When it comes to the world around us, most of us go about our day thinking everything is benign and wonderful. And for the most part, it is. But sometimes a fact is thrown up that makes you question just how nice the world actually is. That’s what we have for you today. Facts that you really don’t want to know. For instance, did you know that Hamsters are cannibals and will routinely eat their young if spooked or disturbed? Want to know some more?
Facts You Really Don’t Want To Know
- Buried within the Facebook terms of service agreement is a clause that allows them to record audio and video from your android device at anytime, without your consent. So maybe think about that next time you get a targeted ad after discussing something with your friends. Or taking a dump while browsing Facebook.
- During the 9/11 clear up, the rescue dogs were getting extremely depressed. Why? Because they were only finding dead bodies, no survivors. It got so bad that firemen had to hide in the rubble and let the dogs “find them”, just to cheer them up.
- Entomologists who study cockroaches frequently become allergic to them. Which is not so bad. Until you find that they also become allergic to most pre-ground coffee too. Which means pre-ground coffee may contain an extra ingredient………..
- Everybody loves seals, right? They are basically puppies that live in the ocean. But they have a darker side. They have been found to rape penguins. And sometimes after, they eat them just for good measure.
- John Douglas, the former chief of the FBI’s elite serial crime unit has a little fact about serial killers for you. John reckons that at any given time in the US, there are between 25 – 50 serial killers operating. Oh yeah, he also reckons this is a conservative estimate! Sleep tight folks!
- Everybody loves the story of Hansel and Gretel. Sure, it gets a little gruesome but all the classic fairy tales do. But what if I told you it was based on an actual historical period? During the great famine of 1315 – 1321, people regularly left their children in the woods to fend for themselves. And in some cases resorted to eating them. Not quite so cutesy anymore, is it?
- Gonorrhea is a pretty common std and is easy to treat. Except, that won’t be the case for much longer. Incurable, antibiotic resistant gonorrhea is already out there. And it’s only getting more common.
- Everyone remembers the Challenger disaster. Even if you weren’t alive for it, its famous worldwide. Most people assume the astronauts died instantly as soon as the shuttle exploded. That’s not the case. They would have been aware of everything and most likely alive until the capsule hit the water.
- If that did not depress you enough, here’s another one about space. Laika, the first dog in space, we all know of her, right? Her journey was actually a journey into hell. The insulation came off the craft and the dog spent five hours in extreme stress and 100+ heat before succumbing and dying.
- Cows have best friends. We know this because when you separate two cows for milking etc, they exhibit very high levels of stress until they are re-united.
- Most accidental deaths are caused by something in your daily routine. Could be the commute to work, a slip in the bath or any number of the things you take for granted each day.
- Each year, over a million children under the age of 5 die from diarrhea. This is due to the effects of dehydration on the body.
- Baby chickens at factory farms are checked for gender at birth. Females go into the factory, males go into a meat grinder. There are videos out there but I’m not going to link to one.
- The dissolution of the USSR was a great thing. But during the break up, a number of “suitcase nuclear bombs” vanished without a trace. Where they are, nobody knows.
- Pretty much everybody has mites living in their eyebrow hair follicles. During the night, these mites come out and lay eggs on your forehead.
- Judith Barsi was better known as the voice behind Ducky in the Land Before Time movie. Her catchphrase of “yep, yep, yep” was loved by a few generations of children. Why don’t we hear anything from her now? Because on the 25th of July 1988 her father shot her in the head before killing her mother, setting fire to the house and finally, shooting himself.
- Let’s finish on a high note. At 18 years old, on average you have between 3200 – 3500 weekends left before you bite the big one.