Dinner Chat


Most couples probably talk about their day at work during dinner or whatever is going on in their lives. I started to read this to Manly Man while he was eating his shrimp cabob. Needless to say he came very close to losing his appetite.

Some of the ones I told him about were just plain amusing like:

Chrysippus, a Greek stoic philosopher, is believed to have died of laughter after watching his drunk donkey attempt to eat figs.

François Vatel, chef to Louis XIV, committed suicide because his seafood order was late and he could not stand the shame of a postponed meal. His body was discovered by an aide, sent to tell him of the arrival of the fish.

Adolf Frederick, king of Sweden, died of digestion problems on 12 February 1771 after having consumed a meal consisting of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, smoked herring and champagne, topped off with 14 servings of his favourite dessert: semla served in a bowl of hot milk. He is thus remembered by Swedish schoolchildren as “the king who ate himself to death.”

This one gave me a lecture about infections:

George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, became the first to die from the alleged King Tut’s Curse after a mosquito bite on his face became seriously infected with erysipelas, which he cut while shaving, leading to blood poisoning and eventually pneumonia.

These ones may have been why he lost his appetite:

Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford was fatally speared through the anus by a pikeman hiding under the bridge during the Battle of Boroughbridge.

David Allen Kirwan a 24-year-old attempted to rescue a friend’s dog after it fell into Celestine Pool, a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park on July 20, 1981. Despite numerous shouts from bystanders, Kirwan dove headfirst into the pool but was unable to save the dog. After managing to swin back to shore, he was helped out of pool, where his injuries became apparent – the exposure to the 200oF (93oC) water of the hot spring resulted in third-degree burns to 100% of his body and had also blinded him. After being led to the sidewalk, Kirwan reportedly stated: “That was stupid. How bad am I? That was a stupid thing I did.” When one of Kirwan’s shoes was removed, all of the skin came off with it. He died the next day at a Salt Lake City hospital. Although there have been at least 19 deaths due to scalding at the Yellowstone, this was the only known case where someone died after deliberately jumping into one of the park’s hot springs.

Oh geez, I hope you weren’t eating just now 😉


  1. Avitable

    June 2, 2009 at 11:42 am

    So they’re not the swimming type of hot springs, I guess.

    1. Robin

      June 2, 2009 at 11:46 am

      @Avitable, that’s what I’m thinking…though a hot spring sounds tempting.

  2. Hannah

    June 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    How about Hypatia of Alexandria who was skinned with shells and then burned alive?! Crazy! It says that she is believed to be the first victim of “witch hunting” by Christians.

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