In case you haven’t been paying attention, the world can be a pretty scary place.
And I’m talking about the natural world, the actual human beings walking around, all of it is kind of terrifying.
You ready to get scared?
People on AskReddit talked about the scariest facts they know.
Let’s get weird!
1. Sounds painful.
“If a bear attacks it won’t k**l you immediately, it’ll just start eating.”
“If you have FFI (fatal familial insomnia) you will experience progressively worsening sleeplessness.
Your inability to sleep eventually turns into total insomnia at which point you’ll die. People who have this rare genetic condition will all die.
It’s inevitable; most people within a year of it’s onset… scary to think about.”
3. Scary plants.
“There’s a plant that grows in Australia called the Gympie-Gympie , touching the plant will result in an unbearable pain because of the small needles on the plant.
The pain is so unbearable people and animals k**led themselves because of it.
There’s also a plant called Hogweed that can cause severe burns and blisters that can scar you for life.”
4. Very strange.
“Totally blind people don’t see black, they don’t see at all.
For some reason that’s always frightened me.”
Being flayed (skinned alive) by a skilled tor**rer meant that you’d be likely to survive the ordeal. Believe it or not dying of shock, or blood loss wasn’t guaranteed.
Often people survived hours, or days with no skin. In these cases what finished them off was hypothermia.”
6. Can’t be stopped.
“Prion diseases exist.
They’re not bacteria or viruses, there isn’t an infection, per se, to attack.
They’re basically an alternate form of protein, and we can’t stop them.”
“A brain aneurysm can hit you any time, anywhere, with next to no warning.”
8. A little weird.
“All communication in the United States is controlled by fewer than 10 companies.
All major news in the US is controlled by 5 companies, including Disney and Comcast.”
9. Messed up.
“In certain parts of South Africa, girls are more likely to be r**ed than learn how to read.”
10. Be careful.
“You can have rabies for years before it even shows symptoms.
Then one day you get a headache and it’s a death sentence from there.”
“A moose can swim about 16 feet/5 meters underwater, which is why orcas are natural predators of them.
Imagine you’re diving underwater, suddenly there’s a moose sitting at the bottom eating sea grass, then it gets eaten by an orca.
That would be terrifying.”
12. Oh, great.
“Your skin is not 100% attached to your body.
With enough air pressure beneath the skin, your body will become a balloon with a solid core and it will be excruciating before the embolism k**ls you.”
13. Scary and true.
“Rose West is, alongside her husband Fred, one of the most infamous serial k**lers in modern British history who k**led several lodgers in her house. And if not for a single mistake, she would’ve gotten away with it.
When they were finally caught, all evidence actually pointed to Fred being the sole culprit and she shifted the blame onto him. Either out of a fu**ed-up sense of loyalty or despair for being betrayed, Fred committed suicide in custody which seemed to end the idea of bringing him and his wife to trial, relegating any other investigations into figuring out what crimes Fred had committed.
The police were still deeply convinced that either Rose knew more about the murders than she was letting on or she was a direct participant, but she was a tough egg to crack. The police tried every angle conceivable but she always deflected the blame onto Fred and there was never a crack in her story – too well rehearsed. She knew what to say, when to say it and they couldn’t trip her up.
However, while investigating both her husband and her own backgrounds, they discovered that Fred had a daughter from his first wife… and the police confirmed that not only was this girl one of Rose’s victims, Fred has an iron-clad alibi for when she died because he was in prison.
And when they confirmed that another victim found was the girl’s mother, the police had a clear motive – Rose k**led her step-daughter and told people she was back to living with her mother, and had Fred k**l his first wife to keep her quiet.”
Now we want to hear from you.
In the comments, tell us what you think is the scariest fact you know.
Please and thank you!