Five Crazy Ways Humans Have Preserved Their Bodies Throughout History

Nobody can cheat death, but for thousands of years, humans have tried to elude decomposition. Whether we’re saving our bodies for the afterlife or time traveling to a better future, peoples throughout history have gone to astounding lengths to preserve their mortal remains.

Here are five fascinating ways human corpses have defied the natural process of decay.

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Girolamo Segato (Do not Google this guy’s other work if you aren’t fond of dead babies. Yuck.) was an Italian anatomist in around 1800, he discovered a method of artificial petrifaction.  According to a contemporary of his American surgeon Valentine Mott, Segato “had discovered a chemical process by which he could actually petrify, in very short time, every animal substance, preserving permanently, and with minute accuracy, its form and internal texture, and in such a state of stony hardness that it could be sawed into slabs and elegantly polished!”

Segato, fearing that his methods would be stolen, destroyed all his notes about how he achieved this feat before dying unexpectedly at 44.  He took his secrets with him.  Despite many tests on the petrified remains, may of which are housed in the Museum of the Department of Anatomy in Florence, modern science has no idea how he did it.

Chicken Broth Comes Out Better on the Stovetop or Pressure Cooker, Not the Slow Cooker

…there are also times when I’m in a hurry and I want that great chicken stock NOW. Likewise, there are days when I need to step out for a while and I don’t want to leave an unattended pot simmering on the stovetop. This is when I think about pulling out the pressure cooker or the slow cooker. But how do the results compare?

Source: Ask the Food Lab: Can I Make Stock in a Pressure Cooker or Slow Cooker?

Don’t forget that you can alter the body by adding gelatin.

  1. The author set his slow cooker on low. He should have made a fourth batch with it set on high.
  2. Different slow cookers reach different temperatures. Mine reaches a good simmer on low and a boil on high.
  3. He doesn’t say whether he started with cooked or raw chicken scraps. A couple of the best batches of stock I’ve ever made were from the carcass of my Thanksgiving turkey done in a slow cooker which I started right after the meal an let simmer all night. I wonder if using cooked bones makes a difference.

How Altitude Sickness Affects Your Body And How You Can Beat It

Altitude sickness can make you dizzy, nauseous, and, in extreme cases, can even kill you. All of us at IndefinitelyWild have experienced it. Here’s what we’ve learned and how you can minimize its symptoms.

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Definitely something I wanted to learn about, but give the risk factors for high altitude edema (pulmonary and cerebral) – I don’t think anyone’s doctor will condone such activity for those of us on blood thinners.  Stick to GoPro footage 😉

Is Your Makeup Giving You Cancer?

Bindler told me that she’s always been very conscious about what she puts in her body. But it was in 2012, that she became aware of what she put on her body. Why the change? Well, she was pregnant and the swell of her baby and the heightened awareness of her body made her rethink her approach to her skin.

Source: Is Your Makeup Giving You Cancer?

Sourcing from the Environmental Working Group?  Good, then we can immediately discount 95% of what she’s claiming if she’s referring to those anti-science folks. For example, their tirades against GMOs are hilarious.

Even the author admits that the link is quite tenuous, but there’s merit that there’s lots of vectors that could be the reason for cancer.

What Gives a Decaying Body Its Distinctive Odor?

Dead bodies give off a distinctive, sickly-sweet odour that’s immediately recognisable and hard to forget. The smell of death can consist of more than 400 volatile organic compounds in a complex mixture. These compounds are produced by the actions of bacteria, which break down the tissues in the body into gases and salts.

Source: What Gives a Decaying Body Its Distinctive Odor?

Cadaverine – how creative.

10 Words to Know When Buying White Wine

Navigating the wine store can be intimidating and confusing. Combine that experience with deciphering vague, flowery wine descriptions? You might walk away with unmet expectations or even empty-handed. Knowing the right words to use when looking for an intriguing white wine will help you learn more about what you like, understand a wine’s descriptions with better clarity, and, most importantly, know how to definitively ask for what you want.

So, the next time you ask for a “balanced, medium-bodied, Old World style white wine with high acidity from the 2010 vintage”? You just might get what you’ve asked for.

Source: 10 Words to Know When Buying White Wine

The article doesn’t mention that price is not an indication of quality.  If you like it, that’s all that matters.