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People Who Have LITERALLY DIED LAUGHING!!!

October 16th 2007 01:15
1. Calchas was a Greek soothsayer during the time of the Trojan War.
One day he was planting grapevines when another soothsayer wandered by and foretold that Calchas would never drink the wine produced from the grapes. After the grapes ripened and the wine was made, Calchas invited the soothsayer to share it with him. As Calchas held a cup of the wine in his hand, the soothsayer repeated the prophecy. This incited such a fit of laughter in Calchas that he choked and died.

2. Zeuxis, another Greek, this time an artist during the year 5 BC, was laughing at a painting of an old woman that he had just finished painting when his breathing failed and he choked to death.

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3. Another Greek, Chrysippus the philosopher is said to have died from a fit of laughter on seeing a donkey eat some figs during 3 BC.


4. Yet another Greek, Philemon who wrote Greek comedies laughed so hard at one of his own jokes that he too died laughing.

5. Finally, a non-Greek! This time Italian author Pietro Aretino who in 1556 was laughing so hard at a bawdy story being told to him by his sister that he fell backwards in his chair and died of apoplexy.

6. Scottish writer Sir Thomas Urquhart 1660 is said to have died laughing upon hearing of the restoration of Charles II to the throne.

7. Mrs Fitzherbert of England went to Drury Lane Theatre in April 1782 to see The Beggar's Opera. When the popular actor Mr Bannister made his first appearance, dressed as the character `Polly', the entire audience burst into laughter.
Mrs Fitzherbert, unable to control herself was forced to leave the theatre before the end of the show. As the Gentleman's Magazine reported the following week: `Not being able to banish the figure from her memory, she was thrown into hysterics, which continued without intermission until she expired on Friday morning.'


8. During 1975, English bricklayer Mr Alex Mitchell, and his wife were watching their favourite TV show, 'The Goodie's. During a scene about a new type of self-defence called `Ecky Thump', Mr Mitchell was seized by uncontrollable laughter. After half an hour of uncontrolled laughter, he suffered a heart attack and died. His wife, wrote to The Goodies thanking them for making her husband's last moments so happy.

9. In 1989, Danish audiologist by the name of Ole Bentzen went to see the movie 'A Fish Called Wanda'. During one of the John Cleese scenes, Bentzen began laughing so hard that his heartbeat accelerated to a rate of between 250 and 500 beats a minute, had a heart attack and died.

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Comment by jon

October 16th 2007 01:23
What is it with the Greeks and their dying of laughter? They must have been a merry bunch..

Comment by Michaelie

October 16th 2007 02:31
Another Greek, Chrysippus the philosopher is said to have died from a fit of laughter on seeing a donkey eat some figs during 3 BC.

He must have been easily titilated, to keel over with mirth from something like that. Sounds like something I'd laugh at. Must be more careful around fruit and asses, in case the two should come together.

Michaelie

Comment by jon

October 16th 2007 03:02

Comment by Michaelie

October 16th 2007 03:21
HAHAHA! Gosh, now so am I... Best lie down and think about gangrene, snake trafficking or something equally sobering.

Comment by KylieW

October 16th 2007 05:56
Damn, what drugs were the Greeks on???? I want whatever they were having.


Comment by Anonymous

October 18th 2007 01:14
opium

Comment by Anonymous

October 18th 2007 20:39
It is in fact true that A man died upon viewing a certain Monty Python sketch.

Comment by Mr Nice Guy

October 20th 2007 21:35
The Goodies will always to that to you - though Ecky Thump . . . more likely Mr Mitchell had ingested a little too much of the black pud .

Stay well.

MNG

Comment by Ninjap00

November 14th 2007 01:14
them greeks were quite a easily humored bunch. Me: Poop!! Greek Guy: *Boom*

Comment by MelissaA

November 14th 2007 12:58
LOL!

Comment by lol

September 24th 2008 18:30
like lol that is really funny i liked the frst one is was funny lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Comment by IndianlovesAmerica

March 3rd 2010 13:45
I wish i should have seen Calchas dying of laughing. I would have laughed so much by seeing that ( but dont think i too will die of laughing )

Comment by LMFAO!!!!

May 5th 2010 17:04
WOW the greeks sure know how to laugh there ass off, Lol I was laughing my ass off when I read it LOL but sadly I didnt die....thats because Luck me " I AM NOT greek" LOL!!! I wish I Was there when the greeks for laughing cuz maybe I can show them the Correct why to laugh LOL!!

Comment by LMFAO!!!!

May 5th 2010 17:06
WOW the greeks sure know how to laugh there ass off, Lol I was laughing my ass off when I read it LOL but sadly I didnt die....thats because Luck me " I AM NOT greek" LOL!!! I wish I Was there when the greeks for laughing cuz maybe I can show them the Correct why to laugh LOL!!

Comment by Greek Guy

June 28th 2010 20:42
*is Greek*
*tends to easily burst into laughter*
*is now scared*

>.>
<.<

...perhaps being a modern Greek, living in modern Greece will save me? I believe our economy is such a mess that thinking about it should instantly sober any modern Greek.
That or cause them to die of spontaneous, uncontrolable, cynical laughter >.>

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