Most people don't like to think about dying. That's a fact. But, we seem to be curious about death all the same. We watch television shows about murder and zombies have more than just a cult following these days. Clearly we, as humans, are more than just a little morbid in our curiosities. To that end, check out this list of cool (and creepy) things that your body does after your final heart beat.
1. Your Hair and Nails Look Like They GrowYou've probably heard that your hair and nails keep growing after you die. Well, this isn't quite true but it does look like it is true. After death your skin dehydrates and pulls back from the cuticles and hair follicles making them appear to be longer than they were when you died.
2. Your Body Gets Rock HardJudy Melinek, M.D., a forensic pathologist and co-author of Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner, explains:
Rigor mortis, or stiffening of the muscles after death, occurs from depletion of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the chemical in our muscles necessary for relaxation of the muscle fibers after a contraction. ATP is produced metabolically by muscle cells and forces your muscle’s contractile units to disengage. When you stop breathing, your cells stop producing ATP. The microscopic fibers lock up, and your muscles stiffen.Rigor mortis sets in your face within two to four hours after death and hits the larger muscle groups around twelve hours after death. After a day or two, those muscles start to degrade and the body appears more relaxed.