The Science Behind Seven Of The World's Most Horrifically Gruesome Deaths

Death by manhole is more common than we'd like to admit. Fer Gregory/Shutterstock

Warning: Contains images that some might find distressing. 

There's no way around it: we're all gonna die. One of the only certainties in life is the simple fact that death is inevitable. How we die, however, is what sets us apart.

Some deaths are simple and easy, others are drawn out and tragic. The list you're about to read includes some of the most horrific accounts of torture, misfortune, cruelty, and murder. 

The "Mad Monk" Who Just Wouldn't Die

What doesn't kill you makes your enemies try harder. That's how the saying goes, right? At least, that's how it went for Russia's infamous "Mad Monk". 

Rasputin was an ordinary man who later became a part of Tsar Nicholas II's inner circle. A controversial and unsanctioned holy man, he was killed on December 30, 1916, in the basement of Moika Palace. He was accused of having an affair with a married noblewoman and conspiring with the Germans to spread cholera across the country with poisoned apples imported from Canada. 

The most notable account of his death is found in the pages of his murderer's 1928 memoir. Felix Yusupov claimed he invited Rasputin to his palace, then served him cake and wine – both laced with potassium cyanide. Even a small amount of this poisonous chemical can kill a grown man within minutes by preventing body cells from using oxygen. 

But apparently Rasputin wasn't any ordinary man and he survived the ordeal. Yusupov then shot him multiple times, which apparently still didn't kill the faith healer. Yusupov then did what any rational cold-blooded killer would do and dropped Rasputin's body in the frigid Neva River. His bashed and battered body was discovered a few days later. An autopsy revealed his lungs had water in them, indicating he might have been alive when he was dumped. 

[H/T: Smithsonian Magazine]

Rasputin's daughter later dismissed Yusupov's account, saying her father didn't like cakes. Wikimedia Commons

The Man Who Was Struck With The Force Of An Atom Bomb And Lived (Briefly) To Tell The Tale

On September 30, 1999, workers at a Japanese nuclear fuel processing facility inadvertently set off an 18-hour nuclear chain reaction when they overloaded a sedimentation tank with seven times the amount of uranium approved. More than 70 people were exposed to high levels of radiation, including 35-year-old Hisashi Ouchi, who was struck with almost three times the amount of radiation believed to be fatal. The amount of energy that hit him was reportedly the equivalent to the hypocenter of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, causing the skin on his body to become black, blistered, and ultimately fall off

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