Yet again, more interesting facts, this time about death!!!!!
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Yet again, more interesting facts, this time about death!!!!!
Category: Ramblings Of A Crazy Person
Friday, 30 March 2007
02:01:57 AM (GMT)
Kay, I'm back. I think I need to seek profesional help, cause I'm addicted to
collecting useless and senseless facts. This time, there about death. Oh, well,

1. The practice of burying the dead may date back 350,000 years, as evidenced by a
45-foot-deep pit in Atapuerca, Spain, filled with the fossils of 27 hominids of the
species Homo heidelbergensis, a possible ancestor of Neanderthals and modern humans.

2. Never say die: There are at least 200 euphemisms for death, including "to be in
Abraham's bosom," "just add maggots," and "sleep with the Tribbles" (a Star Trek

3. No American has died of old age since 1951. 

4. That was the year the government eliminated that classification on death

5. The trigger of death, in all cases, is lack of oxygen. Its decline may prompt
muscle spasms, or the "agonal phase," from the Greek word agon, or contest. 

6. 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. 

7. So much for recycling: Burials in America deposit 827,060 gallons of embalming
fluid—formaldehyde, methanol, and ethanol—into the soil each year. Cremation
pumps dioxins, hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide, and carbon dioxide into the air. 

8. Alternatively . . . A Swedish company, Promessa, will freeze-dry your body in
liquid nitrogen, pulverize it with high-frequency vibrations, and seal the resulting
powder in a cornstarch coffin. They claim this "ecological burial" will decompose in
6 to 12 months. 

9. Zoroastrians in India leave out the bodies of the dead to be consumed by vultures.

10. The vultures are now dying off after eating cattle carcasses dosed with
diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory used to relieve fever in livestock. 

11. Queen Victoria insisted on being buried with the bathrobe of her long-dead
husband, Prince Albert, and a plaster cast of his hand. 

12. If this doesn't work, we're trying in vitro! In Madagascar, families dig up the
bones of dead relatives and parade them around the village in a ceremony called
famadihana. The remains are then wrapped in a new shroud and reburied. The old shroud
is given to a newly married, childless couple to cover the connubial bed. 

13. During a railway expansion in Egypt in the 19th century, construction companies
unearthed so many mummies that they used them as fuel for locomotives. 

14. Well, yeah, there's a slight chance this could backfire: English philosopher
Francis Bacon, a founder of the scientific method, died in 1626 of pneumonia after
stuffing a chicken with snow to see if cold would preserve it. 
15. For organs to form during embryonic development, some cells must commit suicide.
Without such programmed cell death, we would all be born with webbed feet, like

16. Waiting to exhale: 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. 

17. Buried alive: In 19th-century Europe there was so much anecdotal evidence that
living people were mistakenly declared dead that cadavers were laid out in "hospitals
for the dead" while attendants awaited signs of putrefaction. 

18. Eighty percent of people in the United States die in a hospital. 

19. If you can't make it here . . . More people commit suicide in New York City than
are murdered. 

20. It is estimated that 100 billion people have died since humans began.

RedHalo says:   30 March 2007   898637  
Wrong! My great great grandma died of old age in 2003
perfect_nothingness says:   30 March 2007   323856  
My happiness died of age 3 years ago... JK no seriously no jk no
It depends on what day it is....
Sandulf says:   31 March 2007   334313  
Those are so kewl!
‹HANNER› says:   2 April 2007   341962  
Redhalo, i think it might have been a stroke or heart attack you
didnt know about..
quackquack says :   17 May 2007   916789  
I hate Mondays.....


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