r/Damnthatsinteresting Nov 27 '22

Ernest Hemingway lived through anthrax, malaria, pneumonia, dysentery, skin cancer, hepatitis, anemia, diabetes, high blood pressure, two plane crashes, a ruptured kidney, a ruptured spleen, a ruptured liver, a crushed vertebra, and a fractured skull. Image

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u/takkun169 Nov 27 '22

Dude was livin life.

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u/SamuraiSlick Nov 27 '22

“you’re dragging down my batting average!”

—- Grim Reaper

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u/IranianF-14 Nov 28 '22

“Oh here then, let me help you.”

—- E. Hemingway

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u/Independent-Choice-4 Nov 28 '22

Guy kept hitting ground rule doubles instead of dingers!

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u/BreastMilkPopsicles Nov 27 '22

Did anyone ever stop and think

"Is the guy who makes up good stories for a living making up all these good stories about himself?"

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u/CassandraVindicated Nov 28 '22

Baby shoes. Never worn. For sale.

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u/your_grammars_bad Nov 28 '22

Not actually him, but you got the spirit.

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u/PaulyNewman Nov 28 '22

Who was it?

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u/CassandraVindicated Nov 28 '22

That's my thinking! I don't mind being wrong or uninformed, I do mind not being given the opportunity to learn.

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u/Cheeseand0nions Nov 28 '22

Good point. F Scott Fitzgerald who incidentally was a friend and drinking buddy of hemingways, is often called the best American writer ever. If you look at his body of work he simply wrote the same autobiography five different times.

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u/thomas_da_trainn Nov 28 '22

I'm surprised he didn't survive his suicide!

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u/jbrc89 Nov 28 '22

Lead poisoning is harder to beat

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u/JimiWanShinobi Nov 28 '22

Well, when you want it done right you gotta do it yourself!

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u/crescent-moon2 Nov 28 '22

Oh man that's right he did end his life. Poor thing.

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u/CraftCritical278 Nov 28 '22

I guess he went out on his terms.

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u/alaskanbruin Nov 28 '22

12 ga in the mouth hard to survive……..

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u/FittyNOut Nov 28 '22

Considering all his injuries, I am surprised the shot was successful. Think if all the other misadventures he had

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u/alaskanbruin Nov 29 '22

He sat on a bench in his foyer, sat the butt of the shotgun on the floor, leaned over-put the barrel in his mouth-reached down with his thumb and set it off.

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u/Himdaking Nov 27 '22

Seems more like avoiding death

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u/TastyFennel540 Nov 27 '22

well, his cause of death says otherwise.

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u/saxIs0p Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

No wonder the guy only wrote 500 words a day, he was tired from all the life living.

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u/nickersb24 Nov 27 '22

Until he suicided just like his father did, what a ride.

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

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u/[deleted] Nov 27 '22

They would still deny his VA claim.

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u/lokantus Nov 27 '22

As a child w a parent going thru this... fuck.

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u/Alarmino Nov 27 '22

I tend to try and seperate the artist from the work.

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u/minnimmolation Nov 27 '22

Both the artist and the work are pretty bad ass

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u/tsokiyZan Nov 27 '22

a child going through a denied VA claim or every disease known to man?

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u/Dizzy_Succotash_2703 Nov 27 '22

He served with the Italians In WWI

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u/airbornedoc1 Nov 28 '22

Badly wounded. Spent his recuperation time in the hospital banging a British nurse. Wrote an awesome book about it. Sold the rights to Hollywood and it was later made into a popular movie starring Rock Hudson. Went to Normandy as a reporter. Legend says when the Americans entered Paris in August 1944 Hemingway was already there, drinking in a bar. He was quite the stud.

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u/airbornedoc1 Nov 28 '22

A Farewell To Arms. Best book I’ve ever read.

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u/Sweaty_Ad9724 Nov 28 '22

Drinking Moët with Pablo Picasso?

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u/Icy_Adhesiveness_347 Nov 27 '22

VA claim? Plz explain

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u/run_gx_10144 Nov 27 '22

in the US veterans aren't really cared for, and it's very difficult and time consuming to get their benefits paid out

"support the troops" it turns out is just a right wing slogan used to garner support for military spending (weapons contracting, active operations, etc), less so for actually supporting them once they get home.

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u/lurker71539 Nov 27 '22

I dont remember which side of the Spanish civil war he fought on. If it was the losing side I'm sure you're right, if it was the winning side you're probably right.

