Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of How We Die

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To die, kick the bucket, to meet your Maker, dead as a doornail, get whacked, smoked, bite the dust, sleep with the fishes, go six feet under whatever death is called, it's going to happen. In 1789 Ben Franklin wrote, "In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes." Death remains a certainty. But how do we die? It's the enormous variety of how that enlivens final exits.

According to death certificates, in 1700 there were less than 100 causes of death. Today there are 3,000. With each advance of technology, people find new ways to become deceased, often causing trends that peak in the first year. People are now killed by everything, from cell phones, washing machines, lawn mowers and toothpicks, to the boundless catalog of man made medicines. In Final Exits the causes of death bizarre or common are alphabetically arranged and include actual accounts of people, both famous and ordinary, who unfortunately died that way. (Ants, bad words, Bingo, bean bag chairs, flying cows, frozen toilets, hiccups, lipstick, moray eels, road kill, starfish, and toupees are only some of the more unusual causes.)"

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Final Exits Largo takes an eye-opening and irreverent look at the truth behind kicking the bucket--the definitive A-to-Z illustrated sourcebook on the ways people die. 400+ medical and historical illustrations. Full description

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"Every mortal should read this book, before they find themselves in its pages."--Daniel Handler

Every mortal should read this book, before they find themselves in its pages. --Daniel Handler"

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