Death: A User's Guide (User's Guides)

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Forget manuels for cars and computers, death is the big event you really need to be clued up for and there's just no excuse for slacking. "Death - A User's Guide" is a one-step stop shop about death and beyond. This book also presents: the history of death, the physiology of death, death in literature and art, suicide, superstitions, near death experiences, the language of death, the rituals of death, secrets of the undertaker, the afterlife, reincarnation, famous last words, bizarre burials, amusing epitaphs, strange ways to die, and enough curious facts and figures to bury a man.

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Everything you always wanted to know about life when you're six feet under.
Let's face it, death is one of the most important events in life--and it never hurts to be prepared. Herein you'll explore such provocative questions as: Is there life after death? Is the Hereafter sexist? And most important: How do you know you're dead? This eye-opening collection of amusing tidbits, historical facts, and macabre curiosities probes the mysterious state that has stymied scholars and spiritualists since the beginning of time.
Did you know...
* An Australian woman had her husband's ashes inserted in her breast implants, to keep him close
to her heart (see page 118)
* Heavy drinking combined with excess body fat can result in Spontaneous Human Combustion (see page 191)
* Statistically, you're more likely to be killed by walking (660-1) than by lightning (55,000-1)
(see page 193)
PLUS Sex and Death * Graves of the Rich and Famous * Body Snatching and Grave Robbing * Ghosts, Ghouls, and the Undead *
And Much More!

About the Author:

Tom Hickman is a full-time writer and journalist now living on the Sussex coast. His other books include What Did You Do In The War, Auntie? the story of the BBC during WWII and The Sexual Century, a Carlton TV series.

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