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YOU CAN KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO LOSE YOUR HEAD!

This is just so bizarre I couldn’t even begin to imagine the horror.

Seattle Pi writes:

Imagine yourself with your head in the business end of a guillotine. I know, it’s not the most pleasant of thoughts, but the guillotine was once considered a humane way to kill someone: Just a quick slice and you’re flat-out dead.

But researchers are finding that neurons, the cells that make up the brain, are active even after their blood supply is suddenly cut off. And they may show activity for longer than a minute,according to a Science News report.

So, imagine yourself in the guillotine again. Once that big blade comes swooshing down and your head rolls away, are you still aware? Could you see the world around you? Might you actually experience the horrific reality that is your head removed from your body – for a minute or more?

In an arguably not-so-humane study, Dutch scientists measured the brain activity in mice after slicing off the mice’s heads. What they saw was a quick flash of brain activity immediately following decapitation – then, about 50 seconds later, another ripple of activity, Science News reports.

Read more at seattlepi.com

  1. Actually, I think this is a more humane way to execute people. Drug injections? I’ll take loosing my head anytime.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:16 am