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  • Ahh, death - one of life's greatest mysteries.

  • While we tend to think of death as a single moment of finality, the reality is much more

  • complicated than that.

  • Death is a process, and even when death happens suddenly, it can take anywhere from several

  • days to up to 2 full weeks for all parts of your body to completely shut down.

  • You won't believe some of the crazy things your body does after you die!

  • You may be dead and gone, but parts of your body go on living after you die.

  • Your internal organs will remain alive and viable for hours after your death, which means

  • that they can be transplanted into someone else who desperately needs them if they are

  • removed within 30 minutes and transplanted within about 6 hours.

  • Your skin can live on for even longer - skin grafts can be done up to half a day after

  • you die.

  • Organ donation is certainly one way to ensure that part of you lives on even after you're

  • gone

  • Your skin can do some other wild things, too.

  • It can change colour as your blood pools in certain areas of your body while it lies there

  • waiting to be discovered.

  • If you died of Carbon Monoxide poisoning, your blood and even your internal organs would

  • turn a bright shade of cherry red, and so would your skin wherever the blood pools.

  • If, on the other hand, Hydrogen Sulfide was the culprit in your untimely death, your skin

  • would turn a lovely shade of green.

  • It's not all bad news - after death, as your muscles lose tension, your skin will

  • smooth out and your wrinkles will disappear, so that's something, we guess.

  • If your organs and your skin can live on after your death, what about your brain?

  • History is full of hideous stories of the severed heads of beheaded prisoners living

  • on, staring around at the assembled crowd of onlookers and even making gruesome faces.

  • Can your head really live on after it's been separated from your body?

  • Actually, yes - for a few seconds at least.

  • Just as a severed limb can continue to twitch due to muscle reflexes after it's separated

  • from your body, subconscious reflexes can carry on in the brain's extrapyramidal system.

  • This is the area of the brain that is responsible for infants unconsciously showing facial expressions

  • of fear or disgust, and it can live on after your head is separated from your body, causing

  • your severed head to make some rather gruesome faces and making it appear like your head

  • is still alive - for a few seconds, anyways.

  • A sudden severing of the brain stem would lead to a massive drop in blood pressure,

  • blood loss and lack of oxygen, and your brain would quickly follow your body into death.

  • Is it just your reflexes that survive after death, or can your consciousness persist,

  • too?

  • People whose hearts have stopped and who haveseen the light”, so to speak, can later

  • describe exactly what happened to them after they've been resuscitated, and recent studies

  • on animals have shown a surge of brain activity immediately after death, leading scientists

  • to conclude that some form of consciousness remains intact after you die, at least during

  • the first stage of death.

  • That means that your brain can actually know that you're dead for a few moments before

  • it dies, too.

  • This doesn't last long, though.

  • Once your heart stops beating and your brain is no longer getting any oxygen, your brain

  • cells will start to die, and your brain will be dead within 3 to 7 minutes.

  • If your organs, skin and brain can live on after you've kicked the bucket, then does

  • that mean that there's truth to the myth that your hair and nails keep growing after

  • death?

  • The truth is, your hair and nails do get longer after you die, but not for the reasons you

  • might think.

  • Your nails and hair don't actually keep growing after you die, but as moisture leaves

  • your skin and it dries out and recedes, it can make your hair and nails appear longer.

  • The skin on your face and chin will recede and dry out, pulling it back tightly towards

  • your skull and making any stubble on your cheeks appear more prominent, which is why

  • many men appear to grow a beard after death.

  • What happens to your eyes after you die?

  • If you die with your eyes wide open, then the whites of your eyes will dry out and turn

  • grey or blue.

  • This process is called tache noir, which is French forblack linebecause that's

  • exactly what it looks like - a dark line of discoloration across the middle of your eyeball.

  • Here's a fun fact - tache noir is often used as a trick question on the final tests

  • for medical examiner certification, since it's common for inexperienced examiners

  • to mistake the discoloration for a hemorrhage or a sign of disease.

  • Even after you're dead and gone, it may take some time for your body to get the message.

  • After your brain shuts down, it can take a few minutes for the nervous system to catch

  • up, and it's not uncommon for a dead body to appear to move shortly after death.

  • This is thanks to residual reflexes and nerve spasms, which can cause your muscles to twitch

  • and jerk until rigor mortis sets in.

  • In rigor mortis, your muscles become shorter and tighter and your body stiffens and becomes

  • rigid thanks to a buildup of lactic acid and calcium.

  • Rigor mortis can start to set in within 3 to 4 hours of death, and by 12 hours after

  • death even your largest muscles will have become stiff and rigid.

  • Rigor mortis can last 3 days before your body starts to relax once again - and it can last

  • even longer if your remains are kept refrigerated.

  • If our organs can continue to live on, our nervous system can keep firing, and even our

  • consciousness can remain intact after death, then we can't help but wonder - do our bodily

  • functions carry on after death?

