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Our universe is filled with infinite amount of unexplained mysteries yet to be explored.

And yet, the limited number of substantive facts we are cognizant of still continue to baffle us.


For instance, did you know the Eiffel Tower can be 15 cm taller in the summer because of thermal expansion? Or that polar bears are nearly undetectable by infrared cameras due to the thickness of their coat and skin?

But along with those rather "cool" facts, there are just as many that are truly unsettling.

Curious to find out what facts can give you the heebie-jeebies, Redditor aelmnnor asked:

"What's a scientific fact that creeps you out?"

Creepy Species

If you apply these entities' characteristics towards human beings, you will have the makings of a horror movie.

Goodbye Siblings

"Obligate siblicide. In some species of animals, multiple offspring are born but only one is actually raised by the mother. The others are born only as backup in case the first-born doesn't survive. When the first-born is fine, which is the typical case, it kills the others."

munificent

"Body Horror Lump Of Meat"

"Honestly nothing is more creepy than how deep sea anglerfish mate."

"The deep sea is dark, and the anglerfish are spread very thinly. Therefore, when an anglerfish meets another anglerfish, it's incredibly important they get the chance to mate over and over again. The evolutionary strategy that deep sea anglerfish devised is extra creepy. The male latches onto the female, biting her and never letting go. That way he can inseminate the eggs she drops. Not that bad so far right? But wait, how does he eat if he's latched on his mate?"

"Well, the circulatory systems fuse and the female provides nutrients for the male through this fused circulatory system. The true horror starts here. The organs of male start to wither and atrophy, being absorbed into the female. Eventually, the male is reduced to a lump of testicles the females use to fertilize their eggs. Females are often covered in bumps of several males that have melted into the female, becoming a literal body horror lump of meat on the female."

wawapexmaximus

Stomach This

"Sea stars eject their stomachs to cover edible parts of their prey, begin digesting it externally, and then pull the partially digested prey into digestive glands to finish the job."

"starfish feeding mechanism"

phocathis

Goo-bye

"Caterpillars turn completely into goo in their cocoon, and then become a butterfly."

Squigglepig52

"And there is evidence they retain memories from their pre-goo days. Memories of strong positive/negative stimuli that they show preference-for/aversion-to, even after metamorphosis."

MarnerIsAMagicMan

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Our Body Is A Wonderland

Our soul occupies a shell that is a community of tons of other autonomous elements. We truly are merely passengers. Go ahead, ask your brain.

Body Language

"A fever is your body way of saying:"

"We dont negotiate with terrorists! We either destroy the enemy or we die with them!"

Knork14

Following Our Brains

"Your brain is making decisions before you are even aware of the decisions it has made. It also makes decisions based off of learned behavior and you just go along with it."

SonofTreehorn

Always Being Punk'd

"The brain can play tricks on you:"

"When you look at a clock and the second hand seems to freeze for a moment, your brain is actually generating a false memory - and your perception of time stretches slightly backward."

"This effect is called chronostasis."

Back2Bach

Why Do Our Faces Itch? This

"That there are little crab-like things crawling on your face."

MNistheBomb

Take A Breather

"Thinking about how breathing and lungs work freaks me out. Once I start thinking about it all I can think about is my breathing and then I have to force myself to stop thinking about it."

SunshinePumpkin

Ominous

Hints of death abound in these unsettling facts.

Tragic Remains

"When the titanic sank non of the shoes decomposed so there's tons of shoes at the bottom of the ocean."

Dref27

This Sucks

"There is something called 'the squeeze,' where when people had old scuba suits with tubes, you could actually get sucked into that tube if the pressure was off. You are literally shredded through your own breathing tube."

10Spacesloth05

The Urge

"The sudden urge to jump off of a very high height. You can be physically and mentally stable to the greatest degree and still have this feeling when at such a high height."

Mattfromwiisports21

Always In Battle

You get and cure cancer in your own body thousands of times a day.....

ssjx7squall

"Your body produces thousands and thousands of cells with damaged dna. It's a bit of exaggeration to call them cancer but if any of these cells were to survive they could become cancerous. Your immune system destroys them before they get to that point. This is also why if you were to live forever you would eventually get cancer because the chances of your body missing them statistically increases. This occurs thousands upon thousands upon thousands of times a day."

ssjx7squall

Based on the factoids that just invaded your brain, truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.

One factoid that kept me up at night was reading about a woman in 2015 who suffered from headaches. It turned out the source was a brain tumor – one that resembled skin and had bones, teeth, and hair.

