Pompeii Man Believed To Have Died While Masturbating

A photograph of a preserved body recovered from an ancient disaster has sparked an unusual new discussion.

The above-pictured Pompeii man was just one of an estimated 11,000 people to have been killed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD.

But now, after a local museum uploaded a photograph of the man, settled in a curious pose, many began to speculate on what he might have been doing in his final moments.

After Pompeii Archaeological Park uploaded the snap, social media users chimed in with some hilarious comments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All jokes aside, one expert has provided an explanation as to what likely happened to the Pompeii man.

Volcanologist Pier Paolo Petrone explains that victims of the eruption were killed by thermal shock.

He tells 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.

“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.”

Petrone says the mans hands likely ended up in the "masturbatory pose" after he'd already died.

“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."