Can you laugh to death? As a matter of fact, there are more than 10 registered cases of fatal hilarity.There's more at the link. Somehow I just knew that A Fish Called Wanda had killed. I broke several ribs laughing.
On 24 March 1975 Alex Mitchell, a 50-year-old bricklayer from King's Lynn, England, died laughing while watching an episode of The Goodies, featuring a Scotsman in a kilt battling a vicious black pudding with his bagpipes. After twenty-five minutes of continuous laughter Mitchell finally slumped on the sofa and expired from heart failure. His widow later sent the Goodies a letter thanking them for making Mitchell's final moments so pleasant.
In 1989 a Danish audiologist, Ole Bentzen, died watching A Fish Called Wanda. His heart was estimated to have beat at between 250 and 500 beats per minute, before he succumbed to cardiac arrest.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Posted by lumberjack at 2:02 PM