Do/did you believe......

United States
January 29, 2007 8:10am CST
That hair and fingernails continue to grow after death? That's why most ghouls, ghosts and corpses are portrayed in movies etc. with the long stringy hair and claws..right? wrong? I came across the following in my wanderings - Though hair and fingernails appear to keep growing after death, this is merely a morbid optical illusion at work. In death the human body dehydrates severely, retracting enough skin to expose more nail and hair. Oh well we live and and learn another old tale/myth hits the dust.
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@sunshinecup (7881)
29 Jan 07
I didn't know that. I have heard the tale but never thought to investigate it. Thanks for sharing that, I love learning something new everyday.
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@emisle (3823)
• Ireland
29 Jan 07
Actually that's not true. It was believed that that did happen, but it turns out that it appears they do keep growing because your skin actually shrinks, giving the illusion that your nails and hair have grown.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
29 Jan 07
now I am getting disalousioned (sp) I seen a srunken head one time they claimed the hair was still growing the hair was about 4 foot long and they had it spread around the skull
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@classy56 (2883)
• United States
29 Jan 07
you mean i have been thinking this was true all my life.an its not true.wow what a waste."but i guess it was fun beliveing it was..thanks
• India
31 Jan 07
i am not agree with your discussion now a days its myth
• United States
31 Jan 07
Please read the topic again as your response seems to say you do agree that it is a myth.