Well, when you're a writer, you read odd, er, different things. Actually, I was reading about mob killings and Chicago history long before I became a writer. But I found this at Goodwill. It sounded interesting and you never know when you need a "new" way to kill off someone... in fiction, you know... a character. What were you thinking? ha!
Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die, Michael Largo - According to death certificates, in 1700 there were less than 100 causes of death. Today there are 3,000. With each advance of technology, people find new ways to become deceased, often causing trends that peak in the first year. People are now killed by everything, from cell phones, washing machines, lawn mowers and toothpicks, to the boundless catalog of man—made medicines. In Final Exits the causes of death—bizarre or common—are alphabetically arranged and include actual accounts of people, both famous and ordinary, who unfortunately died that way. (Ants, bad words, Bingo, bean bag chairs, flying cows, frozen toilets, hiccups, lipstick, moray eels, road kill, starfish, and toupees are only some of the more unusual causes.)