Two random and unrelated thoughts:
1) Blackmail is a weird crime.
Blackmail is the act of threatening to reveal a secret about someone or something unless they meet some sort of demand. We're not talking about national security secrets here, just run-of-the-mill stuff like ratting out infidelity.
I don't quite understand why this is illegal. I mean, sure, I wouldn't want someone to blackmail me, but I also don't like it when someone cuts in front of me in line and that's not illegal. Why is it illegal to threaten to tell the truth about something in the case where you're willing to trade your silence for compensation? Sounds like a pretty standard contract.
The flip side of this is not illegal. Courts will happily enforce agreements where one party voluntarily pays another party for their silence. For some mysterious reason I don't understand, this agreement must be initiated by the payer and not the payee. If the would-be payee asks for payment in exchange for silence then BAM, it's a felony. If the payer suggests the arrangement, then everything is hunky dory.
2) To the list of ways that I'd like to die, please add: being sucked into a black hole.
I think that would be a really cool way to go. It would be quick and interesting in your final moments. I mean, I know that dying in my sleep seems easy and painless, but then there's a dead body for someone to deal with. Being sucked into a black hole is muss-free.
I'm crossing my fingers for this one.