The tragic and absurd death of Viktor Luzin, a 78-year-old pensioner, shocked residents of the town of Novoutkinsk. The man died in a pool of fuel oil. The man's death could probably be included on the list of most bizarre deaths in the world.
The victim's daughter Tatiana said that her father suffered from partial loss of memory. He would always come back home from walks, though. One day, the man went for a walk, but did not come back. Later that night, his body was found on the territory of an old boiler house that had been closed two years ago. The man's body was sticking out from a dark pool of fuel oil.
Former employees of the boiler house said that the pool of fuel oil had appeared there about ten years ago. Viktor Luzin was not the first man who was trapped in the pool. Another man fell into the pool some time ago, but was lucky to stay alive. Luzin's experience had a tragic ending. The police said that the man had most likely fallen into the pool of fuel with his face down and could not climb out of it.
Descriptions of absurd deaths can be traced back in ancient times. In most cases, they sound like black humor jokes. For example, in year 207 B.C. Chrysippus, a Greek philosopher died of laughter watching his drunk donkey trying to eat figs.
Another curious story took place on January 8, 1687. Jean-Baptiste de Lully, a French composer, was conducting an orchestra during the performance of Te Deum, which he had written for Louis XIV. He was beating time by banging a long staff (a precursor to the bâton) against the floor, as was the common practice at the time, when he struck his toe, creating an abscess. The wound turned gangrenous, but Lully refused to have his toe amputated and the gangrene spread, resulting in his death on 22 March.
In 1998, an astonishing incident happened to illustrate how a human being can fall a victim to their own enthusiasm. Ivan McGuire was a very experienced skydiver. One day he decided to film his 3,000-meter jump above North Carolina. As it turned out during the jump - the man had the camera, but he forgot to take his parachute.
Two car passengers died when an eagle soaring overhead accidentally dropped a cobra into their vehicle. The snake bit them straightaway, killing them both.
An 18-year-old occupant of a farm in Belgium was killed by an unmanned Russian MiG fighter jet The pilot had ejected in Poland, but the aircraft flew 560 miles on auto-pilot until it ran out of fuel and crashed into the poor teenager's home.
Willie Murphy was more than a bit shell-shocked when an avalanche of peanuts buried him at a processing plant in Georgia, USA, in 1993.