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Default What are the facts and myths about dying in certain ways? – 12-12-2008, 02:59 AM

If you die in the vacuum of space it’s supposed to be one of the most painful deaths one could experience. I heard on a documentary that your blood will boil. (What’s true and what’s not? Why would your blood boil if you die in space if it’s so cold?)Drowning is supposed to be euphoric. Why is it supposed to be if that’s true.I can’t remember what was said exactly, but people who gas themselves in cars are supposed to feel pain in their lungs. Perhaps a burning feeling inside because of the smoke from the car exhaust.Being electrocuted to death is supposed to make people feel as if they’re being burned. (Maybe that’s true, but is it?)Some mountain climbers are said to have died of a heart attack on their way down from falling from a failed lifeline. (Could dying from being afraid of falling from a great height on your way down really happen or is it a myth?)If you have a weak heart, could one really die from losing the will to live? Can it happen with a healthy heart?
   
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Default 12-13-2008, 04:20 AM

Your blood could probably boil in space, because space is actually very hot, but because there is so much space between molecules it feels cold. The drowning depends on who you are and what your life was like. The burning is from breathing in the smoke/fire and your lungs collapsing. It depends on how you are electrocuted, if you are in the right conditions it does burn, if you are in the tub, it doesn’t burn as much.(I think). Dying from being afraid is more likely your heart beats to fast,(which is possible) and you have a heart attack that isn’t treated, so you can die. I do not know about the last thing, but if you don’t make an effort in the least to live, it doesn’t help anything.(wow, I’m first)
   
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Default 12-15-2008, 08:03 AM

Your blood will not boil. It will freeze, the extreme cold of space freezing your body almost instantly, and it exploding and imploding at the same time.Being electrocuted will make you burn, electrisity having the property of extreme energy release, and will kill you almost definetly.Being afraid of falling from a great height will not kill you, only make you pass out or faint from fear or something.
   
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Default 12-17-2008, 06:13 AM

why are people so interested in these sort of things? And why do people have to believe in so many romantic or exciting notions, when real life is, by definition, boring 99% of the time?Oh sorry, this is an answer, not a question.The theory goes that in space, your blood will boil because the pressure is so low. Everyone knows fluids boil at a lower temperature as the pressure goes down, so a zero pressure, many people assume blood will boil. In reality, it will not because the blood will be inside your body, and your body will retain some pressure, and blood is so thick with proteins, it will act like antifreeze in your radiator and keep it from boiling, What will happen, however, is that the sudden decrease in pressure will cause any dissolved gases in your blood to come out of solution creating little bubbles that will cause the bends or decompression sickness (like with deep sea divers). This is a terribly, terribly painful way to die.Another theory is that with zero pressure in space, the internal pressure in your body will make your body explode into little smithereens (see the movie"Outlander"). Again, in reality, there is not enough pressure to"explode"the body–however, it will become bloated or extremely puffy, which, again, would be extremely painful.Some people think drowning is euphoric, because some people drown with a calm expression on their face. In reality, the transition from having air in your lungs to having water in your lungs is extremely painful, distressing, and terrifying, even if you are prepared for it, and people struggle violently. There are stories of people who had torn their fingernails off struggling with their seat belts and clawing at the door in cars under water. Once water has completely filled your lungs, the pain and distress stops, and you have a couple seconds before you lose consciousness, which is why people look calm–because for a brief moment, the pain and distress goes away. Overall, however, NOT a pleasant way to die.Being electrocuted is perhaps one of the most painful ways to go. In theory, it stops the heart and kills instantly. In reality, it tends to cause multiple bone fractures from involuntary muscle contractions. As you can imagine, this is quite painful.While it _is_ possible for a fall to trigger a heart attack, you would be hard-pressed to argue that was the cause of death in a fall. Even people who have massive heart attacks remain conscious for as long as 5-10 seconds afterwards, because the heart attack only stops the flow of blood to the brain, and you can survive for as long as 5-10 minutes–it doesn’t kill you instantly. Of course, you can fall a LONG way in 5-10 seconds, and people would most likely find the ground before they died from their heart attack.There is no way to prove or disprove that death is the result of"losing the will to live."It is well known that frequently in the elderly, one spouse will die soon after another. In addition, there are many stories of terminal or comatose patients dying after a significant moment (a birthday, a visit from a loved one, etc.). However, these stories prove or disprove nothing, and are safe to speculate freely about.
   
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Default 02-15-2012, 06:35 AM

These distress arise specifically in the discussion of survival after death. The layman with his conception of individuality looks for physical phenomena of some kind to demonstrate and prove it. It is often opponent of things that have never been connected to it. Sometimes, these myths are circulated by mistake, other times evil intentions are to blame.
   
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