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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Pain and Fear of Death

Many people have a fear of death and pain, but understanding what happens in those final moments might help your fear.

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

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

    Dedicated, driven and ambitious are words to describe most inventors. So, is it fate or irony that led these five to die by the hands of their own work? See more »

  • Death by Water: Would you survive?

    Death by Water: Would you survive?

    A love of water can be deadly. Swimming, boating and even drinking the stuff could lead to your final breath. Thankfully, though, many aquatic deaths are under unusual circumstances. See how well you tread water, next. See more »

  • How can someone die from drinking too much water?

    How can someone die from drinking too much water?

    Most of us think of water as the healthiest drink in the world. But in abnormal amounts, it can actually cause death. How can a liquid you need to stay alive end up killing you? See more »

  • How does death by hanging work?

    How does death by hanging work?

    Hanging, when carried out with modern techniques, can be one of the quickest and most painless ways to be executed. But not all hangings are designed to be quick and painless. See more »

  • How Dying Works

    How Dying Works

    Dying is one thing we all have in common. Our bodies weren't built to last, and you can't trick the Grim Reaper out of coming to call. So what are we in for at the end of life? See more »

  • Is 'danger' your middle name?

    Is 'danger' your middle name?

    The desire to push one's limits is a characteristic of people all over the world. But some folks like to push a bit further than others. Can you identify the most dangerous contests and the risks involved? See more »

  • Is there a worst way to die?

    Is there a worst way to die?

    How does it feel to die? Is there a worst way, or is it totally subjective? What factors make some ways of dying so much grislier than others? See more »

  • Is there life after death?

    Is there life after death?

    At one time or another, each of us has pondered what will happen to us after our physical bodies perish. So what's the verdict? Is there an afterlife? See more »

  • My Home Is Trying to Kill Me: The Home Death Trap Quiz

    My Home Is Trying to Kill Me: The Home Death Trap Quiz

    Some may say that home is where the heart is. But is it actually a potential death trap? Take our quiz to find out, and put your knowledge to the test. See more »

  • Shocking: The Thunderstorm Danger Quiz

    Shocking: The Thunderstorm Danger Quiz

    Lightning can strike the Empire State Building as many times as it wants. But when it comes to human tissues and organs, we can't be so cavalier with our safety. The effects of lightning strikes can be deadly -- or at least blow you right out of your shoes. Test your thunderstorm smarts. Are you the most likely to survive? See more »

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