- Egyptians used pearl onions to fill out corpes' eyeballs/eyelids. Modern day morticians use cotton.
- Maggots love fat.
- Necrophilia is illegal in only 16 states!
- Your head can hit a modern day windshield at 30 mph without causing injury to your brain - even a concussion.
- If falling 500+ feet, a body will travel 120 mph.
- Gelatin is actually made with cow bones and pig skin.
- Besides jello and marshmallows, things that are made with gelatin: nougat for candy bars, liquorice, Gummi bears, sports drinks, butter, ice cream, and caramels. This sucks for vegetarians (like me), or people who don't eat beef/pork (like some of you readers).
- Thomas Edison thought little people doing shift work lived in his brain to record memories. He believed to remember something, you had to wait until the person who was on shift during the event was back at work.
- In ancient China, human feces was used to treat a number of ailments, including (but not limited to, I'm sure) to get rid of worms, fevers, and genital sores.
- Dr. Kevorkian got his start in the 1960s by draining cadavers of blood and transfusing the blood into living patients. I guess they didn't know the difference and it worked just the same.
- In ancient China, placenta was used to relieve muscle weakness, delirium, loss of willpower, and pink eye. Placenta is consumed TODAY to rid or prevent post partum depression. There are even birthing websites that will give you recipes to make tasty morsels out of your placenta. Please see this UK website if you don't believe me.
- Chinese medicine allegedly even uses aborted fetuses to make pills for blemishes.
- Dungeness crabs (one of which I ate last weekend) love human meat and will take care of a body in a couple of days.
So there you have it, folks. While these are just some tid-bits, the book is full of fun facts and information from people in the industry of dead humans, such as researchers, anatomy students and teachers, physicians, and morticians.
I'd like to pose the question: What do you want to do with your body once you're dead? For those that haven't yet read this book and thought about the many possibilities, it's probably a no-brainer (no pun intended?). Most people want a traditional burial or cremation. I want my organs donated for sure, and then I'm kind of toying around with the idea of being freeze dried and used as fertilizer. Sound crazy? Read the book and you'll see why.