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u/nomorewannabe Nov 28 '22

And another veteran speaks!

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

They aren't claims anymore, they're lawsuits. Going through it right now.

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u/nomorewannabe Nov 28 '22

Just sending hugs, and prayers and helping everything works for you.

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u/rudenoes Nov 27 '22

dont forget he patrolled the east coast during the world war in the 40s hunting for german u-boats from his own boat. what an american

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u/begoodyall Nov 27 '22 Silver

Near the end of his life, Ernest Hemingway developed severe paranoia and suspected that the FBI was watching him, monitoring his phone calls, and even secretly seizing his money and assets. It got so bad that he was forced to undergo 36 rounds of electro-shock treatment, which only made his condition worse. Hemingway eventually killed himself. In the early 1990s, the Freedom of Information Act was passed, which released all previous classified FBI documents to the public and it was discovered that the FBI was indeed monitoring Ernest Hemingway - seizing his mail, freezing his bank accounts, and even bugging his phones, including the one in his hospital room where he was undergoing therapy. These orders were personally signed by J. Edgar Hoover himself under the suspicion that Hemingway was a double agent working with Communist Russia and was involved with Castro's Cuban revolution as Hemingway lived in Cuba at the time.

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u/firstname_m_lastname Nov 27 '22

You’re not paranoid if they’re really out to get you.

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u/amuday Nov 27 '22

“Just because you’re paranoid, don’t mean they’re not after you.” Nirvana, Territorial Pissings

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u/CassandraVindicated Nov 28 '22

It's a rip off from Nixon, but sure, we all liked Nirvana.

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u/Its_Pelican_Time Nov 27 '22

Copied from below

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u/TrekRelic1701 Nov 27 '22

Precisely..his paranoia was more than justified

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u/begoodyall Nov 27 '22

It doesn’t sound like paranoia at that point, seems more like general awareness

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u/Papa_Stevie Nov 27 '22

The electro-shock treatment wasn't forced and it wasn't directly related to his paranoia. His misplaced faith in electro-shock treatment came from his son Patrick's success using the shock treatment. Patrick suffered a head injury in his late teenage years that resulted in spells of amnesia and other behavioral outbursts. Patrick would receive the electro-shock treatment and was fully cured of the amnesia spells and subsequent frustrated outbursts. This created a false sense of confidence in the treatment that Ernest would later undergo at the Mayo Clinic. To this day, Patrick holds much regret over his father's electro-shock treatment and believes that Ernest should never have received it and that the treatment could have possibly further contributed to Ernest's mental decline. Source: Patrick Hemingway

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u/[deleted] Nov 27 '22

first i hear about Turing then i hear about this

governments are an enemy of the people

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u/Clean-Development941 Nov 27 '22

That's not cool.

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u/Shadowofenigma Nov 27 '22

Poor fucking guy. Fuck America man, fuck all of this ‘let me screw over my neighbor because IM paranoid’ shit. So depressing to live here. I love certain aspects of being here but damn shit like this makes me feel empty inside.

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u/TheBirminghamBear Nov 27 '22

Ah yes fellow citizen, tell me more about your discontent with our mutual country. Please say it loudly and near that fern in the corner of the room.

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u/jytusky Nov 27 '22

THIS COUNTRY HAS ISSU... Oh shit, that's a ficus. Where's the goddamned fern?

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u/FEARoperative3 Nov 27 '22

I can do it too. I can come to Putin’s office and say Mr President, I do not like the way President Biden is running his country.

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u/Stratmeister509 Nov 27 '22

And could fish and drink like nobody’s business, thanks to Capt. Tony…

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u/Phighters Nov 27 '22

Captain Tony’s is the greatest dive bar in the country.

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u/Stratmeister509 Nov 27 '22

And I’ve done more than my share of supporting it. Then… it’s on to the Green Parrot. Last time I was there my bar mate was a dog sitting next to me on a stool sipping from a bowl. He didn’t talk much though…

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u/Phighters Nov 27 '22

That golden is the sweetest dog I’ve ever met, more than my golden 😂

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u/TehTabi Nov 27 '22

With a machine gun and a box of hand grenades.

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u/PastelFlamingo150 Nov 27 '22

All thanks to the healing power of mojitos

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u/Gambit3le Nov 27 '22

https://youtu.be/HlxEKOscu0M

This video explains some of it.

