Sunday, August 28, 2011

Top 12 Most Absurd and Weirdest Acts of World's Leaders and their Obscure Deaths

Here’s a list of the most hated and weird leaders and figures in history because of their absurd behaviors and brutal and somehow sadistic governance.

None of these crooked and wicked leaders died of natural death. They should not be emulated, praised and venerated at all.

1.) Saparmurat Niyazov

Saparmurat Niyazov, President of TurkmenistanImage via Wikipedia

Former Turkmenistan President Saparmurat Niyazov, who is known as Turkmenbashi –“Leader of All Ethnic Turkmens”, renamed the month of January after himself and the month of April after his mother. Niyasov also banned ballet, beard, gold-capped teeth, import of foreign books, lip-synching and opera.

The Neutrality Arch in Ashgabat featured a gold-plated statue of Niyazov which rotated 360 degrees every 24 hours so as to always face the sun. (The statue has since been removed.) On December 21, 2006, Turkmen state television announced that President Niyazov had died of a sudden heart attack.

2.) Czar Nicholas II

Some people give chocolate rabbits on Easter. Czar Nicholas II preferred more exotic gifts for the women in his life. On Easter 1913, he gave his mother a beautiful Faberge egg encrusted with 3,000 diamonds as a token of his love. The egg was expensive no doubt, but nothing compared to the whopping $9.6 million it fetched in 2002.

On the night of July 17, 1918 executioners drew revolvers killing Nicholas II first. Anastasia, Tatiana, Olga, and Maria survived the first hail of bullets; the sisters were wearing over 1.3 kilograms of diamonds and precious gems sewn into their clothing, which provided some initial protection from the bullets and bayonets. They were stabbed with bayonets and then shot at close range in the head.

3.) Idi Amin Dada

Idi Amin was an army officer and president of Uganda.He took power in a military coup in January 1971, lowered Milton Obote. The reign of this "cannibal" was marked by human rights violations, political repression, ethnic persecution, extra-murder trial and expulsion of Indians from Uganda. The number of people killed by an unknown regime; estimates vary from 80,000 to 500,000.

On August 4, 1972, Amin issued a decree ordering the expulsion of 60.000 Asians that is not Ugandan citizens (most of them contain a British passport). This was later revised to include 80.000 Asian people, with the exception of professionals, like doctors, lawyers and teachers.

Amin finally overthrown, but until his death, he still said that Uganda needed him and he never expressed remorse for the abuse of his regime.

On 20 July 2003, Amin was in a coma and near death in a hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for kidney failure.Amin died at the hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on August 16,2003 and was buried in Ruwais Cemetery in Jeddah On 20 July 2003.

4.) Ivan IV

Ivan IV of Russia, also known as Ivan the Terrible was the first ruler of Russia who took the rights of the Emperor. Every day, between 500 to 1000 people were gathered by his troops, then tortured and killed in front of Ivan and his son. In 1581, Ivan IV beat his daughter-in-law for wearing indecent clothes, causing a miscarriage. His son, also named Ivan, argue with him which caused Ivan IV to hit him on the head with sharp stick. His son was killed instantly.

Ivan the Terrible died from a stroke while playing chess with  Bogdan Belsky on March 28, 1584.

5.) Adolf Hitler

Hitler never allows anyone to see him while he is naked or bathing. He refuses to use cologne or scents of any sort on his body and no matter how warm he feels, Hitler will never take off his coat in public. His favorite topics include: “When I was a soldier,” “When I was in Vienna,” “When I was in prison,” and “When I was the leader in the early days of the party.”

Hitler loves the circus. He takes real pleasure in the idea that underpaid performers are risking their lives to please him. He went to the circus on several occasions in 1933 and sent extremely expensive chocolates and flowers to the female performers. Hitler even remembered their names and would worry about them and their families in the event of an accident. Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian, and had only ONE testicle. He also had to repeat the 6th grade because he failed it.

On April 30,1945, Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide; Braun by biting into a cyanide capsule and Hitler by shooting himself with his 7.65 mm Walther PPK pistol. The lifeless bodies of Hitler and Eva Braun were carried up the stairs and through the bunker's emergency exit to the bombed-out garden behind the Reich Chancellery where they were placed in a bomb crater and doused with petrol. The corpses were set on fire.

