Here is an interesting article on how the people of Pompeii died when Mt. Vesuvius erupted.
After thousands of years, Pliny the Younger's account of the Pompeians' death was finally proved wrong through scientific experiments using human and animal bones. This brought to mind a recent read of mine titled "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" by Mary Roach. It is an interesting account of what happens to the bodies or body parts of people who donate their bodies to science. But I digress...
The Pompeii article is an interesting look at how science helps us understand history and the way people lived and died in the ancient world. It is also remarkable for pointing out the fate of one poor soul who happened to be in the latrine when the volcano erupted. Not only is the latrine the last place on earth anyone wants to spend their final moments, but it's terrible to think that this man will go down in history for dying, like Elvis, in the bathroom. Somewhere, an angel is weeping.
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