25 Of The Deepest Rabbit Holes That People Have Found Themselves Sucked Into

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Ever found yourself scrolling through something online, only to end up on an unexpected journey through a series of intriguing topics? You start with one thing, then stumble upon another, and before you know it, you’re diving deeper and deeper into a rabbit hole of information. It’s a familiar tale of internet exploration.

If you’ve ever experienced this, beware – you might just find yourself in the same situation again. Recently, a Reddit user initiated a thread, inviting others to share the questions or topics that led them into the deepest rabbit holes of discovery. It’s a reminder that the allure of endless exploration online can lead you down unexpected paths.

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#1 Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. Arthur C. Clarke.

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The life of Harry Houdini. I was working on a historical novel idea a couple years ago that wove fictional events into historical 1926 New York City. My main character encountered several notable locations and places, and Houdini, his home, magic, and family played a major role.

There is so much of Houdini’s life that is fascinatingly well-documented. There are also tantalizing unknowns that keep both historians and magic buffs intrigued until today.

Weird facts:

He was the first to pilot an airplane in Australia.

When WW1 broke out, he trained US troops how to escape prisoner shackles if they were captured by the enemy and how not to panic if trapped underwater, such as in a torpedoed ship.

He knew and collaborated with HP Lovecraft who ghost-wrote an adventure story set Egypt in Houdini’s voice. They were collaborating on a book debunking superstitions at the time of Houdini’s death.

His house in Harlem was wired with a secret microphone system permitting him to eavesdrop on visitors and then appear to have mind-reading powers.

He purchased an actual Egyptian mummy what rattled around in his basement, much to his wife’s chagrin.

I could do this all day. Check it out.

#3 In Virginia radar detectors are illegal, so they have radar detector detectors. So I’m wondering if anyone built a radar detector detector detector?

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#4 I read about the Japanese concentration camps being especially horrible on Reddit and that was extremely depressing and f****d up but I couldn’t bring myself to stop reading.

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#5 Gastrointestinal Distress. The stomach, intestines, and digestive process is actually very intricate and interesting to learn about. Also taught proper ways to relieve bloating and stomach issues.

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For a little while, I couldn’t stop reading about Action Park, a water/amusement park that was open in New Jersey from the late 70s until the 1996. Basically, the whole place skirted a TON of rules and regulations, and six people died on rides.

There were also literally THOUSANDS of injuries.

The owner would pay employees $100 to test out crazy new rides. They had a slide that went completely upside down. It was um, not safe.

There was a giant human sized hamster wheel they tested by rolling down a hill. It rolled down the hill, broke the fence, and crossed the highway, with someone inside.

I recommend the documentary “Class Action Park” on HBO, or you can just see some crazy rides and old footage on youtube.

#7 Christian fundamentalists in the US. Randomly stumbled across the Duggars when I was a teenager, which set off an entire chain reaction that culminated in dozens of hours of watched LDS documentaries, YouTube essays, Reddit deep dives, etc. There is so. much. mess in those communities.

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#8 Cults, criminal psychology.

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#9 The f*****g titanic….which leads to other shipwrecks. It’s mostly the images of something so alien as the bottom of the ocean.

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#10 The amount of people who have ‘gone overboard’ on a cruise ship…

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#11 Nothing had me in a chokehold like the Bermuda Triangle at 10 years old.

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#12 Narcissistic personality disorder and borderline personality disorder. Mental health fascinates me because it provides answers to the abuse I experienced as a child and in relationships as an adult.

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#13 Michael Jackson and whatever he did or didn’t do. Extremely interesting topic due to the unprecedented amount of smoke and mirrors surrounding a celeb, and probably impossible to determine one way or another. Was never a big fan but went down that rabbit hole one time because of some random reddit comment and it turned into a guilty pleasure hobby for a solid year. I probably could get a PhD in Michael Jackson lore now.

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#14 Random people from ~100 years ago who pique my interest, and then I’m on Ancestry for the next little while, trying to piece together their life stories.

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#15 The Bootes Void. Space is fascinating and terrifying.

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#16 Missing persons. People have no idea how hard it is to find someone in the wilderness, especially if they aren’t trying to be found. The bodies are there, just never found. Sometimes people stumble upon the remains, but it’s usually coincidence.

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#17 The disappearance of MH370 in 2014, as I’ve flown on Malaysian Airlines several times and a big part of my job is doing root-cause analysis of complex incidents. I work in medicine, not aviation, but the reasons why planes go down has always fascinated me.

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#18 “What was Prussia?” was the question that indirectly made history go from a subject I had a bit of interest in to the subject that I plan to teach for a living, so I guess you could say I’m still going down that rabbit hole years after I asked that question.

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#19 Central banking. It’s just financial aid for the 1%.

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#20 Have I ever played any of the Five Nights at Freddy’s games? No. Do I have any desire to play any of the Five Nights at Freddy’s games? No. Did I watch hours and hours of Five Nights at Freddy’s lore and lore prediction videos on YouTube? Yes. Yes, I did.

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#21 If cigarettes are such a significant public health concern, are a multi-billion dollar industry, and are over a century old, why can’t we make them less harmful?

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Went DEEP into the research. The answer was surprising: we can.

The rabbit hole involves GMOs, a secret research project dubbed “Project X”, catalytic filtering, Central American politics, and the Amish. I now have a file on my computer dedicated to the research papers I dug up on the topic.

#22 The fact Marilyn Monroe’s body disappeared for several hours after her death. Her entire life story was tragic.

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#23 The Stanford Prison Experiment Also, the difference between crows and ravens and whether I can tell them apart after studying them (I still cannot) Edit: I’m getting some great material to fall into rabbit holes for from this thread, thank you.

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#24 Double slit experiment.

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#25 UFO’s and aliens. I’m still in the rabbit hole.

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Shanilou Perera

Shanilou has always loved reading and learning about the world we live in. While she enjoys fictional books and stories just as much, since childhood she was especially fascinated by encyclopaedias and strangely enough, self-help books. As a kid, she spent most of her time consuming as much knowledge as she could get her hands on and could always be found at the library. Now, she still enjoys finding out about all the amazing things that surround us in our day-to-day lives and is blessed to be able to write about them to share with the whole world as a profession.

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