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Death & Dying

Death is an inevitable fact of life. Learn about life expectancy, the different ways to die, in this section.

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Can you die of a broken heart?

When a long-time spouse dies, it isn't that uncommon for potentially life-threatening health problems to arise in his or her partner soon afterward, or for chronic conditions to take a grave turn. Could broken hearts be to blame?


What are the odds?

What are the odds of dying in a freaky way? Take a look at the odds of death for a variety of conditions and situations. See more »

Odds of Death: A Numbers Game

What are the odds of dying in a natural disaster? How many people die from cancer each year? Find out the odds of these death scenarios and more. See more »

Can you die of a broken heart?

Can you die of a broken heart? Read about the connections between death, romance and broken hearts at HowStuffWorks. See more »

5 Worst Places to Be in a Thunderstorm

Do you know the worst places to be in a thunderstorm? Golf course? On water? See our list of five worst places to be in a thunderstorm to learn more. See more »

10 Potential Death Traps Lurking in Your Home

Did you know that you might have some death traps in your home? See our list of 10 potential death traps that might be lurking in your home to get informed. See more »

10 Most Dangerous Items in the Office

There are more than one dangerous items in an office that can make your workplace unsafe. See 10 dangerous items in an office to learn more. See more »

Death by Invention: 5 Inventors who Died by Their Own Work

Some inventors have died from their own work. So, is it fate or irony that led these five inventors to die by the hands of their own work? See more »

5 Most Dangerous Contests

Dangerous contests -- some run from them, some embrace the risk. Take a look at these five most dangerous contests that are not for the weak-hearted. See more »

5 Unusual Aquatic Deaths

Aquatic deaths do happen, and water can kill you in unusual ways. See these five real-life stories of unusual aquatic deaths to learn more. See more »

Top 5 Common Causes of Death for People Over 300 Pounds

What are the 5 common causes of death for people over 300 pounds? Learn more about heart disease and other common causes of death for the overweight. See more »