Not odd at all, when you think about it. There were an awful lot of beheadings during the Revolution, and they were all pretty closely--in two sense of the word!--observed. A lot of the aristos were of a scientific or semi-scientific bent, and they actually asked people to observe them to see how long their heads kept moving.
Originally Posted by Maksutov
And Closetgeek, the definition of "dead" is pretty fluid these days for just such reasons. When you have neither heartbeat nor brain activity, you're pretty dead, but it's possible to meet past clinical standards of dead and still be alive to certain current medical professionals.
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