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The world can be an exceptionally strange and cruel place. The more we know about it, the more we may lose our faith in humanity.

Some facts we may never learn in a history book or even hear about on the news. We wanted to know what some of the most outrageous and f*cked up facts people have heard.

What better place to go that Ask Reddit, where people from all over the world can comment.


Redditor GreebSetter asked:

"What’s a f*cked up fact you just can’t believe is true?"

These are unbelievable.

Elephants basically have a second trunk.

"Elephants can control their penis like a second trunk."

- leemurray98

"I saw two elephants get it on in Berlin zoo. The first startling thing was the prehensile penis finding its way in, just like a trunk. The second startling thing was all the other elephants running about and trumpeting in a big celebration of the act. All of them. Kids, adults, like a big party! Wayhey!!!! They're doing it!!!!!!"

- NiceOneCenturion

"There's even a term for it: 'Mating pandemonium.'"

- m_Pony

Bombed with fleas.

"During World War 2, Japan bombed China with fleas infected with the bubonic plague."

- thisisprince

"Japan's crimes in China are mind boggling. They make Josef Mengele look like an amateur. Google 'Unit 731.' Or don't. You probably shouldn't."

- No_Significance4311

"Let's not forget their initial defense plan of 10,000 suicide vehicles of various types. If that didn't work, it was expected that all 100 million of the Japanese people swarm invading forces and give their life for Japan in an attempt to dissuade the American public from continuing the war."

- Halew2

Bee Facts.

"If bees were paid minimum wage for their labor, a jar of honey would cost $182,000."

- Assorted_Education_

"Bumble bees are always 45 minutes from death in the air. They expend so much energy flying, that they need to eat every 45 minutes or die. So, they literally don't give a sh*t about anything other than finding a flower."

- Good-Helicopter-9303

"I take a simple pleasure in seeing bumblebees buzz around my backyard in the summer. I’m not sure how I feel knowing it’s a desperate fight for survival. I mean I know sourcing food is kind of like that for any creature, but I would have thought they’d have a greater margin than 45 minutes. Evolution can be cruel."

- Dunnersstunner

Getting murdered on Christmas.

"You’re statistically more likely to be murdered by a family member on Christmas Day than murdered by a stranger any other day."

"I don’t have a source, it’s just something that seems about right tbh. Putting a bunch of people together on a really intense occasion will create some friction and you never know who’s at the point of murder."

"Also I can totally see why murders would be more likely, judging by the comments below."

- _Frog_Enthusiast_

"Well congrats anyone reading this, you survived another Christmas…"

- Cobnor2451

There's no data to be found about this but several accounts in the comments make it seem that this could be true. Take this article that someone commented for instance: Estranged Husband Dressed As Santa Blamed for Christmas Day Massacre.

Sharks and trees.

"Sharks have been around longer than trees."

"Yes, Trees."

- RedAllAboutIt7

"One that I personally think is more interesting is that sharks are older than Saturn's rings."

- Dickcheese_McDoogles

"The bacteria that decomposed trees wasn't around for millions of years. That means for millions of years, trees were just dying, falling over, and lying like a bunch of logs stacked around each other."

- BootySmackahah

"And as far as I'm aware, the millions of years of this happening is now what we call fossil fuels and burn as carbon."

- Laxinout

"It contributed a ton of fossil fuel because when there was nothing biological to decompose them, geology would essentially do the job over a much greater length of time. Other organic matter still contributes to fossil fuels but those trees might represent our largest single input in a geologic time period; bogs that trap plant material in anoxic conditions can still create the conditions for fossil fuel production eons later."

- platypottamus

The youngest person to give birth.

"The youngest person to ever give birth was 5 years old."

- kibufox

"They say her biological father was the father of her child."

- Creative_Recover

"Her son Geraldo grew up thinking Lina was his older sister but was told she was actually his mother when he was 10."

- JonBenet_BeanieBaby

Teflon pans.

"In the beginning, Dupont f*cked up their non-stick Teflon pans. They knew high exposure to the stuff was bad but they never did anything about it. As a result, traces of "forever chemicals" can be found in 98% of the American population (and probably beyond)."

- Delta4o

"The movie Dark Waters describes the whole thing very well. At the end of the movie they say traces of PFOA can be found in 'virtually every living creature on the planet, including 99% of humans.'"

- FoxTrotte

Winning the Powerball.

"You're statistically more likely to randomly die during a USA Powerball lottery drawing than win it."

- Shawn_NYC

"My great uncle won the Powerball and died of a heart attack not long after."

- CubanLynx312

"Dang had to look this up. It's true(ish)."

"Chances of dying on the way there if you drive 1 mile: 1/110,000,000"

"Chances of winning the Powerball jackpot: 1/292,000,000"

"That being said if you drive 25mph w/ your seatbelt on, sober, in a modern car with airbags on a neighborhood road up to the gas station, your probability of death probably drops by more than a factor of 10 compared to driving on a high speed rural road or highway."

"While I'm looking up morbid stats, there have been 4781 COVID deaths in the US for the age range of 18-29. That's out of about 50M, so probability of dying of COVID in a given day in 2021 for young adults was ~1/4M. That's 73 times more likely than winning the Powerball."

- Peanut_Many

Some of these facts are absolutely gut wrenching, while others might win you the next trivia night. Take a little trip around Google and you'll find they have truth to them, as unbelievable as they might be.

Hopefully this didn't completely destroy your faith in the world.

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