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We've all heard the phrase "fun fact" about a zillion times ... but this article isn't devoted to those meme-worthy shareable little factoids. Oh no, this one is devoted to things a bit darker.


We're going to talk about the not-so-fun facts.

Reddit user Chilloutjack asked:

What is a fun fact that is mildly disturbing?


Reddit did NOT disappoint. Quite a few of these are outright heartbreaking, cringeworthy, and in some cases kind of gross. Proceed with caution. There is talk of death, fetal death, animal rape, etc. ahead.

We're going to talk about the not-so-fun facts.

Reddit user Chilloutjack asked:

What is a fun fact that is mildly disturbing?

Reddit did NOT disappoint. Quite a few of these are outright heartbreaking, cringeworthy, and in some cases kind of gross. Proceed with caution.

Ruining Nemo

Want to ruin Finding Nemo?

Clownfish live in groups that are all male except for the biggest and most aggressive fish who is the Dominant Female. The next biggest fish is the Dominant Male, and these two are the only ones who breed. When the dominant female dies, the dominant male changes gender to become the dominant female. All the other males then fight to become the dominant male, and the cycle continues.

If you keep a Clownfish male on his own for long enough, he will become female.

- Sygga

Some Serious Stones

The world record for most kidney stones passed is 6,504 by Don Winfield, the most being removed is 172,155.
The largest kidney stone ever removed. was 20cm long and weighed 4.4 pounds, another being 13 cm.

- PNote09

The Eagles Addiction 

He song hotel California by the Eagles is actually about drug addiction. For example, the "pretty, pretty boys, that she calls friends." Are actually the side affects. And think about the lyric "You can checkout any time you like. But you can never leave."

When I learned it, I was shocked.

- Tuxedobacon325

Blondes Don't Always Have More Fun

If you have blond hair you are 70 percent more likely to get cancer.

- Unishark39

Eating You Back

Giphy

Pineapples have an enzyme that dissolves meat, meaning that when you eat one, it's technically eating you back.

- French-Toaster

Coke

Coke (cocaine) was in Coke (the soft drink) and that's why it's called Coke.

- itsmetwigiguess

So Easy Not To Get Caught

There are an estimated 35-50 active serial killers in the US. Famous serial killer Edmund Kemper (I think?) said he thinks that number is way higher because it was so easy not to get caught (he turned himself in).

- rosewater___

Roman Toothpaste

The Romans used crushed mouse brains as toothpaste

- amitkmr988

SUPER Superbad

Christopher 'McLovin' Mintz-Plasse's mom had to be on set during the filming of his sex scene in Superbad because he was only 17 at the time it was being filmed.

- FloralBison

Dangerous Dolphins

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Dolphins can and will pick stuff up and move it around using their penises.

- Mr_Sugar_Rush

They also rape people, and are known to push people out to sea about as much as they push them ashore. They also get high off sea urchins and puffer fish. They pass it around like a bong.

- LazySkeptic

Teeth

When you're cremated, your teeth explode from the heat.

- Vektorien

Speeches

If Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin got stuck on the moon the official policy was to cut communication and let them suffocate in silence, Nixon even had a speech and procedure prepared in case this happened.

- thewhiterabbit223


There were also speeches prepared in case 'the spacecraft goes missing, 'the astronauts abscond with the spacecraft', 'the spacecraft returns with extra astronauts', 'the spacecraft crashed into the USS Hornet, crushing Nixon', or 'the spacecraft is accidentally sold for scrap with the astronauts inside'

- microtrash

Morbid Printing

It's cheaper to print with human blood instead of printer ink.

- pourbeansinthere

Tasty Monkeys

Chimpanzees just flat out love to eat monkeys.

They love it so much they've feasted on certain breeds to local extinction.

Always found this mildly (moderately) disturbing because of the similarities in the species, like if wolves sought after puppies.

- YourDailyDevil

Postmortem Birth

If you die while late into a pregnancy the build up of bodily gases as you decompose can push the dead foetus out of your body. Its called postmortem fetal extrusion.

- SirObalobus

Baby Teeth

In infants, their adult teeth are behind/under their eyes.

- Freudian-Sips

Puppy PTSD

The rescue dogs from ground zero on 9/11 developed PTSD and needed therapy afterwards because there were so few survivors and so many dead recovered that the dogs thought they'd screwed everything up and done a bad job.

- jeg26

Thanks, Snot!

If it weren't for a layer of snot lining the inner walls of your stomach, the acid would burn through you and your insides would fall onto the floor.

- A-Drunk-Scoty

Smoked BBQ

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Burnt humans smell like smoked Texas barbecue

Before anybody calls me a serial killer, I worked in a trauma ER and the bad burn victims smelled exactly like this.

- RidingKeys

Rabies

If you contract rabies it can lay dormant in your body for years until one day you get a headache, and by then its already too late and you will slowly go insane and grow an erratic fear of water and Inability to swallow - then you die.

