10 inventors killed by their inventions
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After hard years of research, commitment and extremely long hours, things don't always work out well for the humble inventor. So here’s to them and their hard work. Otto Lilienthal. The very Glider King himself. The German aviation pioneer spent his life developing and testing 18 different plane models, which at times were successful -he was the first person to have documented and repeated these gliding flights. The father of flight become less victorious after a latter creation failed him; it stalled during a test flight in 1896, falling from over 50 feet. Valerian Abakovsky. This talented inventor began work as a chauffeur for the Russian State Security. Addressing his aspirations, Abakovsky began designing models for the Aerowagon, a high speed rail car with a fitted aircraft engine. Initially the design was to carry Soviet officials from city to city at high speeds. The test run was successful for 100 miles, on the way back, the car derailed, taking down not only Abakovsky but five others. Perillos. The "brazen bull" was the artful creation by Perillos in 500 B.C. for the Sicilian tyrant, Phalaris. The bronze sculpture of the bull consisted of a secret compartment inside, where a prisoner was to be held captive. The morbid torture was to light a fire underneath the bull and be roasted to death. Tyrant Phalaris was dubious of the creation and forced the inventor to test it. Others say the inventor burnt to death in the bull, whilst rumour has it he was taken out and stabbed to death after on a hill. Either way, the unfortunate guy died. Alexander Bogdanov. Although the Russian polymath Bogdanov did not invent blood transfusion, he was the founder the first blood bank in Moscow in 1925. Bogdanov was a strong believer that receiving blood from healthy people was the crucial solution to eternal youth. The fusing went very well until 1928, when Bogdanov injected himself with blood of someone else; who regrettably was unaware they suffered from malaria and tuberculosis.
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