Tuesday, December 15, 2009

8 little known facts about death..

Little known Fact About Death #1
No American has officially died of 'old age' since 1951, when the government eliminated that classification on death certificates.

Little Known Fact About Death #2 ~
At least one place (in India) doesn't bury their dead. They leave the dead bodies sitting out to be consumed by vultures.

Little Known Fact About Death #3 ~
In the 19th century, Egypt had such an excess of mummies that they started using them as fuel for trains engines.

Little Known Fact About Death #4 ~
Approximately 100,000,000,000 people (that's 100 billion!) have died since humans began.

Little Known Fact About Death #5 ~
Eighty percent of people who die in the United States die inside of a hospital.

Little Known Fact About Death #6 ~
Queen Victoria insisted that she get buried with the bathrobe of her long-dead husband, Prince Albert. She also took a plaster cast of Albert's hand with her to the grave.

Little Known Fact About Death #7 ~
A Swedish company called 'Promessa' now offers an ecological burial. They freeze-dry your body in liquid nitrogen, then pulverize it with high-frequency vibrations, and then put your powdered remains into a cornstarch coffin. It all decomposes within six to twelve months.

Little Known Fact About Death #8 ~
American dead people are not very environmentally friendly. Burials in the USA put 827,060 gallons of embalming fluid (formaldehyde, methanol, and ethanol), into our soil each year. Meanwhile, cremation pumps dioxins, hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide, and carbon dioxide into the air.


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