Knowledge is power. That is one of life's truest statements. We should all long and thirst for as much knowledge as possible. But truth be told.... there are just some facts we're all better off not knowing. When certain details keep you awake at night, with a knife near the bed, you have wonder, if maybe, you would feel lighter without some distinct truths. This is why I have limited my "Dateline NBC" viewing.

Redditor u/kachann1999 wanted hear about the dark things in life some would rather forget by asking.... What a creepy fact you know?

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When a person dies due to some form of strangulation or hanging, if the body is moved any remaining air will leave the body making it look like they are breathing for a moment before the air is gone.

Devildogo22

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Russian Scientists, maybe others to. Were able to bring a dead dogs head and organs back to life. The head was responsive to noise and movements.

10_Virtues

A Russian surgeon, who's work was super important for organ transplant severed a dogs head and surgically attached it to another dog to make a two headed dog that lived for like a week after.

Also they did an entire head transplant of a monkey head onto another monkey body and same deal, it lived for several days after.

Crazy crap, but I guess its important even if it seems like some mad scientist stuff.

R-Sanchez137

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Pigs and humans have a lot in common physiologically. We actually use heart valves from pigs to surgically replace those in humans. We also use pig carcasses in ballistics and forensic experiments to simulate human bodies. Had a teacher in school that would bring us pig organs from a pork plant when teaching about the human body.

Also Pacific Islanders who engaged in cannibalism sometimes refer to human flesh as "long pig" — so we probably even taste similar.

lefty3968

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Cotard's delusion, also known as walking corpse syndrome, is the belief that you are dead, that your organs are missing, and/or that you are decaying from the inside out. People with this delusion often starve themselves or hurt themselves with impulsive, risky acts due to the belief that since they are already dead they cannot starve or be killed.

Cotard's can be developed after a brain injury. In one case study, a man called WI had significant trauma to his brain, especially the frontal lobe, cerebral cortex, and ventricular system. He believed that he had died of AIDS and gone to hell.

Another case was of a younger woman who believed that she was dead and/or ceased to exist in the first place. During the three years she battled the delusion, she started watching Disney movies and the movies made her feel something inside -- something she knew a dead person could not. And so little by little Disney movies brought he back to 'life' so to speak. She has since recovered from the ordeal claiming she's not dead anymore.

5koalasinatrenchcoat

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My dad was part of a big lesbian commune in the early 60's. He was put in charge of the goats and was/is a huge smoker.

It's literally the nearest thing I have to genetic knowledge (and me knowing goat husbandry got me a mug, and to meet and chat with the QI elves from No Such Thing as a Fish)

I was 10 when I learned to castrate lambs, I can make butter, and help a ewe in trouble. A lesbian commune would be lucky to have me.

turingthecat

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At least some of the crew of the Challenger, if not all of them, survived the explosion. They would have been aware of the fact that they would die upon impact with the ocean surface. There was no possible way to escape.

That haunts me.

eplrluieett

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One of the tragedies of Pearl Harbor, the attack that sent America headfirst into Japan during WWII, was of a group of men who didn't die immediately.

Three men were trapped several feet under water in a sunken ship. They were aged 18, 20, and 21 They were locked into a small room with no hope for escape. If they could somehow cut their way out into the water, they are still going to drown before they would break free and swim to shore.

What's sad is it took people on land two days to realize there were people stuck in the ship. However, they knew they were unable to help them. No one came to rescue them.

Their only choice was to sit there and wait, and wait they did.

When time came around to lifting the ship out of the water to search for bodies, they found the three young men and a calendar. Yep, the men kept a track of how many days they survived, not knowing if help, death, or a world at war was around the corner.

Imagine having to cope with your death, knowing it's the end, feeling the worst emotions possible for an hour. Now picture a day. How about a week? Well these men did it for sixteen. Sixteen days of starvation and darkness, trapped in the steel belly of a dead whale. The military tried to keep it a secret from their family members, only for some to find out how their brothers and sons really died.

disconnecty

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In 1973, two men were in a small submarine 1,575 feet deep in the ocean. Suddenly, there was a malfunction, and water began flooding in, causing the sub to sink. They only had enough oxygen left to survive for three days. It took so long for the rescue team to find them that by the time they extracted the crew, the men only had about 12 minutes of oxygen left.

Elegant-Sector8993

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There is a fungus, Cordyceps, that can actually brain-control insects, forcing them to move to a higher location where they will eventually die and release more Cordyceps spores.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuKjBIBBAL8

starterkit124

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There are an estimated 50-100 active serial killers in the US at any given time.

bassistmuzikman

There's a Manga that's kinda like this called Btoom. It's about a "game show" where people can be voted by the public to be taken to a deserted island and fight to the death with different kinds of throwable explosives. People who are sent there are typically very hated by the people who voted for them. Some of them were serial killers, some just social outcasts.

TRKrexel

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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure - and sometimes that saying is pretty literal.

Lots of people build entire businesses picking up cool stuff on bulk-pickup trash day, and upcycling it into something even better that people are willing to pay for.

Sometimes, you might even end up with something pristine and usable right away.

Reddit user JampackedAlborn1976 asked:

What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

"My dad simply asked if he could have it.. and they said yes." - SauloJr

Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

"It literally said 1 oz fine gold on it. I figured 5 bucks was worth the risk it not being real."

"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

"Bought it and took it too a pawn shop and sold it for a couple grand." - streetmitch

The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!