20 Random And Disturbing Facts About The World We Live In That Might Keep You Awake At Night
We envision the greenery, breathtaking landscapes, animals, rainbows, thunder, earthquakes, and even childbirth when we think of nature. It’s powerful, dynamic, ever-changing, majestic, and almost idyllic. Yet, it’s not all glorious and pretty. Some things about nature and living beings are rather disturbing, creepy even. Therefore, it’s unlikely you’ve been taught about it in your biology or history class.
Thanks to these two threads on Reddit (1,2), we compiled the list of the most disturbing facts about life on Planet Earth that most people are unaware of. We included biological things that occur in nature, creepy historical occurrences, and other random but no less disturbing facts. Scroll below and let us know if you have heard of any of these things? Do you know any other creepy facts to add to the list? Leave a comment!
For all the NOT faint-hearted peeps here, check out more scary and disturbing facts in our previous posts here and here!
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If a fetus doesn’t get enough calcium from their mother’s diet they will take the calcium from their mother’s bones.
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Adult teeth in toddlers are right under their eyes.
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You could drop dead instantly [of] a brain hemorrhage/aneurism and have no warning signs prior. One second you’re perfectly fine, and the next you’re dead
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There is an island of dolls in Mexico City that has thousands of creepy dolls to honor a little girl who drowned in the 1950s. The island is also one of the most haunted places.
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The last use of a guillotine in France was the same year the first Star Wars movie premiered. 1977
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The Roman Empire lasted over 1000 years, American society is only 243 years old, we could quite possibly collapse just like the Roman Empire did.
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Drowning is quiet, and most kids drown right in front of the person that’s supposed to be watching them.
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About 3 000 people disappear every year in the US and are never found again
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You have a bunch of microscopic parasites called Demodex on your eyelashes and in the pores on your face. They come out at night to lay eggs on and eat the oils on your face.
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When a person is electrocuted in the electric chair, they feel everything. They are fully aware of their bodies being fried as it happens in real-time.
One inmate who survived the first round of electrocution said it tasted like cold peanut butter.
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It’s estimated that there [are] around 25-50 active serial killers in the US
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There is a rare genetic disease called Fatal familial insomnia where over the course of months you literary can not go or be put to sleep no matter what you take or what you do. The symptoms get progressively worse until finally you stay awake watching yourself go insane until you [pass away] from exhaustion.
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If you stare at the mirror in the dark long enough, your brain starts to make your eyes see things. Usually transforming you, or the room into something horrifying- more usually monsters. This is called ”peripheral fading” or the Troxler Effect.
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Somewhat recently (2012), scientists discovered over 1,400 new species of bacteria living in the belly button. Everyone’s belly button ecology is unique (add it to the fingerprints & snowflakes list). In that same study, 1 volunteers belly button harbored bacteria strands that had only ever been found in soil from Japan- where this man has never been.
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In 1844, there was a case of hysteria in a French convent of nuns. One started meowing and after a week all the nuns were meowing harmoniously in the afternoons. It didn’t stop until neighbors called soldiers.
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The bodies of the sailors who died on the Edmund Fitzgerald are still down there, almost perfectly preserved, due to the water at that depth being just barely above freezing. Divers who have explored the wreckage have seen their bodies frozen in place to parts of the ship, and have come back reporting that they feel as if they were being followed during their time underwater.
Photos were taken, but per the request of the crew’s family, they have never been released to the public.
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Chainsaws were originally invented for childbirth.
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Anglerfish, when Anglerfish mates the male Literally deforms its body and fuses with the female then they live together for the rest of their lives
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A “Rat King” is a phenomenon created when a large group of rats become fused together by their tails via ice, dirt, hair, blood, or even feces.
Encounters with this horrible phenomenon inspired some of humanity’s greatest myths.
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Cotard’s Delusion is a rare psychiatric condition, severe cases of which cause the sufferer to wholeheartedly believe they are dead, putrefying, or simply do not exist. Some Cotard’s patients refuse to eat, as they do not believe they need to, with one notable patient dying of starvation. Another woman once asked to be taken to a morgue to be with the other dead people.
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