Mental Floss

Famous people dying on toilets

Will Pearson

For some reason, one of the questions I'm asked most frequently in radio interviews is "So, your latest book claims the story about Catherine the Great dying while being a bit too intimate with a horse is actually a myth. So it's not really true?" And it's pretty funny because most of them seem disappointed to learn that it might be myth. So I explain that no, it's not true, but that she most likely still died in a pretty embarrassing way - while on the toilet.

Then they ask about other famous people who have died on or near toilets. Well thank goodness I can now just refer people to this Wikipedia article, dedicated to toilet-related injuries and deaths. There's even a list of occurrences of toilet-related injuries in pop culture. From Doc Brown gaining inspiration after hitting his head on a toilet in Back to the Future to Austin Powers drowning one of Dr. Evil's henchmen in a toilet, the list is pretty long.

So thanks to Wikipedia I can now retire from answering toilet-related injury questions.