Death is something that comes to everyone at some point in life and no one can escape it. However, there are some ways of dying accidentally that are more gruesome than others and here are five of the absolute worst ways to die according to science.
Death by pyroclastic flow
One of the worst ways to accidentally die is by a pyroclastic flow. When mentioning this, thoughts go to Pompeii during 79 CE, but the hazard is not something only from the past. Superheated gases, debris, and lava typically travel at a speed of 50 miles per hour, and the temperature can reach 1,830 Fahrenheit. This means that anything standing in its path will be incinerated immediately.
When the currents travel over the roofs and down the streets, people are flashed fried, and the skin gets cooked instantly while the cause of death is extreme heat shock. People have frozen into a pugilistic pose thanks to instant rigor mortis as the muscles contract instantly. Some people are said to have made it past this thermal annihilation stage and died from suffocation on the volcanic ash and gas that is toxic.
In one case of victims near Pompeii had skulls that shattered after having their skull and brain fluids boiled and within moments this would have caused their heads to explode. This is surely one of the most gruesome ways to die.
Death by Diving Bell
In November 1983 the Byford Dolphin semi-submersible was in the North Sea doing what it usually did. Many divers were at work on the Frigg gas field using a diving bell, a rigid chamber that took them deep into the depths. The diving bell is under a great deal of pressure the deeper they go, and the air in the bells gets highly compressed, while the pressure internally is very high. A safety procedure involved two divers who were outside of the diving bell made sure that the bell could attach onto a series of low-pressure chambers and this meant the occupants could get out of the diving bell without being exposed to a sudden pressure drop.
However, on this particular day the diving bell was being taken up to a depth that was shallower, and at first, everything went as it should. The divers had left the diving bell, and they were in a passageway between it and the decompression chamber. Two more divers were in a different compartment of that chamber. When they came to close the door between the passageway and the chamber something occurred. The diving bell opened suddenly, and this meant that it explosively decompressed which resulted in the four divers and the two outside being killed instantly.
A study revealed that three of the divers would have been killed instantly due to the drop in pressure that meant the air and fluids in them expanded and their insides were ruptured. The diver who was closest to the door was blasted through a 24-inch gap that was between the chamber and truck door when the incident occurred. This meant he completely disintegrated and it was said that parts of the diver were scattered about the rig.
The study revealed that the remains of fiver four had been collected in four plastic bags and the brain along with the respiratory system and more had been obliterated. His liver had been found complete on the deck. The sudden low blood pressure was said to have boiled the blood of the diver.
Lightning Strikes Indoors
It is said that the chance of dying due to being hit by lightning is 1 in 1,083,000 in the US. The chances of dying of lightning while being indoors are way lower than this but apparently, this is how one man died.
The man was working close to a metallic pillar and was stood between two metallic sawhorses. A thunderstorm was overhead, and a bolt of lightning went down the pillar through the foot of the man, up to his heart and came out through his right thumb. He suffered 70% burns, and these were first second and third-degree burns. The corpse of the man showed rigidity that was unusual.
Dying By Dissolving In a Volcanic Hot Pot
Yellowstone National Park is a place of beauty and danger as it is on top of a Supervolcano. The geothermal pools in the park are incredibly acidic or alkaline and always very hot as the temperature is always just below boiling point. It is not often than people fall into the pots, but it has happened in the past.
A man recently fell into the Norris Geyser Basin pool which is full of acidic water that has been super-heated. It was said that the man would have suffered full thickness third-degree burns, which meant that three layers of his skin would have turned black, turn to leather and ripped apart. His subcutaneous fat would have also boiled.
On the plus side, it was said that he would have suffered very little pain due to the nerve endings being burned away. He would also have succumbed to heat shock fast, along with perhaps bleeding out, but it was not clear as to what killed him first.
Death Caused By Boomslang Snake
The Boomslang snake is one of the most poisonous of snakes and while they are not known to be aggressive if they are disturbed and feel at threat they can strike. If the rear fangs of this snake penetrate the skin toxic substance courses through the body.
This is the fate of one man who was unlucky enough to be bitten by a Boomslang snake. Karl P. Schmidt, a herpetologist, was asked to identify a snake specimen in 1957 at the Natural History Museum in Chicago and the snake bit his thumb while he was examining it. He documented the effect the venom had on him before passing away the next day due to the bite. This was not a pleasant death as it started with nausea, chills and severe shaking along with a rapid rise in temperature. This followed by bleeding from his mouth and peeing blood along with vomiting. In the end, he was bleeding from every orifice and eventually died of respiration paralysis sometime later due to his heart and brain bleeding out.