2008-06-17

I bet you didn't knew that

  • a body decomposes four times faster in water than on land
  • The most expensive funeral so far was that of Alexander the Great. It'd cost about $600,000,000 in today's money. One of the reasons was the building of a road from Babylon to Alexandria, big enough move a jewel studded hearse the size of a small building which was pulled by 64 horses
  • by law, all executed criminals in the U.S. have to have an autopsy to determine cause of death
  • The first recorded means of execution is stoning. It was usually a public participation sport, and it was considered bad form to hit the victim in the head. The preferred method was to keep the victim conscious and suffering for as long as possible from internal injuries and broken bones. Think that's horrible? They still do this in some countries. To women. Only.
  • it would take more than 2.5 minutes to fall from the top of Mt. Everest to sea height
  • armadillos and humans are the only animals that get leprosy

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