20 Times People Shared Disturbing Facts That Probably Nobody Wants To Know

Published 1 year ago

A strange or creepy fact may send a shiver down our spine, but isn’t it interesting to know about them?

Recently, a Redditor asked, “What is a fact that scares you?” and many people shared their answers in the comment thread about some not-so-fun facts. Scroll below to read them in the gallery below.

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Image source: pluribusduim, U.S. Geological Survey

Melting permafrost is releasing potentially life threatening microorganisms that humans have no immunity to.


Image source: Seiliko, Rawpixel

It’s likely that my chronic pain is uncurable and I’ll have to live with it forever. It’s cost me most of my hobbies and taken a huge toll on my mental health and it seems to be steadily getting worse too. That scares me a lot. I don’t want this to be my life.


Image source: LastTime-_-, cottonbro studio

There’s an illness called fatal insomnia.

You stay awake until you die, There’s literally no cure and can’t be predicted, you lose your mind slowly and you can’t do anything about it.

My grandpa died slowly from it.


Image source: HotSpicedChai, RODNAE Productions

I logically know I am fine, but my anxiety won’t let me accept that.


Image source: _Light_The_Way, Eric Rothermel

We only live for about 4,000 weeks.


Image source: puffykitty6942, Pressmaster

Some people buy and sell humans.


Image source: EmergencyNoodlePack, goinyk

That outside of our planet, zero of our achievements/history/language/currency matters. It can all be erased in a second and there would be no knowledge of us ever existing in the first place to anyone else in the universe. We are meaningless outside of this sphere.


Image source: Unhookingsnow6, gpointstudio

The fact that the past 10 years of my life have flown by, and it means I got about a decade before I become the same age as my parents when I was born. Meaning that I’m just slowly going to age till it’s time for me to pass. And I still don’t even know why I’m living or what I want to do, or even feel like I’m happy.


Image source: HorrorHund, Ibrahim Boran

We still don’t know how exactly anesthesia works and yet every day about 60.000 people are having surgery under anesthesia. And about 1 in 1000 patients wakes up during surgery and is often traumatized for life.


Image source: Netskimmer, kegfire

How much our brains trick us “for our own good”.

For instance, your brain does not record input from your eyes as they move. So if you are looking at object A and move your eyes from object A to object B, it does not record the motion blur as your eyes move.

Moreover, it accounts for this gap by taking the image you settle on and backfilling it in your memory, so you think the time your eyes spent in motion was actually spent looking at object B. The causes several optical illusions. Most notably, why a blinking light will seem to stay on or off longer when you first look at it. That’s because your brain backfilled the image of it being on or off in your memory. It’s easy to experience this. Just find a blinking light and look away, then look back at it. Unless it’s timed just right, you will appear to observe the light being lit, or not, for just a split second longer than it should be.

The brain will also backfill details that are missing from your memories, sometimes making them up completely. It really makes you wonder just how much of what we see is actually real.


Image source: Vinny_Lam, photobac

The number of people older than me will never increase.


Image source: LikeASomeBoooodie, Grigory_bruev

That we’re hurtling towards an ecological geological disaster the likes of which humanity has never seen at breakneck pace and a massive number of us can’t seem to do much about it.


Image source: becomingNope, Robina Weermeijer

That any of us could have a brain aneurysm right now and not even know it’s coming.


Image source: SecretlyBiPolar, Rawpixel

When I was 17 I had been dealing with a mystery headache condition and was become “mysteriously ill”. Doctors couldn’t explain it.

I was told by a prolific doctor that they’d be shocked if I “lived past 30.” It struck me like a train, and not much bothers me. The doctor apologized but said they couldn’t lie to me.

I turn 29 soon and I’ve been diagnosed with an aggressive autoimmune disease, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, ADHD, and OCD.

I’ve never been more sick in my life, and as we speak my heart is pounding so hard it’s shaking my bed. My wife who is used to me being ill is legitimately concerned, so yeah, doc may end up being right after all.


Image source: Lurchie_, Anna_Om

That we have an elderly stockpile of nuclear weapons that could erase most of life on the planet several times over. There have been some scary near misses on our history with nuclear weapons and I believe it’s only a matter of time before there’s a horrific accident.


Image source: Kysman95, Matt Bennett

That my parents and grandparents are slowly getting older and it’s just a matter of time before I start losing them all one by one and there’s nothing I can do about it.


Image source: bulletmissile, Johann Piber

That the insect biomass is rapidly decreasing. This is the foundation of the food chain.


Image source: DependentCrew5398, Karolina Grabowska

The amount of women and children murder every year in first world countries at the hands of their current or ex spouses. One every 11 minutes.


Image source: sutroheights, dotshock

That since I was born the human population has doubled and the animal population has been cut in half.


Image source: FrenchMaisNon, Pixabay

Any day, you could have a stroke and lose all your autonomy and become as dependant as a baby.

Saumya Ratan

Saumya is an explorer of all things beautiful, quirky, and heartwarming. With her knack for art, design, photography, fun trivia, and internet humor, she takes you on a journey through the lighter side of pop culture.

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