• Question: In A Coffin , Why Do All Your Organ and Skin Just Rot :| ??

    Asked by nickydubbzy150 to Donna, Jo, Mark, Stuart, Tim on 24 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
    • Photo: Donna MacCallum

      Donna MacCallum answered on 22 Jun 2010:


      Not sure that you want to know the answer to this!
      Basically bacteria and fungi in your body start tyo use you as food – you then become basically the hard-to-digest bits (bones)
      I once heard a talk where the body was sealed in a lead coffin – completely sealed. It was dug up by an archeologist after 100 years and there was a “soup” in it as the rotten/digested body bits couldn’t drain away – yuk!

    • Photo: Joanna Buckley

      Joanna Buckley answered on 22 Jun 2010:


      Hiya nickydubbzy150 🙂

      Gross… I don’t like thinking about dead people’s skin. Ewwwww. Stuff eats you because they think you taste good when you’ve popped your clogs. Then your own bacteria start eating you too.

      You get eaten from the outside in and from the inside out. Disgusting but true. Thankfully, you won’t feel a thing 🙂

    • Photo: Tim Craggs

      Tim Craggs answered on 24 Jun 2010:


      Hi Nicky,

      I think part of the reason is when we die, our bodies no longer protect themselves form bacteria and other small bugs that will eat us up! Some bodies don’t decompose, mummy’s that have been preserved, and certain other people throughout history.

      What a good question though, I don’t think I really know the answer!

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