6.) Vlad the Impaler

Prince Vlad Tepes, more popularly known as Vlad the Impaler and who once ruled part of Romania, was the inspiration for the fictional Dracula. He was the Prince of Wallachia from the year 1448 until the year 1476. Vlad is best known as a legend such cruel punishment. List of torture he was found to have employed extensive: nails on the head, cut off limbs, blinding, strangulation, burning, cutting noses and ears, cutting sexual organs (especially in the case of women), scalping, skinning, exposure to the elements or to animals, and boil human alive. There are claims that on several occasions ten thousand people had been stabbed in the year 1460.

Vlad the Impaler was killed on the battlefield, during a fierce confrontation with the Ottoman Sipahis near Bucharest in 1476. Vlad III was buried in the Snagov monastery, and his head is believed to be in Istanbul, Turkey.

7.) Nero

Nero was the last of the line of Caesar. He was declared emperor in 54 CE and married Octavia his step-sister. This nerd leader ordered the murder of his mother, Agrippina. He divorced and later killed his wife Octavia and married Poppaea. A few years later, he also killed Poppaea. Nero poisoned his praetorian prefect Burrus 62 CE. In 64 CE came the Great Fire of Rome.

He blamed the Christians for the Great Fire of Rome and retribution on them was brutal. Many were fed to the lions, others torn apart by dogs and he even used some as human torches to light his gardens. He persecuted great numbers of Christians. He had them crucified. Women were tied to wild bulls and dragged to death, and most horrible of all, Christians were impaled on stakes, their clothes smeared with pitch and set afire to illuminate Nero's gardens as "human torches" for nighttime chariot races in which he participated, dressed as a common driver. In 68 CE, Nero committed suicide by cutting his wrists and his secretary Epaphroditus as was customary followed this up by a single stab wound.

Nero committed suicide after losing his nerve. After quoting a line from Homer’s Iliad ("Hark, now strikes on my ear the trampling of swift-footed coursers!"), Nero drove a dagger into his throat on June 9, 68 CE.

8.) Pol Pot

Pol Pot was the leader of the Khmer Rouge and the Prime Minister of Cambodia from 1976 until 1979, was the de facto leader since mid 1975. During his reign, Pol Pot forced extreme version of agrarian communism where all the town people moved to the countryside to work in plantations and collective labor projects. The combined effect of slave labor, malnutrition, poor medical Care and implementation are estimate have killed about 2 million Cambodians (about a third of the population).

Regime achieved special notoriety for selecting all the intellectuals and the “bourgeois enemies” for murder. Khmer Rouge’s mass executions are the place known as “Field of Murder”. The executed were buried in mass graves. To save ammunition, executions are often carried out using a hammer, ax handles, spades or sharpened bamboo sticks. It is estimated that up to 2,500,000 people died under his leadership.  

According to Ta Mok, Pol Pot's death was due to heart failure. Despite government requests to inspect the body, it was cremated a few days later raising strong suspicions that he committed suicide or was poisoned.

9.) Joseph Stalin

Stalin was always paranoid that someone was trying to kill him. He is also one of the greatest criminals in the world wherein he ordered the executions of about 50 million people that is why he is one of the most hated personalities in history.

Stalin's health deteriorated towards the end of World War II. He suffered from atherosclerosis from his heavy smoking. He suffered a mild stroke around the time of the Victory parade, and a severe heart attack in October 1945. A few days before he died, Stalin was found lying on the floor of his room wearing pyjama bottoms and an undershirt with his clothes soaked in stale urine.

11.) Caligula

Caligula is an absurd ruler. He married his sister and threatened to make his horse consul. He believed himself to be a living deity, thus, he once built a walkway from his palace to a Temple, so that he could be closer to his "brother," the Roman god Jupiter. He would also have busts of his head replace those on statues of different gods. 

Caligula's death was similar to that of Julius Caesar. Caligula's wife, Caesonia was stabbed to death, and their young daughter, Julia Drusilla, was killed by smashing her head against a wall.

12.) Vitellius

Vitellius’s complete Latin name was Aulus Vitellius Germanicus Augustus. According to Suetonius, Vitellius was dragged naked by Roman subjects, tied to a post, and had animal waste thrown at him before he was killed. Vitellius was beheaded and his head paraded around Rome, and his wife attended to his burial. His body was thrown into the Tiber. His brother and son were also killed.

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