A photo surfaced online recently of the remains of a man who was a victim of the deadly eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE.

Because of the body’s posture, many on social media have speculated that the man died while he was masturbating.

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According to more knowledgeable people however, this man didn’t have such a glorious end.

“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,”  Volcanologist Dr. Pier Paolo Petrone told the Daily Dot.

“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.”

Mr Petrone said it was most likely the man’s hands ended up in a masturbatory pose post-mortem.

“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 said.