10 Infamous Womanizers

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According to the author of a new biography on Warren Beatty, he's slept with nearly 13,000 women. Warren denies that the number is that high, but compared to other philanderers, 13,000 isn't even that many. Here are a few other men who claim they have spent more time in bed than out of it.

1. Warren Beatty. We'll start with Warren himself. This new biography says Beatty, erm, "charmed" almost 13,000 women. Before you bust out the calculator, here's the math. Beatty claims he didn't get started until he was 20, and if you consider that he got married to Annette Bening in 1992 at the age of 55, that's about 371 women a year. Right? Someone check my math; it's never been my strong point. And if he and Annette have an open relationship, that's about 250 women a year. Warren has denied the number through his publicist, saying, "Other media should not repeat things from the book on the assumption that they are true or that the book is an authorized biography."
2. Lord Byron. We don't have a number for him, but by one account, he slept with more than 250 women in Venice, Italy, in just one year. Some reports say he even bedded his own half sister and some distant cousins. Apparently he kept mementos from the ladies he slept with - locks of their pubic hair. He kept the locks in individual envelopes; the last we knew, the cache was being stored with his publishing house in London in the 1980s.

3. Wilt Chamberlain himself says he slept with 20,000 women. "At my age, that equals out to 1.2 women a day, every day since I was 15 years old," he wrote in his 1991 biography. Right. He says that none of the women were married and that he made an effort to find out if they were before pursuing them.

4. Gene Simmons claimed his number is more than 4,600 and he can prove it - he has taken pictures of each and every one. "Esquire magazine has just tried to prove empirically that this was physically impossible," he said. "But they had to admit that it works. In addition, it's true. I'm honest and show my girlfriends this photo album."

5. Magic Johnson estimates he has slept with more than 1,000 women, but has said that it was so many he lost count and had no idea which one of his trysts infected him with HIV, which he announced in 1991.

6. Jack Nicholson once mused that he believes he has slept with more than 2,000 women, give or take a few, but he's not one to name names. His 16-year relationship with Anjelica Huston allegedly ended when his other girlfriend, Rebecca Broussard, became pregnant with the first of their two kids together.
7. Umberto Billo. Never heard of him? You're not alone. He's not rich and famous - he' s just a porter at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas. He claims that in his three years of employment at the hotel, he slept with about 8,000 women just by asking them at the check in counter. When he was fired for being too tired to carry luggage, one businesswoman stated, "I must have spent thousands in the hotel because of him."

8. Fidel Castro. Talk about the unexpected, right? A 2008 documentary claimed that the Cuban leader slept with at least two women a day for about 40 years, and sometimes snuck in a third at dinner. The source behind the leak, a former Castro official, said, "I don't think he would have stayed on for as long as he did if not for all the incredible women he had access to as president."

9. Charlie Sheen. In 2002, Sheen said he was up to more than 5,000 women.

10. Giacomo Casanova. The original lover boy barely slept with any women, compared to the other men on this list - his memoirs listed a mere 122 affairs with women (and alluded to a few with men as well).

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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7 People Killed by Musical Instruments

On occasion, a piano has been a literal instrument of death.
On occasion, a piano has been a literal instrument of death.
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We’re used to taking it figuratively. One “slays” on guitar, is a “killer” pianist, or wants to “die” listening to a miraculous piece of music. History, though, is surprisingly rich with examples of people actually killed by musical instruments. Some were bludgeoned and some crushed; others were snuffed out by the sheer effort of performing or while an instrument was devilishly played to cover up the crime. Below are seven people who met their end thanks to a musical instrument.

1. Elizabeth Jackson // Struck with a Flute

A German flute.The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments (1889), Metropolitan Museum of Art // Public Domain

David Mills was practicing his flute the night of March 25, 1751, when he got into a heated argument with fellow servant Elizabeth Jackson. A woman “given to passion,” she threw a candlestick at Mills after he said something rude. He retaliated by striking her left temple with his flute before the porter and the footman pulled them apart. Jackson lived for another four hours, able to walk but not make sensible speech. Her fellow servants decided to bleed her, a sadly ineffective treatment for skull fractures. “Her s[k]ull was remarkably thin,” the surgeon testified at Mills’s trial.

