San Francisco is home to The Golden Gate Bridge, definitely one of the most recognizable milestones in the world and a spectacle of engineering. However that’s all dominated by the fact that it is one of the main suicide magnets in the world. It is anticipated that there are about 30 deaths every year from jumping off the bridge, even though there could be people who have jumped without anybody else seeing them whose bodies were never retrieved.
One reason why numerous people jump off the bridge is because they figure that it is a fast and easy way to finish your life—just one impact and it’s all over instantly. Though, autopsy reports have revealed that it might not be as easy as you think. Firstly, about 5 percent of people actually survive the fall. To make troubles worse, some people who do survive the fall die later due to a combination of drowning and gruesome injuries—punctured lungs and bleeding brains are just certain consequences a jumper can expect.
The fact that there really isn’t much of a barricade to prevent people from jumping off the bridge is another reason why behavioral scientists believe it is such a suicide attraction.
Sadly, some people don’t comprehend the mindset of suicide. They believe that funding a barricade or netting would just cause people to commit suicide somewhere else, and funding such a barrier would be a waste of taxpayer’s money. A report done on the topic of bridge suicides showed this was simply untrue. Suicide is typically a very spontaneous act, of the people who survived the fall off the Golden Gate Bridge, 90 percent of them did not go on to attempt suicide ever again.
Sadly, this second myth is certainly costing lives because not enough people believe making suicide attempts more challenging will reduce deaths.
There are several myths about The Great Wall of China; the most recognized myth would possibly be that the wall is the only man-made item noticeable from outer space, which is not at all true. Though, there is a much more ghoulish myth about the Great Wall that is fairly popular.
We know that building the Great Wall was an immense effort that likely involved millions of workers during the years. Numerous people who labored on the wall died while working on the assignment. This has led to the myth that there are possibly hundreds of thousands of bodies buried inside the remaining wall itself.
According to experts, this is very doubtful—though it’s difficult to prove either way. They claim that it would have significantly weakened the configuration, because the bodies would have produced air pockets as they decayed within the walls.
Still, there could be a definite component of truth to the story. Long before the current Ming Wall was built, there was another lost wall known as the Qin Wall. A domineering emperor of the same name ordered this wall’s production. Several legends claim there were so many deaths throughout the assembly that they just dug lots of graves and dropped the bodies right in. Though, even in these legends the deceased are not truly entombed inside the walls, as that would have been an unrealistic idea. They were simply buried nearby, as a matter of pure convenience—not to please the impulses of an outrageous dictator who believed a wall crammed with bodies was a good idea.
Everybody has heard stories of the mummy’s curse. The legends will say that somebody entered a tomb, disturbed the remains or stole a holy object, and was then cursed by the powers of a bitter spirit. Of course, there is no proof beyond stories that there is any such thing as a mummy’s curse, but that has never stopped the storytellers. One-tale claims that centuries ago when Napoleon was doing his thing, he was swinging by Egypt and wanted to take a look at the pyramids at Giza. In order to fulfill a particularly narcissistic desire, the self-styled Emperor wanted to spend the night in the pharaoh’s tomb in the Great Pyramid.
The stories claim that Napoleon stayed the whole night in the tomb as intended, but he looked horrified upon exiting the tomb the next morning. He then clammed up about the experience, and he tried to never discuss about it again. According to legend, he nearly considered telling all the details of what happened to him upon his deathbed, but he decided not to because he didn’t think anyone would actually believe his wild claims. Unfortunately, his administrator—who journeyed with him—said that Napoleon never spent the night in a tomb.