The No One Dies Alone Program Pairs Volunteers With Terminal Patients
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The fear of dying alone might plague humanity more than the fear of death itself. If you've ever had to visit a terminally ill loved one in the hospital, you've felt the importance of being with them in their final hours. But what about the patients who don't have anyone with whom to share their final moments? A nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Oregon, found the answer.In 1986, Sandra Clarke was working as a staff nurse at Sacred Heart when a frail, elderly man asked if she would stay with him. It was the end of Clarke's shift and she still had six more patients to check on, so she said she'd return later. When Clarke returned, the man had died, and he'd been alone when it happened. That's when Clarke vowed she would never have another patient die without someone by their side. Fifteen years later, the volunteer program No One Dies Alone (NODA) was born.
The Jacuzzi Of Despair Is A Deadly Lake Within The Gulf Of Mexico
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A jacuzzi is the picture of warm, bubbling, soothing relaxation. It's a luxury. But tweak the scene to make those steamy bubbles full of methane and that hot, clear water a thick, briney stew and you have yourself the "jacuzzi of despair." This underwater brine pool in the Gulf of Mexico is no vacation spot—it's a toxic pocket of seawater that will certainly kill anything that swims into it. Hopefully we didn't just ruin jacuzzis for you...
Some People Fear Public Speaking More Than Death Itself
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Whether it's a presentation at work, a speech for your brother's wedding, or the opening night of a big performance, most people have experienced "stage fright" to some degree. This fear is so serious that many people rank public speaking higher than death when surveyed about their greatest fears. How could one possibly fear public speaking more than death itself? Because, at the most basic level, humans are social animals.
Thomas Edison's Planned To Invent A Spirit Phone To Talk With The Dead
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Thomas Edison is known for his many inventions, but not all of them totally worked out. Of his hundreds of patents, one little-known 1920s idea sticks out as slightly peculiar: Edison's spirit phone. The inventor had plans to create a device that would communicate with the dead. But we're not talking about any Ouija board-type mumbo-jumbo garbage. Edison wanted his device to not function by "any occult, mystifying, mysterious, or weird means employed by so–called 'mediums,' but by scientific methods." Gotta admire his intentions.
The Worst Way To Die In The Wild Is By Cassowary Attack
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Nature is beautiful, and also pretty terrifying. Hurricanes, heat waves, tornadoes, lightning strikes, hail storms, earthquakes... we'll stop there. Many natural disasters have claimed lives, but which would be the most excruciating way to go? According to Outside magazine, it's not by drowning or ingesting poison—it's by the attack of a cassowary. What's a cassowary? We're glad you asked...