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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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