As a follow up to our post, The 19 Things you Probably didn’t Know about Death, here are 14 additional things you might not know about death:
Your Doctors’ Sloppy Handwriting Could Be the Death of You
According to a 2006 report from the National Academies of Science’s Institute of Medicine (IOM), misunderstandings in medication and dosage due to poor handwriting have killed more than 7,000 people annually. The recent introduction of electronic prescriptions is expected to significantly cut down on these deadly errors.
Snack Dispenser, or Bloodthirsty Killing Machine?
Since 1977, an average of two to three people per year have been crushed to death by vending machines. So if your candy bar gets stuck in the little coil, just leave it. You don’t want to piss these things off.
The Left Hand Path…To the Grave!
More than 2,500 left-handed people die each year from using products made for right handed people. The deadliest of which being the right-handed power saw.
Hot Shower Hazard
In the U.S., hot water related burns account for roughly 1,500 hospital admissions and around 100 deaths per year.
The Little Soldier’s Last Stand
Muscle cells activated by calcium ions can cause postmortem muscle contractions, particularly in the penis, which can cause erections, and even ejaculation, after death.
The Living Dead
Cotard’s Delusion (Also known as Walking Corpse Syndrome) is a rare mental illness that causes living people to believe they are actually dead.
When Masturbation Turns Deadly
Auto erotic asphyxiation is the act of strangling or suffocating yourself in order to heighten sexual arousal and orgasm during masturbation. Unfortunately some people just don’t know when to quit, leading to roughly 600 deaths per year from auto erotic asphyxiation.
Man’s Best Friend?
We’re all transfixed by shark attacks in the news, but did you know that your furry friend is a bigger menace to humanity than Jaws? That’s right, dogs kill roughly 34 people per year in the U.S. And while the Pit Bull is predictably the biggest culprit, causing more than 245 deaths between 1982 and 2013, breeds that are considered to be more family friendly can also be dangerous. Labradors and Lab-mixes accounted for 54 fatal attacks in the same 21-year period.
Eaten by Your Own Stomach
Your digestive system is loaded with digestive bacteria that lives on after you pass away. Once you die, this bacteria begins eating away at the dead tissue in your gut before spreading to the rest of your body.
Immortality is Real
There is a secret to eternal life, but unfortunately for you, it involves being a jellyfish. The Turritopsis dohrnii (also known as the Immortal Jellyfish) is one of the only known organisms on the planet to have developed the ability to return to a polyp state. This unique transformation process essentially enables the jellyfish to restart the life cycle over and over again at any stage of its life.
Himalayan Popsicle Graveyard
Mount Everest is littered with the frozen bodies of about 200 failed adventurers. Their corpses now serve as gruesome landmarks for climbers on their way to the summit.
Tunnels of Terror
Due to suicides, accidental falls, and the occasional psychopathic pusher, around 50 people per year are fatally struck by New York City subway trains.
You Are Constantly Dying
About 40 million cells in the human body die every minute.
Dead Man Talking
Due to postmortem muscle contractions, gas that has built up in the lungs can sometimes be forced out through the mouth resulting in eerie groans, moans and sucking sounds from the lips of the deceased.
There you have it – 14 facts about death that you probably now wish you didn’t know. But I bet you’ll think twice about shaking that vending machine the next time it steals your dollar.