Death can be an unfortunate side effect of inventing. The very nature of inventing exposes the Inventor to new and exciting possibilities and ideas. They step, willingly, towards the unknown, with the focus and desire to improve our lives. Unfortunately, that step forward can lead them straight to destruction instead of success and achievement. They are inventing the unknown from theories and possibilities. Theoretically, it should work but when it doesn't, look out!
Blood transfusions are a long-accepted medical procedure, responsible for saving countless lives since its discovery. Alexander Bogdanov, the first inventor to research the concept, fatally proved that you cannot transfuse diseased or mistyped blood. Alexander lived a colorful life. Philosopher, writer, political revolutionary and eventually physician were a few of his main interests. Near the end of his life, he became interested in Hematology, the study of blood. He hypothesized that eternal life could be possible through blood transfusions. Through statistical luck, his first dozen self-inflicted transfusions worked. Colleagues and friends commented on how younger and healthier he looked. Inevitably his luck ran out. His last transfusion contained malaria, tuberculosis and (possibly) a mismatched blood type.
Submarines Are Better When Eaten.
Horace Lawson Hunley was a brilliant marine engineer during the American civil war. His original concept was hand/man driven and named The Hunley. It was the first submarine to sink a warship although it to suffered destruction during that battle. Each time the Hunley was sunk, he would raise it for modification and repair. Horace then joined with McClintock and Watson to build a new submarine. After several failures and loss of life, Horace funded his combat submarine project. This project also faced many problems and deaths. Taking matters into his own hands, he assumed command of the troubled invention and piloted it to his death, under the sea.