25 Facts That Sound Comforting At First, But Are Pretty Disturbing

Published 6 months ago

Our brains love little facts that give us insight into the world and the more unique the fact is the better impact it has on us and the better we retain that information for later. 

The community members of r/AskReddit recently got online to discuss those little facts that sound quite comforting on the surface but when you think on it a little further, you realise that it actually has a rather disturbing element to it. 

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#1 That there is enough food and water to feed everyone on the planet for free. But a small group of world owners governs it, plays monetary games, and uses it to control the masses.

Image source: WiseOwlBear, Pixabay / pexels (not the actual photo)

#2 I was at a bbq yesterday and my uncle told me “think about it one day you went outside to play with your friends for the last time and didn’t even know it”.

Image source: rynor9or, cottonbro studio / pexels (not the actual photo)

#3 You’ve never actually seen your face. Only pictures or reflections.

Image source: Low_Egg_7606, Ivan Oboleninov / pexels (not the actual photo)

#4 Either alien life exists, or we are totally alone in the universe.

Image source: ALA02, NASA / unsplash (not the actual photo)

#5 You might be just like your parents when you have kids.

Image source: Ishzero, Kelly Sikkema / unsplash (not the actual photo)

#6 When you’re sick, you’re supposed to do drugs and stay out of school.

Image source: The_Spyre, Andrea Piacquadio / pexels (not the actual photo)

#7 There are hundreds if not thousands of versions of you in the minds of other people. Depending on how many people you have met in your life.

Image source: He-Who-Laughs-Last, pexels / Engin Akyurt (not the actual photo)

#8 The average age of empires is 250 years.

Image source: P3n1s_6a11s, Mathew Schwartz / unsplash (not the actual photo)

#9 Hippos and coconuts kill more people than sharks each year.

Image source: binOFrocks, Nipanan Lifestyle / unsplash (not the actual photo)

#10 My husband has worked in elderly care for over 10 years. He can attest that even without dementia, older people tend to loose their ability to taste. It’s like weakening eye sight but with flavor. He’s always getting complaints that the food is too bland but it’s so full of salt substitute it’s almost inedible to everyone else.

Image source: stormycakes, RDNE Stock project/ pexels (not the actual photo)

#11 When you give birth, your body produces hormones and your brain forgets a lot of the trauma you experience so that you’ll be willing to have more children in the future. So whenever you look back on childbirth, your memory of it will likely be way less awful than it actually was.

Image source: anon, Jimmy Conover / unsplash (not the actual photo)

#12 Death isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you.

Image source: doomrater, Moose Photos /pexels (not the actual photo)

#13 One day you’ll never feel pain again.

Image source: Antdawg2400, Andrea Piacquadio / pexels (not the actual photo)

#14 Even if 99% of the population finds you unattractive, around 78 million people still find you attractive. Idk this just really creeps me out.

Image source: blakespaghetti, Ryoji Iwata / unsplash (not the actual photo)

#15 While we’re losing a lot of forests in the tropics due to climate change, we’re actually gaining a lot of forest in the northern latitudes, and into formerly grassland areas as more available CO2 allows them to grow in more arid regions. And everyone loves trees, right?

Image source: RIPEOTCDXVI, gryffyn m / unsplash (not the actual photo)

The problem is the climate crisis is also a biodiversity crisis, and habitat loss – like grasslands or tundra becoming forest – is arguably even harder on species than changes in weather patterns.

#16 People think about you far less than you actually believe they do.

Image source: MarcableFluke, Mimi Thian / unsplash (not the actual photo)

#17 You’re statistically more likely to die in a car crash on the way to the airport than you are in a plane crash.

Image source: 593shaun, Michael Jin / unsplash (not the actual photo)

#18 There will be a point in time where humans go extinct. We won’t experience it but imagine our future generations will see the “end of the world”.

Image source: SunTzy69, Cameron Casey / pexels (not the actual photo)

#19 The idea that who we are is not who we used to be, nor who we will be. Both literally and figuratively, considering our cells are constantly dying and recycling so every 7ish years you have a “new” body and because our minds are ever expanding and learning new things.

Image source: sorry001, Marcos Paulo Prado / unsplash (not the actual photo)

Another one is the fact that who you are is not who others perceive you to be, since no one can ever truly know who you are and how you think, to the point that if you ever lost your memories, no one would be able to describe you fully to you.

#20 You walk by at least 10 murderers in your life time without even knowing it.

Image source: _weirdness, Cory Schadt / unsplash (not the actual photo)

#21 The most peaceful way to die is in your sleep, but you’ll go to sleep not knowing you’ll never see anything ever again.

Image source: anon, Ivan Oboleninov / pexels (not the actual photo)


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Your really really sick, you have no energy, no appetite, and just the will to do nothing at all. Let’s say this is your grandpa in this situation. All the sudden grandpa calls you and says he wants to eat so much that it hurts and he wants to go do some fun projects, this sudden burst of energy kinda thing. Well you drive to the hospital to find that your grandpa has just died minutes after he called you. The nurse will then explain to you that this is very common when people are dying to just have a sudden burst of energy.

#23 Most people don’t die of old age.

Image source: Heck_Tate, Brett Sayles / pexels (not the actual photo)

#24 If you don’t have children you end a several hundred year long bloodline.

Image source: nice_wholphin, Marisa Howenstine / unsplash (not the actual photo)

#25 You never truly know what anyone really thinks about you

Image source: bluburry420, LinkedIn Sales Solutions / unsplash (not the actual photo)

Edit: I mean this like super literally. Like you never know if your spouse is planning on [hurting] you, you never know if a stranger is keeping an eye on you thinking about assaulting you. Several possibilities that you could never know.


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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