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Sunday, 28 September 2014



During the Middle Ages, corpses were often boiled to remove the flesh so that the bones could be transported more easily. Prepared for every eventuality, the Crusaders took their own cauldrons with them.

Charles VIII  of France died after an accident in 1498. After striking himself on the head while passing through a doorway, he succumbed to a sudden coma several hours later.

Tycho Brahe died in 1601, several days after his bladder burst during a banquet. It had been said that to leave the banquet before it concluded, would be "the height" of bad manners, and so he remained until his bladder exploded.

After about 1660, the religious emphasis on dying a good death gradually declined as did the belief that sickness and death were punishments sent by God. The new age of reason called the Enlightenment encouraged the belief that God, having created the world, was allowing it to work without divine interference. This allowed for a more naturalistic approach to illness.

The fear of being buried alive largely originated after Jacques-BĂ©nigne Winslow, professor of Anatomy at the Jardin du Roi in Paris, published a paper in Latin in 1740 on the uncertainty of the signs of death. It was translated into French by a Paris physician, Jean-Jacques Bruhier d'Ablaincourt, who sensationalised it by adding 'amusing and well-attested' stories of people who had not only returned to life in their coffins and graves but also under the hands of surgeons.

The Queen of Thailand drowned in 1880 as her subjects looked on because they were forbidden to touch her.

No American has died of old age since 1951 - that was the year the government removed that classification from death certificates.

In 1967 Dr. James Bedford became the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation.

Lal Bihari (1955-1975, 1994- ) is an Indian farmer and activist. In 1975, Bihari tried to apply for a bank loan, but it was denied because, according to the government, he was legally dead. He fought with Indian bureaucracy for 19 years to prove that he is alive. Bihari founded Mritak Sangh, the Uttar Pradesh Association of Dead People, to highlight other cases like his.

During the 2009 Iranian election protests, the death of Neda Agha-Soltan was captured on video and widely distributed on the Internet, making it "probably the most widely witnessed death in human history".


We die because our cells die. Though they replace themselves over and over again for some 70-odd years, they can't do so forever.

When a person dies, the first sense lost is sight, and the last is hearing.

If a dead body is left at 50°F, it will take about four months for its soft tissue to decompose until just the skeleton is left.

The US National Institute of Medicine estimated in 2004 that three quarters of Americans die as a result of their lifestyle, factors ranging from drinking, drugs, smoking and violence to stress.

Statisticians have calculated that about 1 in every 113 people die every year.

About 159,635 people will die on the same day as you.

World-wide, one in every eight deaths is due to cancer.

Traffic accidents are the primary cause of death worldwide for people aged 15-24.

The animal that kills the most humans each year is the Mosquito at 725,000 deaths, followed by Humans at 475,000, and then Snakes causing 50,000 deaths per year.

You're 14% more likely to die on your birthday than any other day.

In Britain around 580,000 will die of which just over 70% will be cremated and just under 30% will be buried.

The most common time for deaths in a hospital is between the times of 4pm and 6pm, the time when the human body is at its weakest.

Cholesterol and saturated fats (from pork, beef, eggs and other dairy products) have killed more people around the world than all the battles and wars combined.

The dead outnumber the living by more than 30 to one.

Some scientists believe that one out of every two people who have ever lived have died of malaria.

The US state with the highest death rate is Mississippi; Hawaii has the lowest.

Every day since 1840, life expectancy has increased by about six hours.

Here is a list of songs about death

Would You Believe This Too, History World

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