Category: Weird Articles
Published on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00
Death consumes all eventually. Many fear it, some are resigned to it and others are morbidly fascinated with it. Unless you are a thanatologist (person who investigates the mechanisms and forensic aspects of death), here are 20 things that you didn't know about death:
- Within three days of death, the enzymes that once digested your dinner begin to eat you.
- The practice of burying the dead is estimated to date back 350,000 years ago.
- About 100 billion people have died in all human history.
- More people commit suicide in New York City than are murdered.
- About 153,000 people will die on your birthday.
- Doctors' unintelligible handwriting contribute to more than 7,000 deaths annually.
- Left-handers die 3 years earlier than right-handed people. (Take that, Flanders!)
- When a person dies, his sense of hearing is the last to go.
- You are more likely to die from a falling coconut than from a shark attack.
- Every hour, at least 1 person is killed by a drunk driver in the U.S.
- Mount Everest has about 200 dead bodies on it, which are now landmarks on the way to the top.
- Every 40 seconds, someone commits suicide.
- Sharks kill 12 people per year, while people kill 11,417 sharks per hour.
- Italian serial killer, Leonarda Cianciulli, was notorious for turning victims into tea cakes and serving them to guests.
- Greek philosopher, Chrysippus, is said to have died of laughter after getting his donkey drunk, trying to eat figs.
- The creator of the Pringles packaging had his ashes stored in a Pringles can after he died.
80% of all Soviet males born in 1923 died in World War II.
- You are more likely to die slipping in the bathtub, getting struck by lightning, or drowning in the bathtub, than from terrorist attacks.
- Every 90 seconds, one woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth.
35 million of your cells die every minute.
At the end of the day, or in this case, of your life, death is inevitable and irreversible, so perhaps instead of spending your life constantly worried about everything, maybe we should make the best of it and live life to the fullest until death claims us.