13 Funny Things You Probably Didn't Know About Death

Death is the great unknown. When, how, where and why will happen is a big mystery. In fact we know a lot more about dying than you may think. It's a heavy topic so here are a few facts to lighten the mood and maybe put a smile on your face.

  1. You can still be mummified but it comes with a $67,000 price tag.
  2. You can buy caskets shaped like kites, surfboards or beer bottles.
  3. With cryonics, you can just "freeze" your head and choose a body when science is advanced enough to revive you. Let's all take a moment and think about the kind of body you would choose.
  4. The practice of burying the dead may date back 350,000 years, as evidenced by a 45-foot-deep pit in Atapuerca, Spain, filled with the fossils of 27 hominids of the species Homo heidelbergensis, a possible ancestor of Neanderthals and modern humans.
  5. Over 2500 left handed people are killed each year from using products made for right handed people.
  6. A dentist invented the Electric Chair.
  7. Doctors' sloppy handwriting kills more than 7,000 people annually.
  8. Within 3 days of death, the enzymes that once digested your dinner begin to eat you.
  9. Left-handed people die 3 years earlier than right-handed people.
  10. You are more likely to die from a coconut falling on your head than a shark attack.
  11. We are born with 270 bones but die with only 206.
  12. The lack of physical activity is one of the leading causes of preventable death worldwide.
  13. A new funeral GoFundMe campaign is started about every 5 minutes. That means approximately 280 GoFundMe funeral campaigns every single day and have raised over $340 million dollars.

Death is not a fun thing to talk about however just like taxes it is inevitable. Don't wait until its too late to have the "what happens when I die" talk to make sure your family is taken care of - being unprepared is not interesting or funny.

Also published on Medium.



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