2. Louis Vierne // Exhausted by an Organ Recital

Louis Vierne plays the organ of St.-Nicolas du Chardonnet in Paris, France.Source: gallica.bnf.fr, Bibliothèque nationale de France // Public Domain

Reputed to be the king of instruments, the organ requires a performer with an athletic endurance—more than 67-year-old Louis Vierne had to give during a recital at Notre Dame cathedral on June 2, 1937. He collapsed (likely of a heart attack) after playing the last chord of a piece. With a Gallic appreciation for tragedy, one concertgoer noted the piece “bears a title which, given the circumstance, seems like fate and takes on an oddly disturbing meaning: ‘Tombstone for a dead child’!” As Vierne’s lifeless feet fell upon the pedalboard “a low whimper was heard from the admirable instrument, which seemed to weep for its master,” the concertgoer wrote.

3. James “Jimmy the Beard” Ferrozzo // Crushed by a Piano

The exterior of the Condor Club in 1973.Michael Holley, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

Getting crushed by a piano is usually the stuff of cartoons, but what happened to James Ferrozzo is somehow even stranger than a cartoon. “A nude, screaming dancer found trapped under a man’s crushed body on a trick piano pinned against a nightclub ceiling was too drunk to remember how she got there,” the AP reported the day after the 1983 incident. The dancer was a new employee at San Francisco’s Condor Club (said to be one of the first, if not the first, topless bar). The man was her boyfriend, the club’s bouncer. And the trick piano was part of topless-dancing pioneer Carol Doda’s act—a white baby grand that lowered her from the second floor. During Ferrozzo’s assignation with the dancer, the piano’s switch was somehow activated, lifting him partway to heaven before deadly contact with the ceiling sent him the rest of the way.

4. Linos // Killed with a Lyre

A student and his music teacher, holding a lyre—potentially Herakles and Linos.Petit Palais, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 2.5

One of the greatest music teachers of mythic Ancient Greece, Linos took on Herakles as a pupil. According to the historian Diodorus Siculus, the demi-god “was unable to appreciate what was taught him because of his sluggishness of soul,” and so after a harsh reprimand he flew into a rage and beat Linos to death with his lyre. Herakles dubiously used a sort of ancient stand-your-ground law as a defense during trial and was exonerated. Poor Linos: an honest man beaten by a lyre.

5. Sophia Rasch // Suffocated While a Piano Muffled her Screams

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No one better proves George Bernard Shaw’s quip that “hell is full of musical amateurs” than Susannah Koczula. “I have seen Susannah trying to play the piano several times—she could not play,” 10-year-old Carl Rasch testified at Koczula’s 1894 trial. Susannah, the Rasch’s caregiver, distracted little Carl, sister Clara, and their neighborhood friend Woolf with an impromptu performance while a gruesome scene unfolded upstairs: Koczula’s husband tied and suffocated Carl and Clara’s mother, Sophia Rasch, before making off with her jewelry. “She banged the piano,” explained Woolf. “I heard no halloaing.”

6. Marianne Kirchgessner // A Nervous Disorder Acquired Playing the Glass Armonica

According to one doctor, Ben Franklin's instrument caused "a great degree of nervous weakness."Ji-Elle, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0

Benjamin Franklin invented the glass harmonica, or armonica, in 1761, unleashing a deadly scourge upon the musical world. “It was forbidden in several countries by the police,” wrote music historian Karl Pohl in 1862, while Karl Leopold Röllig warned in 1787 that “It’s not just the gentle waves of air that fill the ear, but the charming vibrations and constant strain of the bowls upon the already delicate nerves of the fingers that combine to produce diseases which are terrible, maybe even fatal.” In 1808, when Marianne Kirchgessner, Europe’s premiere glass armonica virtuoso, died at the age of 39, many suspected nervousness brought on by playing the instrument.

7. Charles Ratherbee // Lung Disease Possibly Caused by Playing the Trumpet

A valve trumpet made by Elbridge G. Wright, circa 1845.Purchase, Robert Alonzo Lehman Bequest (2002), Metropolitan Museum of Art // Public Domain

One summer day in 1845, Charles Ratherbee, a trumpeter, got into a fight with Joseph Harvey, who rented space in a garden from Ratherbee and was sowing seeds where the trumpeter had planned to plant potatoes. When confronted, Harvey became upset and knocked Ratherbee to the ground with his elbow. Two weeks and five days later, Ratherbee was dead.

Harvey was arrested for Ratherbee’s death, but a doctor pinpointed another killer: An undiagnosed lung disease made worse by his musical career. “The blowing of a trumpet would decidedly increase [the disease],” the surgeon testified at Harvey’s manslaughter trial. When asked if he was “in a fit state to blow a trumpet” the surgeon replied bluntly, “No.” Harvey was acquitted and given a suspended sentence for assault. The trumpet was never charged.