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    26 "Unfun" Facts I Recently Learned That Are As Fascinating As They As Terrifying

    Babies grow a moustache in the womb. Then eat it.

    This week, Reddit user MC_gnome asked, "what’s an 'unfun' fact?", and the community did not disappoint! Here are some of the most mindblowing facts people shared, and please bear in mind, some of these are NOT for the faint-hearted...

    1. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a smallpox sample they'd lost without even realising it.

    Three canisters and a scientist seeming to deposit a sample in one canister.
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    "It was just lying around in some random storeroom."


    2. Only one in every 1,000 sea turtles born make it to adulthood.

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    3. When your skin burns and turns red due to sun exposure, it’s because your skin cells are killing themselves to avoid becoming cancerous.

    A man sunbathing on a lilo in a pool with sunburn.
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    4. There is a rare and fatal condition in which the brain progressively destroys one’s ability to sleep.

    A woman huddled on a bed.
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    "It’s called Fatal Familial Insomnia. The condition is super rare and incurable. Eventually you stop sleeping altogether, lose your cognitive faculties, experience tremors and various other symptoms, and eventually die."


    5. The tarantula hawk wasp will hunt, paralyse, and entrap a tarantula to use as a live food for its larvae.

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    "A female tarantula hawk wasp will sting the tarantula to paralyse it, drag it to a specially prepared burrow and lay a single egg on the spider's abdomen before covering over the burrow. When the wasp larva hatches, it creates a small hole in the spider's abdomen, enters, and feeds voraciously, avoiding vital organs for as long as possible to keep the spider alive. It then emerges several weeks later to continue the life cycle."


    6. There are at least eight nuclear weapons known to be missing across the world.

    Nuclear missiles in a row.
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    7. Around 1.5 million people die from Tuberculosis every year – a disease that's treatable by antibiotics in almost all cases.

    Two doctors treating a patient in a tented hospital unit.
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    8. Bananas are a little bit radioactive.

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    9. The youngest person to ever give birth was Lina Medina, a Peruvian girl who gave birth to a child in 1939 at age five.

    A child's feet in sandals standing on dirt.
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    "Lina had precocious puberty and was molested at a young age, although the perpetrator was never found. She considered her son, Gerardo, to be her little brother, and he was also told that this was the case. She is believed to still be alive and living in Mexico."


    10. Cockroaches are often ground in with large batches of coffee.

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    "People who handle cockroaches frequently become allergic to them, which usually means they develop an allergy to ground coffee as well."


    11. There are brain-eating amoebas in freshwater ponds and lakes all over the world.

    A deck and a lake in the distance.
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    "'Naegleria fowleri' were first discovered in Australia in 1965, but they've been found in the US and in other warm places across the globe. The microscopic amoeba usually finds its way into the brain by entering the nose and travelling through the olfactory nerve. Not much is known about the disease they cause – called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) – but cases are rare. PAM is not infectious but is almost always fatal."


    12. Female ducks are so often forced into mating by male ducks that they have multiple vaginal defenses to confuse attackers and avoid unwanted pregnancies.

    A duck swimming in the water.
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    13. The male honeybee exists only to mate with the queen bee, after which he is "castrated" and dies.

    A close up of two honey bees.
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    "Once a male bee ejaculates its endophallus is ripped from its body and it falls to the ground and dies. It is literally a one shot wonder."


    14. There is a sunken ship in the Thames estuary filled with wartime explosives called the SS Richard Montgomery which, if disturbed, would detonate and send a tsunami up the river Thames in London.

    Several missiles poking above the surface of the sea.
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    15. Scientists once observed a deep sea octopus guard its eggs for five whole years without leaving the "nest" or even eating.

    An octopus on the sea floor.
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    16. There are only three states in America that have officially outlawed child marriage.

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    "Pennsylvania became the third state, with New Jersey and Delaware being the other two, in March of this year."


    17. Every unborn baby grows a moustache in the womb, which then spreads to cover its entire body.

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    "The baby then sheds most of the hair – or lanugo – eats it, and excretes it after birth with their first bowel movement, which is known as meconium."


    18. There is a planet where it potentially rains molten glass horizontally at around 4500 mph.

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    19. Anyone can have a sudden brain aneurysm, at any age, no matter your health situation.

    A man scratching his head.
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    20. Scuba Divers are known to experience a sudden change in pressure when swimming near open pipes, drains, or valves and can get sucked inside, no matter the size of the hole.

    A silhouette of a scuba diver swimming.
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    "Divers call this sudden change in pressure 'Delta P'. The worst part is that someone else usually has to go inside and remove the body."


    21. A single female tiger living in India at the turn of the twentieth century managed to kill 436 people.

    A tiger crouching in tall grass.
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    "She is known as the Champawat Tiger."


    22. Since the year 1950, it's estimated that around 2,500 to 3,000 languages have either died out or become endangered, with fewer speakers every passing day.

    A woman teaching a young girl sign language.
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    23. Fossilisation is actually quite rare. It takes a very specific set of circumstances for an organism to even become a fossil, let alone for a fossil to survive into the modern era.

    A fossil of a dinosaur.
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    "This likely means there are millions of species of animals, plants, and other organisms that we will simply never know about because they either never fossilised; their fossils were destroyed; or the fossils are in an area that's not accessible to humans. For all we know, there could’ve been an advanced civilisation that existed before us, but their existence has been lost to time."


    24. Judith Barsi, a promising young actor who starred in The Land Before Time and All Dogs Go to Heaven, was tragically murdered along with her mother by her father at age ten.

    A picture of Judith Barsi and Ducky from The Land Before Time.
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    "Many people knew of her severe abuse but no one did anything. All they found of her and her mother were their charred remains. The father shot himself after setting fire to the bodies. Who knows who she could've grown up to be?"


    25. Loads of people have their ashes scattered at Disneyland.

    A picture of the castle at Disneyland.
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    "The place is essentially one giant haunted house."


    26. And lastly, as if things weren't bleak enough, according to quantum mechanics there's a small chance the entire universe could suddenly disappear in the next five seconds.

    A colourful edit of space.
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    H/T to Ask Reddit – much love and thanks for truly creeping me out.

    Note: some entries have been edited for length and clarity.

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