40 Eerie Facts About Death That Will Scare The Crap Out Of You

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Going six feet under isn’t a fascinating thought, but it carries a lot of enigma around it. There are a lot of mysteries surrounding death. That’s because there are many things that cannot be reported after you rest in peace. Moreover, there are always some interesting anecdotes related to death which stand out because of some gruesome or articulate feature which leaves an imprint over the mind.

So, are you ready to face these 40 facts that circle around Death? No? Nobody is ready to FACE facts about death, ever –

1. Old Age Does Not Kill You


You are never killed because of old age. It is just that with the passage of time, your capability to fight diseases and physical injury decreases. You just don’t heal quickly enough to survive

2. When You Are Hanged To Death, Then You Get An Erection


If you see that in a male corpse, do not get surprised. Blame it all on the force of gravity. When gravity acts on the blood inside a corpse, it causes the blood to accumulate in the lowest vessels. This, in turn, leads to the erection post the termination of life of the body. Asphyxiation is another cause of death that leads to erection. Do you know that it even has a name? It is called Angle’s Lust.

3. Some Bodies Are Preserved By The Natural Wax Produced By It


Our bodies are made for enduring a lot of wear and tear. There are natural substances which protect our fleshes, even after we have died. Also known as Adipocere or the fat of graveyards, the soap-like substance develops on the body called Saponification. The anaerobic bacteria drive the formation in the presence of warm and humid conditions in soil or water, slowing down the decaying process.

4. Corpses Burp When They Start To Decompose


It is even called as the Burp of Death, but it is actually a pun for a natural phenomenon. When the decomposition starts after a few days, the bacteria in the body starts feeding on tissues releasing foul-smelling gases that waft out through the mouth. It is also the reason why caskets and mausoleums have ventilation.

5. After A Person Is Dead, His Corpse Groans And Moans


The body of a dead human being makes a lot of sounds after the life inside it ceases to exist. When a doctor attempt resuscitating a patient, they often pump extra air in the lungs which can later get released on sudden pressure. As the air passes through the vocal pipe, moaning sounds are often produced by corpses that tend to scare first-year medical students.

6. Some People Eat The Flesh Off The Corpses Of Their Loved Ones


Gross as it may sound, but it is actually true. This is a common practice in tribes like the Fore people of Papua New Guinea and is a rare form of Endo-cannibalism. According to Daily Mail, “In a way to honor the dead, the women and children would eat the brains, while the men would eat the flesh.”

7. Tibetans Provide Sky Burial For Their Loved Ones


Tibetan folks are simple and grounded people. They, therefore do not indulge in any pomp and show during their lifetime, and even after they die. Tibetan Buddhists believe in reincarnation and in order to respect all forms of lives, this kind of burial is considered nourishment of other creatures. According to Daily Mail, “It is believed that the vultures are Dakinis (the Tibetan equivalent of angels) that will take the soul into the heavens, where they await reincarnation into their next lives.”

8. Some People Suffer From The Delusion Of Being Dead


Some people assume that they are zombies. In reality, they are perfectly human. Dr. Jules Cotard discovered this rare condition, known as the Cotard syndrome makes a person believe that they don’t have blood, organs and body parts and soon would lose their soul too. That’s really an odd sensation!

9. The Scots Bury Their Loved Ones In Metal Cages


The Scots are strange people, but extremely traditional. They care about their folks, even after they pass away. Unflinching loyalty, I say! To protect their loved ones after they die, they put them in cages. These cages are popularly known as Mortsafe or Mort Safe. They are basically iron coffin frameworks so those grave robbers cannot reach the bodies.

10. Breast Implants Turn Into A Gooey Liquid When The Body Is Cremated


Breast implants are made of silicone. So, naturally, they get liquefied when they are heated. “In practice, breast implants are usually cremated with the body – but they have the potential to melt and leave a gelatinous goo stuck to the bottom of the machine,” says Caitlin Doughty, a Los Angeles-based mortician to Daily Mail.

11. The Last Sense You Lose When You Die Is Your Hearing


Our ears are so sharp, they can even listen to things after death. “First hunger and then thirst are lost. Speech is lost next, followed by the vision. The last senses to go are usually hearing and touch,” writes Hallenbeck in Palliative Care Perspectives, a guide to palliative care for physicians. Unfortunately, one cannot make anything of the sounds after they die.

12. Your Body’s Digestive Enzymes Start Digesting You After Your Death


The digestive enzymes in our body can literally digest everything. The process of self-digestion starts within a few minutes after death, with oxygen-deprived cells, the enzymes begin to digest the cell membranes, leaking out its content. Eventually, all large tissues and organs cease to exist.

13. The Serial Killer Who Baked Her Victims As Tea Cakes


Italian Serial Killer, Leonarda Cianciulli, baked corpses of her victims into tea cakes. That’s not all. She served them to guests as well. Poor folks(both parties). Between 1939 and 1940, the infamous cannibal lady killed three women and turned their remains into soaps and teacakes. Found guilty of her gruesome actions, Leonarda was arrested in 1946 and sentenced thirty years in prison. She must have been quite an artisan, I say!

