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Norway Is Overrun With Plastic-Covered Corpses That Refuse to Rot

Norway's got a major corpse problem that isn't going away anytime soon. Literally, they won't rot. What's the culprit behind this profusion of bodies that refuse to take their place in the circle of life? The same thing that's also working to keep your sandwich fresh: plastic wrap. Read More >>

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Would You Wear a Watch That Knows When You Will Die?

"Time, the one thing money can't buy". If you ever use that old adage and a cynic replies that a chunk of cash can buy you a nice new Rolex, point them in the direction of the Tikker. Perhaps the most morbid Kickstarter of all time, it's a wristwatch that is claimed to be able to accurately predict the time of your death, down to the second. Read More >>

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The Morbid Art of Making the Deceased Beautiful

Here's a look at the delicate process of preparing a dead body for a funeral. Warning: Watching this video will force you to confront your own mortality. But at least it shows that while death may not be pretty, what you leave behind can be. Read More >>

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Researchers Detect Intense Brain Activity In Rats After They're Dead

We now know slightly more about what happens after death, thanks to new research that measures the electrical activity in the brains of rats before and after cardiac arrest. Spoiler: it does not flat-line. Not immediately, anyway. Read More >>

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Ryanair Refuses to Refund a Dead Person's Flight

We all know that Ryanair is out to make as much money as possible. We accept that when booking. But you'd think there are limits like, you know, death? Apparently not if you die "too early". Read More >>

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What Death Looks Like: A Fast-Spreading Wave

Dead is dead, some famous TV show about vacationing on an island once said. But how does dead, well, look? How do billions of cells shut off at once? An international team of researchers found that it comes in a wave. Death spreads through a special necrosis pathway that leaves dead cells as it passes through. A blue tornado of death. Read More >>

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8 Designs That Rethink the Way We're Buried

The way we bury our dead hasn't changed much over the past two thousand years. But it needs to change soon, according to a group of designers, philanthropic foundations, and funeral directors who sponsored a recent design competition to rethink burial traditions in the face of emerging problems with the status quo. It's a much less macabre concept than it sounds. Read More >>

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Let's Not Use James Gandolfini's Death to Sell Sopranos DVDs Amazon

James Gandolfini, a terrific actor and by all accounts, a great guy, passed away last night after suffering a heart attack. That's unimaginably sad news for his family, for his friends, for his fans, for acting, and for anyone who hates to see good people taken away too soon. For Amazon though, it was a despicable chance to sell some Sopranos DVDs. Read More >>

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Dead Man Charged £10 For Not Paying Virgin Media Bill on Time

Virgin Media has made the rather enormous error of sending out a bill to a dead man, also cheekily adding a £10 late payment fee. Why not turn up at the funeral and prise the rings off his fingers to pay for his TV debts, you cold-hearted automatons? Read More >>

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Whoa, Did Google Maps Just Reveal a Bloody Gruesome Murder?

Google Maps, the all seeing eye that can find naked pranksters, possible donkey hit and runs and other more serious crimes, may have just stumbled upon a bloody crime scene. The image shows what looks to be two people dragging a corpse and leaving a bloody trail on a pier. Read More >>

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RSS Inventor Couldn't Care Less About Google Reader's Death

The impending death of Google Reader has sparked much wailing and gnashing of teeth, petition-signing, alternative-seeking, and rending of garments. But what about the people who made RSS? Dave Winer, one of the fathers of the both RSS and the blog, couldn't give less of a shit. Read More >>

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New Social Network for the Dead Lets You Remember/Harass the Deceased

A new and rather poorly designed social network going by the name of Departed Life wants to make remembering dead people a new kind of internet fun, with its remembrance portal letting users set up memorials to the deceased. Read More >>

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The Odds of Dying in a Freak Accident Are Higher Than You Think

When I hear that someone died in some freak accident that involves fireworks or pavements or parked cars or wild animals, I wonder to myself, what the hell are the odds of that freaking happening? The good thing? They're pretty high! The bad thing? It really, really sucks for that poor soul who's 1 in 50,729,141 to die from fireworks or 1 in 25,364,571 to die from a bee sting. Read More >>

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How Many Heartbeats Does Each Species Get in a Lifetime?

Have you ever wondered how many heartbeats an average person has in their lifetime? What about for cats or dogs or other animals? Turns out because of metabolic rates and size of different species, each animal gets around a billion beats. Read More >>

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Gas Leak Causes Fatality at Korean Samsung Plant

A gas leak at a Samsung semiconductor plant in Hwaseong, Korea, last night killed a worker—and local news sources are suggesting that a cover-up by Sammy could be behind the incident. Read More >>

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What Is the Most Dangerous Place on Earth?

The Antarctic? The top of Mount Everest? The bottom of the ocean? In the middle of your parent's kitchen during a political argument on any given holiday? All good guesses, but none are quite right. Between environmental hazards, plagues, and other human beings, the world is a dangerous place, sure. But what locale takes the proverbial death cake? More like "what one doesn't?" Vsauce explains. [Vsauce] Read More >>

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