Did You Know These 20 Scary Facts About Death?

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We all know that death is an inevitable part of our lives. It is the final stage where one cannot help but look back at the journey, its ups and downs, the friendships we made, the bonds we share, and enjoy our days to the fullest. Although death is a strange thing that we seldom talk about, it is a truly fascinating thing that leaves us pondering with questions. If you want to learn more about it, here are 20 scary facts about death that will surely leave you awake wondering about what’s next. 

20 Creepy and Gross Facts About Death

1. It is estimated that about 1,53,000 people die every day around the world. 

2. Rigor mortis, Latin for “stiffness of death”, is a natural process in which the muscles of our body stiffen due to biochemical changes. It sets in 2 hours and takes around 24 hours to complete. 

3. Forensic scientists experts can tell how long it has been since the deceased passed away by simply looking at the species of insect on the body. 

4. A human head remains conscious for about 10-20 seconds after being decapitated. 

5. After death, the skin around our nails starts to dry and contract, making our nails look like they are growing.  

Scary Facts about Death

6. Your body continues to poop even a few days later your death.

7. The human body decomposes four times faster in water than on land.

8. A dead human body starts to swell after four days due to the release of gases and liquids. 

9. Within three days of death, the enzymes present in your digestive system begin to digest your body.

Scary Facts about Death

10. When a person dies, the last thing that leaves their body is their sense of hearing.

11. People who die in fires do not die from burns but from the lack of oxygen and inhalation of toxic gases. 

12. Men, when hanged to die, get a death erection which is also popularly known as Rigor Erectus. 

13. Sometimes, bodies of the deceased produce corpse wax which helps to preserve their remains for many years. 

14. In India, the Zoroastrian Parsi community offers its dead members to vultures rather than burying them in the ground or burning their pyres.

Scary Facts about Death

15. In the past, the concept of death masks was extremely important. These were plaster casts resembling the face of the deceased person and used to remember them after their demise.

16. It is also believed that the combination of methane, ammonia, and other gases released from the body of the deceased has a fruity scent to it. 

17. Buddhist monks in Japan used to practice self-mummification or sokushinbutsu. It involved sealing oneself in a tomb, observing a strict diet, and meditating until death. This practice was popular from the 11th to 19th century and was eventually banned in 1897. 

Scary Facts about Death

18. Death rattle or terminal respiratory secretions include mucous or saliva build-up in the patient’s throat. As the patient loses consciousness and becomes weaker, they lose their ability to swallow. 

19. People do not die from old age but from the diseases that it causes.

20. To avoid being buried alive accidentally, coffins during the 1800s included bells and air tubes. 

Hope you had fun reading these interesting yet scary facts about death. If you want to read more such interesting facts, then you can also visit our blog Fun Facts About Cricket

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