If you've ever been curious about prions or about missing persons cases, then you've come to the right place.

How many of you have made a habit of staying up late to read all of the disturbing Wikipedia entries you could find? Just me? Sorry, not sorry... I can't help that I have a very morbid mind.

But once you fall down a rabbit hole, you might come across some information that even the best brain bleach wouldn't be able to get rid of. People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor CallOfDutysVeryOwn asked the online community,

"What is the most disturbing fact you know of?"

"Half of the homeless people..."

"Half of the homeless people in America were in the foster care system at some point in their lives."

toasty_turban

It will always be too soon to learn this fact.

"Oh!"

"Oh! I just remembered one. Prions!"

"Prions are misfolded proteins that copy over to other cells. If a brain surgeon suspects that the patient has prions they will run a test and if the patient has it they will just stitch the person up. Why? Because there is no reason to finish because the patient will die anyway."

"In other words it has a 100% fatality rate."

SandlerTheSleepless

Great, another thing to keep me up at night.

Thanks.

At least it'd be quick... right?

"The fact that NASA..."

"The fact that NASA can detect world killing asteroids and know when it will hit but CAN'T detect city killing asteroids due to the size being greatly smaller."

bowlessy

Don't Look Up clearly needs a sequel of some kind.

"30%..."

"30% of people reported missing, and found dead, were killed by the person reporting them missing."

Leaping-Kitties

There's a reason why these investigations tend to focus on individuals closest to the victim.

"Only 20% of the males..."

"Only 20% of the males born in the Soviet Union in 1923 survived World War II."

Rebkmfdm1784

This fact alone tells you so much about the devastation of World War II.

Utterly catastrophic.

"The universe outside of Earth..."

"The universe outside of Earth is completely silent. Sound on Earth travels through vibrations in the air. But in outer space, there is no air for sound to travel. Basically saying, nobody will hear you scream."

Iloveicecream

Paging Ellen Ripley... come in Ripley.

"During the late Roman Republic..."

"During the late Roman Republic, one of the richest men in Rome, Marcus Licinius Crassus, used to own a team of firefighters (there was no dedicated firefighter service at the time). If your building was burning, he would offer to buy the building. If you agreed, he put out the fire. If not, his team of firefighters just left and let the building burn."

InquisitiveBallbag

Crassus was quite the monster.

There's a story that claims that after he died the Parthians poured molten gold into his mouth to mock his thirst for wealth.

"What would the world be like..."

"A super pandemic, with a mutated virus that is both easy to spread and deadly, could easily wipe out half of the world's population. No government has the resources stockpiled or the public properly educated to help mitigate the disaster."

"What would the world be like if every other person was gone?"

SyntheticOne

Well, this fact hits harder knowing how humanity is dealing (or not dealing) with the pandemic going on right now.

"There could be..."

"There could be a planet-sterilizing gamma-ray burst heading our way right now. There's no way to stop it, and we wouldn't even know it's coming until it arrives."

gofunk1

In that case, we might as well live it up, right?

It'd be over quick!

"Think about..."

"Think about the most insanely horrifying act that you've ever heard of a human being committing. Now think about the fact that literally any other human being is equally capable of doing the same."

"If that's not terrifying, I don't know what is."

AbortionsAsaPastime

Now there's a thought to keep me up at night.

No thank you.

I don't need to go down that road.

Sorry to depress you... or unnerve you... but you knew what you were doing when you clicked on this link, didn't you?

Our morbid curiosity sure does get the best of us.

Good luck sleeping tonight.

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