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Most of us have probably wondered what it is like to die - so scientists have tackled the issue head-on and revealed the macabre yet fascinating truth.

New Scientist magazine has pondered the subject in great depth in its latest issue, discussing the various ways of meeting one's end, from being burned alive to drowning and decapitation. The experts have taken their evidence from advances in medical sciences and accounts from lucky survivors. Whatever the mode of death, it is usually a lack of oxygen to the brain that delivers the "coup de grace", says the report.

But in case there are still questions, here are some of their conclusions:

Drowning:
Victims first panic and try to hold their breath, typically for 30 to 90 seconds. Survivors have reported a "tearing and burning" sensation as water enters the lungs - but it is quickly followed by a feeling of calmness and tranquility. Oxygen deprivation results in loss of consciousness, the heart stopping and brain death.

Heart attack:
A "squeezing" chest pain, or feeling of pressure, is the most common symptom as the heart muscle struggles for oxygen. Disruption of the normal heart rhythm effectively stops the heart beating. Loss of consciousness can occur in about 10 seconds and death can follow minutes later.

Loss of blood:
Marked by several stages of "haemorrhagic shock". Anyone losing 1.5 litres of blood feels weak, thirsty and anxious. By the time two litres are lost, people experience dizziness, confusion and eventual unconsciousness.

Electrocution:

A household electric shock might stop the heart, leading to unconsciousness after around 10 seconds. Higher currents through the heart or brain can produce almost immediate unconsciousness. However, it has been claimed that prisoners executed with the electric chair may actually have died from heating of the brain or suffocation.
Fall from a height:

Survivors of great falls often report the sensation of time slowing down. A study of 100 suicide jumps from San Francisco's 246-ft-high Golden Gate Bridge found numerous cases of instantaneous death involving collapsed lungs, exploded hearts or damage to organs from broken ribs.

Hanging:

Hanging suicides and old-fashioned executions cause death by strangulation. This can lead to unconsciousness in 10 seconds but a poorly placed noose may result in many minutes of suffering. "Long drop" hangings are designed to break the neck. But a study of the remains of 34 prisoners executed in this way found that four-fifths died partly from asphyxiation.

Fire:

Burns inflict intense pain, and boost the skin's pain sensitivity. As superficial nerves are destroyed, some feeling is lost - but not much, according to experts. But most people who die in fires are actually killed by inhaling toxic gases and asphyxiation.

Decapitation:

Beheading can be swift and painless but consciousness is believed to continue for a short time after the spinal cord is severed. Experts have calculated that the brain might remain functioning for seven seconds. Reports from guillotine executions in France cited cases where movements of the eyes and mouth were seen for up to 30 seconds.

Sky News
 

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Near to my house about 6 months ago 4 boys die in a car.

They drive too fast down this little lane. Alongside this lane there is a little ( I don't know word for this) like a tiny river ok. So the car reach this bend and they slide and turn upside down into this little river.

This little river was as wide as the car only. So upside down now - and they can't open the doors. I often imagine how they were feeling as the car fills with water slowly and they can't get out.

Shame for them and their families.

But I think to drown is the worst way for dying !!
 

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My Own Very own brother .. Vegasto - Survived drowning

He said that when he woke up he forgot what had happened and said that he remembered when he was in the water and his breath just halted...and from there he fell under in the water....

He was found maybe 15mins later and rushed to the hospital and there he took 2 days before i talked to him again.....
 

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i work at a hospital,so ive seen it all. but the most amazing stories come from those that were dead for some time and come back. anyone heard the light story with visitors?
 

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carlyluvsunited said:
Near to my house about 6 months ago 4 boys die in a car.

They drive too fast down this little lane. Alongside this lane there is a little ( I don't know word for this) like a tiny river ok. So the car reach this bend and they slide and turn upside down into this little river.

This little river was as wide as the car only. So upside down now - and they can't open the doors. I often imagine how they were feeling as the car fills with water slowly and they can't get out.

Shame for them and their families.

But I think to drown is the worst way for dying !!
Carly, the you got the word wrong. Its not "shame", thats insulting, to shame someone is to make them feel bad. I dont think you meant that =[ Try like "condolences" "I grieve for"
 

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i just don't want to think about death....why would we...we have a life to live....and though some say it's a hard..bad life..etc..we have to make it..easy and beautiful...ourselves
 

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Justice said:
Carly, the you got the word wrong. Its not "shame", thats insulting, to shame someone is to make them feel bad. I dont think you meant that =[ Try like "condolences" "I grieve for"
I think she meant that it's a same that their families had to experience this.

Your "shame" is actually slang :p

Anyway, I don't know how close it was to death or whatnot, but I donated a lot of blood due my father's upcoming surgery. They made me sign a release form because they "legally" couldn't let me donate so much. But basically if I didn't there was a chance they wouldn't have enough blood for the surgery "just in case". I got a headache, was extremely dizzy for a while, but after a day or 2 I was back fine
 

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Brock said:
Are you Chris Angel? :)

No I am not but I count myself lucky to be alive today and everyday. 2 holidays and 3 close calls. They say all bad things come in 3s, think I believe that. I won't go into a swimming pool or to deep into the sea again. Tbh can anyone blame me.

I am one of these types that would always have a lucky escape - like if a disaster happened at spot x I would leave then the disaster would happen. Or maybe some humans like cats have 9 lives !
 

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I nearly drowned when I was 10 years old. I was in the local swimming pool on a Saturday during 'Kids Fun Hour' where there are lots of floating mats and toys in the pool. I dived into the water and stayed under until I was running out of breath but when I tried to surface there was a mat above me with someone sat on top of it and I couldn't push it out of the way. My life flashed in front of me - all the naughty things I'd done and all the happiest moments of my short little life. I really thought I was going to die. I was still frantically trying to push the mat away and the kid sat on top must have got off because i finally pushed it up just enough to get my head above water. My lungs hurt as I thankfully gulped in the air and I got out of the pool as fast as I could. I just had to lie down by the side of the pool feeling absolutely exhausted.

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Carly, the you got the word wrong. Its not "shame", thats insulting, to shame someone is to make them feel bad. I dont think you meant that =[ Try like "condolences" "I grieve for"
Not necessarily. It depends what context the word is being used in.

If someone says something bad has happened and you say 'That's a shame' you are expressing your regret at the incident.
 

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Justice said:
Carly, the you got the word wrong. Its not "shame", thats insulting, to shame someone is to make them feel bad. I dont think you meant that =[ Try like "condolences" "I grieve for"
I said "shame for them" not "shame on them" :)
 

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I was electrocuted when a little kid - apparently what saved me as I went through a glass door, that was shut, was that my feet were not on the ground!
 
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