Death, by any means, is an unwelcome thing.
But unfortunately, it’s the only certain thing in the world… Well, death and taxes. Honestly, I don’t know which is worst!
For the lucky few, death will come easily and will happen while we’re asleep.
I know the subject of death is an uneasy one, but I always imaged a quick and painless death to be the best.
But unfortunately for some people, a quick and painless death is the last thing they get.
If you’re not one for death and horrible ways to die, then I highly recommend you stop reading now, as some of these methods may be upsetting.
But for those of you who are rather curious, with a strong stomach, can find out history’s most painful deaths.
1. Death By Volcano
Ancient Rome has a number of missing skulls, most were destroyed thanks to a series of natural disasters.
A pyroclastic flow is not a nice way to go, and that’s why it’s top of our list! Pyroclastic flows or it’s less dense, gas-rich cousin, the pyroclastic surge is a terrifying prospect.
It looks like Hell on Earth, with lava blebs and debris flying through the sky.
That’s what people in Pompeii and Herculaneum thought in the year 79 CE when their town was destroyed, and they were ultimately killed as a result.
But unfortunately for us, these pyroclastic events aren’t a thing of the past.
They travel at typical speeds of 80 kilometers (roughly 50 miles) per hour, but realistically, it’s thought to be much faster than that.
During this hellish event, the superheated mixture of gases, lava blebs, and debris can reach temperatures as high as 1,000°C (1,830 °F).
As you can imagine, this firey and lava inferno will annihilate anything and everything in its path.
The poor people in Pompeii and Herculaneum were flash fried when the hellish and dense currents blasted across the skies, falling onto their rooftops and their streets.
If it touched your skin, which it would have eventually done, your skin would be instantly cooked and you would be in a lot of pain.
Most victims died of extreme heat shock, which froze them into “instant rigor mortis” – as their muscles suddenly contracted.
But the sad thing is, this wasn’t the worst way to go! If you didn’t get cooked to death, you would suffocate and drown in the toxic volcanic ash and gas-rich air.
There are very few bones of the people of Herculaneum, and Pompeii because the extreme heat caused any fluids in the bones and brain to boil.
This meant that in moments, their heads exploded.
2. A Diving Bell Accident
Thankfully this next death won’t involve anyone being cooked while they’re still alive, but it’s still unpleasant.
The Byford Dolphin is a semi-submersible drilling rig which is owned by BP in the North Sea.
Back in 1983, November 5th, several divers were working in the Frigg gas field with the help of a diving bell.
For those of you who don’t know, a diving bell is a rigid chamber that’s designed to take divers to dangerous depths safely.
While in use, the diving bells were put under an enormous amount of external pressure as the divers dove deeper and deeper.
The air inside these bells is highly compressed, and the internal pressures can become incredibly high!
But during a rigorous safety procedure, which involved two divers outside the bell, an accident happened.
Two divers outside the bell made sure that it could attach itself to a series of low-pressure chambers and trunks, allowing the occupants to disembark without exposing themselves to a sudden drop in pressure.
But on that same day, the diving bell was being winched upwards into a more shallow depth. This was a perfectly normal procedure, at first.