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Burning or freezing to death are both gruesome ways to die. Thankfully, science has investigated this morbid question to come up with a clear ranking of which option is worse, because that's what science does. But what do you think? ❄️ 🔥

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Freezing to death would be an awful demise. Ranker actually breaks down the horrible stages of it for you here.

But although we think of death by cold as something that happens on Mount Everest (where mountaineers who reach the summit must climb past the bodies of the more than 200 people who've frozen to death), it actually happens with surprising frequency. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 13,400 people died from hypothermia in the United States between 2003 and 2013. (The CDC published this finding in their creepily named journal, "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.") Frostbitten limbs, slow paralysis, and hallucinations all sound pretty gnarly to us. ❄️ 😱 ❄️

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When we think of burning to death, we think of witches burned at the stake. Some argue that as many as 200,000 people were burned for witchcraft in Europe during 16th and 17th centuries. Burning was also the execution method of choice for witches during the Spanish Inquisition for some very bizarre reasons

It did not involve shedding of the victim's blood, which was disallowed under the prevailing Roman Catholic doctrine, and it ensured that the condemned had no body to take into the next life (which was believed to be a very severe punishment in itself). It was also thought at that time that burning cleansed the soul which was considered important for those convicted of witchcraft and heresy.

It seems unlikely that women burned at the stake by the Roman Catholic Church appreciated having clean souls. Depending on the method of execution, some victims would perish from smoke inhalation, which seems far more merciful than being burned alive.

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Many say being killed by the cold would be the most horrible way to die.

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But being set on fire also makes most people's "worst deaths" list.

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Would you rather freeze to death or be burned alive?
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#DeathByFreezing
#DeathByBurning