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Ways to Meet Your Maker

Patricia Sullivan

Few people want to leave this earth before their time; but who's to say when the right time is? I marvel at the dangers that surround us daily (Is that street grate latched? Ever consider how much trust we place in highway engineers?) and wonder that we don't see more anomalies like these. There are so many ways to die that it would be odd not to notice the varieties.

A fellow in Texas was just killed in a massive bee attack.

Angier Biddle Duke, the 79-year-old scion of two rich and powerful families, a former ambassador to Spain, Denmark, Morocco and El Salvador who served as chief of protocol for the State Department and the White House during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, died while roller blading in 1995.

Isadora Duncan, the famous dancer, was killed when one of her signature long scarves was caught in the wheel of car. And btw, love the 1927 headline.

There's a Wikipedia entry on this topic, but maybe you have a few of your own. Post 'em below.

By Patricia Sullivan |  September 17, 2007; 11:22 AM ET  | Category:  Patricia Sullivan
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My uncle was trampled to death by an elephant. He and my aunt were touring Thailand at the time and there were all the bureaucratic and logistic miseries you might imagine.

My aunt said that after she got back, she went to pick up the check from the life insurance company and the guy met her at the office door, as if coming inside she would somehow bring elephant trampling death cooties in with her.

Posted by: Nell | September 17, 2007 12:22 PM

I recall Richard Root, an American physician and educator who was pulled out of his canoe and eaten by a crocodile while on safari in Botswana. He had just moved there a month earlier to help treat AIDS patients.

Posted by: Charlene | September 17, 2007 6:50 PM

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