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This promises to be a depressing conversation…

While the world is a beautiful place filled with amazing things, there’s also the flip side of that coin: the sad stuff, which is everywhere as well.

People on AskReddit shared the saddest facts they know. Let’s see what they had to say.

1. Heartbreaking.

“A researcher played a recording of a recently deceased elephant to its family. The family recognized the sound and went crazy, running around trying to find their buddy, visibly distressed.

The researcher felt really bad afterwards and said he’d never do that again. Man, when I heard this story, it just broke my heart.”

2. The day the world changed.

“At the 9/11 museum I learned the unfortunate fact that Flight 93 flew upside down for a period of time before crashing in the field.

Apparently, people all over the plane were vomiting. If you’ve even been on a flight where someone throws up nearby, you can imagine how disgusting, awful, and traumatizing this had to have been. Breaks my heart just thinking about it.

Another sad fact is that 8 children were on those planes. 3 were on a trip to California with their teacher. Two siblings (ages 8 and 3) were traveling with the parents, and after missing their original flight, were put on Flight 77 (crashed into the Pentagon.)

I was in middle school at the time, but nearly 20 years later, 9/11 facts continue to haunt me.”

3. Man’s best friend.

“Hachikou was a Japanese Akita dog who each day would wait at the train station for his owner to return from his commute.

One day his owner had an aneurysm at work and passed away. Hachikou would spend the next ten years waiting at the station.

We don’t deserve dogs, they are too good.”

4. Beautiful song.

“The song (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay is technically unfinished. The whistling you hear at the end of the song was an ad-lib, intended to be a placeholder for a final verse.

Unfortunately, Otis Redding d**d in a plane crash before he could record that final verse and we will never know how he wanted it to end.”

5. Let’s hope not.

“Bananas could go extinct soon.

There is some kind of fungus or disease wiping out the trees, once they get infected its a total loss.

Eat em while you can.”

6. Famine.

“The Ukranian Famine (Holodomor) ki**ed at least 3.5 million people back in 1932-1933.

Stalin’s insane plans to optimize state crops while starving out the farmers themselves is some of the most horrific s**t I’ve ever heard of.

D**th by starvation has got to be one of the worst possible ways to go.”

7. Does it exist?

“There isn’t “someone for everyone”.

There are plenty of people all over the world who will go through their entire life never having a romantic partner, regardless if they want one or not, because of whatever reason (unattractiveness, poor social skills, poor mental health etc).”

8. Horrific.

“Dozens of sailors trapped in the USS West Virginia when it was sunk in the Pearl Harbor attack survived several days.

A few lasted over 2 weeks. Salvage crews could hear them banging.”

9. Look it up.

“The federal government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition so that it would k**l people to “prove” how dangerous al**hol is.

They literally m**dered their own citizens to prove a danger that wouldn’t have existed at all without them.”

10. Wow.

“The money in off shore bank accounts 5 years ago could end world poverty for 50 years.

Forbes once had the headline: “Poverty is a choice, just not by the ones in poverty.””

11. Terrifying.

“The crew of the space shuttle Challenger (or at least a good number of the crew) didn’t d** when the fuel tank exploded.

They instead d**d upon impact with the ocean after their cabin fell 65,000 feet back to the ocean.

There is also good evidence that they were conscious for their almost 3 minute fee fall to Earth.”

12. The way it is.

“The fact that in the grand scheme of things, nothing you do, say or feel matters.

You will be d**d very soon and the history of the human race is a very small blip in time with a very very small impact on the galaxy, let alone the universe.”

13. One more dog story.

“Greyfriars Bobby is a dog that guarded his master’s grave for 14 years.

He was two years old when his master d**d, and Bobby guarded his master’s grave until he d**d when he was 16 years old.

His grave is placed next to his master’s grave, because he became a local celebrity during his life, and it reads “let his loyalty and devotion be a lesson to us all.””

Now it’s your turn.

In the comments, please share the saddest fact you know.

We can’t wait to hear from you!


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