Questions tagged [mortality]

Questions about the state or condition of being subject to death; mortal character, nature, or existence.

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Are the chances of dying on the way to get lottery tickets larger than the chance of winning?

I encountered the following claim: The chances of you dying on the way to get your lottery tickets is greater than your chances of winning Of course, whether is is true depends on the lottery, on ...
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Did Daniel Ekechukwu resurrect from the dead?

According to this four-part report, a man named Daniel Ekechukwu, a resident of Nigera, died November 30, 2001 and came back to life December 2, 2001. A literal and modern resurrection. The same story ...
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Might organ donors be harvested when they could have otherwise lived?

I just read a pretty shocking blog post called "Are you an organ donor? After you read this, you will change your mind." Do you wish to be an organ donor? I'm sure many of you have answered yes, ...
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Can popping a pimple in the facial 'danger area' cause brain infection or death?

This story is currently sitting at #13 on Reddit: TIL that in rare cases, popping a pimple in the so-called "danger triangle" can lead to facial paralysis, brain infections/meningitis, and even ...
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Is “co-sleeping” (infant sleeps in bed with parents) safe?

Among some circles, co-sleeping is highly advocated for newborns/infants due to ease of breastfeeding and potential developmental bonding to the mother (for more examples, read about proposed ...
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Have more people been killed in Chicago than U.S. troops in Afghanistan?

A tweet from @LeftSentThis stated that 2,000 US troops have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001, more than 5,000 people have been killed by gun fire in Chicago during that time. There are at ...
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Can dead men have erections and ejaculation?

This may sounds funny but when I searched about the question over the Internet, I found an overall report which stated as a conclusion: When the heart stops forcing the blood around the body, it ...
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Have fleas caused more human deaths from plague than wars?

In Amateur Entomologists' Society, it is stated that: But the most serious flea borne disease is Yersinia pestis, or plague (known in the Middle Ages as the Black Death). This is a disease of rats ...
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Is the last thing a person sees imprinted on their retina?

The scary stories told around the campfire often include people killed by a monstrous entity. Its image, imprinted on the victim's retina, drives the coroner out of their mind. Has anyone ever ...
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Does rabies vaccine have a dangerous interaction with alcohol?

Half a year ago, I got vaccinated against rabies, because I was in a contact with a cat that was bitten by an unknown animal. Better safe than sorry, I went and had my five shots over a period of a ...
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Do birds eat chewing gum they think is bread?

This image popped up in my facebook feed today. Roughly translated it says that chewing gum thrown on the street might be seen as pieces of bread by birds. The birds will then eat it, but it gets ...
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How much does wet sponge matter in electrocution process?

In Stephen King's novel The Green Mile and its film adaptation one of the characters (Eduard Delacroix) is getting electrocuted. Before the execution one of the correction officers instead of wetting ...
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Are airbags safe or dangerous in case of accident?

I have read and been told that the use of airbags can cause severe damage in case of accident, specially with children and short adults. However, I would like to know to what extent it can increase ...
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Can shooting someone in the forehead from point blank range not kill him? [closed]

I was reading Mathew Reilly's Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves. In the book, a guy is shot in the forehead, but miraculously he does not die because his forehead is that strong. Is it true, can a ...
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Is the video of the Russian talent show archery tragedy faked?

This video has been around for a few years, but the first time I saw this I was shocked and disturbed. Got talent goes horribly wrong archer [not safe for work] I have looked online and have found ...
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Have communist governments killed more than 80 million people?

It's May Day, while Communist regimes celebrated this day, others mourn. Specifically there are claims that communist governments have killed 80 to 100 million people in the last 100 years. Are ...
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Will sticking a knife into a toaster electrocute me?

As a child, do you remember being told not to stick metal utensils into the toaster to unlodge toast? If by chance that utensil touches the wrong thing inside of the toaster, you could be easily ...
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Are one-third of teen suicides homosexuals?

The media and government officials have often claimed that the rate of teen suicide for homosexuals is vastly higher than the suicide rate of heterosexual teens. The figure they often use is that an ...
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Can decompression after diving cause you to explode?

On the tv show "1000 Ways To Die", a death that is mentioned (Season 1, episode 10, death #710) claims that a girl exploded from what would seem to be decompression poisoning A female scuba diver ...
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Will a worm, cut in half, survive as two worms?

I have often heard the story that if you cut a worm in half in the middle, both halves of the worm will grow the other part back, and you will eventually end up with two worms. Is this true?
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Does a hanged man get an erection?

One of James Joyce's characters explains, in his book, Ulysses: The distinguished scientist Herr Professor Luitpold Blumenduft tendered medical evidence to the effect that the instantaneous ...
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Can you die from breathing your own farts?

I've heard about people dying from being "intoxicated" (I'm not sure if thats the term) from smelling their own farts. There is a story of a man that actually died: A terrible diet and room with ...
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Are 10% of deaths in the Netherlands due to euthanasia?

Rick Santorum, one of the current GOP presidential candidates for the 2012 presidential election recently claimed that 10% of deaths in the Netherlands are due to euthanasia and that half of those ...
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Are people still concious after beheading? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does one remain conscious after decapitation? Is it true that after you are beheaded, you are still concious for a few seconds, and you can see everything around?
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Was Pakistani President, General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, assassinated?