14. Pringles Potato Chips Designer Had His Remains Put Inside A Can


Pringles Potato Chips Chief Conceptualizing Officer and Designer, Fredric J Baur, of Cincinnati, who was responsible for creating the popular case of Pringles, died at the ripe age of 89. He had a weird last wish – he had the remains of his body put into a Pringles can. This act was performed to reflect how proud he felt about his work.

15. Thousands Of Patients Are Killed Due To Bad Handwriting


In 2006, the National Academies of Science’s Institute of Medicine (NASIM) conducted a study that blew away people’s minds. They conducted a full-fledged practical research in which they found that every year seven thousand people die because of poorly written medical scripts. So, Doctors, would you mind working on your penmanship?

16. Crucifixion Is Officially Recognized As The Capital Punishment In Sudan


The African nation of Sudan is known for its barbaric past. The method in which Christ was killed by the Romans seems to have caught their fancy. But, scientifically, Crucifixion is a physically grueling punishment. The biblical method of capital punishment in which a public demonstration of death is carried out by hanging the convict until they die from asphyxiation or exhaustion.

17. Nails And Hair Do Not Grow After Death, This Is Actually A Myth


Many viral channels on YouTube have popularized this myth-fact. It does not hold any water on its own. Three days after the body starts decomposing, the dry skin starts tightening which gives the appearance that the nail is growing longer. According to BBC, “Death puts a stop to the supply of glucose, and therefore to fingernail growth.”

18. 600 People In The US Die Annually As A Result Of Falling Down From The Bed


Yes, people in the US are killed simply because they fell out of bed in their sleep. The statistic was actually popularized by a tweet from Kim Kardashian. These stats were gathered by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), the National Weather Service (NWS) over a decade. They painfully collected the data to establish bed-falls as one of the common causes of death.

19. An Ancient Greek Myth Says That A Redhead Turns Into A Vampire Post Death


These types of hair facts are laughable and bear the obvious stamp that it is actually a farce. Although this myth is unproven as a fact, there’s some actual data about gingers that can make people believe these rumors. Like the fact that they need 20% more anesthesia or the chromosomes responsible for red hair also increases gives them immunity from UV rays. Creepy, right?

20. 1 In Every 25 Criminals Facing A Death Row Is Actually Innocent


This is a true morbid fact. Around 4% of the criminals who face death row are actually innocent. They have been executed for no fault of theirs. The National Academy of Sciences published a report in 2014 flashing this shocking fact. This report was responsible for unveiling an inefficient side of the justice system. The descending graph of confidence in death row proceedings is another fact that proves the same. So, the US government rarely awards capital punishment and executes only after multiple trials.

21. Google Is Trying To Find Out Ways For Immortality


Google or its parent company has a lot of quirky affairs in which they have invested their capital. Calico, a Google-funded company launched in 2013 aims at solving the mystery of death and to find a loophole through which humans can escape it. Their official statement was “focus on health and well-being, in particular, the challenge of aging and associated diseases,” but TIME Magazine’s cover story titled “Can Google Solve Death?” spilled it all.

22. There Is A Certain Species Of Jellyfish And Flat-Worms That Don’t Die


Turritopsis dohrnii commonly known as the immortal jellyfish lives up to its name. It is a small aquatic creature found in the Mediterranean sea and Japan. It has a special ability which allows it to reverse its development back to the polyp stage at any moment in their lives. But it is not the only known immortal being on this planet. There is also the Planaria worm has fascinated scientists with the similar ability of regeneration that keeps them from dying and scientists hope that these creatures can unlock the long-chased immortality.

23. A Company That Turns People’s Ashes Into Diamonds…


That is a classy way of carrying your loved ones memories, isn’t it? A human body is approximately 18% carbon and after the bone fragments are separated and buried from the ashes, LifeGem, a company founded in 2001 can turn your beloved into pretty little diamonds that one can wear to cherish the memory of the deceased. But still, it is something the rich can only afford.

24. After The Heart Stops Beating, Eyeballs Fall Flat Due To Drop In Blood Pressure


Obviously, there is a huge drop in blood pressure. So, all the functions and mechanisms, both voluntary and involuntary, connected with the heart experience a sea change in them. One of the first affected areas is the eyes. When the blood starts pooling inside the body, the pupil dilates and becomes unresponsive to light.

25. Ancient Egyptians Believed That Death Is One Of The Many Passages Of Life


Ancient Egyptians called it a “transitional stage,” thus, they mummified the bodies before burial. That is the reason why they would bury the wealth and belongings of that person alongside. This way they can carry their belongings in their next life. “The ancient Egyptians weren’t obsessed with death. They loved life and wanted it to continue in the afterlife,” mentions a BBC report. Why can’t people be like this in the present as well?

26. In Clinical Death, Human Experience Awareness For A Few Minutes


According to a well researched and documented study conducted by the scientists at Southampton University, a lot of things happen after the heart shuts down. It takes around 20 to 30 seconds for the brain to shut down. At that time, patients can experience real events. According to Dr. Sam Parnia, an assistant professor at the State University of New York, “ Conscious awareness appears to have continued for up to three minutes.” Certainly, there is life after death, even if it is for a few moments.

