Are you afraid of dying? Chances are if someone were to ask you that question you would probably say yes. Most people are, and the only thing that most people fear even more than dying is public speaking. Still, death is right up there with our most primal fears, and we are perhaps the only known species in the universe that is fully aware of our own mortality.
Sometimes self-awareness can be a burden. Maybe that's where the infamous saying, "Life's a b*tch, and then you die" came from. Regardless, it’s an inevitable part of life, along with taxes of course, and we have decided to make that actuality hit home that much harder with our 13 Worst Ways to Die compendium.
Here, you will learn about some of the most gruesome and psychologically scarring ways to kick the bucket. You can also check out the tongue-in-cheek alternative to this list, "The 1000 Worst Ways to Die" television show if your blood-lust for the macabre has not been satsified after going through our list. The only caveat left to mention before we get into the nitty gritty is to have a couple of Xanax capsules handy while reading this list, because it ain't for the faint of heart. You have been warned...
Some of you may be wondering why dying via a disease is so low on the list. Well, to be honest, we feel that while dying due to a disease can be painful, there are many medications available on the market that can numb pain and help relieve anxiety and depression as a person slowly fades away into the ether.
12 Devoured by Animals
We’re not sure what would be worse. Being devoured by animals or being eaten alive by zombies. Well, considering the latter does not (yet) exist, we’ll go with the former. Look, we know that animals can be cute and cuddly and can also serve as companions, but the truth of the matter is many of these domesticated animals do have their feral and animalistic side and will eat their owners under the “right” conditions. Just read up on all the cases of dogs and cats eating their owners’ faces and you may think twice about owning a pet.
11 Being Electrocuted
Talk about a slow and untimely demise. How many people would choose starvation as their way to go if given the choice? Not many, we would presume. Think about it: your body starts to go through an accelerated state of atrophy as your vital organs, and your mental facilities, start to betray you one by one. Furthermore, if you really think about it, eating is one of the best parts about being alive. Whenever you feel depressed you can always turn to comfort food to soothe what ails you.
9 Adrift At Sea
8 Falling Into A Volcano
7 Human Sacrifice
Oh boy. Talk about grisly and sadistic. Unfortunately, throughout the ages, Man’s inhumanity to Man has been a constant reminder of the sadistic workings of the human psyche. Still, you got to admit that being scarified to an imaginary Sky-God is a double whammy on the death-o-meter. For those of you who were born yesterday, the ancient Incans used to sacrifice hundreds of thousands of people to appease their Gods eons ago. Even worse, innocent children would often be sacrificed.
6 Plane Crash
5 Being Crushed to Death
The word hypothermia essentially means freezing to death. Now, being shattered into a thousand itty bitty pieces after being uppercutted by Subzero actually sounds kind of instant…and cool, but imagine dying a slow and painful death via hypothermia instead? While a normal human body has a baseline temperature of 98 degrees Fahrenheit, the cooling of said body will initially lead to shivering. The next step is having the muscles becoming wooden and stiff, leading to loss of motor control and coordination.
Have you watched the movie Hostel? If you have, you know just how sadistic and demented human beings can be to other people. Since the dawn of human civilization, humans have devised creative and gruesome ways to execute criminals and the like. While drawing and quartering has become synonymous with medieval torture practices during the Dark Ages, we feel that the Persian Empire takes the crown of thorns when it comes to macabre torture methods.
1 Death by Embarrassment
Bet you didn’t see this one coming. Why did death by embarrassment take the top spot? Well, for the very fact that unlike the aforementioned means of demise it can actually be prevented. Oh, and to the naysayers, it is actually physiologically possible to die from embarrassment. To do so, anxiety and stress levels would need to rise high enough to send a surge of adrenaline to the bloodstream, leading to a fatal heart attack. Moreover, people can die from embarrassment in a more indirect manner by simply feeling too ashamed or embarrassed to seek medical attention. A seemingly innocuous illness or disorder can mutate into something far deadlier if left untreated. In sum, we believe that the absolute worst way to die is to die due to something that could have prevented all together with some forthcoming pro-activeness.
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