Remains from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE had been found and almost 1,500 people were found to have died from it. Amidst these remains, there had been many touching images of families huddling together, lovers embracing one another — wherein several experts and people believe that these may have been two men holding each other.
Although, one particular image stood out and resulted in an online uproar. According to IFLScience's report, people have been theorizing that the man was preparing himself for one final act of "self-love," the image showing a man who is lying on his back with one of his hands appear to be holding his crotch.
It has gone viral on the social media app,Twitter, where users speculate that instead of running away from his apparent death, the man decided to "give himself a hand." On the other hand, several Twitter users tried to give the man some dignity and said that "maybe he was just trying to protect his crotch from something headed towards it," as reported by IFLScience.
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Regardless, the majority of Twitter users seem to agree that this may not be one of the best ways to go and even though we may probably never know what the man was really doing, as experts say that it is perfectly possible that the man died while he was masturbating, or maybe he met death from a fall, which would explain why his body was positioned like that.
However, there had been many theories surrounding the Pompeii tragedy, with one stating that the victims had been killed instantly from a blast of hot gas. A 2001 study proves this hypothesis since when the study authors examined the 80 skeletons from the remains that had solidified, results found out that the victims who were near the eruption may have been killed before they could even feel any pain.
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"[There were no signs of a] voluntary self-protective reaction or agony contortions, indicating that their vital organs must have stopped within a shorter time than the conscious reaction time. The cloud was a mixture of hot gas and ash," explains Dr. Alberto Incoronato from the University of Naples Federico II, via IFLScience. "It caused little damage in the town itself but killed these people instantly."
According to Incoronato's team, other victims were found to be killed by falling debris in collapsed buildings or suffocating to death, but the lack of debris near the "masturbating man" and the fact that he isn't covering his face suggests the idea that he may have been one of the "lucky ones" who died in the incident.