publication date: Friday, April 26, 2013 (part of Spring 2013)
clue: The world's most famous escape artist couldn't cheat death forever after a failed demonstration.
explanation: Houdini attempted to demonstrate to fans that he had invented a method to survive any blow to the abdomen, but soon after, he died of a ruptured appendix. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Matthew Preston, Joanna Woods, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, and Steve Dunn
Science can be hazardous to your health! These five pioneers of technology and new ways of living were too clever by half, killed by the very inventions that they hoped would better the human race (or at least further their careers).