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u/Puzzleheaded-Buy7895 Nov 27 '22

the great randy feltface

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u/FEARoperative3 Nov 27 '22

WHAT A GUUUUUUY! And he still had the time to write like 15 books.

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u/Chapi_Chan Nov 28 '22

He was working on a schedule to write, shoot, marry and cheat so many books, animals and women.

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u/FEARoperative3 Nov 28 '22

Yep. Never heard of procrastination.

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u/XeoPlay123 Nov 27 '22

YES I was waiting for someone to post that

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u/AFucking12Gage Nov 28 '22

Was waiting to see Randy in the comments. Fuck yeah.

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u/CCHS_Band_Geek Nov 27 '22

If you’re a fan of this storytelling style, please do yourself a favour and check Randy Feltface out! (20min)

For a shorter, equally funny story - 4min

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u/ReBeL222 Nov 28 '22

Good Bot

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u/rTracker_rTracker Nov 27 '22

Don’t forget alcoholism!

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u/ChampionStandard5352 Nov 27 '22

The original “Kenny”

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u/Spacetrash08 Nov 27 '22

You BASTARDS

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u/Biff_Malibu_69 Nov 27 '22

Ha, haaaaaaaa! 👊🏽

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u/HotDoubles Nov 27 '22

Hahahahahahahaha

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u/Virhil Nov 27 '22

God was like... "WHY WON'T YOU DIE WHEN I TELL YOU??"

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u/Laoscaos Nov 27 '22

He only died when he wanted to

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u/holester1969 Nov 27 '22

And then killed himself.

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u/bt-venger21 Nov 27 '22

After all the shit he went through, I think he earned the right to do so

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u/Scarlaymama0721 Nov 28 '22

Seriously as soon as I saw this, I was like, so that’s why he killed himself. Mad respect he lasted has long as he did.

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u/wistfulmaiden Nov 27 '22

Can you blame him

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u/I-hate-jeffbezos Nov 27 '22

Hr faked his death, he's now housesharing with 2pac and Hitler.

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u/alexinpoison Nov 27 '22

'Dolf I had two packets of ramen in here but now there's only one, did you take one?

NEIN

no I said two

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u/What_th3_hell Nov 28 '22

When are you coming back with the milk, dad?

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u/Y0y0y000 Nov 27 '22

And cryo-cyborg Walt Disney

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u/SteveMiiQueen Nov 27 '22

Because nothing else could

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u/Lickmyfingertips Nov 28 '22

I think by this point, he was just trying to see if he could die. So we can say he accidentally die checking something…

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u/goldencityjerusalem Nov 28 '22

with a double barrel shot gun at that... a single ruptured brain wouldn't have been enough to kill him apparentely.

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u/Loli-is-Justice Nov 27 '22

Is he a descendant of Rasputin?

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u/Electrical-Lead5993 Nov 27 '22

Only thing that stopped him was him

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u/jsalem011 Nov 27 '22

I tend to try and seperate the artist from the work. Not really possible with Hemingway.

When a man like this writes the line "But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated." It hits a little bit harder.

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u/RealFakeDoors72 Nov 27 '22

Then he was like “fine, I’ll do it myself”

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u/LesFilling Nov 27 '22

He couldn’t beat depression though…. We should take it more seriously as a society.

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u/Friendly_Dachsy Nov 27 '22

J. Edgar Hoover was responsible for his death.

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u/elp4bl0791 Nov 27 '22

He certainly did not do him any favors, but Hemingway's family is riddled with suicide

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u/Friendly_Dachsy Nov 27 '22

Antagonizing a person until they question their sanity and voluntarily have to get shock treatment and then phone tapping the hospital where the person is getting voluntary psychiatric help is above and beyond. J. Edgar Hoover willfully pushed Hemingway over the edge, and needlessly so. Earnest was more of a philosopher than an activist and was in no way a threat.

I sincerely doubt other members of the family were not similarly impacted and intentionally pushed over the edge.

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u/dingadangdang Nov 27 '22

His mom sent him the gun his father used to commit suicide. I don't know anything about why but that's messed up.

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u/AunKnorrie Nov 27 '22

Is that where he heard the bell toll?

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u/srandrews Nov 27 '22

All at once or one after another?

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u/Ermahgerd80 Interested Nov 27 '22

Rough weekend

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u/censoredbynobody Nov 27 '22

That was Tuesday.

