Have any of us really thought about the Megalodon? Like, really think about it? Something that large and that intimidating once lived on the planet where it needed to live, eat, and breed. Meaning there was more than one! That's insane to truly comprehend, but the scarier thing is there were once other creatures outside our imaginations that once roamed, or still roam, the Earth.
Reddit user, u/WanderingRoninXIII, wanted scientists to give us nightmares when they asked:
[SERIOUS] Historians, marine biologists, biologists and cryptozoologists of Reddit: As far as legends in history go, what legendary creature do you believe may have been real and probably existed in some way, or what supposedly legendary person in history was more than likely real?
So, They're Not Hanging Out In The Matterhorn?
The Wendigo probably existed, just not as a creature.
People in the far north who survived a brutal winter by eating a family member had a psychological escape hatch for the guilt and horror by convincing themselves they were transforming into a ravenous, murderous beast. They'd continue killing and eating in a hysteric delusion that they had no control over it.
Wendigo hunters would then have to come and kill them and perform a shamanic ritual to assure the rest of the tribe that the taint wouldn't spread.
Its actually an incredibly fascinating study into culturally specific mental illness. The lengths the mind will go to in order to avoid dealing with a traumatic event are so extraordinary that in that culture they would actually continue to murder and cannibalize fellow tribe members under the delusion they had transformed into a monster.
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There are many diseases that the origin of the 'Vampire/Vampyr' myth can be traced back to however I think rabies fits it the most.
In the olden days, people would tie those suspected of it to trees, in about three days time the disease would drastically change them. Extreme light sensitivity, paleness, aggression, excessive drooling. They could/would try to attack you and have bouts of either extreme slow fatigue or even adrenaline.
Also, Rabies can be passed form person to person through a bite, not just an infected animal.
Just Another Reason To Fear Birds
The Māori people of New Zealand have long told stories of the Pouakai, a monstrous bird that was big enough to hunt and eat humans.
Many believe that these stories are referring to the Haast's Eagle. It was the largest species of eagle ever to have lived on Earth, with weights of around 30 lbs and wingspans almost reaching 10 feet. It lived on New Zealand's South Island and primarily hunted the flightless moa bird, which weighed around 500 lbs.
Given the large size of its main prey, it's likely that the eagle may have also targeted lone humans as well.
Interestingly enough, the Haast's eagle went extinct around the year 1400, not long after the Māori arrived in New Zealand. It's thought that its extinction can be attributed to habitat destruction combined with the extinction of the moa due to hunting by the Māori.
Aim For The Eye
The cyclopes of Greek mythology.
Go Google up an elephant skull. There's this huge hole right in the middle of it looking to all the world like a single eye.
Now add this to the knowledge that the Cretan dwarf mammoth left subfossil bones on Crete easily discoverable, was one metre at the shoulder, and could be more or less assembled into a giant humanoid.
It Primarily Fights Giant Sharks
The Luska, giant octopus.
It supposedly lives in the blue holes of the coast of Florida and the amount of food and temperature of water both support the theory of an octopus living long enough to grow way larger than we expect based on our current records
Keep Your Dogs Indoors
It has to be some poor sick animal with mange. Mange is highly contagious so if a pack of coyotes or wild dogs got it they would all have a weird a-- appearance and attack other animals out of hunger.
The kraken probably existed.
It could just be a colossal squid, but those sailors had to have seen something.
A Trick Of The Eye
I regularly get to see pods of humpback whales at the beach where I surf. Most of the time, all you see is their backs as they partially surface from the water. Occasionally, one of them breaches mouth-first, so you see a giant mouth emerge from the water. Other times, you see a giant tail emerge.
If you were watching them and had no idea what a whale was, or that you were looking at multiple of them, I could easily imagine mistaking multiple whale backs as the coils of a colossal snake. I strongly suspect that this is the origin of legends of sea serpents.
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There's a small population of albino deer in my area and they are beautiful.
Definitely ethereal looking and totally match the European description of a unicorn.
They Knew About Dinosaurs??
Archaeologist here. There's a really interesting ancient Egyptian story called the Shipwrecked Sailor in which a man is washed ashore a beautiful island and is apprehended briefly by an enormous serpent. In the story, the serpent tells him that there used to be hundreds of others like him but a falling star wiped them all out.
