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Zaphod Beeblebrox
28570.  Thu Oct 27, 2005 11:22 am Reply with quote

...Or near-death experiences.

The subject came up in drama today (it wasn't that bad, really - just the play we're doing involves death) :)

With the whole light at the end of the tunnel thing, what actually happens - does it happen?

28575.  Thu Oct 27, 2005 12:06 pm Reply with quote

Near death experiences are when you see the light and see yourself dead before being brought crashing back to reality, probably writhing in pain or gasping for air, correct?

If so I know nothing other than that about them.

28803.  Sat Oct 29, 2005 4:09 pm Reply with quote

This could be interesting under death;

"Yukio Mishima (Kimitake Hiraoka) - Japanese writer
1970 --- suicide by disembowelment and decapitation (a ritual called seppuku or hara-kiri) as a protest of the Westernization of Japan. He killed himself in front of an assembly (which he himself called) of all of his students that he was teaching at a university at that time."

28804.  Sat Oct 29, 2005 4:17 pm Reply with quote

OHH, forgot other things - a brilliant site for trivia!

A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it is been decapitated.

Over 2500 left handed people are killed each year from using products made for right handed people.

In 1845, President Andrew Jackson's pet parrot was removed from his funeral for swearing.

When Thomas Edison died in 1941; Henry Ford captured his last dying breath in a bottle.

A dentist invented the Electric Chair.

Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the death of their cats.

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

On average, people fear spiders more than they do dying. However, statistically you are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by the bite of a poisonous spider.

Cockroaches can live for nine days without their heads, at which point they die of starvation.

In Erwin, Tennessee an elephant was once hanged for murder.

About 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens each year.

In the Spanish Pyrenees, when a beekeeper dies, each of his bees is splashed with a drop of Black Ink.

On average, right-handed people live 9 years longer than their left-handed counterparts.

A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it is been decapitated.

In 1992, approximately 750 deaths occurred in the United States due to workplace violence.

Over the last 50 years in the United States, approximately 9,000 people have died as a result of tornadoes, 5,000 as the result of floods, and 4,000 as the result of hurricanes.

When a person dies, hearing is generally the last sense to go. The first sense lost is usually sight. Then follows taste, smell, and touch.

Seven suicides are recorded in the Bible.

Karalily Quentin

Last edited by Karalily on Sat Oct 29, 2005 4:26 pm; edited 2 times in total

28806.  Sat Oct 29, 2005 4:23 pm Reply with quote

I know someone who ate lots of nutmeg just to see what would happen.

He spend the whole night hiding behind his TV from the aliens.

28819.  Sat Oct 29, 2005 5:22 pm Reply with quote

Karalily - I challenge you to verify any one of those other than the Egyptian eyebrow-shaving and the Biblical suicides.

28827.  Sat Oct 29, 2005 6:31 pm Reply with quote

The Elephant one seems genuine.

The pyrenean bees though, I doubt, who'd have the patience to put a drop of ink on every bee in a hive (or hives)

28844.  Sun Oct 30, 2005 6:14 am Reply with quote

Thanks, Carl and Karalily - something interesting from a trivia site after all.

28877.  Sun Oct 30, 2005 7:51 am Reply with quote

Mythbusters recently came up with a programme about a death ray supposedly invented by Archimedes, and said they thought this was false. However, some students at MIT also carried out an experiment which seemed to vindicate Archimedes.

The background to this story is that in 212 BC, the Romans besieged Syracuse in Sicily, home of the great mathematician Archimedes, who was also skilled in engineering (allegedly saying of his levers, "Give me a place to stand and I will move the world!")

A history of the siege alleges that Archimedes "... in an incredible manner he burned up the whole Roman fleet. For by tilting a kind of mirror toward the sun he concentrated the sun's beam upon it; and owing to the thickness and smoothness of the mirror he ignited the air from this beam and kindled a great flame, the whole of which he directed upon the ships that lay at anchor in the path of the fire, until he consumed them all."

The students at MIT built their own death ray, using sunlight and 127 mirrored tiles. Once the sun came out from behind a cloud, it took less than 10 minutes for the students' death to make a foot-thick, red-oak facsimile of a Roman ship burst into flames.

Sadly, the ray saved neither Archimedes or Syracuse and the Romans took the city. Archimedes was supposed to be spared, but a soldier who broke into his house killed him when he was so busy trying to protect his work that he did not tell the soldier who he was.

See this site for more details of the MIT students' death ray.

28929.  Sun Oct 30, 2005 2:04 pm Reply with quote

One theory on the light at the end of the tunnel near death experience is that when someone is close to death and the brain begins to shut down, the neurons in the brain start firing at random.

One part of the retina has many more rods/cones and nerve connections as this is the part of the retina we use to see things in clear focus. There are therefore, more neurons in the visual cortex devoted to this area of vision. So if they start firing at random you would "see" a bright area in the centre surounded by a less bright area. hence the tunnel with a bright light.

29110.  Mon Oct 31, 2005 2:27 pm Reply with quote

According to Dr Duncan McDougal the weight of the human soul is 21g.

He found his out by weighing terminally ill patients as they were nearing their end, they apparently lost 21g suddenly at the moment of death.

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29507.  Fri Nov 04, 2005 1:12 pm Reply with quote

There's no such thing as an 'elephants' graveyard' but there is evidence that elephants react very strongly to the death of fellow elephants:

46316.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:13 pm Reply with quote


46321.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:22 pm Reply with quote

The light at the end of the tunnel is the oncming psychic-dragon coming to burn your soul for all eternity, ye unbelievers!

er...or not.



46361.  Tue Jan 17, 2006 2:14 pm Reply with quote



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