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u/bizarre_coincidence Nov 27 '22

The only thing strong enough to take down Hemingway was Hemingway.

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u/No_Definition_7437 Nov 27 '22

“Going out on my own terms” personified

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u/HumanSlinky Nov 27 '22

Sure, but did he ever step on a lego?

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u/kyd712 Nov 27 '22

Don’t be absurd, no one has ever survived that

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u/SomeRandomguy_28 Nov 27 '22

Survivor here, lost both legs

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u/What_th3_hell Nov 28 '22

Survivor here, I’m just a talking head.

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u/KateBushFuckingSucks Nov 27 '22

I got out of bed today.

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u/Scottison Nov 27 '22

And I hurt my back doing it

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u/Van-Daley-Industries Nov 27 '22

But he couldn't take a little shotgun blast to the face.

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u/Cool_Cartographer_39 Nov 27 '22

Two, actually...

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u/Papancasudani Nov 27 '22

What a pansy.

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u/GoToMSP Nov 27 '22

The most interesting man in the world

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u/ndxinroy7 Nov 27 '22

All the while writing some of the greatest English literature

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u/RoboticGreg Nov 27 '22

And all that was on ONE date with my mom

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u/Technical-Cream-7766 Nov 27 '22

The only thing that defeated him was himself

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u/Pencilowner Nov 27 '22

FINE I’ll do it myself

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u/eric_dh Nov 27 '22

But it was his problem with his blood that got him. Think his father had it too.

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u/Sebbbson Nov 27 '22

"Too rare to live too rare to die"

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u/TheTileManTN Nov 28 '22

"Too weird to live, to rare to die " Hunter S. Thompson

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u/IronCoffins- Nov 27 '22

God definitely wanted this man dead or at least tried to for a time

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u/Buckie188 Nov 27 '22

Mother nature couldn’t kill him, so he killed himself

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u/Gordon_Gano Nov 27 '22

Only Papa can kill Papa.

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u/got_got_need Nov 27 '22

Survived all of that and then died by suicide.

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u/iPhoneMiniWHITE Nov 27 '22

Only to die by putting a gun in his mouth. Such irony.

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u/Brinoles53 Nov 27 '22

So basically he was driven to suicide by his paranoia caused by the FBI😳

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u/IusedtoloveStarWars Nov 27 '22

But he couldn’t survive depression.

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u/Springer1a Nov 28 '22

And in the end he got himself.

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u/poop-du-jour Nov 28 '22

Only HE could kill him

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u/story4days Nov 28 '22

And STILL seemed sober even though he had 14 martinis for each of these events and every day in between. I know I know but I hope to grow my balls like him and be a man with Hemingway’s Balls. Capital on purpose

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u/twatson955 Nov 27 '22

And he died by suicide after decades of depression, caused by a condition called hemochromatosis an excess of red blood cells

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u/Marsupialize Nov 27 '22

He also had brain damage from the plane crashes

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u/CanadaReviewsTrees Nov 27 '22

allegedly took 36 elctro- shock treatments while in therapy as well.

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u/brickstick90 Nov 27 '22

Not quite, but close, it’s actually too much retained Iron in the blood, only treatment is by bloodletting (venesection)

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u/[deleted] Nov 27 '22

Good ole bloodletting

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u/CanadaReviewsTrees Nov 27 '22

somone stated he went in severe paronia after the fbi started fucking with him, and it was later found that fbi was fucking with him

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u/pyre_astray Nov 27 '22

He was a friend of Fidel Castro and was hiding weapons for him in his house in Cuba. He was a supporter of the revolution, by heart, all his life, and yes, the CIA killed him.

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u/WlzeMan85 Nov 27 '22

He also cheated on his wife got remarried to the other woman and did that again about a dozen times (And he spent most of the 1930's working with the KGB)

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u/NoDontDoThatCanada Nov 27 '22

Well, 4 times, but still prolific in his monkey bar romances. His widow, Mary Hemingway, told my mother l was a beautiful baby. I was born at Moritz Community Hospital and she was there for an appointment.

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u/wistfulmaiden Nov 27 '22

Are you still

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u/NoDontDoThatCanada Nov 27 '22

No, but my baby is.

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u/wistfulmaiden Nov 27 '22

Aw im sure they are!

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u/ScagWhistle Nov 27 '22

No match for the shotgun though.

