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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterL View Post
    There's an easy way around that. You could slay yourself in the nude, which would save the clothes from being stained, if you did do hari kari.
    No way, dude! That's even worse --

    though not as bad as having my punchline ruined. Aw, I kid, I kid.

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    Lists like that aren't very useful, if one is looking for cause of death for a profession that is noted versus the population at large. All published authors have a public face, while only a very small percentage of bartenders have a public face, and the proportion of wine salesmen is even smaller. My guess is that a high percentage of wine salesmen die from an excess of alcohol, but finding the figures would be difficult.

    For another example of a similar list for people who died from drug overdoese. You will notice that many musicians are listed, but you will find few, if any, drug dealers listed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterL View Post
    Edgar Allan Poe may have died as a result of rabies
    Okay. Have it your own way: Poe went on a drinking binge and was bitten by a mad raccoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebas. Melmoth View Post
    Okay. Have it your own way: Poe went on a drinking binge and was bitten by a mad raccoon.
    let's split it down the middle. he was bit by a mad pink elephant


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebas. Melmoth View Post
    Okay. Have it your own way: Poe went on a drinking binge and was bitten by a mad raccoon.
    Actually, the idea that he was fatally injured by some political operatives is also a high possibility, but there was no sign that he had had alcohol when he was found.

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    I see Dylan Thomas also listed as a suicide. This is also absurd.

    First off, the post mortem concluded that pneumonia was the cause of death.

    Secondly, alcoholism is a disease, and an alcoholic dying of alcohol poisoning wouldn't be classed as suicide.
    Go to work, get married, have some kids, pay your taxes, pay your bills, watch your tv, follow fashion, act normal, obey the law and repeat after me: "I am free."

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Atheist View Post
    I see Dylan Thomas also listed as a suicide. This is also absurd.
    Some people just think that all writers should commit suicide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterL View Post
    Some people just think that all writers should commit suicide.
    Unfortunately, those who should not, would and those who should, would not.
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    "It is not that I am mad; it is only that my head is different from yours.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scheherazade View Post
    Unfortunately, those who should not, would, and those who should, would not.
    All too true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Atheist View Post
    I see Dylan Thomas also listed as a suicide. This is also absurd.

    First off, the post mortem concluded that pneumonia was the cause of death.

    Secondly, alcoholism is a disease, and an alcoholic dying of alcohol poisoning wouldn't be classed as suicide.
    Ah you got there before me! I was surprised to see him on that list too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JuniperWoolf View Post
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    He was a painter, not a writer.
    Go to work, get married, have some kids, pay your taxes, pay your bills, watch your tv, follow fashion, act normal, obey the law and repeat after me: "I am free."

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    I thought that Thompson shot himself because he thought that the government was coming after him, I never heard anything about cancer.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Atheist View Post
    He was a painter, not a writer.
    Ever heard of Mein Kampf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desolation View Post

    Ever heard of Mein Kampf?
    Apparently he also wrote a fair amount of bad poetry.
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