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People Share Mildly Disturbing Facts That Got Under Our Skin

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The world is a weird and wonderful place. Sometimes much more weird than wonderful, let's be honest.


Reddit user Ouch37 asked:

What is a mildly disturbing fact?

... so apparently people's idea of "mildly" varies GREATLY. So be warned. Some of these are at least a medium on the disturbance scale. Mildly, in out minds, is like "Hey there are some mites that live on your face."

But is that what people wanted to talk about? Nope. We've got impossibly sad whale deaths, intestines that move of their own accord, a few naked frozen people, and a new understanding of why some countries outlawed declawing cats.

Brace yourselves, we're goin' in.

Whale That's Bad

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Have you ever thought about how whales and dolphins die?

When they get too old and weak to swim to the surface to breathe, they start sinking into the cold, dark depths of the ocean, and suffocate.

- Serannis

Soap

If in the right conditions, when some bodies decompose, their fat turns into soap and turns the person into a soap mummy.

- archaeob

Wriggly Intestines

When performing surgery that requires one to remove intestines - surgeons momentarily put them on a rack because they wriggle around. After they're done with the surgery, they just put the intestines vaguely back in place and then the organ wriggles back the way it's supposed to.

- ModTheArtifex

Everest Bodies

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There are over 200 corpses on Mount Everest and they are used as way points for climbers. There's a particular path named rainbow valley where the colorful snow suits of the corpses speckle the landscape with all sorts of pretty colors.

The government is working on cleaning them up, but it's dangerous and difficult.

- mpld Elijahhhhhh

Toddlers

In toddlers, their adult teeth are right underneath their eyes.

- Danger_noodle_123

Nothing To Help

Some people survived the sinking of The Arizona during Pearl Harbor but were trapped inside. The guards would hear banging form inside for the next week or so but could do nothing to help.

The hull was thick and the proper equipment needed wasn't at hand. Not just that but a lot of other factors played a role in their deaths. Even if they cut into the ship, there wasn't any guarantee they would find a room that wasn't underwater. What equipment they had was either dangerous (torches that would burn up oxygen and possibly kill the men faster if they punctured through but took too long to get them out) or they simply didn't have enough of it.

- Bullet_Dragon Keinnea

Worms

One fun fact we learned in Animal Biology class at university: every person on earth has about 500 species of living organism in their mouth at any one time: mostly bacteria, fungi, viruses and worms. According to my lecturer, if your entire body was taken away except for the microscopic worms living in and on you, and the microscopic worms were somehow made visible to the naked eye, there would be a more-or-less perfect outline of your entire body and much of your insides too in worms.

- [deleted]

Holes In Your Brain

Prions. When proteins in your body misfold, they create prions, which then infect neighboring proteins causing them to misfold, creating a chain reaction and eventually eating holes in your brain.

All known prion diseases are fatal. They can kill you in a bunch of fun ways, including taking away your ability to sleep or your ability to chew and swallow. They're also extremely contagious, and since they're not a virus, non-killable.

And to top it all off, symptoms can take years to appear. So you can be infected with prions in your system right now and not know it.

- Bttholespiders

This Cartoon Killjoy

That sound you hear on cartoons when planes (or anything) goes into a dive was taken from a Nazi dive bomber as a form of psychological warfare, and it is likely that particular recording was the last thing someone heard.

Research JU-87 Stuka "Jericho Trumpets"

- DarkEmpire189

Bye Mum

One day, when you were a child getting cuddles and being carried about, your mum put you down and never picked you up again.

- Spakmitten

Eye Flies

Years ago I saw an episode of Monsters Inside Me where this guy was doing something outside and a fly flew into his eye. It only made contact for a millisecond, but it was enough for it to lay eggs. After they hatched they started eating his eye from the inside and he was starting to go blind until a doctor figured out what was wrong.

Since then I get super paranoid whenever a fly goes anywhere near my face because of the fact that something like this can possibly happen to me.

- -eDgAR-

Naked And Frozen

People who freeze to death are sometimes found naked because as they near dangerously low body heat they get the sensation they are burning hot. So hot that they desperately strip off all their clothing and, as you would guess, just hasten their incoming death due to hypothermia.

- Sneakybadness

300%

In 1847 a surgery done by Robert Liston only lasted 25 seconds. It was done so fast that the surgeon cut off his assistants fingers who then died along with the patient and a spectator died from shock - resulting in the only surgery with a 300% mortality rate.

- Memeocottis

The Same Water

There is and always will be the same rough amount of water on the planet. Its been pissed through all of creation for millions of years. You drink dinosaur piss.

- Killerdog122

This Is Why We Don't Declaw

Declawing cats is the equivalent to chopping off all your finger tips.

- iSeize

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