Death is something which is completely unavoidable, yet most people don’t like to talk about it. But let’s face it, we’re all going to die one day. Whether we like to think about it or not, it’s one of the only things in life that is 100 percent certain. Because a lot of us refuse to think about death and what happens after death, most of us probably don’t even know a lot about it, and like to keep it that way.
Well, in case you were feeling curious, here are 10 disturbing facts about death you probably never knew.
Fact no 1
Once we die, the digestive enzymes in our bodies that digest our meals when we are alive begin to feed on our bodies. This happens after our cells start to self destruct, which is usually about three days after we die.The nonpathogenic bacteria living inside our bodies will start releasing enzymes when we die. This bacteria normally assists in digesting food in a living human being. The enzymes will start attacking the body and begin feeding on it.
Fact no 2
As we all know, burying someone underground once they have died is one of the most common ways in which to put someone to rest. What you might not know is that people have been burying the dead for hundreds of thousands of years.
Fact no 3
Despite the fact that death is not the type of business most people would like get involved in, the funeral business is an extremely thriving and successful business. Billions upon billions of people have died throughout the history of time, making for a thriving marketplace to make money in.
Fact no 4
This may not be something you want to hear when you’re blowing out your birthday candles, but over 150,000 people will die on your birthday. According to a 2011 estimate from ecology.com, 151,600 people die every day. This means that 6,316 will die each hour, and 105 people will die every minute. Yikes.
Fact no 5
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 800,000 people die from committing suicide each year. This information is taken from data collected in the Global Health Observatory in 2012. At the time of the study, the region which had the highest suicide rate around the world was South-East Asia.
Fact no 6
According to a report from the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine (IOM), “preventable medication mistakes injure more than 1.5 million Americans annually”.These preventable medication mistakes include sloppy or illegible handwriting on prescriptions, unclear dosages as well as unclear instructions on prescriptions resulting in death.
Fact no 7
According to Dr. Katherine Clark, a specialist in palliative care at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia, research using electroencephalograms (EEGs) on people’s brain waves have indicated that a person’s sense of hearing is the last sense to go before they die.In addition to this, a person’s breathing patterns will begin to change before death. In cases where oxygen flow to the brain is decreasing, a person may experience hallucinations, bowel and bladder function changes as well as changes in skin temperature and color.
Fact no 8
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System, the number of drunk driving fatalities has decreased by 50 percent since the early 1980’s.According to the NHTSA, there were 21,113 drunk driving fatalities in 1982.The number has since decreased by 50 percent.
Fact no 9
The common myth that a person’s toenails and fingernails continue to grow after death is just that…a myth. When a person dies, the skin around their nails retracts as the flesh begins to dehydrate and dry out, giving the illusion that they grow. As the body’s flesh dries out, it pulls away from the nails. The nails remain the same length while the skin retracts, giving the appearance of longer nails.
Fact no 10
There are reportedly over 200 dead bodies that currently rest on Mount Everest today.The bodies of the dead climbers for the most part remain buried under snow and hidden in crevasses, while some of the bodies remain out in the open.