- swagxake

Melted

They couldn't give the firefighters from Chernobyl morphine, because their veins were literally melting.

- BBRodriguez9

The Universe

The entire Universe outside our galaxy could have completely disappeared over 20,000 years ago and we still wouldn't know it yet. Our view of the Universe is actually what it looked like anywhere from thousands to Billions of years ago -with no way to see what it actually looks like "right now". Imagine if you looked out your front window and saw your yard as it was 6 months ago, neighbors house across the street a year ago, and houses a block or two away as they were several years ago. Also off in the distance you see the glaciers from the last ice age. That's what it's like looking out at the Universe.

- UEizo

Nutmeg

Nutmeg was used as a hallucinogenic before modern drugs. It can also kill you if more than a tablespoon is eaten at once.

- Resiste-et-mortes


I basically spent my late teens researching and experimenting with everything I could get my hands on.

Naturally I tried nutmeg. Ingested about half a spice shaker in one sitting. Never experienced a hell like that. It felt like the entire world lost meaning, that I was pointlessly walking around in this grey plastic world and every minute dragged on for eternity. Couldn't function, couldn't focus on anything or do much of anything but lay on the floor and beg for it to be over. Faked being sick to not go to school. It lasted like 3 days and I felt like there were still noticeable effects weeks later. Still afraid I did some kind of permanent damage.

Do not recommend.

- GhostChap

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Sixth sense, hunch, spidey senses tingling, or gut feeling: no matter what you call it, we all have had that feeling at one point or another. Not everyone is as in tune with that feeling as some, but when we have that feeling it's important to listen to it. It could be life or death.

Science tells us that there's actual physical feelings associated with the gut feeling due to our gut-brain connection. Signals from our brain can actually cause intestinal signals to bubble up. It can come in a moments notice. Sometimes feeling a little like anxiety or even "hearing" a voice in your head telling you something might be off.

Healthline says:

"Research links these flashes of intuition to certain brain processes, such as evaluating and decoding emotional and other nonverbal cues."


We might need to listen to our gut specifically to protect ourselves. It's that intuitive knowledge that keeps humanity alive for centuries.

Antonia Hock, global head of The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center said:

"Instinct is a powerful data point that can be a treasure trove of untapped generational knowledge in decision making."

Redditors shared their life-saving moments when they listened to their gut and trusted it.

Redditor TheGaySussyBaka asked:

"What's a gut feeling that saved yours or someone else's life?"

Intuition could save a life. Let's read some true stories about gut feelings that made all the difference.

It was worth being late to the party.

"Years ago, my wife and I were driving on the expressway that was under major construction. Traffic had slowed quite a bit and I saw a plume of smoke ahead. As we drew closer, I could see it was the beginning of a Carbeque, but the driver was still in the vehicle."

"I did a death defying move to cross multiple lanes of traffic to pull over, despite my wife's protests about being late to the event we were headed to."

"I approached the car, which was just starting to produce visible fire from the wheel wells and opened the door to the car. The guy was conscious, but in obvious shock and was unresponsive. I had to reach in to unbuckle him and pull him out of the car. Within seconds of me getting him out, the driver's compartment was completely engulfed in flames."

- TheSpatulaOfLove

"In that moment, that's what your wife was thinking about?"

- Nooseents

"I don't think she had malicious intent. She's just nuts about being everywhere 5 minutes early. She assumed the guy would get out of the car and all would be fine. I didn't get that feeling."

- TheSpatulaOfLove

"Tipsy" driving is still drunk driving.

"Do not get into a car with someone who says 'they are just a little tipsy.'"

"The guy who was trying to convince us that he 'was totally fine to drive' didn't die that night but he did have to spend a two years learning to walk again."

- fruit_cats

"My story isn't as bad as that but I'm pretty sure I saved a friend from getting arrested for drunk driving. She'd been hanging out at my fraternity and had at least a couple drinks. She said she was going to drive to the bar, but I told her I wasn't going to let her and would find someone to drive her. But everybody else had been drinking. I hadn't, but I also didn't have a driver's license at the time (not for nefarious reasons, I just didn't get one until I graduated college)."

"Refusing to let her drive, I told her I would. She got in next to me and even though I hadn't driven in awhile, I drove slowly to the bar. After I pulled in to the spot, I finally noticed that there had been a cop right behind us. Luckily he drove off. But the cops in our college town were notorious jerks and even if she had been below the legal limit, she probably would have been arrested. But she was fine and I drove her back to her apartment after we were done."

"Also later found out that the car I was driving wasn't even hers - it belonged to her sorority sister. So there's a good chance I prevented her a) from getting arrested, b) getting into a bad accident, c) damaging her sorority sister's car or d) all of the above."

- PAKMan1988

"You're really burying the good part."

