An accidental death is, without a doubt, a tragedy. But sometimes, the internet sees an unexpected death and just can’t help itself.
Take, for example, a recent case from the Lombardy region of Italy. According to the BBC, “An Italian man has been crushed to death under thousands of wheels of a Parmesan-style cheese. Giacomo Chiapparini, 74, was buried when a shelf broke in his warehouse. The collapse created a domino effect bringing down thousands of wheels, which weigh about 40 kilograms (84 pounds) each.”
Italian man crushed to death under falling cheese wheels https://t.co/dF22hC0xNb— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 7, 2023
Again, this story is deeply sad. You’re living the Italian dream, hanging out and making cheese wheels with your boys when one day, your life’s passion crushes you completely. However, given that this is possibly one of the most Italian things to ever happen, internet users were quick to make jokes at Chiapparini’s expense.
i can't stand to let someone else live my dream. i'm starting a gofundme so i can go to italy and also be crushed to death under falling cheese https://t.co/GZEwJIvlJg— lauren.rotatingsandwiches.com on bluesky now (@NotABigJerk) August 8, 2023
Naturally, puns abounded.
This is no gouda. Cheesily the most disturbing thing I've read all day. Poor guy was left all provolone to die. We need to cheddar tear for the fallen. Maybe life isn't all it's cracked up to brie. I swiss this man's family the best, as they must be feeling bleu after this. https://t.co/15UqagSVCM— The Potato King (@ThePotatoKing13) August 9, 2023
Rest in cheese. https://t.co/GlFybh6Xt9— Chris Lang (@ChrisLangWriter) August 7, 2023
i heard he suffered serious bodily parm https://t.co/NVzXO2Sgfp— maullarAniRevo ☄️ (@maullarmaullar) August 8, 2023
As summarized by Twitter user Chris Kopcow (@opennoise), Chiapparini inadvertently fell victim to one of the many rules of the internet: Don’t die in a funny way.
all you can do in this world is hope that you or your loved ones don't die in such a plainly hilarious way that no one takes seriously https://t.co/bO2eoRBP8V— Chris Kopcow (@opennoise) August 8, 2023