Some Philosophers Had Very Strange Deaths

Some Philosophers Had Very Strange Deaths

There are multiple, differing accounts of many philosophers' deaths. Some people say that Diogenes perished by holding his breath; others say he died after eating raw octopus, or from a dog bite that became infected. Chrysippus was said to have died from drinking sweet wine and experiencing extreme dizziness, or from laughing to death at his own joke. (After seeing a donkey eat his figs, he remarked, "Now give the ass a drink of pure wine to wash down the figs," and collapsed in a fit of guffaws.)


Key Facts In This Video

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    Multiple philosophers are said to have died by holding their breaths. (0:53)

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    Francis Bacon died after stuffing a chicken full of snow to test whether it would refrigerate the flesh. (3:57)

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    Jeremy Bentham had his skeleton preserved, dressed, and put on display. (8:39)

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