There is a general conception in Pakistan that late General Zia was eliminated by Americans in a mysterious plane crash in August 17, 1988: The plane went down and then up and eventually hit the ...
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Did George Bernard Shaw convert on his death bed?

I've seen this quote floating around all over the place. It's often used in popular Christian-lite reading (see the first page of the Google Books search for the quote), but is it true? I have never ...
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Could someone dig themselves out of a grave?

Some notable stories and movies show characters being buried alive, and then digging themselves out. This has apparently happened in reality, such as this story: Girl digs self out of grave, points ...
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Does genital-electrocution of animals cause immediate death?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) claim that fur-farms use genital electrocution techniques to kill animals without damaging the fur: Animals have clamps attached to or rods forced ...
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Are more people accidentally killed by doctors than accidentally killed by guns and traffic combined?

The actual claim is something like this The top five causes of death in the United States, in order, are tobacco, alcohol, medical malpractice, traffic and firearms. According to JAMA, doctors ...
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Is it possible to die from laughter?

I was watching University Challenge last night (episode 27 2011/2012 series - UK only), there were 3 questions on people who supposedly died from laughter - Chrysippus, Martin the Humanist and Thomas ...
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Can someone die of poison given years before?

In answering-islam (an anti-Islam site), it is claimed the prophet of Islam, Muhammad died because of poison given to him 3 years ago by a Jewish woman. Immediately following the conquest of ...
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Do children accidentally suffocate themselves with plastic bags?

My one year old daughter picked up a typical plastic supermarket grocery bag and I watched her with it briefly before taking it away, as it's common knowledge that kids aren't supposed to have plastic ...
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Can you be suffocated from being smothered by a pillow?

We've all seen it in movies. A villian suffocates one of his/her victims with a pillow while they sleep, killing them in a matter if a minute or so. Whenever I've pushed my head into a pillow as far ...
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Do famous musicians die at the age of 27 more often than other humans?

Since today Amy Winehouse died, she joined the 27 club. The Club 27 is based around the statement that the death at the age of 27 for famous musicians is more common than in any other group of people. ...
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Shouldn't tell about pregnancy in first trimester

We have another baby on the way and I was thinking about asking this previously, but wasn't sure how common it was as our first child predates this site by about 4 years. Now we have another on the ...
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Does retiring earlier cause one to die earlier?

This article here says that there is a link between retiring early and dying early. Is it true that, on average, early retirees will die sooner than their longer working counter parts? Is this a ...
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Can defibrillation revive a flatlined patient?

Wikipedia notes that the technical term for flatline is asystole and adds this comment: Despite defibrillation commonly appearing on medical dramas as a remedy for asystole, it is usually not done ...
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Are the chances of dying each day 1 : 250 000?

I've read the odds of dying as around 1 : 250 000 each day, which presumably is based on the global death rate. I use this when people buy lottery tickets to point out they have more chance of dying ...
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Is the number of childhood vaccines correlated with infant mortality?

Related Just how inaccurate are vaccine myths? Is it dangerous to have several vaccines at the same time? I was passed along an article reporting that a new study found that despite having the ...
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Will cats eat their deceased owner, but dogs will starve to death instead?

A friend of mine is a former prosecutor for the Crown/State. He's observed that it was often harder to investigate whether a deceased person was murdered when they own cats because the cats will eat ...
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Can a person still fart after death?

I read it here and I couldn't believe it. So can a person still fart after dying ?
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Are there incorruptible corpses?

The Roman Catholic Church claims that some corpses have supernaturally slow decomposition. Were those bodies examined by skeptics?
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Does exercise and eating healthy make you live longer?

I'm not talking about someone who sits in a chair all day and never moves. I mean the difference between the people who go jogging then go to the gym for an hour or two compared to the people who just ...
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Is quicksand deadly?

A classic movie threat: quicksand that will ensnare you and kill you by drowning. [Still from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull] It's in countless movies and TV, but does quicksand ...
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Does Baywatch-style CPR work?

It's a common movie scene. Someone falls in a large body of water and drowns, losing consciousness. Our hero rescues the victim, gives 10 seconds of CPR, emits various imprecations to the tone of "...
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Will a mere touch kill a butterfly?

I've heard many times that touching a butterfly will remove some "special" powder from its wings preventing it to ever fly again, effectively killing it or condemning it to die of starvation. Example ...
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Do dogs commit suicide at Overtoun Bridge?

Over the last 50 years, many dogs have jumped to death from Overtoun Bridge in Scotland for no apparent reason. There are many popular explanations for this weird phenomenon. According to one of them, ...
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Did any satanic cult ever commit organised ritual murders or sacrifices?

In Manhattan Beach, CA in 1983 members of the McMartin family were accused of a variety of abuse charges against the children in their care. It was reported that the children: "were ...
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Jump from building: die from shock induced heart failure before hitting the ground?

In my childhood days there was this proposition/myth that claimed there is a big chance that you'd die from a shock induced heart failure (hart attack/cardiac arrest) before hitting the ground, when ...
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Can one die of fear?

Is it scientifically possible for someone to die of fear? I'm sure someone can be scared enough to have a heart attack or something, but is it possible for the brain to shut down as a defense ...