As one of the most famous events to take place in ancient history, the devastation of Pompeii is a well-known part of the era. The most daunting thing about the whole experience, though, is the fact that so many bodies were found essentially encased in ash. At the archaeological dig site, many people are found to have died more or less on the spot.
One man was even found, uh, enjoying himself one last time before the end came. It’s all rather comical most of the time, but one rather tragic find was made recently. What is being called the “unlucky man” is the perfect example of bad human luck. He was found to have successfully evaded the eruption of Mount Vesuvius but was then crushed by a massive falling boulder.
Since then, he has stayed there, his body trapped. Given he died in 79 CE, that’s quite a long time to be trapped!
As you might imagine, the web was alight with funny jokes and humor. It was sent out by CNN, tweeting: “Archaeologists working at the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy, uncovered the remains of a 30-year-old man who appears to have survived the initial eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D., only to be killed when he was struck by a large slab of stone.”
As if being crushed in such brutally unfortunate circumstance was not enough, the good people of the internet took it upon themselves to begin mercilessly laughing at the comedic effect.
From memes of people relating their own life crisis in relation to the boulder or simply making quips that they’d quite like to have been in his place, the web has yet again shown its capacity to take a uniquely tragic discovery and turn it into something funny.
If he’s still floating around in whatever kind of afterlife comes, then we hope that he’s having a good laugh at all the punchlines he’s helped to forge. It’s some way to go, and definitely one of the more damning ways to be rewarded for managing to avoid the eruption of an all-conquering volcano!
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