"You prevented her from possible troubles by driving a stolen car without a license right in front of a cop."

- yourmomlurks

Listen to your parental gut feeling.

"My son has leukemia and is on chemotherapy. He was just...off. Looked paler than usual and something just felt odd. Turns out chemo had obliterated his blood so much it might as well have been water and he would have died within days. Two blood transfusions, five days hospital and two weeks off chemotherapy and he was on the mend."

"I went into traumatic shock and the one thing that pulled me out was a debrief with my doctor, who told me I had just saved my child's life with my maternal instinct and never doubt it. Fast forward a few months and he got an infection and that same odd feeling woke me up. He spent a week in hospital that time."

"Parental instinct is there for a reason. Don't doubt it. When you feel it, it's not like feeling a concern or worry that something might be wrong... it's a deep primal knowing."

- belltrina

"My wife had the same thing happen with our 3rd kid. 3 days old. Something was off for her. She had a feeling, called the pediatrician and tested his blood sugar with her kit since she was a gestational diabetic. It was in the basement. Like the oh f**k basement. Verge of coma basement. Doc had us call 9-11 and they would have life-flighted him to a bigger hospital had the weather not sucked a**. Spent 9 days in the NICU. Now he's a wild 5-year-old boy. She 100% saved his life."

- Fleadip

"When I worked in peds, this was the mantra among the nursing staff. If mom (or dad) thinks something is wrong, something is wrong! You know your kid better than anyone else in the world."

- vanillabeanlover

"This is so true! When I had appendicitis, my doctor tried to send me home saying it was the flu. If my mom hadn't insisted something was seriously wrong, I might be dead. It was hours from rupturing when they removed it."

- hotairballoons

A near miss.

"Scenario- driving myself and 2 coworkers back from lunch. Didn't immediately go when my light was green as I got this weird knot in my stomach like something was gonna go down. Car next to me went forward and got slammed into a brick building and post by a speeding car that went thru his red. Some debris rained on my car but basically was left unscathed. Shook but unscathed."

- tokoloshe_noms_toes

"My friends make fun of me for this, bc the 'light is green lol' but I've been involved in that type of accident, and am only alive because my dad, who was driving saw it in time to slam the gas and make them only hit the bed of the truck."

- marshal231

The man in the truck.

"This is before cell phones (think beepers). I went out one night and was meeting my bestie half way between my house and hers. I noticed this truck drive by me and he slowed down to a crawl. Another car was coming so he kept going. My spidey senses were triggered though. I saw my best friend and I grabbed her and pulled her into an old shed at an abandoned house. I shut the door quick and told her to be quiet. There was a space so we were able to see this truck coming."

"She is whispering rapidly to me asking what is happening. I told her that I had seen that guy a few minutes before and he made me nervous. He slowly crept down the street, pulled over and got out with a flashlight. That's when we saw the gun. The most terrifying thing, it was only moments, but felt like hours. He finally took off, but I was hesitant to leave yet. We stayed there for about 15-20 minutes and he came back 4 or 5 times."

"Finally we heard our names being called, her older brother and his best friend had come looking because it typically takes 10 minutes to get from my house to hers. I am convinced that she and I would both be dead if it wasn't for that shed and me trusting my spidey senses."

- Right-Mind2723

Caught it just in time.

"Was hanging out with my brother who was visiting from a few hours away. We went to one of his highschool friends house to shoot the sh*t."

"My brother's friend had a kid who was literally bouncing off the walls. After one bounce I heard a little scrape behind me. I looked behind me to see the 8 point deer head mounted to the wall just in time for another bounce."

"I snatched that head out of the air just about 3 inches from giving the kid 4 stab wounds to the skull."

- piratecheese13

"I was at a party my house was hosting back in the day. We had a back area that had a door leading to the backyard, the door swung inwards. Someone was bent over putting their shoe on and I heard someone coming up the stairs to come in. As soon as the handle started turning, I put my hand over the door to stop it coming in. The person putting on their shoe was so shocked because no one else noticed the door opening and their head was right near the handle. Maybe not exactly saving a life, but a solid concussion at least."

- Subject37

"Peacefully riding my motorcycle."

"'I don't think that guy is going to stop for that stop sign. I'll slow down just a little bit so he'd miss me if he didnt.'"

"Guy flys through intersection at 100km/h."

"'God wanted me to live this day, I see.'"

- shrapnullvxvsa

There are a few things you'll need to do to learn how to trust your gut. Part of it is recognizing when your gut is trying to send you signals. Body awareness, emotional awareness and cognitive processing is something that can happen intuitively, but we have to know how to recognize it.

Pay attention to when it is intrinsically emotional or when it might be clouded by bias. Know the difference so you can make choices that make the most sense for the situation.

And practice! Find ways to listen to your body and emotions and put the skills to the test.

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