Now, I love learning new things. So when I saw that u/CallofDutysVeryOwn had asked people on Reddit for the most disturbing facts they knew, I was intrigued...
Until I actually read them, of course. I am now scarred for life, and I'd like you all to be, too. Here are 33 bone-chilling facts that are now rattling around in my head for the next time my brain's looking for a new nightmare.
1.You may be traveling with more than just the living on your next cruise. Turns out a good number of old people die on cruises — and accidents happen — meaning that all cruise liners have a morgue on board.
2.You probably know that a ton of people have died trying to climb Mount Everest, but what you don't likely know is that many of their bodies and belongings are used as trail markers.
3.One climber, David Sharp, actually began to freeze to death so close to where another frozen body "landmark" was that 40 people passed by him without helping him. By the time someone realized the body was actually the still-alive Sharp, it was too late.
5.Speaking of execution methods...one method the ancient Romans used involved beating people and then sewing them into a bag with a live dog, snake, monkey, and chicken, and throwing them into the ocean.
6.During the bubonic plague, people sometimes reported hearing strange gurgling noises coming from inside their lesions.
7.Did you know that there's a pretty high likelihood that a brutal murderer gets away with their crime? That's right, folks — almost 40% of US murders go unsolved.
8.And the leading cause of death for pregnant women in the United States is murder — in fact, they're twice as likely to die from murder than complications arising from their pregnancy.
9.A kid under the age of 15 dies every five seconds around the world — mostly from preventable causes.
10.We lose 25,000 people a day to hunger, including 10,000 children.
In fact, the reason people die of hunger is not because there is not enough food in the world, but because of the way food is distributed, meaning not everyone gets enough. Even worse, 1.3 billion tons are wasted or lost every year.
11.Babies used to be operated on without anesthesia because doctors believed they can't feel pain. Like...up until the 1980s.
12.You've heard of zoos, right? Well, did you know that many countries – including the US — had human zoos?
These were basically small fake villages where Indigenous peoples from different places — often Africa — would live in an exaggerated version of the culture these (mostly white) countries thought they lived in. Many of them died in these villages.
13.Sometimes, people would be displayed in cages, often naked. One man was displayed with an orangutan in the Bronx Zoo, suggesting he was an evolutionary link between orangutans and modern humans.
14.In the 16th and 17th centuries, many Europeans would consume "medicines" made from human corpses that were supposed to cure a number of different maladies.
Some were from burial sites, stolen from gravediggers — other medicines were made from mummies stolen from Egypt. They'd crumble them and create tinctures as well as make powders out of skulls.
18.It's rare, but cracking/popping your neck could cause you to have a stroke.
19.There's no effective treatment for rabies once the virus has taken hold. Rabies' mortality rate (99.9%) is higher than any other disease on Earth.
20.This one may seem small, but it's pretty darn disturbing to me — someone who loves oysters. Basically, if you've ever had a cloudy oyster, that means it was full of sperm.
21.Another small but creepy fact — king cobras can growl.
22.Also, the venom of some snakes can make your blood clot so quickly that it basically turns it to jelly.
23.Adult otters sometimes rape and kill other otters as well as baby seals. They also engage in necrophilia, and some male otters hold mama otters' children hostage.
24.This isn't quite as bad, but squirrels aren't herbivores — they're omnivores. They sometimes attack, kill, and eat other animals — like chipmunks, for some species of squirrel.
25.Did you know that male chicks of layer hens don't grow up to produce good chicken meat? As they can't be raised for slaughter or lay eggs, days-old male chicks are often shredded alive or suffocated.
26.Starfish often digest food outside of their bodies. Basically, it extends its stomach out and secretes enzymes that digest and liquefy the prey, and then absorb it into their body.
27.If you have a dog, you probably find it pretty cute when they're playing with their squeaky toy. You might, then, be horrified to know that dogs are into squeaky toys because they emit sounds that are similar to those of small prey.
And they shake the toy back and forth because that's how wild dogs and wolves would kill their prey.