Few days ago a twitter user @PersianRose1 posted a photo where she claims to show a man who died while masturbating during the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79.
Masturbating man, Pompeii, 79 CE pic.twitter.com/EPA2b17Vmd
— Persian Rose (@PersianRose1) July 2, 2017
The tweet set off a volcanic flow of wank jokes, which was kicked off by @PersianRose1 themselves:
“He held on till the very end…….great man.”
Internet was curious about this photograph’s history. As it turns out, this is the remains of a man who perished during the volcanic eruption that destroyed the Roman city of Pompeii in 79 A.D.
A color version of the image was shared in June on the verified Instagram account for the Pompeii Archeological Area. It posted the photo with the description, “Plaster cast of a victim of the eruption.”
Volcanologist Pier Paolo Petrone told the Daily Dot: “There is no way to demonstrate any ‘masturbating man,’ and it is out of place to discuss such an affirmation of some young time waster”.
He said Pompeii victims would have died very quickly from thermal shock as molten hot ash fell on them.
“The individual in the photo is an adult man, killed by the hot pyroclastic surge – hot gas and ash cloud which killed most of the population living around Mount Vesuvius – with both arms and legs flexed due to the heat”, Dr Petrone said.
“Most of the human victims found in Pompeii often show ‘strange’ position of arms and legs, due to the contraction of limbs as a consequence of the heat effect on their bodies after death occurred,” he added.