I think it's unlikely that the Egyptians had knowledge of dinosaurs, but there's a site called Wadi Hitan that has thousands of ancient whale skeletons from the Eocene. I think it's possible they could have seen these skeletons and mistaken them for giant snakes. Herodotus actually tells similar tales of giant flying snakes in Egypt and I suppose if you saw these skeletons but no trails you might think they were capable of flight.
"Big Brother is watching you..."
The famous words from George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984, which tells the story of a world governed by omnipresent surveillance.
Today, however, many people are under increased paranoia that their every step is being monitored by the government, or by the world's largest corporations.
Not helping their fears, is when people look back on information collected by their Google data, and see that virtually every step they've taken has been documented.
Even things some people might not remember doing themselves.
"People who downloaded their Google data and went through it, what were the most unsettling things you found out they had stored about you?"
Followed My Every Step...
"That there is a map of everywhere I went in the last couple of years that's accurate to the hour."- Crank05
Context Is Everything...
"There's an audio recording of me saying 'check the Jewish boy's penis',"
"I don't remember ever saying that but ok."- MrPingeee
They Don't Always Get It Right...
"I'm the vice-president of a company that I've never heard of, and can't find any other info on it."- leavingdirtyashes
"Apparently I sleepwalk thousands of kilometers and then manage to get back home in time for work."
"Also a bunch of recordings of my computer's fan spinning."
"Hyped up Google."
"Incompetent Google. "
"I know my data is in good hands."- CarkudoBlack And White Cartoon GIFGiphy
You Can't Erase Everything...
"If you use Google Photos and allow Maps to track your location:"
"I took photos that I didn't like, deleted them."
"Weeks later I am just browsing my timeline in Google Maps and those deleted photos are there, tagged to the location."
"Nothing incriminating, just thought you should know that a delete isn't a delete."- kinobe
They Don't Miss A Thing...
"It's not unsettling but I found out that Google can tell when I'm driving a car vs my motorcycle by using the gyroscopes in my phone."- Xtremegulp
It's Not Just Google
"It wasn’t google data that shocked me, I am kind of expecting it to know everything about me."
"This came from instagram."
"My period was very late, so naturally, I told my husband in our very private and quiet home setting, and bought a Clearblue pregnancy test."
"We don’t own tv, Amazon Alexa , google voice or similar."
"I just have reddit and Instagram on my smartphone."
"My period was just late, but the very next day I got bombarded by ads on Instagram about Clearblue and other pregnancy sticks and some other baby sh*t."
"There is no way that it was a coincidence since it was the second time getting a very, very specific ad."
"So the app is listening, and showing me ads accordingly."- lagattacaBlood Celebrate GIF by Halfsquare DesignsGiphy
"Recordings of conversations with my boss over two years."
"I don't know why it only had recordings of us talking and no one else."- FiveOhFive91
Careful What You Say...
"Definitely the voice recordings."
"That should be turned off by default instead of needing to be changed by the user."- mahoujosei100
They Waste No Time...
"All phone activity, opened app, closed app etc, from the very first day I owned my phone, constant check of my GPS, constant check of my device orientation."
"If someone steals your google account, they basically can found out everything there is to find out about you."- linecraftmanWho Dis Star Wars GIF by LEGOGiphy
It is helpful to have an online cloud to store things, saving you paper and stress of remembering where you put it.
What's a bit frightening is that Google and other services are starting to get one step ahead of us when it comes to what they document.
Leaving one to wonder if Big Brother is, in fact, watching us…
Even if they sometimes appear less than excited to go to school, children are always eager to learn.
As they will encounter new experiences with each passing year, resulting in parents and other adults being bombarded by new questions regularly.
Most frequently, if not necessarily intentionally, as a delay tactic before going to bed.
Which is when it's important for the parent, grandparent, or babysitter who's in charge of bedtime to come up with one, exceptionally satisfying fact which will give them plenty to think about, or dream about, after the lights are turned off.
"What mind-blowing (but simple) facts would satisfy a 4-year old daughter’s daily request for 1 fact before bedtime?"
