Admit it. You’ve always wanted to know whether farts can carry germs.
Victims of exposure and hypothermia never have a good time of it, but sometimes they engage in a behavior that’s both understandable and horrifying. It’s called “terminal burrowing behavior,” and involves losing their minds, running away, and crawling into a hole to die.
Some of the symptoms in terminal restlessness and delirium is undressing, and trying to get out of the bed. At this point in the dying process, they’re too weak to leave the bed, but many of them tend to find comfort in odd sleeping poses if their pain/discomfort isn’t managed well enough. If they had enough strength to leave the bed, who knows – maybe they’d wander to a spot and curl into it like a hypothermia victim.
Additionally, when the brain starts to shut down (including the hypothalamus), we lose control of our body temperature. The result is fever spikes with no other real cause – infection and the like. Some can get as high as 103 degrees F.
This may be where our almost universal tradition of burial comes from. In the early days, we might have found our sick and elderly dead in a nook somewhere and simply covered them up to keep the predators away. And then we’d have learnt why not to use shallow graves…