Saturday, November 20, 2010

Living Heads

Audiences to guillotinings told numerous stories of blinking eyelids, speaking, moving eyes, movement of the mouth, even an expression of "unequivocal indignation" on the face of the decapitated Charlotte Corday when her cheek was slapped.


Image by nighthawkjw.

4 comments:

Grim said...

I've often wondered how long the brain is still capable of working when the head is separated from the body. I've read different things saying it's pretty much like flicking off a light switch, to other sources saying a few seconds.

Jay's Shadow said...

(Off With Your Head!)

crudedoodle.com said...

There's a great discussion about this in the movie "Severance". The character most interested in it finds out first-hand the truth about consciousness after you lose your head.

NecroBones said...

The brain remains active until oxygen deprivation causes unconsciousness. That can take anywhere from 10 to 20 seconds. That's a -long- time to be able to ponder your situation.