They Miss You When You're Gone...
"Dogs can tell when you're coming home by how much of your scent is left in the house if you have a daily routine."- babiferari
Even Bigger Hugs!
"Most people have more than the average number of arms."- Lord_AdGnalDiv
The Longest Days...
"A day on Venus takes longer to complete than a year on Venus."
"It simply takes longer for Venus to do one complete rotation around its own axis than it does for the planet to rotate around the sun."
"From my memory I believe it’s only like 10-15 days difference."
"But still an interesting fact."
"Another fun fact is Aluminum used to be such a precious metal, and so expensive, that the top point of the Washington Monument is made of pure aluminum."
"At the time of construction, that aluminum would be about like capping it with platinum today."- AmerisaurausRexVenus GIF by The TelegraphGiphy
Otters Are Avid Collectors!
"Otters have skin pockets for their favorite rocks."- CryoWreck
Bears Are A Warm Source Of Inspiration
"The name for the Arctic comes from the ancient Greek word for bear - arktos."
"Named after one of the constellations Ursa Major (Big Bear) or Ursa Minor (Little Bear), but there are bears living there too."
"So basically, the Arctic is called 'Bear', and the Antarctic is called 'Not Bear'."- B3ximus
The Science Behind The Colors
"A Siamese cats fur color is dependent on its body temperature."
"That’s why the colder areas of the body such as the nose, paws, and tail are darker than the rest."- MudSlappersHere I Come Love GIF by La Guarimba Film FestivalGiphy
You Think Elephants Are So Big...
"Most elephants weigh less than a blue whale’s tongue!."- Delica
Frogs Come To The Age Of Spiders
"Some species of burrowing spiders keep teeny tiny frogs in their burrows to keep it free of bugs too small for the spider to get that might try to eat the spider's eggs."
"This means that tiny frogs are spider cats."- The_First_Viking
There's A Reason They Decided It Wasn't A Planet
"From the time Pluto was discovered until the time it was demoted from planethood, it still hadn't made one complete revolution around the sun."- gruenomsPluto Flyby GIFGiphy
They're Meant To Come In Pairs
"In Switzerland, it's illegal to own just one guinea pig."
"If you have any, you have to have at least two."
"They get lonely!"- Dickcheese_McDoogles
Even the minds of grown-ups would be blown by most of these facts.
Though still best to proceed with caution, as some of these will likely be met with more questions, thus prolonging bedtime.
Or you might find yourselves needing to buy not one, but two guinea pigs...
Who would have predicted the endless source of entertainment and fascination the Internet provides.
With countless websites where one can shop, watch movies, catch up on news, play games... and do just about anything.
Of course, some of the better known websites, such as Amazon, YouTube, Facebook and Google are likely visited by just about everyone every so often.
But practical and entertaining as the world's most visited websites are, that doesn't necessarily make them the most interesting.
Should one find themselves going down an internet rabbit hole, as we all do every so often, we might discover a unique, truly fascinating website which might cater to our personal hobbies or interests, or simply catches our attention for inexplicable reasons.
"What is the coolest website you’ve visited that no one knows about?"
A Welcome Dilemma.
"It's an interactive website that showcases what makes the Prisoner's Dilemma cool."- Kinetic_Cucumber
United States Of Ham
"My high school substitute's son is an artist who painted each US President holding a ham."
"I have no idea why, but I go there sometimes for a laugh."- 1fsh2fshRdtFshBluFsh
For Those Sick Of 'Charlie Bit My Finger'...
"Search for unlisted YouTube videos."- ordinotGiphy
We're Watching YOU!
"Not sure if it's still maintained but Little Sis was 'an involuntary Facebook for the elite'."
"You click a politician, donor, celeb and it shows you who are they connected to and the strength of the connection."
"You can get an easy picture of what donors, think tanks, and politicians are really beholden to."
"Apparently it's thriving since I last saw it."
"Ever puzzled by a random pardon, an idiotic switch in foreign policy, or who a cabinet member is?"
"Try it out."
A Break From Scammers!
"This website instantly gives you a new, unused e-mail."- RidoKer
Before Gamers Catch On...
