On top of the gut bacteria eating you, your body goes through its own breaking down process known as autolysis. It’s where your digestive enzymes start breaking down. The pancreas is full of digestive enzymes and digests itself quickly after death.
Forensic pathologists can figure out how long a body has been dead for by looking at the types of insects that are feeding off it. The types of insects that are attracted to a fresh body are different from the types attracted to a body in later stages of decomposition.
There also some disturbing postmortem breaths and farts that might scare the crap out of anyone attending your funeral. The build up of gasses need to escape somehow, and they usually come from your mouth or anus.
When you die, you take years off your face. It smooths out your wrinkles, because the muscles on your face no longer work. It’s essentially like getting a Botox shot. So, if you want wrinkle-free skin, you should try dying!
Rosalia Lombardo is considered one of the world’s best-preserved bodies. She died of pneumonia when she was just two-years-old in 1920 in Palermo, Sicily. She was preserved by renowned embalmer, Alfredo Salafia. Recently, her eyes started opening.
In 1918, a flu epidemic killed between 50 to 100 million people around the world in just 15 months, making it the deadliest disease outbreak ever. That’s more people than AIDS has killed since it was identified in the '80s. It’s also more than the bubonic plague killed in the entire 14th century.
It is believed that the brain can still produce thoughts for up to 12 seconds after the head is decapitated. There is some reports of decapitated heads still expressing emotion after the head was removed from the body.
You can literally die from laughter. It’s likely due to a having a heart attack or asphyxiation while in a fit of laughter. There are plenty of people who actually died from laughing. Greek philosopher Chrysippus supposedly died from laughing after getting his donkey drunk on wine and watching him try to eat figs.
There is a type of jellyfish that never dies. The turritopsis nutricula, or immortal jellyfish, can essentially live forever by reverting back to the polyp stage after reaching maturity. That is why the jellyfish is used in many scientific studies in the hopes it will be the key to unlocking immortality.