10 Weird Facts You Never Knew About Death

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On some people when they die, the body creates a waxy substance called “adipocere” during the decay process. The waxy substance can either be white, grey, or yellow, and covers the entire body to help preserve it and keep it fresh—even though the body is, well, dead. Adipocere slows the decomposition process by resisting bacterial action that would otherwise begin to attack the body.