"The Candy Box 2 is one of the best websites out there."
"It's an RPG style quest, made completely of text and symbols."- Coolest_Cat_In_TownValentines Day Love GIF by kate spade new yorkGiphy
Creating A Perfect World
"Online nation simulator."
"The core of the game is pretty simple; answer multiple-choice issues that appear once every 6 hours."
"Depending on what you pick, the stats of your nation, everything from cheese exports to citizen rudeness, will change."
"The fun really starts on the forums, IMO."- somewhereoutinspace
Too Many To Name!
"ms paint emulator."
"neal.fun." - Reddit
The Whole World At Your Ears
"Listen to radio stations from any country on the planet."
"KPOP from Seoul? "
"JPOP from Tokyo?"
"Want to marvel at the fact that everyone and their dog has a radio station in the Netherlands and Belgium?"
"If you can wade through all the English-language stations in basically every country, language learners can find tons of stations to help their listening skills in their language of choice."
"Living in a different country from your home but want to listen to the radio from home?"
"Hop on and see if the station has been added."- h3lblad3Mickey Mouse Disney GIFGiphy
When You Gave Up Trying To Find That Game You Loved...
"This website has over 6000+ Old DOS/Windows and Console games preserved for future generations."
"The website is free to use and tuhe games can be played directly through the browser."
"I personally used the site to relive Warcraft 2 and had a blast."- MartinSKjoedt
The possibilities really do seem endless when it comes to what you can find on the internet.
For better or for worse.
Though for the first several months of 2020, one imagines each new unusual website discovery was like opening a present on Christmas morning.
And more are destined to come...
As a kid, it’s easy to make friends. You don’t need to do much. Just share your pudding snack pack or make mud pies, and you have a new best friend.
As an adult, it can seem harder. You can’t really make mud pies anymore (in fact, that may be a way to drive off friends), and adults are a lot less open than kids, so it can be difficult to develop a rapport.
However, it’s not as hard as it seems to make friends, even as an adult. If you’re struggling, or even just looking for new ways to meet people, Reddit has got you covered!
Redditor BLANK asked:
"How the F do you make friends as an adult if you don't drink?"
"If you like doing things with your hands(wood/metal work/fabrics, etc...), electronics, or programming, hacker/makerspaces are great, they usually have themed events and classes, as well as social events, that's where I made my current friends when I moved to a new city."
"I'm 35. In the last 10 years I can honestly say I have 1 or 2 friends that I've kept close contact with. I started getting back into collecting sports cards right before the pandemic hit. Thru sharing my passion thru IG I have made probably at least 20 (online) friends and a few local friends now that I talk to every day and not just about our favorite hobby. Sh*t is weird."
"Volunteering is a great way to make friends as an adult. I was an Alcoholic and one of the hardest parts about stopping drinking was this exact thing, I was worried I would forever be alone if I didn’t meet people in bars anymore. Then I found volunteering. Working in a career field with similar people is also amazing."
Not Exactly A Hole In One
"Borrow tools and actually give them back"
"Who am I borrowing tools from if I don't already have friends?"
"I've got to consider you a top tier friend before I'm lending you any tools."
"Step 1. Own or borrow a dog."
"Step 2. Go to a dog park."
"Step 3. Use dog as wingman to make friends at dog park."
Let's Do An Activity
"In my experience, adults don't want friends. They want activity partners. Pick an activity that you enjoy doing, find some people to do it with. If you're lucky, some friendships will organically arise from that. If you're REALLY lucky, they'll even stay friends with you after one or both of you stop doing that activity."
"But mostly, people just want activity partners."
Keep On Moving
Climbing, archery, martial arts, European Martial Arts. Historical re-enactment, book and theater clubs."
"Coffee clubs, or book clubs"
"Honestly? Being a part of a fandom. Found most of my close friends through either work or fandoms. For me it's kpop, musicals, DnD, etc You just need to find your people :)"
Yummy In My Tummy!
"I cook for people. Invite a few people you know for dinner or a bbq. Ive moved cities and countries several times and 1 thing i learnt is everyone loves good food!"
It can be hard to make friends as an adult, but as long as you get out in the world and find those you vibe with, you’ll never be alone!