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The internet has democratized knowledge and information at an alarming rate.


In seconds, we can pull up an exhaustive article that delves deeply into a niche topic that once would have required a day in the library and whole lot of time spent in the index.

It's awesome. We can whip out our phones to answer questions and win arguments, depending on the situation.

But there's a downside: every once in awhile we come across a terrifying tidbit of information that we'd rather never have heard about. Just knowing the info can leave us feeling unnerved for plenty of moments after calling it to mind.

For better or worse, here's a whole list of those from Reddit.

Green-Owl6244 asked, "What's a piece of information you wish you never knew?"


Many Redditors chose to discuss the awful dynamics of people and institutions. There are some tendencies of "civilized" life that really show the underbelly of what we're capable of.

The Mourning Industrial Complex

"The funeral industry. In general, it's very predatory, and mostly unnecessary. It's a way to make big bucks by guilting people into feeling like they don't love their family if they don't buy all this ridiculous stuff."

"Vaults for caskets have other purposes, but they are important so cemetery machinery can drive over graves without collapsing them. Caskets themselves are...comfortable boxes for people who don't need comfort anymore. Embalming is to preserve for viewing, but doesn't make much sense otherwise."

"The flowers alone are crazy expensive. It's all a gross show to make us feel better about death and make it pretty."

-- bi**yhouseplant

One Track Mind

"The mental hospitals I went to didn't actually care about me, their sole job was to make sure I didn't hurt myself. That's it, nothing to make me happier or to see what was wrong with me, nada. Told to me by my therapist."

"Sometimes ignorance is bliss"

-- textlyelegant

Nooooo Poor Fluffers

"As a vet tech and shelter worker, there is a euthanasia 'season' just after Christmas day. Everyone wants one more holiday with their pet, I get that completely"

"There is also a 'balcony season' which comes during the first nice days of spring when everyone opens up their balcony doors. Huge influx of cats and dogs who go over the side"

-- ellegryphon

Other people called to mind historical or scientific facts about humans that were truly terrifying. Some of the things of our past are ugly to look back on.

180 Seconds, Falling

"The crew of the Challenger weren't killed in the explosion, the crew module remained intact until the module crashed into the ocean three minutes later."

"There's evidence they were conscious during this, and attempted to take steps to save themselves (knowing full well the situation they were in wasn't surviveable)"

-- Notmiefault

Deteriorating

"In the 1920s, women who worked on watches that glow in the dark used paint that contained radium. They were told that the paint is safe, and were instructed to regularly put the paint brushes in their mouth to keep them pointed."

"They got necrosis of the jaw. One woman went to the dentist to get a tooth pulled and her entire jaw came out."

-- Aqquila89

Taste Test

"Before modern medicine doctors diagnosed diabetes by tasting the urine of the patient. Sweet urine = diabetes. I don't really know how this helped anyone because I assume that everyone just died from it afterwards."

-- TomBuilder_

Finally, some people shared animal facts. Even the cute, well-loved animals have some subtle behaviors or features that are enough to make you shiver.

Yuck. Just Yuck.

"Softshell turtles pee out of their mouth." -- KO-is-a-BIATCH

"They breathe through their butt" -- bmeupsctty

"Can they at least swim backwards while they do it? Peeing out your mouth is bad enough without having to swim through it as you pee." -- bowyer-betty

Delegated Stomachs 

"that pelicans have three stomachs, and one of them's just for bones" -- pizzzazzzler

"I wish it could be five seconds ago when I didn't know this" -- ShadowHasBerries

"They can also push their spine out of their mouth to help cool off." -- thefifthwheelbruh

Let's Hope Opportunity Never Arises

"Horses are opportunistic carnivores."

"I learned this when I saw a video of a horse just popping a baby chick in its mouth like popcorn."

-- Jeremy12021


So there you have it. An onslaught of reasons to lay awake tonight and feel scared to ever leave your bed again.

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