The brain shields us from existential fear by categorising death as an unfortunate event that only befalls other people.
In 1937, Angelo Hays was declared dead and buried 3 days later. 2 days after that, an insurance investigation exhumed him and found him in a coma. He made a complete recovery. He later invented a coffin complete with upholstery, a food locker, chemical toilet, library, and radio transmitter.
Your life really does flash before your eyes when you die. A study interviewing participants with “near death” experiences found that they re-witnessed very emotional experiences again, and lost all sense of time. One subject said “It was like being there for centuries.”
A 14-year-old North Korean schoolgirl drowned while attempting to rescue portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il from a flood.
“Ramsey Effect” states that almost every time soccer player Aaron Ramsey scores a goal someone famous dies within a few days. “Victims” of this include Osama Bin Laden, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, and most recently, Nancy Reagan.
One of the hikers who found “Ötzi,” a 5000 year old mummy buried in ice in the Alps, was found dead, buried in ice, after a hiking accident in 2004. He is one of 7 people linked to the mummy to have died within the same year.
Only one NFL player has died on the field: Chuck Hughes in 1971. The game continued with a silent crowd.
Famous personal trainer/body builder Greg Plitt died earlier this year while filming a commercial for ‘No Fear’ energy drinks. He reportedly assumed a runner’s stance on the tracks as the train approached, and attempted to out-sprint the speeding train to show the effectiveness of the drink.
Leroy Irwin, a 92-year-old farmer living in Allegan, Michigan, decided to have the dates of his life carved on his gravestone before he died, because (having no children) he wasn’t sure who would pay to do it after he died. He carved the dates 1856-1950, but it turned out he was a little too optimistic. He died in November 1949, seven weeks shy of reaching 1950. The incorrect date wasn’t changed. Leroy Irwin’s grave (with the wrong date) remains standing in Hudson Corners Cemetery.