27. There Can Be Bowel Movement After Death


The digestive system, especially the bowels act up a lot after a person has passed away. The transfer of energy from the ATP to body muscles ceases to exist and every muscle of the body relaxes. Similarly, when the bowel muscle relaxes, remaining urine or feces can come out of the body.

28. Korean King Munmu Wanted To Protect Korea By Turning Into A Sea Dragon After His Death


So, do you know what he did? He wished for his ashes to be buried under an underwater grave. This underwater grave is located a few miles from the coast of Gyeongju, the destination is popular among Korean tourists.

29. In Ancient Chinese Traditions, The Time Duration For Mourning Was Limited


The Chinese Authorities were strict about everything. They even had limited time for mourning. These mourning rules were known as “Yili”. The Chinese Imperial Government ordered that the death of a child younger than seven years won’t call for a funeral. Also, if a baby under 3 months dies, the parents can only mourn and cry for a single day. Nothing seems to have changed much in recent times.

30. A Wife Once Wrote A Thank You Letter To The TV Show Her Husband Was Watching Moments Before He Died


It turns out that it was her husband’s favorite show and she wanted to thank the production for making the last moments of her husband so joyful. Some people have a positive way of showing their gratitude for the smallest of things. People, we need more TV shows with enjoyable content. The Media Houses of USA, are you listening?

31. Death-Row Inmates In America Go Through A Physical Examination Before Their Execution


Well, the federal government needs to assure that the convicts were at their healthiest when you die. Gruesome as it sounds, the prison docs make sure that the criminals are mentally and physically fit enough to die. “Even if you have a defendant who actually has some sort of mental deficiency-even in that situation-it’s difficult to prove the defendant actually unfit to be executed,” says Arleen Anderson, chief of the criminal appeals bureau for the Illinois attorney general’s office.

32. The Satiyaa Community Is A Gypsy Tribe In India That Celebrates The Death


A community in India celebrates life and death in India in a different way. They celebrate death like a festival. And that’s nothing compared to what they do when someone is born in their family, it embarks a period of mourning followed by curses from the members to the newborn. “We wear fresh garments, buy sweets, dry fruits and local liquor on the occasion,” says Jhankya Satiyaa, a Satiyaa to The Hindu, a leading Indian publication.

33. There’s Actually A Watch That Countdowns To The Time Of Your Death


Yikes, that is not a watch I would like to buy. I presume nobody would like to buy it either. Known as Tikker, it is designed by a “designers, free-thinkers, lovers and life-aficionados” and can pinpoint the exact time of your death. It is available for $59.99 on its own website and even on Amazon. Creepy!

34. The Punishment For Killing Elephants In Sri Lanka Is A Death Penalty


Sri Lankan Government is known to go to any extent to save their fauna, particularly elephants. Not only is the elephant highly revered for centuries in the Sinhalese culture, but they are also considered a national asset. Hence, they are protected under the Sri Lankan law, poachers are executed for their attempts to harm the elephant population.

35. Flags Are Flown At Half-Staff When Mourning To Make A Place For An Invisible Flag Of Death


The US Military Forces have a special way of showing respect to the veterans who have lost their lives in the line of duty. What they do is they allow the flag to stand at half-mast. The flag is again raised full-staff as a tribute to the living military veterans.

36. There’s A Poisonous Plant That Leaves A Smile On The Face Of Its Victims


The Earth has a lot of flora that can easily sap the life out of you. In fact, the toxins in these plants are more potent than Potassium Cyanide. Phew! That’s saying something. Anyway, if this plant, in question, Hemlock Water Dropwort is consumed, then the toxins in this plant called can kill a person in 3 hours. This plant is notoriously known for killing its victims by leaving a creepy smile on the corpse’s face.

37. There Are More Suicide Deaths In New York Than Compared To Murder Deaths


There were 565 deaths from suicide in 2014, compared with 353 deaths from homicide and 270 deaths from motor vehicle accidents in 2014, the most recent available year available. The suicide rate has risen sharply over the past decade-and-a-half. In 2000, it was 5.5 per 100,000 people. In 2014, it was 6.3 per 100,000 people.

38. About 153,000 People Die On Your Birthday

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Now, that’s another morbid fact! Do you feel like celebrating your birthday any more? While you may feel happy, there are 153,000 families around the world who are mourning because of the passing of their loved ones. Also, there is a 1/365 chance that you may die on your birthday. Feel lucky or unfortunate? Take your call!

39. There Is One Drunk Driving Death Every Hour In The US

Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes. That’s approximately one person every 48 minutes. These deaths have fallen by a third in the last three decades; however, drunk-driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year. In 2010, the most recent year for which cost data is available, these deaths and damages contributed to a cost of $44 billion that year.

40. Mount Everest Has Over 200 Human Corpses On It

More than 200 people have died in their attempt to scale Mount Everest. The mountain offers seemingly endless options for kicking the bucket, from falling into the abyss to suffocating from lack of oxygen to being smashed by raining boulders. Yet climbers continue to try their skills and luck in scaling the Everest, despite the obvious dangers. The frozen and preserved dead along Everest’s routes serve as trail markers now.

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