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Freaky Facts About Death

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Can dead bodies move on their own?

Despite those great scenes in horror flicks where a sheeted body sits upright on the autopsy table, the answer is no. However, air trapped in the lungs may escape and in the process can vibrate the vocal cords to produce a chilling postmortem sigh. Funeral director Randy L. Goldy, a certified celebrant licensed in New Jersey, also reports that when a body is positioned with its hands on the abdomen, an arm may accidentally fall and strike the unsuspecting embalmer from behind. Other than that, the deceased don't get around much. "If dead people moved," says Goldy, "I would have become an accountant." 

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