32 Scary Facts About Our World That You Probably Didn’t Want To Know

Our world is a beautiful place filled with such wonder and beauty. On the flip side, it’s also a place of strange and disturbing things. We often like to gloss over the more weird aspects of life, however, there are some creepy facts that we just need to face. If you’re feeling brave enough, this list of ‘Scary Facts About Our World That You Probably Didn’t Want To Know’ makes for some interesting reading! Check it out and try not to have nightmares!

 

Mike the headless chicken

This has blown our minds! It’s crazy to think that something like this is possible. When Mike was beheaded, it wasn’t a clean cut. The bulk of the head was removed but his jugular vein was missed. He was left with one ear and most of his brain stem intact, hence how Mike was able to go on living. An incredible tale, but a spooky one indeed!
More information on Mike

mike the headless chicken being fed

 

Fulmar chicks

This is rather disgusting to think about. However, it highlights how great evolution is. This defense mechanism has probably saved the lives of many Fulmar chicks.

fulmar chick vomiting

 

Lanugo

Here’s a fun fact for you all! We each ate our own mustaches in the womb. But, it’s okay, the hair comes out eventually!

ultrasound of a baby

 

Meat treated with carbon monoxide

It has been said that some supermarkets package meat with carbon monoxide to preserve the products color and freshness.

cuts of meat treated with carbon monoxide

 

Shedding 40lbs of skin

This may sound like a steep figure but when you really think about it, this seems pretty reasonable! We lose skin on a daily basis.

woman shedding her skin

 

2 Million tons of human waste

Thinking of all of the humans on this planet, and all of the waste that they excrete is scary and freaky indeed.

man with human waste and water scary facts

 

27,000 Trees per day to make toilet paper

This is a sad figure. It’s astonishing we still have any trees left at this rate. We just hope that the trees lost are being accounted for and that new ones are planted so that our planet doesn’t lose its glorious nature.
The truth is sad.

toilet paper with trees fact

2 Full swimming pools of spit over lifespan

Can you imagine swimming in a pool full of spit? Gross! Or, even worse… someone else’s spit?! Oh, the horror!

person spitting water with spit fact

 

18,600,000 Vacant homes in the US

When you hear figures like this it’s hard not to get angry and upset at governments that are letting people down. Becoming homeless can happen to anyone.

picture of a house with homeless people fact

 

Belly button bacteria

Wow! This is so interesting to us. We’d be curious to know what our own belly button fingerprint says about us!

photo of bacteria samples with belly button fact

 

Tree lobster

Tree lobsters were thought to be extinct after a rat population invaded their home after a ship wreck and eradicated them, almost! It turns out high above sea level some where found to be leaving atop a tea tree.
Their scientific name is Dryococelus australis. If you want to know more about these, you can here.

photo of tree lobster with insect fact

 

Cell phone bacteria

We actually don’t find this hard to believe, at all. Most people clean their toilets. But, how often do you see people cleaning their phones? It’s pretty daunting when you think about it.

phone with germs and toilet with germs with bacteria comparison

 

Chi Chi Jima plane crash

Regardless of who you are, this is a great tale of survival! Rest in peace to the lives lost.

photo of plane crash with men and world war 2 fact

 

Beef vs plant eaters

Food for thought for meat eaters. Are you aware of, and okay with, the amount of resources your diet consumes?

woman with tear coming out of her eye with meat eaters fact

 

Caterpillars

Caterpillars are mostly known to humans for their cute appearance and beautiful colors. But what are they REALLY like? Quite the opposite indeed.

caterpillar

 

Crows intelligence

Crows are one of the most intelligent animals on the planet. It’s said that crows are able to recognize a human face. So a rule here is, never annoy a crow or it might just come around to haunt you!

crows intelligent

 

Eyelash mites – Demodex

Eyelash mite’s, scientifically known as Demodex, might look like they are from another planet but they are very much from this world and happily living among your eye lashes.

Eyelash mite - Demodex

 

Fir trees

Fir trees are a very resilient species of tree. So much so that doctors in Russia removed what they believed to be a tumor, only to find it was a 2 inch fir tree growing inside a man’s lung.

Fir tree

 

Hinterkaifeck Murders

Just north of Munich in Germany, there laid a farm ‘Hinterkaifeck’. In 1922 there were brutal murders that claimed all 6 occupants using a mattock. Although their are many theories as to what happened to them, the crime has never been solved.

 

Horned lizards

The Horned lizards are from the Phrynosomatidae family. Also known as horny toads, they squirt blood up to 5ft from their eyes as a defense mechanism to warn off any predators.

Horned lizards

 

Beef vs plant eaters

Koalas known for their cuteness actually carry something that’s not so cute. Chlamydia. Best to stay well away from wild Koalas.

Koalas Chlamydia

 

Locked-in Syndrome

Locked-in Syndrome is when you are between being asleep and awake. You know you are awake but your body cannot move. You can’t speak but only look around with your eyes. Sounds like a real nightmare.

 

Oscar the therapy cat

Oscar the therapy cat lives in the Steere house nursing and rehabilitation center in Providence, Rhode Island. He resides in the dementia unit and keeps residents company. It’s said that Oscar can sense when a resident is about to pass away and will sleep next to them till the end.

 

Pacu fish

It’s not often you come across any fish with teeth, let alone a fish with human looking teeth. These Pacu fish have surprising straight teeth considering they don’t have a dentist. Imagine snorkeling and coming across this looking at you with a creepy smile.

 

The Phantom time hypothesis

The Phantom time hypothesis theory was developed by German born historian Heribert Illig. He says that the Anno Domini (AD) dating system is made up and that between 614 – 911 there was no human history at all.

Phantom Time Hypothesis

 

Rat King

Although rare to see, a Rat King is when a group of rats become locked together via their tails. This can happen through feces, dirt, blood or anything else that might cause their tails to tangle and stick.

 

Scaphism

Scaphism was a form of ancient torture back in the day. It consisted of the victim being covered all over with honey and then subjected to large amounts of ants and other insects.

Scaphism

 

Aokigahara Forest

Aokigahara forest, also known as the Sea of Trees, is a popular forest in Japan where people go to take their own life. In 2010 alone over 200 people attempted the act and 54 were successful.

 

The Whitehall Mystery

Back in 1888, there was a brutal murder taking place in London. Now known as The Whitehall Mystery. A young woman was dismembered and her body parts were scattered across the city in different locations. The murder was never solved.

 

Tom and Eileen Lonergan

A young couple, Tom and Eileen Lonergan from Louisiana went on vacation to Australia. They booked to go scuba diving in the coral seal with a group people. Tom and Eileen were mistakenly left behind in the ocean. Before someone noticed the pair were missing, it was already much too late. The were never seen again.

 

UVB-76 – The Buzzer

UVB-76, also known as the buzzer, is believed to be a Russian shortwave radio station. It has been mysteriously broadcasting the same signal since 1982. No one knows where the signal is coming from or why. It sounds like low buzzing with the occasional Russian voice transmission. Strange indeed.

 

Vespa Mandarinia Japonica

Vespa Mandarinia Japonica, more commonly known as the Japanese giant hornet. These insects pack a powerful punch with their stingers. The venom is so toxic it can melt human flesh.

Vespa Mandarinia Japonica