10 Weird Facts You Never Knew About Death

2 Stayin’ alive

While decapitation is less common in the 20th century, a decapitated head can still remain conscious for a few seconds after the fact. In 2011, Dutch scientists measured brain waves of mice before and after decapitation and found brain activity of conscious levels in the mice for nearly four seconds after their heads had been cut off. Furthermore, a 2002 study showed brain cells could survive for several weeks after death in a lab.