Xiang Liujuan, 30, was killed at the Anliang Mall in Jingzhou, China, when the floor-panel at the top of an escalator collapsed and she was pulled into the moving mechanical components underneath. Liujuan had just enough time to save her 2-year-old child by pushing him to a nearby employee before she was crushed to death. The entire incident was caught on a security-camera and has made its way onto the Internet. It took four hours for firefighters to recover what was left of her body.
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Three military technicians were killed during maintenance of the SL-1 experimental nuclear reactor in Butte County, Idaho, in January of 1961. A control rod was withdrawn too quickly, causing the reactor to undergo a “prompt critical” reaction. The sudden power-surge instantaneously vaporized a large amount of coolant-water, creating a pressure-wave that caused the entire 26,000 lb. vessel to jump nine feet into the air and a water-hammer event that launched debris and steam into the surrounding area. Army Specialists John A. Byrnes, age 27, and Richard Leroy McKinley, age 22, were killed by the resulting spray of scalding, radioactive steam. Navy Construction Electrician Richard C. Legg, age 26, who was standing on top of the vessel at the time, was impaled through the groin and out of the shoulder by one of the shield-plugs, with his body left pinned to the ceiling. This event resulted in the design of future nuclear reactors being greatly altered for improved safety.
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Bobby Jackson, a 19-year-old from Buffalo, New York, committed suicide by jumping off of the observation-deck of the 28th floor of the Buffalo City Hall Building. During his fall a gust of wind blew him about 15 ft. out of his initial trajectory, and he was impaled through the back and out the chest on a 40 ft. flagpole sticking up from the roof of the building’s 4th floor landing.
Robin Wahlgren, 28, a Swedish student at the University of New South Wales and his Swedish friend rode a shopping cart down a steep road in Randwick, Sydney with a speed limit of 60 km/h, reaching speeds of up to 80 km/h before hitting an oncoming car and getting flung out of the trolley. He died at the scene while his friend was seriously injured. It was labelled as a “freak accident”.
Peter Burkowski, an 18-year-old student from Calumet City, Illinois, died at the Friar Tuck’s Game Room arcade of a sudden heart-attack after getting one of the top ten high scores on an arcade cabinet of the game Berzerk twice in a row. Burkowski’s death is strikingly similar to that of Jeff Dailey who had died a little over a year prior and become the first person in history to die while playing video games. Both died of a heart-attack, both were close to the same age, both died after achieving high scores on an arcade cabinet, and both died during or immediately after playing Berzerk. These events have entered gaming folklore and become something known as “The Berzerk Curse”, or “The Curse of Evil Otto”, named after an enemy in Berzerk called “Evil Otto” that tends to be very challenging and shows up at the end of levels.
Jeff Dailey, a 19-year-old from Virginia, is said to be the first person in history to die while playing video games. Dailey made it onto the top ten high scores list on an arcade cabinet for the game Berzerk with a score of 16,660 points and then suddenly died of a heart-attack.
Hyon Yong-chol, the Armed Forces Minister of North Korea, was publicly executed in front of an audience of hundreds of people at a shooting-range at Pyongyang’s Kang Kon Military Academy using high-caliber gunfire from a four-barreled anti-aircraft weapon. His execution was apparently ordered by Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea, as punishment for falling asleep during a meeting.