15 Things You Didn't Know About the Dead
- A human head stays conscious for 15-20 seconds after decapitation. A cockroach can live for up to 9 days without it's head!
- One in 200,000 high school-age athletes die suddenly every year. Most deaths occur in football and basketball, and males are five times more likely to die than females.
- 80% of all U.S. deaths occur in hospitals despite the emergence of the popularity of dying at home through hospice and home healthcare.
- The average burial in the U.S. puts hundreds of gallons of embalming fluid (includes formaldehyde and ethanol) into the soil.
- It's not true that suicide rates are higher among the holiday season; actually the opposite is true.
- After death, the enzymes that once digested your meals, will begin to digest the tissues of your body. This begins within 3 days of your death.
- In New York City, more people commit suicide than are murdered; news reports are filled with reports of death by murder.
- The U.S. does not classify "old age" to be a cause of death although dying of old age is common. Why? Whether organs wear out, or disease processes become unmanageable there always are specific reasons for a person's death. The International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), does list "senescence" a medical euphemism for old age, as a cause of death.
- What do the following people have in common? Elvis Presley, Lenny Bruce, Orville Redenbacher and Robert Pastorelli - they all died in a bathroom.
- Cremations are not much better when it comes to polluting the earth. Cremation puts harmful gasses into the air including dioxins, mercury vapour from dental fillings, hydrochloric acid, carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide.
- There are over 200 euphemisms for death in the English language. Some favorites are: bought the farm (this supposedly comes from the G.I. Insurance Policy, because the amount of money the next of kin would receive was enough to buy a farm), checked out, bit the big one, kicked the bucket, bitten the dust, popped their clogs, pegged it, carked it, turned their toes up and assumed room temperature (popular among mortuary technicians).
Source: Medical Insurance Blog