10 Worst Ways to Die

Actually, death by cardboard box didn't make the cut. Go figure. Paul Sutherland/Digital Vision/Getty Images

While religion and politics are two topics that are considered taboo for polite conversation, there's no denying they can get a boring cocktail party hopping, fast. Let the same be said for an attempt to engage a passing acquaintance in banter about what --in his or her opinion -- is the absolute worst way to die.

What, are you unsure of how to begin? You've come to the right place. In the next few pages, we'll provide plenty of information, sources and grisly details to create or bolster nearly any argument one could have about the worst ways to die.

Yes, from animals gnawing at you as you watch them -- fully cognizant -- to how your mind must embrace and accept death as you spend much too long hurtling toward Earth in a crashing plane, you'll find loads of ways to both spice up (or end!) any cursory conversation.

Settle in as we begin with a discussion of starving to death.