The world is full of facts, and if you are as hungry for knowledge as we are, then we've got a whole menu readily available to you. Here at Bored Panda, we have random facts, mind-blowing facts that are perfect for 5 year-olds, facts that can even change your perspective of things, and facts that sound utterly fake but are totally true.
But this time we rolled up our sleeves and compiled a list we can call “the palate cleanser.” You see, this one is not for the faint-hearted, nor for the ones with high blood pressure and a tendency to have a nightmare or two every now and then, ‘cause today, we're gonna dive into the facts we wish we never knew.
You may wonder, why read them, then? It’s for the same reason we watch horror movies with covered eyes. Getting to know some creepy stuff about the world is hard, but not knowing it is even worse.
After the Pulse night club shooting, when the cops were investigating, you'd think it was pretty quiet in there.
It was actually a cacophony of ringing cell phones. So many friends and loved ones calling people they knew were there, hoping they'll answer the phone and say they're ok...
Before you die, your last words could be, "I don't feel so good."
I was a paramedic for 15 years and heard dozens of people's final words. The phrase I heard most often, possibly from half to three quarters of them, were some form of "I don't feel so good." I've also heard, "Wait, somethings wrong." "Somethings happening." "I don't feel right." "Wait, somethings wrong." "It's happening." "Oh no, Oh no."
People feel the blood leaving their brain I think. Must be like a rush.
Many pets die because their owner dies unexpectedly and nobody comes to check on them in time.
You’re not the only one to get the creeps from scrolling through this post. There’s something about being creeped out that is both chilling and yet impossible to resist. But what exactly is this creepy feeling we all get? It surely can’t be graveyards, clowns, spiders, or horror movies themselves.
Frank McAndrew, a professor of psychology at Knox College in Illinois, has been studying this sensation and made a conclusion after surveying more than 1,300 people that “Creepy is about the uncertainty of threat.”
There is a whale called 52 Blue that only sings at a frequency of 52 Hertz, meaning it can't communicate with other whales. It is nicknamed the "loneliest whale on the planet."
On Mt. Everest, you have the rainbow valley, the last zone to climb to reach the peak. Which sounds cute but it's really the colorful jackets of dead climbers who are frozen in time against the white harsh snow.
Also, when close to the peak, the oxygen levels are so low that the body is starting to die. You only have a few minutes to reach the top.
More specifically, Frank said, “You’re feeling uneasy because you think there might be something to worry about here, but the signals are not clear enough to warrant your doing some sort of desperate, life-saving kind of thing.” Thus, it’s different from having a fear of something or revulsion.
According to Smithsonian Magazine, when you’re creeped out, your brain and your body are telling you that something is not quite right and you’d better pay attention because it might hurt you. We become more alert and ready to strike whenever the threat turns out to be real.
During the French Revolution, where the guillotine was introduced, the people to be executed fought to be first, as the blade would dull after multiple uses and wouldn't cut a head clean off at the first attempt.
There’s something called “Anaesthesia Awareness” where of certain people go into surgery and they don’t give you enough Anaesthesia, it will look like you’re asleep (eyes closed, not talking or moving), but the patient can still hear and feel everything that’s happening, but here’s the scary part. You’re unable to move, speak or open your eyes. Unless they have a monitor to show your brain activity, you’re stuck with having to endure the pain.
Being the oldest person alive means that every single human being who was alive at the day you were born has now died.
When whales reach a certain age they will eventually be to weak to swim back to the surface for air. So they will just suffocate to death and eventually sink to the bottom of the ocean.
But at least when they sink to the bottom of the ocean their bodies will create sprawling ecosystems that will last for a good few years.:)
Most sitcom laugh tracks were recorded in the 1950s, so you’ve probably been listening to dead people laughing.
A professor at my lecture today said that deer will lay on decaying corpses because they produce heat and the deer like that. Basically deer treat corpses as their personal sauna.
In the event of a water landing, flight attendants are specifically required to not allow dead bodies on the life rafts. No saving your dead parent/child/spouse for burial. Yeet that b*tch overboard.
On airplanes they turn off the lights before takeoff and landing basically in anticipation of the plane crashing.
Your eyes take time to adjust to the dark, so if the plane were to crash your eyes would be pre-adjusted, thus increasing your likelihood of being able to make it out.
They also ask that window blinds be opened in order to allow anyone outside to be able to see in in order to check for survivors.
The dolphin which most often portrayed Flipper on the 1960s television show Flipper committed suicide.
Humans have enough bite power to bite off their finger. Bone and all. The only thing stopping us is our brain's natural safety factor.
It is way easier than you would expect to break someone ribs during CPR and it feels really weird. POPPOPPOPPOP like bubble wrap.
The astronauts of space shuttle Challenger didn't die until the spacecraft hit the ocean. They fell through the air for almost 3 minutes.
Judith Barsi was the young actress who voiced Anne-Marie in All Dogs Go to Heaven and Ducky in The Land Before Time. She was murdered at the age of 10 by her abusive father, who also killed her mother at the same time. Judith's gravestone displays Ducky's catchphrase, "Yep! Yep! Yep!"
Fatal familial insomnia is a thing. It's a rare, incurable prionic brain disease that progressively destroys your brain’s ability to sleep. Eventually, you stop sleeping altogether, go insane, have seizures, and die.
There's been multiple cases of people actually ending up being eaten by an escalator.
There are only three states in the USA that have outlawed child marriage: New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.
Your lips are made of the same skin type and texture as your anus.
The song “Baby Shark” is actually the perfect rhythm to guide infant CPR.
If you electrocute someone while they are submerged in water, it won’t leave burn marks.
In Formula 1, safety belts were not mandatory until 1972.
Before then, drivers believed it better to be ejected in a crash, and either die instantly from a broken neck or suffer many broken bones.
The alternative, they thought, was to be trapped and essentially cremated alive should the gas tanks ignite.
There's a zombie fungus that basically enslaves ants for its own benefit until it kills them.
There is a parasite called Dracun culiasis, or more commonly "Guinea worm" that can enter your leg through drinking infected water. You won't notice anything until ~1 year later, when a small portion breaks the skin to release larvae. At this point, it's a meter long.
A. Meter. Long.
And it has to be extracted centimeter by disgusting centimeter.
NTDs are the stuff of nightmares.
Not morbid but unnerving, at any time without any warning you can die of a brain aneurysm and there is litterally nothing you can really do about it. Anyone can have one.