Some of the following facts are really gross. If you have tend to have any problems when reading rather unsettling material, please stop right here!
If not, continue on. =P
In October 1973, in accordance with his last wish, a Swedish confectionery salesman from Frankenberg, Roland Orison, was buried in a coffin made entirely of chocolate! Albert Einstein's eyes were removed by his ophthalmologist Dr Henry ARAMs during the autopsy in 1955 and stored in a safety deposit box. The eyes were put up for auction in 1994.
Some of the grossest World Eating Records:
Hanging offences in the nineteenth-Century Britain:
It's your Funeral, reasons why you may wish you'd died in ignorance:
Stressful Funeral Experiences:
A severe national toilet paper shortage in Cuba in 1994 led to the ransacking of a library, where rare books were stolen and torn apart. An official explained that most Cubans had long since used up their telephone books and magazines.
The inquisitive Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II studied the human digestive system by butchering his dinner guests.
The last meal of
Your mouth produces about one litre of saliva a day.
In 1881 US President Garfield was shot twice by the assassin Charles
Gateau. One bullet grazed Garfield's arm but the other lodged itself somewhere inside his body. He was rushed to the White House, still conscious, and over the next 80 days 16 doctors were consulted on the president's condition. The first doctor, Willard Bliss, jabbed a finger into the wound, then inserted a non-sterile probe to find the bullet. Bliss didn't find the bullet, but did so much damage with his probe that it mislead physicians who arrived later into believing that this was the path made by the bullet. They concluded that the missile had penetrated his liver and that surgery would therefore be of use. An army surgeon-general then stuck his unwashed finger into the wound as deep as he could, and was followed by the navy-surgeon. He used a metal detector to detect the bullet, and when the machine did detect something, it was just the springs in the bed the president was lying on. The physicians did so much damage, that, to no one's surprise, he died. An autopsy later revealed that the bullet had entered the President's spine near the right 11th rib but did not exit. He would have survived if the physicians had washed their hands and used sterile instruments, and been a bit more careful.