Thousands of years on this planet, and we're still finding embarrassing new ways to die . . .
A 28-year-old guy in England named Sam Quilliam was fishing off a pier with some friends earlier this month. And there's an old superstition that says it's good luck to KISS the first fish you catch that day.
In this case, it was a six-inch fish called a Dover sole. And while Sam was holding it up to his lips, it slipped out of his hands . . . shot forward . . . and got lodged in his THROAT.
He couldn't pull it back out because it was too far down, and the barbs on its dorsal fin were stuck in his windpipe. So he couldn't breathe, and eventually went into CARDIAC ARREST.
His friends started CPR and called for help. And luckily, paramedics got there a few minutes later.
They could only see the tip of the fish's tail. But a paramedic named Matt Harrison managed to yank it out with forceps. Then they restarted his heart, and he's okay.
His doctors don't think he'll have any lasting effects from it.