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3 Hours of Tongue-Pulling Was a Real Option to Check Mortality in 1848

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Courtesy of the wonderful QI Elves on Twitter, here's a graphic showing real entries in an 1848 contest for the best way to determine if someone was really dead or not. It's so good that they had the competition, how would anyone have come up with "check for heartbeat with a stethoscope" otherwise?

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ApostropheMe

Wow. Gothic literature's seemingly overblown fear of deathlike states EXPLAINED.