I know most people these days like to spend their “free time” at their desks perusing celebrity gossip or paparazzi photos or even porn–so is it weird that I’ve been spending all afternoon going through Wikipedia’s List of Unusual Deaths?
It all started when I learned that yesterday was the anniversary of Chris Chubbuck, who was the first and only news anchor to commit suicide on live television. WOW.
During the first eight minutes of her program, Chubbuck covered three national news stories and then a local restaurant shooting from the day before. The restaurant was the Beef and Bottle Restaurant at the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport on U.S. 41. The filmreel of the restaurant shooting had jammed and would not run, so Christine shrugged it off and said:
“In keeping with Channel 40′s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first: an attempted suicide.”
She drew out the revolver and shot herself behind her right ear. Christine fell forward violently and the technical director faded slowly to black. Camerawoman Jean Reed later recalled that she thought it had been an elaborate prank, and that it was not until she saw Chubbuck’s twitching body that she realized it was genuine.
THAT would make an AWESOME MOVIE!!! Except that it’s already been done.
And this one is pretty hilarious.
This list is even better than mydeathspace.com, which is my second favorite site. And don’t ask what my first favoritest site is. I think it’s Google because that’s all I rely on when it comes to getting work done.
Does this make me morbid? I don’t think so. I hate goths. I hate blood & guts. I hate anything with knives, needles, pain and cutting. Unless you are talking about steak knives slicing a juicy piece of a lamp chop. Mmmm, that’s just delicious. I like lots of sunshine and flowers.
Maybe I am just weird.
Right so…how’s everyone else doing?