Thinning the Herd: Tales of the Weirdly Departed

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Rowman & Littlefield, Nov 1, 2007
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Dark humor about those who have removed themselves from the gene pool. An original and irreverent compendium of accidental deaths caused by astonishing stupidity, embarrassing irony and/or really bad luck, in the tradition of The Darwin Awards.
 

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User Review  - Anonymous - Borders

Pros: Great collection of anecdotes. You can open the book to any page, read a handful of stories, crack yourself up. Cons: Wish there were more intros. This author is very funny. This book is definitely for people whose sense of humor is a little twisted. I loved every page. Read full review

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Came here looking for information about Melinda Duckett, the woman who probably killed her son and then killed herself after being skewered by Nancy Grace. As such I don't have access to the full book, but in the pages allowed by Google Books I noticed some blatantly incorrect information.
First, Yuri Gagarin's corpse did not reek of alcohol; in fact he wasn't even alone. He and a flight instructor by the name of Vladimir Seryogin were aboard the MiG-15UTI when it crashed. As to just why that happened, the jury is still out but other explanations are far more likely.
Second, Brandon Vedas was smoking pot and drinking rum as part of his intended drug consumption that afternoon; those were just his appetizers. Links to the IRC chatlog are available on the Wikipedia article about his death. While one or two comments encourage him to go on, they come off as sarcastic and many more pleaded with him to stop.
Anybody who might consider purchasing this book, and goes ahead, should take the info presented with a grain of salt.
 

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
OOPS
1
INESCAPABLE DESTINY
21
HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN
39
DEATHS LITTLE IRONIES
75
SO SEXY IT HURTS
99
RAMPAGE OF ANGELS
117
PLAY BALL
169
BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME
195
WHEN THE FUR FLIES
213
JUST PLAIN WEIRD
239
DEATHS FORETOLD
263
HMM
277
Sources
293
Copyright

IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME
137

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Cynthia Ceilan has been a professional writer, editor, and researcher since 1985. She's had short works of fiction published in Potpourri and The Sun (literary magazines) and has written regularly for an alternative monthly periodical called Aquarius: A Sign of the Times.

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