18 creepy facts about our reality
Every day, as soon as you open your browser, you’re bombarded with a flood of information. Some of it is very useful, some of it is maximum dumbing down, and there is one that makes you feel uncomfortable and try to quickly forget about it.
Today we will tell you about several unpleasant facts. Some of them are even creepy and will make you feel uncomfortable.
1. A tree can grow in your lungs
You heard right: a human being can become a breeding ground for a tree and become in a sense an environmentalist.
One day, a 28-year-old patient named Artyom Sidorkin came to the hospital complaining of discomfort in his chest. An X-ray showed something that looked like a tumor, and the young man was put in for surgery. When his chest was opened, surgeons found a small tree sprouting from a seed in his lung. It turned out that this had happened because Artyom had inhaled the seed of a fir tree.
2. If the Sun suddenly goes out, you won’t know it for a while
Maybe by now the aliens just blew up our star or sucked it into a black hole by launching a high-tech bomb, and you will not know about it for another 8 minutes and 20 seconds while the light goes from the Sun to the Earth.
3. over 20% of children hear voices.
A psychiatric study showed that 21-23% of 11 to 13 year olds experience hallucinations, including auditory hallucinations. The voices in their heads may be saying individual words and sentences, or they may be having a full-blown dialogue that lasts several minutes. And it may be a whisper or inaudible mumble, or a loud scream.
4. There are currently more than two thousand serial killers at large.
And we are only talking about the United States. Moreover, about 30,000 murders are not even in the files of the FBI. What is even more frightening is that there is a one in three chance that the police will never find the victim’s killer in the same United States. By the way, in 2019 alone, according to official figures from the Interior Department, there are 600 murders and attempted murders unsolved.
5. There are 40 supervolcanoes in the world capable of destroying humanity
And more importantly – one of them can wake up at any moment. For example, the Toba supervolcano in Indonesia last erupted about 75,000 years ago, and it erupts about every 50,000 years. This means that it lags behind by about 25 thousand years and prepares to show its power again.
The same can be said about the supervolcano in Yellowstone, the cycle of which is 600-700 thousand years, and its last eruption was 640 thousand years ago. If it begins to erupt, its power will be equal to the force of the explosion of a thousand atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima. And that’s every second.
6. An amoeba can eat your brains.
There is an amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, in southern North America that lives in rivers, lakes, and hot springs. Once in the body through the nose, it rises to the brain and there begins to destroy tissue. Death usually occurs within twelve days, and there is still no effective treatment.
7. You can die right now for no apparent reason
There’s a very scary thing called sudden arrhythmic death. This term refers to the death of people who were in a stable condition and were completely healthy. In this case, death results from a sudden cardiac arrest due to an abnormal rhythm or conduction of the heart.
8. You get a lot of bacteria in one kiss
More than 80 million, to be exact. And there are not only beneficial but also harmful germs, so think twice before kissing a girl you don’t know. Now all those pictorial “ews” of kids seeing adults kissing don’t look so fake anymore, do they?
By the way, people who have been dating for a long time are highly likely to have the same microflora in their mouths.
9. There are flies that burrow their larvae under human skin
A South American species of blubber gadfly, Dermatobia hominis, lays its eggs in a way that makes you not want to go to South America when you learn about it.
Adult females lay mature eggs on mosquitoes or ticks to develop their young, and when an infected insect bites a person and begins to drink their blood, gadfly eggs respond to changes in temperature, hatch, and penetrate the skin through the bite wound or hair follicles. After about thirty days, the larvae grow and crawl out from under the host’s skin.
10. Approximately 1% of the world’s population has cerebral vascular aneurysms
That’s about 75 million people. Patients may not even feel a headache or other discomfort, which makes an aneurysm a time bomb capable of exploding at any moment.
11. Everest is strewn with corpses
There are more than two hundred corpses on the summit of Everest. They were not taken and buried because a rescue operation would be risky enough in those conditions and a corpse would have to be literally dragged up to the base camp and helicopters would have to take it from there. Moreover, some of the corpses serve as a kind of landmarks for climbers.
12. there are creatures which are washed with blood
Have you heard the expression “blood coming out of your eyes,” usually used in reference to something you don’t want to see? Well, there are toad lizards in the deserts of North America that have the unusual defense mechanism of shooting blood from their eyes at a predator.
In case of danger, the lizard’s eye sockets fill with blood and it shoots at predators, who usually get scared and run away. This mechanism is also used to remove foreign particles from the surface of the eyes.
13. There are moths that drink the blood of humans
What a cute moth flew into your window, didn’t it? Not if they are Calyptra fletcheri and Calyptra thalictri moths that live in southern Europe, Siberia, and the Far East. They drink blood and, if necessary, if there are no less dangerous victims nearby, can attack a person and then suck his blood for an hour.
14. When you die, your pet will try to eat you
In 1994, for example, there was a case where a middle-aged woman got too drunk and passed out. Her dog, an Irish red setter, started biting her owner’s face while the woman was still alive but unconscious. Later, when she was already dead, the hungry dog decided not to wait even twenty-four hours and started chewing her face. And there are many similar cases.
Cats are not far behind either. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathological Research described such a case. A thirty-year-old man had committed suicide; his body was found three days later, and his head, neck, and part of his arm were completely nibbled to the bone. The deceased lived with ten cats, who were also dead. It turned out that the man had died from an overdose of medication that had been absorbed into his bloodstream, and the cats who had been eating him had also taken an overdose.
15. Your dog likes squeaky toys because they sound like the cry of prey
There is a belief that the sound the prey makes prompts the hunter to act more aggressively. As long as it lasts, the prey seems alive to the predator and he continues to kill it. Well, since your dog is a predator, all those “cute” games with the squeaky toy won’t seem like that anymore. It’s just that your dog wants to strangle his prey quickly and start eating it.
