These people were killed by their own inventions
I've always wanted to invent something, and I have multiple ideas of what I would create if I had the money/materials/could be bothered. However, I do have one idea that has eclipsed all my others: The Barbecuzzi©™®. Hear me out on this one, yeah? The Barbecuzzi©™® is a hybrid between two of the greatest inventions of all time. Can you guess? No? Well, let me tell you. This invention would consist of a jacuzzi with a barbecue attached to it.
Imagine this scene: you're chilling with your bros/friends/family in the tub and you get a bit hungry. Usually, you have to jump out the tub to get some grub, leading to wet kitchen tiles (safety hazard!) and you bringing mud back into the jacuzzi via the soles of your feet (gross!). TheBarbecuzzi©™® prevents these problems from happening, the Barbecuzzi©™® allows you to cook your food and turn yourself into a prune. The Barbecuzzi©™® is the house accessory you've always needed but weren't aware of.
And, unlike the following list, there is no chance I would ever get killed by my invention. I mean, conceivably, how could that happen? Well, it actually does. Just ask the following people... oh wait, you can't.
If like me, you hate jogging, there is someone to blame for it even existing: James "Jim" Fixx. Fixx is seen as the man who started the jogging trend after publishing a series of fitness books that included "The Complete Book of Running." However, while out on one of his regular jogs, Fixx suffered a "massive" heart attack and died.
Thomas Andrews is the man who designed the Titanic and was onboard during the fateful and famous maiden voyage. Andrews had suggested that the ship have at least 46 lifeboats, but only 20 were added. After helping people find life jackets and get onto lifeboats, Andrews was last seen in the first-class smoking room staring at a painting. His body was never recovered.
Henry Smolinski and Hal Blake
These guys tried to invent every child's dream and died in the process. Smolinski and Blake invented the AVE Mizar, a flying car with detachable wings. However, both inventors died when the wings detached mid-flight during the test run. Safe to say, there were no attempts at making a second model.
Bullock invented the rotary printing press in 1863, which became the first modern newspaper printing press. However, in 1867, Bullock was killed by his machine after he got his leg caught and crushed in the gears. The injury led to gangrene developing in his leg and he died during amputation.
Francis Stanley and his twin brother invented the Stanley Steamer automobile back in 1896. They broke the world record for the fastest mile in 1906 at 28.2 seconds. However, in 1918 and after selling his business, Francis was killed while driving his car and hitting a woodpile.
Having co-founded the Bolshevik Party in 1909, Bogdanov was kicked out of the group and took an interest in science. He began experimenting with blood transfusions in order to achieve eternal youth and underwent 11 procedures. However, after claiming that his eyesight had improved, Bogdanov died when he took the blood of a student who had malaria and tuberculosis.
Franz Reichelt designed a clothes-parachute in the early 1900s and was keen to test it. However, rather than giving it a go in a safe environment, Reichelt jumped off of the Eiffel Tower in 1912 and, unsurprisingly, his flight was unsuccessful. It's reported that the police allowed Reichelt to perform the stunt, although they claim that they thought he would be using a dummy.
Li Si, the Chancellor under the Qin Dynasty during the third century B.C., devised the "Five Pains" torture method: the victim's forehead was branded; then his nose was cut off; then his feet were cut off; then he was castrated; and then he was executed. However, after the death of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the new prince had Li Si executed in the same method that he had created.
Karel Soucek, the man known for going over the Niagara Falls in a barrel back in 1984, passed away just a year after his infamous stunt. In 1985, Soucek rolled off the Houston Astrodome in another barrel and in front of an audience of 35,000 people. A water tank was meant to soften his fall - however, he struck the edge of the tank, fractured his skull and his chest and abdomen were crushed.
This story is last on the list due to the fact it is the stuff of legend. According to Chinese legend, Wan Hu, a local government official during the Ming Dynasty, aspired to travel to the moon. It's believed that he attached two kites and 47 gunpowder rockets to a chair and asked his servants to light them. It's reported that there was an enormous bang and Wan disappeared.
While the story may or may not be true, Wan has a lunar crater named after him and rightfully deserves his name on this list.
So there you have it, you may think that inventors are clever but half the time they create dumb stuff. The Barbecuzzi©™® doesn't seem so stupid now, does it?