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Daemon
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Fatal Hilarity

People can and do die of laughter. The 3rd century BCE philosopher Chrysippus, for example, is said to have laughed himself to death while watching the antics of a drunken donkey. In 1410, Martin I of Aragon succumbed to a combination of indigestion and uncontrollable laughter. More recently, a UK man died of heart failure after laughing for 25 minutes at a TV show featuring a Scotsman in a kilt battling a vicious black pudding. What other historical figures have died from laughter? More...
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Fatal Hilarity
People can and do die of laughter. The 3rd century BCE philosopher Chrysippus, for example, is said to have laughed himself to death while watching the antics of a drunken donkey. In 1410, Martin I of Aragon succumbed to a combination of indigestion and uncontrollable laughter. More recently, a UK man died of heart failure after laughing for 25 minutes at a TV show featuring a Scotsman in a kilt battling a vicious black pudding.
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- It recalled me of an interesting book I read some years ago: The Name of the Rose.
- This book deals with a series of deaths linked to Aristotle's book about laughter that was allegedly missed. A thriller that I recommend not only because of the story but also due to the well-grounded background historic facts presented in the book. It is a delightful trip through Catholic monk orders, Popes fighting, Europe History. In other words, go for it!
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Zeuxis Died Laughing at His Own Painting


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If the ancient accounts are true, Greek painter Zeuxis (b. 464 BCE) is probably the only painter in the world that was ever killed by his own painting, albeit in a roundabout way. The fourth-century Roman historian Festus (citing ancient Roman scholar Verrius Flaccus) claims that his last painting, in the words of 18th-century French historian Charles Rollin, “was the picture of an old woman, which work made him laugh so excessively, that he died of it.” Rollin notes that a fellow historian at the time thought this fact was “hard to believe” but “not without example.” Dutch art historian Karel van Mander is at least partially responsible for keeping the ancient account alive. In his massive (and massively influential) tome Book of Painters (1604), van Mander says Zeuxis died “suffocating on his own excessive laughter one day painting the likeness of a funny old wrinkled woman.”

Some historians doubt the story: Sir William Smith says in his Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1848) that it’s just “another instance of those fictions which the ancient grammarians were so fond of inventing, in order to make the deaths of great men correspond with the character of their lives.” It's a difficult thing to verify: none of Zeuxis's paintings survived, which is a shame. He was hailed by Lucian—one of the first novelists in Western civilization—as "the greatest painter of his time."

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NeuroticHellFem
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The Goodies TV show played regularly in Australia when I was a kid. It was hilarious! Without a doubt, one of the best TV shows ever created. I remember the "Eckythump" episode well.

When you make an assumption, you make an ass of u & umption! - NeuroticHellFem
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