Billy Mays: dead at age 50

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    Billy Mays: dead at age 50

    It's been an eerie week.

    Mays definitely changed the face of advertising. Let's have no arguments about that. His infomercials were a major influence on everyone in the business from the ShamWow guy to the woman who sells the fluffy pet steps.

    He Twittered yesterday how a rough plane landing caused something heavy to fall on his head. US Airways' response? "Billy Mays was not wearing his seatbelt." Yeah, like that would have helped. Here's hoping they get their asses sued off. Landing gear tires are blowing out just a little too frequently for my tastes recently. I'm actually becoming afraid of flying.

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    hmmm...
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    Who will sell oxyclean now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whiteflags View Post
    Who will sell oxyclean now?
    didn't he do health insurance commercials recently?

    hmmm...
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    The last thing I remember him doing is the NeverScrubber. Not exactly the most dignified ultimate achievement, so I hope you're right.

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    >> Mays definitely changed the face of advertising. Let's have no arguments about that. His infomercials were a major influence on everyone in the business from the ShamWow guy to the woman who sells the fluffy pet steps.

    Smartass.

    >> It's been an eerie week.

    Yep, we also lost Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon. Damn.
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    Didn't Mays also sell the FlowBee - a haircutting attachment for vacuum cleaners?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharke View Post
    Didn't Mays also sell the FlowBee - a haircutting attachment for vacuum cleaners?
    My mistake. That was Rick Hunts (don't say it too quickly)....

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    Heard something on the radio this morning. Said he was on a flight that ran into trouble shortly before his death and some items from the overhead bins fell out upon landing and hit him on the head. The radio also hinted that his death may have been of a similar reason to what Natasha Richardson had died from (she died days after hitting her head during a skiing vacation).
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    >> Heard something on the radio this morning. Said he was on a flight that ran into trouble shortly before his death and some items from the overhead bins fell out upon landing and hit him on the head. The radio also hinted that his death may have been of a similar reason to what Natasha Richardson had died from (she died days after hitting her head during a skiing vacation).

    Probably. And unfortunately, this sort of thing is often not detected until it's too late. There aren't really any nerve cells in the brain, so unless a major physiological or psychological symptom surfaces the injury is basically undetectable.
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    {
        return std::pow
        (
            std::complex<float>(std::exp(1.0)), 
            std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
            * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1.0)
            *(1 << (value + 2)))
        ).real() < 0;
    }

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    It's pretty common. Over the years I've read tons of news stories in which some young guy came home drunk after having knocked his head or been punched in a fight - and seems totally fine until of course his family find him lying dead in bed in the morning.

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    Actually the local channel 7 news just broadcast that he had a fatal heart attack. Coroners found no sign of brain trauma related to the earlier incident, according to the report. WXYZ's link is broken though, so I can't link anything. If it's true you'll hear about his autopsy in a while.

    Also I wanted to post this: YouTube - Billy Mays Orders Food From A McDonald's Drive Thru

    Maybe it's in poor taste, but Billy Mays seemed to have been in an especially good mood. That's how I want to remember him, anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whiteflags View Post
    Actually the local channel 7 news just broadcast that he had a fatal heart attack.
    It's the death note I tell ya
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