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From when I was young, with my interest in history with it's violent and often illustrated acts of barbarism, I was always both fascinated and horrified by thoughts of violent death. Not only just what it would feel like to die but also the science behind it like what was happening to the body, the consequences of injuries, etc. When I was about twelve I came across an article discussing death by instant decapitation, as in by guillotine. Apparently, according to the article, death was not instant and the head could survive several moments after separation from the body. I suffered from terrible nightmares for years after reading that and still occasionally do. I'm actually feeling unwell as I write this. Since then whenever I come across stuff like this I feel physically disgusted... and yet scientifically intrigued...

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:48:22 UTC | #577048