Your skin gets discoloured
Your skin will change colours – and keep changing – after you die! As gravity takes hold, it becomes purplish-red in spots where blood pools. And some killers make you even more colourful: “If a person dies from carbon monoxide poisoning, the blood turns cherry red,” says Judy Melinek, MD, a forensic pathologist and co-author with T.J. Mitchell of the New York Times bestseller Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner. “It even brightens all the organs internally. Victims of hydrogen sulphide gas poisoning can turn green.”
You might moan or groan
Any air left in your body – from CPR or gas released by bacteria – could make your vocal cords vibrate. And, according to Mary Lachman, MD, a pathologist, “Sounds like moans, groans, or squeaks could be produced.” But don’t panic over an army of noisy corpses. Dr Lachman says this reaction only happens if someone’s pressing on your chest or manipulating your body.
Your wrinkles will fade away
Apparently, death is the ultimate Botox. After you pass, “all of your muscles lose tension,” says Dr Lachman, causing all your wrinkles to smooth away.