It’s a sad irony we enter the world one way but have plenty of doors to make our final exit. Death isn’t ever pleasant but some ways are certainly much worse than others. If most people had to choose, we’d guess it would be to die in their old age surrounded by family. Unfortunately, we rarely get to choose and some deaths come thrusting upon us without notice and escape. But, of all the ways to die, which are the most horrific? Here are 25 most horrible ways to die we all want to avoid.
While the United States overall doesn’t use the electric chair anymore for capital punishment, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia all still do. The electric chair literally cooks you to death and has been said to catch some people on fire. Unfortunately, it’s not always consistent and some have had to go through the process twice. It’s said your eyes might pop out and your skin completely burns off until your heart gives out.
On the off chance you’re near an ungodly amount of ionizing radiation, you’re going to get really sick, really fast. It’ll feel a lot like the severe flu with vomiting, nausea, headaches, and fever. Your neurological system will be affected and you’ll suffer painful seizures and tremors before you die in 48 hours.
While rare and incredibly quick, explosive decompression is one of those deaths the victim won’t know about because it’s so fast, but everyone else around them will suffer severe post traumatic stress for life. One such incident was on an oil rig where the pressure of nine atmospheres decompressed into one atmosphere in a fraction of a second. Four men in the incident died instantly and one was severely injured. One of the four men closest to the highest amount of pressure was forced through a 60-centimeter opening, violently dismembering him.
Burned at the Stake
Burning at the stake was a common form of punishment in the middle ages especially for heretics and witches. While some might die of asphyxiation from the flames, if the fire was small enough it might roast the victim for much longer, causing unimaginable agony.
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In the ancient world, especially the Roman Empire, crucifixion was so horrible the Romans wouldn’t do it to their own citizens and usually reserved it for rebellious slaves, foreigners, and soldiers who abandoned their post. First, the soldiers would brutally beat the victim until they had lashed lungs, broken ribs, and a damaged torso. Then, they’d be forced to carry their cross before it was set on the ground. After which they’d either tie up the person to the cross or nail them in. With the cross upright, it forces the prisoner to use their arms and legs to lift themselves to breathe. Most victims died of asphyxiation or cardiac arrest.
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