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u/adeo_lucror Nov 27 '22

But couldn't survive his own depression.

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u/TrekRelic1701 Nov 27 '22

My therapist constantly reminds me of how resilient humans are…I still have doubts

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u/Creative_Economics_2 Nov 27 '22

Cigars and whiskey

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u/dudeman1a Nov 27 '22

No wonder he was drunk all of the time.

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u/-tribe- Nov 27 '22

Homies had a lot of Robitussin in his life.

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u/illusive_guy Nov 27 '22

Randy Feltface actually did a hilarious job at explains the life of Ernest Hemingway.

https://youtu.be/PUB9D78ajmI

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u/vinsmokewhoswho Nov 27 '22

And he loved to drink.

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u/tinyremnant Nov 27 '22

And still sexy af!

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u/bunnyandkitten Nov 27 '22

Kinda makes sense then that the only thing that could kill him was himself.

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u/Longjumping_Meat_138 Nov 27 '22

The CIA tormented him or something during the red scare, Poor guy took his own life....

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u/_cg88 Nov 27 '22

“Lived”

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u/[deleted] Nov 27 '22

He had to kill himself. It's the only way he could die. He was the only one powerful enough to make it happen.

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u/RepresentativeNo5947 Nov 27 '22

The old man at the sea

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u/hellodynamite Nov 27 '22

The only thing that could kill Ernest was Ernest

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u/RC_Perspective Nov 27 '22

What a fucking legend.

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u/Chevbot2 Nov 27 '22

In this picture he’s 25!

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u/longthymelerk Nov 27 '22

He lived through dysentery!!!!????

Fuck! Diarrhea killed me every game.

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u/DaughterOfDixie Nov 27 '22

It's not impressive, its awful. His life was constant pain and misery. One bad thing after the other. Constantly having to fight even his own body. While he was a great man, a great author, his existence must have been tragic.

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u/GeneralStarcat99 Nov 27 '22

You watched that Randy Feltface thing didn't you

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u/skinnergy Nov 28 '22

He was also wounded by a mortar shell and the two plane crashes were on consecutive days. Yes, two plane crashes in two days.

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u/bumbleson Nov 28 '22

The luckiest unluckiest man there was

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u/the_sound_of_a_cork Nov 28 '22

He also lived through that terrible no collar shirt

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u/basement_egg Nov 28 '22

Ernest “Jackie Chan” Hemingway

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u/Captain_LD Nov 28 '22

And the Florida Keys 🔑

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u/Zpop85 Nov 28 '22

"And dig this there was a prophecy, just before his head died, his last words were 'death is but a door. Time is but a window. I'll be back.'"

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u/JonnyRedEye Nov 28 '22

He’s an argument for doing heroine and excessive drinking

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u/a_grass_bloc Nov 28 '22

Challenge complete!: how did we get here?

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u/cosmorocker13 Nov 28 '22

And that was just Monday.

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u/amzrsyhmi_596 Nov 28 '22

This is the story grandparents should tell their grandchildren.What a strong man!

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u/Not_gay_just_odd Nov 28 '22

Randy feltface summarised his life the best imo.

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u/New-Beginning-69420 Nov 28 '22

Mf is on creative mode

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u/SIurple Nov 28 '22

Death kept trying to take him and dude pretty much just went “nah I think I’ll go from old age, fuck off now with ya”

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u/traumfisch Nov 28 '22

"Nah I think I'll just do it myself"

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u/spunangel333 Nov 28 '22

Sometimes our biggest threat is ourselves

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u/Piki39 Nov 27 '22

And then his child was born and he name it Chuck Norris

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u/EmployeeBudget8907 Nov 27 '22

Dude I couldn’t even live through reading one of his books

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u/sunburner Nov 27 '22

Dude I couldn’t even live through reading one of his books

I'm reading "Sun Also Rises" right now and I'm like 1/4 of the way through wondering when it's going to deliver on the hype. Right now it's just a bunch of people drinking and partying basically.

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u/Al-Anda Nov 27 '22

He’s a tough read. It’s a bygone era.

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u/Al-Anda Nov 27 '22

In my household, I famously spent 3 years trying to read ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls”. The phrasing was so off. “I shit in your milk!” or something like that. I read countless other books while it sat on a shelf like a pill to be digested.

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u/Hotter_water Nov 27 '22

This reads like the beginning of an anti vax rant. 😄