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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Science scares the shit out of me

When you drown, the burning in your chest as you inhale water and your airway seals shut lasts about 90 seconds. After that, you gain a sense of tranquility. That's the oxygen deprivation.

Hanging can take the longest. You'll lose consciousness in seconds, but actual death could take up to 15 minutes.

Provided the executioner is skilled, decapitation is actually one of the more pleasant ways to go. However, you may retain consciousness for up to seven seconds after the spinal cord is severed.

These facts and many more found in New Scientist's Death Special.

I did not link to this because I turn 30 next week.

In closing, the best baby Halloween costumes ever. Circle of life, rich tapestry, etc.

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