Death and Dying

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

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Some causes of death stand out for their sheer level of peculiarity. See our list of 7 strange ways to die, including being struck by a tortoise falling from the air and laughing too hard.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

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?

By Julia Layton

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 that way.

By Julia Layton & Alia Hoyt