_Safari wrote:
Yes possibly...

But what if it landed in his mouth...he swallowed...then realised...then panicked and choked on it? Is that not possible too?



Yes true, or he could have vomited it back up and aspirated his vomit, including the fly.


There are numerous ways in which it could have happened...

 
eggshaped
42544.  Mon Jan 02, 2006 1:18 pm Reply with quote

Don't be downheartened Mark, almost all regular posters here (including some of the elves) have posted information on here which has been debunked. It comes with the territory.

The trick is to try to come up with sources that you trust, and to treat corrections as part of the learning curve. Sometimes the best part of QI is finding out that something you thought was true is actually complete nonsense.

I wonder if you can find some official statistics as to how often people actually do choke on biros? I've read that statistic as high as 500 in the past.

 
gerontius grumpus
42550.  Mon Jan 02, 2006 1:24 pm Reply with quote

As far as choking to death on biro tops goes, I would guess it only happens once for each victim.

 
Flash
42624.  Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:10 pm Reply with quote

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looking into it the Krugerrand was first issued in 1967 and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (aka Mahatma Ghandi) died in 1948

Now you're cooking with gas! Nailed in one, even though literally hundreds of sites repeat the allegation.

Welcome aboard.

 
Mostly Harmless
42626.  Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:17 pm Reply with quote

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Flash
42631.  Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:25 pm Reply with quote

Ref Edison's test tube, it has been observed that it would not have been possible to make a seal in the neck of the test tube which would prevent the escape of the contents over time. The artifact is a curiosity, but apparently there's no chance that any of its original contents are still in there.

 
samivel
42656.  Mon Jan 02, 2006 5:16 pm Reply with quote

Edison's dearest friend was Henry Ford? Blimey. I used to quite admire Edison, too

 
strukkanurv
161449.  Fri Mar 30, 2007 4:43 am Reply with quote

I couldn't find a 'Famous Last Words thread either, so here goes...

FAMOUS LAST WORDS


Noo, these windows are OK to lean on.

Donít worry, it has airbags

Hey, whatís that buzzing noise?

Donít worry, its not that deep

No, he doesnít bite?

Hey, look! A light at the end of the tunnel!

I can pass this guy

Nice doggy

Homicidal Tendencies?

Nah, I don't think we need to go to the hospital

It's a dud! It's a dud! It's a du...

Don't touch the red button!

I think it's trying to communicate...

Gee, that's a cute tattoo

It's fireproof

What does this button do?

My brakes are fine

So, you're a cannibal

Are you sure the power is off?

Pull the pin and count to what?

Which wire was I supposed to cut?

I wonder where the mother bear is?

I've seen this done on TV

These are the good kind of mushrooms...

I'll hold it and you light the fuse

You look just like Charles Manson

Let it down slowly

OK, I'll go ahead and make your day

This doesn't taste right

I can make this light before it changes

I can do that with my eyes closed

Look ma! No hands!

Hey! That's not a violin!

Don't be so superstitious

Yoko, why don't *you* try to sing one?

Took your parking space??? Well at least *I* didn't murder my wife and an innocent waiter!

Gotti, Schmotti -- Get the Hell off my lawn!

Don't worry, I'm sure it's dead by now

Let's split up, we'll cover more ground

I dunno, press the button and find out

Hello, is anyone home?

Oops!

Don't worry, it's not contagious

Awright, let's see, how do we work this thing?

Trust me, I know what I'm doing

He can't hear us, he's miles away

I'll be right back

I'm sure this isn't the poisonous kind

Don't worry, we outnumber them

Hey, what the hell??!

Hey, what's that beeping sound?

I'm sure it's just the wind

Of course it's safe!

No, this tribe is peaceful!

No, I'm sure they cleaned out this mine field years ago.

Safety harness?

Wait, I thought he was with you!

What greencard?

Hey, what's this switch?

Don't move, you'll trip the sensors

Yes, I'm single

No, this cannot be, I am invincible!

So, you're sure this isn't loaded?

Calm down, of course I disarmed it!

What? I never signed any organ donor papers!

Well, it can't get any worse!

C'mon! This CAN'T be the self-destruct button. If it was, they wouldn't leave it lying around like this where anyone could push it!

Don't worry, they'll never find us in here!

William, is that you?

They can't hit us at this range!

All you have to do is connect these two wires.

Don't be silly, it isn't loaded

I CAN FLY!

Yes, the barrel of your shotgun is very clean

Whatís in this dark cave?

Oh, they're free? I'll take ten! - Moses

Hmm, Russia looks like a safe bet! - Hitler

Bet you can't do this

I can't believe no one has ever thought of this before

Oh, I'm sick of sitting round in the White House - fancy seeing a play? - Abraham Lincoln

Trust me, I'm on your side

I swear I shut the door when I left

Thatís funny, I remember seeing the same guy on Crimewatch

Lightning never hits the same spot twice

Weíre home free!

Thatís odd!?

Hey ya'll, watch this!

I do

Don't let it end like this...tell them I said something - Poncho Villa

Whatchya gonna do now, tough guy?

Watch where you point that thing!

Wait; did that sign say electric fence?

No, silly, that's a dolphin fin!

Is that a real sword?

They did it in the Matrix...

Behind the wheel: zzzzzzzzzzz

Whatís that red dot on your forehead?

There's only one way to find out...

Hey, when it comes to driving on snow and ice, I'm the best there is!

These pills are awfully small.. I'll take a few more to be sure they work

Stupid safety labels...

No, no, these are safe, I've seen birds eat them all the time

Watch, I'll prove it!

Blast off!

Who cut the fucking rope? - Tarzan

Nah, they're blanks

Speaking of lost, where are we?

Wheeeeeeeeee!

What the fucking hell was that? - Mayor of Hiroshima, 1945

I know this great shortcut we can take

Is that what I think it is?

What? Everyone knows the Titanic is unsinkable

For God's sake, Kris, it was just a cheesecake!

No, no, no, let me fix it!

It's a lovely day, let's have the top down! - JFK

 
markvent
175772.  Fri May 18, 2007 9:34 am Reply with quote

markvent wrote:
When Thomas Edison died in 1941; Henry Ford captured his last dying breath in a bottle.


I knew I'd heard that somewhere before ;)

Mark.

 

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