16. You eat snot against your will.
You swallow about 250-500 milliliters of nasal mucus every day. That’s about like one or two cups of tea or coffee. When it gets colder or when you have a cold, that amount increases.
17. You breathe through your skin.
And we don’t mean skin breathing, we mean breathing in your nose or mouth of dead skin.
The air you breathe in crowded places is about 15% human skin. And by the way, about 80% of the dust particles you see flying around in the air in bright sunny weather are also skin.
18. 20% of mugs in offices have fecal traces on them
According to a study published in The Journal of Dairy, Food and Environmental Sanitation, germs were found on 90% of office mugs and 20% of them had E. coli.
Top 20 Shocking Facts You Didn’t Know About Your Own Body
The human body is the most familiar thing in the world to any of us, yet it remains one of the most mysterious organisms. Even today, with all the medical and scientific advances that have given us deep insights into our physical bodies, many experts are still puzzled by aspects of our bodies–how they work and why.
At this point, more than 7 billion people live on our planet. Although our cultures and personalities make us unique, we are all very similar in many aspects. We all descended from the same single-celled organisms in the distant past and evolved into the bodies we know today. Each part of our bodies has specific functions and, beyond those functions, our bodies are capable of amazing things. Put every part of the human body together–from hair to skin to sneezing–and you realize the amazing natural power that is inherent in all of us. If you, like the rest of the world, take the simple fact that your own body exists for granted, we invite you to read the following list of incredible facts and marvel at what even the smallest parts of your body can do.
20. We can see up to 48 kilometers away Our eyes will never be as sharp as those of an eagle. Nevertheless, the human eye is so sensitive that if the Earth were completely flat, we could clearly see the flicker of a candle at a distance of up to 48 kilometers away.
19. Our nerve impulses travel at 402 kilometers per hour The sensation of pain, in fact, comes instantly when you touch something hot or prick yourself with a needle. Thanks to our highly developed nervous system, we can react in less than a millisecond to things we should stay away from. Nerve impulses are so fast that the electrical signals responsible for sensation travel to and from the brain at an average speed of 402 kilometers per hour.
18. There is an entire ecosystem in our navel.
We can’t see them, but the human body contains trillions of tiny organisms, such as bacteria, millions of which live inside the belly button. Relatively speaking, there are so many bacteria in the human navel alone that they could form an ecosystem the size of a rainforest.
17. There are more atoms in the human body than there are stars in the universe All matter is made up of molecules and molecules are made up of atoms. An adult human being consists of 7 octillion atoms (7 with 27 zeros after). This is more than twice the known number of stars in the universe.
16. Our bones are as hard as granite It may seem to us that human bones are brittle. Yet bones are as hard as granite. Just one section of bone the size of a matchbox can hold the weight of eight tons.
15. We share DNA with fruit You may have heard by now that humans differ from chimpanzees by only one chromosome. The DNA is so precise that the slightest change can turn you into a whole new species. As it turns out, humans share 50 percent of their DNA with a normal, common and tasty banana.
14. Our cells never stop reproducing Cells are the building blocks of the body. Every second the human body produces 25 million new cells. By comparison, more cells are produced in every 13 seconds than the U.S. population.
13. We glow in the dark As deep-sea creatures, humans are naturally bioluminescent and we glow in the dark. However, the light we emit is incredibly weak. It is so weak that our human eyes cannot distinguish it.
12 Our skin never stops growing Considering that every second we produce 25 million new cells, we get new skin layers. People lose up to 18 kilograms of skin during their lifetime.
11. most of our cells are not human Of the billions of cells that make up the human body, only about 10 percent are actually “human.” The other 90 percent are made up of various fungi and bacteria.
10. We have more than five senses Humans have five basic senses. We also have more than 10 other important senses, such as balance, temperature, pain and time. We have internal feelings of choking, thirst, and fullness. Unfortunately, we still can’t see dead people.
9. We have 1609 kilometers of capillaries in our lungs If you stretched 300,000,000 capillaries in your lungs from beginning to end, the line would stretch from Seattle to San Diego or about 1609 kilometers.
8. Our tears know our emotions People produce differently structured tears depending on the reason we cry. Emotions such as grief, guilt, sadness or happiness result in a dramatic change in the molecular structure of tears. Like a snowflake, no tear is alike on a molecular level.
7. Our brain does not feel pain The brain can perceive and process feelings of pain coming from other parts of the body. However, the brain itself is not capable of feeling pain. There are no pain receptors in the brain like there are in your hands, feet, or other parts of your body.
6. Our brain is mostly made up of water There is less flesh and tissue in our brain than there is fluid. Our brain is 80 percent water. In fact, most of the human body is made up of water.
5. We are completely covered in hair There is no such thing as a bald person in nature. Every human being, including women, has as much hair per square centimeter of body as a chimpanzee. The hair is so short, light, and thin that most of it is almost impossible to see with the naked eye.
4. Our hearts are stronger than any other muscle in our bodies The human heart must be strong enough to pump blood through every vein in our bodies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is so strong that it can generate enough pressure to spurt blood up to 9 meters away.
3. our sneezes are stronger than the wind A sneeze has a practical function. It clears the nasal cavity and throat of any blockages. The force of a sneeze is so great that it exceeds the speed of 160 kilometers per hour.
2. We almost always have sex This fact applies to the human population as a whole than directly to the human body. Each day sexual intercourse occurs approximately 120 million times worldwide.
1. Our growth changes every day, and several times at a time The human body grows at night. Sort of. People are 1 centimeter taller in the morning than they are in the evening. During the day, the discs in the back begin to shrink and our body gets shorter.