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    Which Is SCARIER: The Deep Sea Vs. Outer Space

    This is for the Editorial Fellowship.

    1. Which are you more afraid of

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    We'll see if you still feel that way after this post!

    Are you #teamdeepsea or #teamspace?

    The Deep Sea Argument

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    Even a beach bum knows there is a lot to be afraid of in the deep sea. Here are a few reasons why... buckle up!

    1. The deepest part of the ocean is 36,200 feet deep!!

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    On average, it's more like 12,100 feet deep, but STILL. Imagine how much is floating around down there!

    2. It is DARK

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    Think about it... how the heck will you be able to see anything at night?? You won't. If you get tired of treading water during the day, good luck doing it at night!

    3. It covers 70% of the world's surface

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    The ocean is literally the majority of this world.

    4. 80% of the ocean still has not been mapped

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    We have limited knowledge about how to actually explore the ocean. The sea pressure alone makes deep sea exploration virtually impossible. Did you know that sea level pressure is 14.7 pounds per square inch? As you can imagine, the pressure increases every 10 meters you dive deeper. How are we supposed to know what's going on down there?? And how would you manage that pressure?!

    5. There might be up to 100 million creatures

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    There are TONS of freaky creatures swimming around in the deep sea. Plus, in a world where it's 'eat-or-be-eaten,' these guys have actually evolved to look scary. That's the only way to survive!

    6. Hurricanes, tsunamis, and lightning... oh my!

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    When you're not battling the sea creatures, you're probably struggling with some intense storms. (While also trying to tread water, I'm assuming??) (I don't think scuba gear will save you at that point.)

    7. Black holes

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    Or should I say, blue holes? You probably know about the black holes in space, but did you know they exist in the sea?? If you have ever experienced the power of a riptide, I know you don't want to get anywhere near something like this. Terrifying.

    8. Did I mention the creatures?

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    Afraid of sharks? Well look at these things! WTF.

    OKAY. Now to be fair, let's get a little freaky with some space facts.

    The Outer Space Argument

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    Yeah, obviously there is a lot we don't know about outer space. But is it necessarily scarier? You decide.

    1. You can't breathe

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    If you end up in outer space, the hope is that you have a pretty secure space suit. And (hopefully) endless amounts of oxygen.

    2. Meteors

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    Sure, a meteor shower looks pretty from Earth. But picture a bunch of large rocks flying at you at an incredible speed. Could be a little chaotic, to say the least.

    3. Aliens(?)

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    Here is the 'elephant in the room'... the aliens. Whether you are a believer in the extraterrestrial or not, hopefully you won't come into contact with any of these creatures. (And if you do, hopefully they're nice!)

    4. Time moves slower

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    If you get stuck in space, odds are you'll be twiddling your thumbs for a hot minute while a lot of time passes for your earthly peers.

    5. We have only explored 4% of outer space

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    Space travel is no easy feat. The universe is pretty big, and we barely know what's out there. Does that freak you out or what?!

    6. Your genetics can be altered

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    After staying in space long enough, your DNA can actually change!

    7. You can't scream for help

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    Not to make you more nervous, but odds are low that anyone will hear you if you scream for an SOS. Let's hope you have a good space station situation!

    8. The dark flow

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    Talk about black holes... how about the dark flow?! Apparently, it's this phenomenon that galaxies are sort of being sucked into a point of no return... WTF.

    1. What are you more afraid of *now*

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    Here's the thing, BOTH are freaky. There's no doubt about that.

    Both are freaky, and both are pretty amazing. But in this case, I'm #teamdeepsea. For me, the odds of ending up in outer space are probably lower than the odds of me ending up in the deep sea, so I'm more concerned about the deep sea. Right? Think of it this way: if you're in outer space, someone knows you're there. What if you end up in the deep sea and no one knows you're there?! It's a no for me, dog.

    For some comedic relief, enjoy this cute dolphin.

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