Our weekly roundup saw the good (compassionate pilot turns around for a grieving family), the bad (female WWII pilot denied burial at Arlington cemetery), and the sort of ugly (lots of stabbings and other assorted deaths in Shakespeare's plays).
This year’s edition of strangest deaths reveals a disturbing trend—death by selfie. We found 10 confirmed instances of people who died while putting themselves in a risky position to take a photo. There may have been more, we just didn't find them. Certainly there are many others who became injured or had close calls when doing the exact same thing. As you read the list, count yourself lucky that you’re not on it and please, don’t take unnecessary risks just for the chance to snap that perfect vanity photo.
Christmas shopping deaths seem to fall into two categories: Those people so enthusiastic about Christmas shopping that they cause the death of themselves or others (i.e., the now infamous Black Friday Christmas shopping deaths), or those people who are so fed up with Christmas shopping that they decide to jump off balconies or buildings.
As the year draws to a close we take a moment to remember those luminaries who are no longer with us. We also take time to say goodbye to those who were close to us who never made it to a top ten list or on whom a wider spotlight shined. To all of these people we say "we miss you" and we were glad you touched our lives.