Strange Facts and Figures About Death!
-If you're looking for something different then Aquamation is now thing - a process whereby the body is essentially broken down by warm moving water. Also see woollen coffins, biodegradable urns, and Promession where the body is freeze dried and shattered terminator style. It's also possible to be cremated and your remains launched into outer space.
-Within three days of death, the enzymes that once digested your dinner begin to eat you. Ruptured cells become food for living bacteria in the gut, which release enough noxious gas to bloat the body and force the eyes to bulge outward.
-You are more likely to die slipping or drowning in the bathtub or getting struck by lightning than from Terrorism.
-Henry IV of France (1553-1610) was exhumed nearly two hundred years after his death so that a death mask of his face could be made.
-Only one in two billion people will live to be 116 or older.
-The practice of burying the dead dates back up to 350,000 years.
-Not all prisons offer the option of having a special final meal. The ones that do often set a $40 limit, to dissuade fanciful meals of caviar and lobster on the taxpayers' dime.
-During 1771, King of Sweden, Adolf Fredrick, died because of digestion problems as he was not able to digest the meal comprising of a lobster, sauerkraut, caviar, smoked herring and champagne topped off with 14 servings of his favourite dessert.
-60% of adults don't make a Will.
-A lethal injection is normally a combination of three drugs: First, sodium thiopental as anesthesia; second, pancuronium bromide as paralyzer; and third, potassium chloride to induce cardiac arrest. 16 states use lethal injection as the sole method of execution. In 2011, the sole US maker of sodium thiopental announced it would stop manufacturing the drug.
-A dead body begins dehydrating early in the decomposition process. Lack of moisture can draw the skin taught, which is why eyelids and lips will open if an undertaker doesn't take measures to keep them closed. Dehydrated skin also pulls away from the fingernail bed and from the scalp, giving the illusion that the nails and hair on a dated corpse have grown.
-In addition to a normal cemetery burial, Australians are able to be buried at sea, in their backyard (with council permission of course) or in a natural burial ground without a coffin.
-About 100 billion people have died in all human history.
-1,188 people were executed in the US from Jan. 1, 1977 to Dec. 31, 2009. Of those, 1,016 (85%) were executed by lethal injection, 156 (13.1%) by electrocution, 11 (0.9%) in the gas chamber, three (0.3%) by hanging, and two (0.2%) by firing squad.
-No American has died of old age since 1951. That was the year the government eliminated that particular classification on death certificates.
-More people commit suicide in New York City than are murdered.
-In 1845, President Andrew Jackson's pet parrot was removed from his funeral for swearing.
-About 153,000 people will die on your birthday.
-When Mahatma Gandhi died, an autopsy revealed that his small intestine contained five gold Krugerrands.
-In 1941 Sherwood Anderson died after swallowing a toothpick during a party. Anderson and his wife were on a cruise liner when he experienced abdominal pain and was taken to a hospital where he died on 8th march 1941. His autopsy report showed that he had unintentionally gulped down a toothpick while eating either hors d'oeuvres or from a martini olive.
-Doctors' sloppy handwriting is responsible for more than 7,000 people annually.
-The creator of the Pringles packaging had his ashes stored in a Pringles Can after he died.
-Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia. More than 43,200 people died from cancer in 2011. Cancer accounts for about 3 in 10 deaths in Australia.
-Left-handers die 3 years earlier than right-handed people. Over 2500 left handed people are killed each year from using products made for right handed people.
-In most states of Australia, if death takes place at home, you can care for your dead there for up to five days. There are now trained community-support workers and access to cooling beds in Australia to enable care to continue at home.
-35 million of your cells die every minute.
-The most common choice of last meal in the United States is a cheeseburger with fries. However, there have been some rather extravagant and downright weird choices. A man named James Edward Smith once requested a lump of dirt, apparently for a voodoo ritual. This was refused - soil is, unsurprisingly, not on the list of approved prison foods. He had yogurt instead. Robert Buell opted for a single black olive in the hope of his corpse sprouting into a tree. Gerald Lee Mitchell asked for a bag of Jolly Ranchers.
-On Jan. 4, 1903, Thomas Edison electrocuted Topsy the Elephant with 6,000 volts of electricity in front of 1,500 spectators at Luna Park Zoo on Coney Island. Edison wanted to demonstrate the dangers of alternating current (AC), which threatened the profitability of his direct current (DC) method of electricity distribution.
-When a person dies, hearing is generally the last sense to go. The first sense lost is usually sight. Then follows taste, smell, and touch.
-In 1907 a Massachusetts doctor conducted an experiment with a specially designed deathbed and reported that the human body lost 21 grams upon dying. This has been widely held as fact ever since. It's not.
-You are more likely to die from a falling coconut than from a shark attack. Sharks kill 12 people per year while people kill 11,417 sharks per hour.
-When Thomas Edison died in 1941; Henry Ford captured his last dying breath in a bottle.
-In 2010, at least 527 executions were carried out by at least 23 countries, not including the thousands of executions carried out by China.
-Italian serial killer Leonarda Cianciulli was famous for turning victims into tea cakes and serving them to guests.
-The death penalty is not confined to one gender. As of early 2013 there were 63 women on death row in America. However, the ratio is extremely one-sided. Those 63 women constitute a measly 2 percent of the total death row population of 3,125.
-Mount Everest is littered with around 200 dead bodies which are now landmarks on the way to the top.
-China executes more people than every other country in the world combined. The exact numbers are unknown, as China treats executions as a state secret. Estimates vary as to the true number, most zeroing in at around 3,000.
-The National Academy of Engineering estimates that 15,000 deaths each year are directly attributable to air pollution. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health estimates that many of the 100,000 people who die each year from occupational exposure die as a result of hazardous air quality at work.
-Burials in America deposit 827,060 gallons of embalming fluid [formaldehyde, methanol, and ethanol] into the soil each year. Cremation pumps dioxins, hydrochloric acid, sulphur dioxide, and carbon dioxide into the air.
-80% of all Soviet males born in 1923 died in World War II.
-Since 1973 144 people have been released from death row after evidence proved their wrongful convictions. It is also important to note that the murder rate per capita in states that practice capital punishment is actually higher than in those that don't. Therefore, it could be stated that capital punishment is not an effective deterrent against murder.
-There are at least 41 federal capital crimes in the US (as of December 2010) including genocide, espionage, and treason as well as numerous forms of murder.-Every 90 seconds, one woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth.
-Alternatively, Swedish company Promessa, will freeze-dry your body in liquid nitrogen, pulverize it with high-frequency vibrations, and seal the resulting powder in a corn-starch coffin. They claim this "ecological burial" will decompose in 6 to 12 months.
-Every 40 seconds, someone commits suicide.
-Greek philosopher Chrysippus is said to have died of laughter after getting his donkey drunk, trying to eat figs.
-Fleas have the distinction of killing more people than all the wars man has ever fought. The "Black Death" plague, which killed a quarter of Europe's population in the 14th century, was caused by germs transmitted from rodents to humans by fleas. -The trigger of death, in all cases, is lack of oxygen.