  • As it turns out, they do

  • Many dead people will appear to have wet themselves - is this because they were so terrified at

  • the moment of their death that they peed themselves?

  • Umm, no - it's actually a completely normal bodily reaction to death.

  • As your muscles relax, your body can let go of the things it's been holding in - all of

  • the things...

  • Shortly after death your bladder will relax and empty.

  • Your colon will relax and empty itself, too, but this can take up to a few hours after

  • death.

  • Lovely...

  • It's also extremely common for a dead body to pass gas!

  • A buildup of excess bacteria after death creates a lot of gas inside of your body, and as your

  • muscles relax into death, your body will release these gasses as burps and farts.

  • How rude!

  • It's also not unusual for a dead body to moan, groan and squeak after death as the

  • air trapped inside of the body escapes, especially as the body is being moved or manipulated.

  • Speaking of bacteria - although you may be dead, the trillions of bacteria that make

  • their home in your gut are alive and well.

  • Thanks to these bacteria, the digestion process can carry on long after you die.

  • And once these hungry bacteria are done feeding on any leftover food in your digestive system

  • at the time of your death, they will eventually turn to a new source of food - you!

  • Your own gut bacteria will turn on you and will start to digest your body from the inside

  • out.

  • As they do, the amino acids in your body will break down and begin to emit some very foul-smelling

  • compounds called, appropriately, putrescine and cadaverine.

  • You can thank this process for that unmistakable, putrid smell of death.

  • Believe it or not, your digestive system isn't the only system that can remain online after

  • death.

  • It's not unheard of for a dead body to show certain...signs of life, if you know what

  • we mean.

  • As the flow of your blood slows down, blood begins to pool in certain areas throughout

  • your body.

  • Depending on the position of your body, it can pool in some rather unusual places.

  • If, for example, you died in a face-down position, blood could pool in your genital region and

  • make it appear as though you have an erection in death.

  • Rigor mortis can also make things a little...stiffer...down there.

  • If that's not weird enough, it's also common to find fluids near the erect member,

  • although this is actually seepage from your prostate, not true ejactulate.

  • For some strange reason, researchers have investigated whether dead people can have

  • orgasms, and their findings might surprise you.

  • It turns out that the so-calledbeating heart dead” - dead people who are being

  • kept alive on a ventilator - actually can have orgasms.

  • By electrically stimulating the sacral nerve, researchers have found that they can cause

  • orgasms in 91% ofbeating heart deadfemales.

  • We're not sure that will do you much good when you're dead, but we guess it's good

  • to know

  • After your body is really and truly dead - your organs have shut down, your brain and nervous

  • system are offline, your muscles have relaxed, then stiffened, and then relaxed again - what

  • happens to your corpse next?

  • First, your body will rapidly get cold, dropping 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit per hour until it reaches

  • ambient room temperature.

  • Once your body has been buried, it could be mostly gone within just a matter of months.

  • At 50 degrees Fahrenheit it will take about 4 months for your body to fully decompose

  • - all that will be left of you is your skeleton, some cartilage and some bits of dried skin

  • inside the tattered remains of your best funeral suit.

  • What if you aren't lucky enough to be properly preserved and buried?

  • If your dead body were left in a cool, damp environment, you could actually turn into

  • a blob of human soap!

  • Through a chemical process called adipocere, your body's fat will be turned into a waxy,

  • soap-like substance, preserving you in a pale yellow or grey blob appropriately calledgrave

  • wax”.

  • If decomposing - or worse, turning into soap - doesn't sound like your thing, never fear

  • - there are plenty of other crazy things you can do with your body after death.

  • Sure, you could donate it to scientific research, or to a cadaver farm where forensic students

  • can practice finding and analysing your decomposing corpse, but you could also take things a step

  • further

  • If you're the more environmentally-conscious type, your remains could be scattered among

  • a tropical reef to sustain marine life in death, or you could choose to be buried in

  • a special pod that will grow into a tree.

  • There's also cremation, which opens the door to all kinds of other crazy options - your

  • ashes could be made into a memento like a piece of jewelry, a glass sculpture or a granite-like

  • statue.

  • If that seems too ordinary for you, you can now have your remains turned into a record

  • containing your favorite songs, or even blended into paint or tattoo ink.

  • If you want to go out with a bang, your ashes could be made into fireworks or shotgun shells.

  • It turns out, death is not quite as simple - or as neat - as we might like to think.

  • From post-mortem erections to dead bodies passing gas, there are plenty of wild and

  • crazy things that your body does after you die.

  • Let's just hope you won't have to experience any of them first-hand any time soon!

  • If you thought this video was fascinating, be sure and check outFuneral Home Secrets

  • They Don't Want You To Know”, or perhaps you'll like this other video instead.

Ahh, death - one of life's greatest mysteries.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/19
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