Paul Doherty is a senior scientist, at San Francisco's Exploration museum and planetary scientist and he was one of the members of the research team for the Viking Mars mission. To say that he is intrigued by the concept of death would be an understatement, because for a whole two years, he has set out to discover the most fascinating ways to die. Alongside writer Cody Cassidy, he wrote a book called And Then You're Dead which explained exactly what would happen if you got caught up in certain inevitably fatal situations. The deathly situations that the pair mentioned in the book may seem far-fetched, but according to them, the information they provided accounts for what would go down in such an event. For instance, they explained what would occur after someone jumped out of the International Space Station to their death, what would happen if you happened to be swallowed by a whale and how you would die if you were shot from a cannon. In total, the two men included 45 "interesting" ways to die, which was narrowed down from an initial 200 examples that Doherty had gathered from his research. Doherty took on board suggestions from his friends and colleagues as to which were the most shocking scenarios to include in the book. Just last year, Doherty took part in a Reddit AMA where fellow Reddit users were called upon to ask the scientist about the numerous ways in which we as humans can die. These Redditors really took advantage of the fact that they were being invited to a Question and Answer session featuring an actual scientist. They posted over 2,000 questions about the most deadly scenarios they could think of. Warning: Some readers may find some of the answers which Doherty gave distressingly graphic.
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