Worst Ways to Die
Death might seem like a pretty bad thing, but some ways of death are far more preferable than others. No one wants to die like this.
Taphophobia is the irrational fear of being buried alive. With today's medical advancements, the chances are highly unlikely, but just as far back as the early 1900's records hold over 100 cases of live burials. The actual cause of death becomes asphyxiation.
The victim would be hung upside-down and then sawed vertically from crotch to chest; the victim wasn't able to pass out as the blood rushed to his head; courtesy of Roman Emperor Caligula.
As Darth Vader can attest.
In the Salem Trails, witches were usually just hanged, but in Europe, witches were infamously burning alive at the stake.
It starts with a shoelace...
Not a joking matter.
The Startrek nerd's greatest fear... well, aside from finding a girlfriend.
People who work around large airplanes have heard the horror stories. It doesn't happen often, but careless technicians do get sucked in, and it ain't a pretty sight.
Caligula believed that a victim should "feel himself die", a large number of small cuts and stab wounds were made, and the death would take hours.
In the case of the Byford Dolphin, four divers literally exploded when their semi-submersible rapidly decompressed from 9 to 1 atmosphere. Their blood boiled away.