The rare mass was called a "teratoma," and doctors confirmed it was not a "twin," but germ cells that had fallen off when the woman was an embryo and wound up on an abnormal place – her brain – and continued to develop along with her.

If the woman heard voices in her head – as some of us figuratively experience – it might have literally been because she had a mouthpiece growing inside her brain.

Ahh, the mysteries of life.

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Typically, I would write an intro about my own experiences with the weird kids at school, but I WAS the weird kid in school. Not in a bad way, more like a “I had a John Waters phase” when I was 16 and everyone knew it. So like, cool-weird. At least I hope so.

Schools aren’t always so lucky to have the cool kinds of weird kids though. The spectrum of weird extends even further than that, and can sometimes end up very disasterous.

U/Imaginary_East5786 asked: What was the weirdest thing the weird kid did at school?

​Let’s start with the grossest of the gross. Because why not.

Was it worth it?

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He heard that you'd automatically get suspended if you peed your pants at school. He wanted to find out if it was true, peed his pants, got suspended.

Memoryduel

Scientific method:

> Observation: 'I've heard that by peeing your pants you will be suspended'

> Hypothesis: If I pee my pants I will be suspended

> Experiment: I peed my pants and I got suspended

> Conclusion: If I pee my pants I get suspended

Glez_fdezdavila_

Uhhh what was the intention here?

He got mad that he didn't understand how to play a game at lunchtime so he started hitting and punching the nearest person to him, who happened to be me. When I shoved him away and asked him what the hell was he doing, he whipped his unit.out, charged at me and when I shoved him away from me again he started crying and ran away with his member still sticking out.

Kurtles12

​Next ones up are the lowkey (or even highkey) disturbing stories. These weird kids can get a little scary.

Boom theret.

At my middle school, someone decided to get a little attention with a good old fashioned bomb threat. Except they thought that a bomb threat meant literally writing "bomb threat" somewhere. Worse yet, they misspelled the f*ck out of it, and wrote "boom theret."

So we had to go on a brief, very awkward lockdown while the police checked the perimeter for booms.

Angusthedangus

I hope there was no overlap in the columns.

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She wrote a list of all the girls and boys she wanted to kiss and murder and then casually passed it out on the playground.

Fun-Acadia-8735

2 separate lists or just the 1?

OppositeYouth

Same list 2 columns lol.

Fun-Acadia-8735

Holy crap.

Had the weird kid in high school ask the teacher to use the bathroom. She said no and this dude legit stabbed his hand with a pencil. Went all the way through then asked if he could now...sh*t was wild.

This was Pearl High School in Mississippi. This was the school Luke Woodham shot and killed his girlfriend and her friend at the school. This kid stabbed himself with the pencil about 2 months after that happened. This was late 1997.

Roberted1982

​Most of the time, however, the weird kids are pretty d*mn funny.

Ok, but this takes a lot of skill.

Had a kid nicknamed "cheeseburger" in the grade ahead of me in high school. He got his nickname because when it was time for his class to go to lunch, he snuck into the roof and crawled his way into the cafeteria, dropped down and proceeded to steal all the cheeseburger put out for lunch. Unfortunately they caught him in the act and sent him to the principal's office.

A year later he was caught stealing a teacher's computer, and in the process of being arrested he bit the officers hand, getting him sent to juvi never to be heard of again.

Theonering1

Every school had the cat girl.

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The weird kid at my highschool tied a string around his pencil case and pulled out around the halls pretending it was a dog. He still lives in my hometown. I think unemployed.

Oh also weird girl in middle school acted like a cat. She would meow and hiss at people, lick the water fountain and rub her body on the teacher's legs. In 8th grade. I have no idea where she ended up.

SendmePMsofyourBMs

Mood.

Weird kid in elementary was a self proclaimed alien. Once, while waiting for the bus, she told me "On my planet we eat people like you" and proceeded to bite me. We later became friends in high school and she used to give me massages during lunch break in the quad. Just realized now she was likely tenderizing me.

Iheartrevolution

I was exactly this kind of weird.

He didn't say much, but if asked, he would go to the front of the class and perform Tip-Toe Through the Tulips with all of the emotion and volume of Tiny Tim, holding nothing back.

The last I heard, he became an energy trader, made a ton of money and married well.

10per

I can definitely relate to that last one. In middle school, my English teacher would let me go to the front of the class and perform monologues or songs from Broadway musicals. Weird, but that’s what happens when schools cut funding for the arts and the theatre kids have no outlet.

As long as you’re not hurting anyone, I say let your freak flag fly, man

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