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25 Shocking, Bizarre, And Kinda Disturbing Facts That'll Fuck You Up A Bit


We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the craziest facts they know. Here are the wild results.

1. As recently as the 1980s, many researchers and doctors believed that babies couldn't feel pain, so some were operated on without any anesthesia.


—Shannon Caseber, Facebook

2. All cruise ships have a functioning morgue on board., Fox

—Koeyoshi Yokohama, Facebook

3. There are colors that humans can't see, and you can't even try to imagine what they look like.

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4. Less than 5% of the oceans have been explored by humans, meaning we have nooooo idea what kinda monsters could be living there.

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—Angel Knoedl, Facebook

5. The average person walks by almost 16 murderers in their lifetime.

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Here's the math, assuming you lived in an average-sized city:

10 new people per day x 365 days per year x 71 years of living = about 260,000 different people you might walk by. 260,000 people in a lifetime x 6 murderers per 100,000 people = 15.6 murderers.

—Tina Babina, Facebook

6. There are things called eyelash mites that live on people's faces, and you probably have them.

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—Lea Roselli, Facebook

7. Male echidnas have four-headed penises.

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—Shannon Caseber, Facebook

8. Even if your lungs filled up with the same amount of liquid, it could take an extra 10 minutes for you to drown in saltwater than it would in freshwater.

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—Esmerelda Szak, Facebook

9. Serial killer Joe Metheny owned a food stand and sold burgers that combined animal meat with the flesh of his victims to unsuspecting customers.

10. There are more ways to shuffle a standard deck of cards than there are atoms on Earth.

Mathematicians refer to the possibilities of shuffling a deck as "52 factorial" (so, 52 x 51 x 50 x 49, etc.), or 80,658,175,170,943,878,571,660,636,856,403,766,975,289,505,440,883,277,824,000,000,000,000 chances.


11. As a result, every time you shuffle a deck of cards, you're probably the first person in history to shuffle them in that sequence.

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12. You're 6.7% more likely to die on your birthday than any other day of the year.

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13. Ted Bundy was a serial killer who also worked at a suicide hotline. A coworker once said, "Ted Bundy took lives, but also saved lives."

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14. The Japanese giant hornet has venom that's so powerful, it can dissolve human tissue.

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15. Violet Jessop, aka Miss Unsinkable, survived the sinking of the Titanic, a collision on the RMS Olympic, and the sinking of the Britannic.

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16. Male ducks have corkscrew-shaped penises, and some even have barbs at the end to scrub away leftover sperm in the female from rival males.

17. Arsenic was used to dye clothes green in the 19th century, but Victorian Britain didn't know it was poisonous, so several people died.

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18. In the Victorian Era, it was common to take pictures with the bodies of a deceased family member, as a final way to preserve their memory.

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19. In 1978 in the midst of his murder spree, serial killer Rodney Alcala won an episode of The Dating Game. The woman who picked him refused to go on the date because he seemed "creepy."

20. The first person to die while building the Hoover Dam was John Gregory Tierney, and the last was Patrick William Tierney, his son, exactly 14 years later.

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21. Astronaut Michael Collins took a picture of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in the Lunar Module, with Earth in the background, meaning he took a picture of every human who ever lived, except for himself.

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22. Babies are born with about 300 bones, but as they get older those bones fuse together to form 206 bones.

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—Diana Haven, Facebook

23. In the 16th and 17th centuries, many Europeans thought that eating human bones, blood, and fat would cure certain illnesses, so they stole mummies from Egyptian tombs and robbed graves to get the bodies.

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24. Turritopsis dohrnii, aka the immortal jellyfish, is a species that ages in reverse and then restarts its life cycle over...forever.

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25. And people jerk themselves awake while sleeping because their body thinks they're dead – it's their brain's way of making sure they're still alive, since their heart rate is so slow.


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