Freaky Facts About Death




A dead body begins dehydrating early in the decomposition process. Lack of moisture can draw the skin taught, which is why eyelids and lips will open if an undertaker doesn’t take measures to keep them closed. Dehydrated skin also pulls away from the fingernail bed and from the scalp, giving the illusion that the nails and hair on a dated corpse have grown. Goldy explains, “Because we are accustomed to hair and nails growing—not hands, feet and scalp shrinking—we perceive this change as an increase, when actually it’s caused by a decline or retreat of the surrounding skin.”

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