If you're thinking this list is going to be all about Alanis Morissette-like references to "too many spoons when all you need is a knife," look up a definition of irony, and then continue reading this list about the 10 ways people have perished in ironic ways.
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Some things are just not smart to do, like taunting an alligator, for instance — especially an 11-foot-long one. Jumping in the water with an alligator is also not a good idea. But jumping in the water with an 11-foot-long alligator after taunting it is an even worse idea.
According to the Daily Mail, 28-year-old Tommie Woodward, a man known for wearing straw cowboy hats and a T-shirt reading "Class Motherf*cker," was slain by an alligator in the Texas bayou after shouting "F*ck the alligators!" and jumping into the water with the aforementioned carnivorous reptile.
According to a witness on the scene, "I saw his body floating face down, and then he's up there for a couple seconds and then he gets dragged back down and pulled off."
On August 16, 2014, just as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was at the height of its virality, it's co-founder, 27-year-old Corey Griffin, drowned in an unrelated diving accident off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Griffin helped co-found the viral craze that involves dumping ice water over your head and plastering it all over social media to help raise donations to fight Lou Gehrig's Disease. He came up with the idea after his friend Pete Frates was diagnosed with it.
If you had asked aspiring rapper Ervin McKinness for his advice on the topic of driving while drunk, he would have told you “Definitely a bad idea, son."
Maybe he would never have said that. Had you tweeted that same question to him, though, you would have seen this take on the topic:
You had half a bottle of Henny, and you have to get across town? What’s the worst that could happen drifting 120 MPH around corners?
Perishing: Perishing could happen.
McKinness, known as Jew'elz and Inkyy in the music community that had recently awarded him a recording deal, never got a chance to make any music professionally because 21 minutes after he said “f**k it” to driving drunk, the SUV he was in skidded into a wall and slayed all five of the car’s occupants, including the would-be rapper.
Derek Kieper was an honors student, a friend, and most notably, an anti-seatbelt rebel.
Kieper described himself as being part of “a die-hard group of non-wearers out there who simply do not wish to buckle up no matter what the government does.” So staunch was he that the government shouldn’t have any say in the safety precautions folks take while in motor vehicles, he took to the pages of the Daily Nebraskan a mere three months prior to his passing, to extol his position to the readers of the paper.
Practicing his unwavering allegiance to keeping his seatbelt holstered, Kieper and two of his seatbelt-wearing frat brothers were returning from a trip to San Antonio, Texas, when the SUV they were traveling in hit an icy patch and flew off the road before rolling over several times in a roadside ditch. Both the driver and the front-seat passenger survived the crash with non-life threatening injuries while Kieper, who was ejected from the car when it careened off the highway, perished on impact.