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There are many facts that are beneficial to you in life that are super helpful.

But it's the creepy ones that you wish you never found out about, because they are always in the deep recesses of your brain waiting to manifest in your recurring nightmares.

When I was in Mexico City, my group of friends and I were taken to the beautiful canals of Xochimilco.

It was during the floating excursion when I first learned about the existence of La Isla de las Muñecas – or, the Island of Dolls.

We were told that the island's caretaker, Don Julian Santana Barrera, once found a girl who had drowned there under mysterious circumstances. He also found a doll in that water that presumably belonged to the dead girl.

He strung the doll up on a tree to appease the dead girl's vengeful spirit, and that thoughtful gesture inspired a creepy tradition in which hundreds of other dolls and doll parts were hung up or left on the island as a creepy shrine.

While the origin story of Doll Island is debatable, it is a real place populated with hundreds of decaying dolls that have been exposed to the elements.

But what the locals say frequently happens there is hardly surprising.

They are convinced the dolls move at night and that they can sometimes hear them whispering to each other.

No thank you, ma'am.

Our group never floated by the haunted island, and it's just as well. Possessing the knowledge of its existence nearby gave us enough chills that left us with awkward smiles for the remainder of our delightful boat tour.

What gives you the heebie-jeebies and keeps you up at night?

That is what Redditor sussege wanted to know when he visited askReddit.

He dared to ask:

"What are some disturbing facts you know?"

Redditors did not disappoint as they shared fascinating factoids that included an underwater grave, historical brutalities and an unsettling ritual in the insect world.

Prepare to expand your mind ... and pull up your bed sheets tonight.

Guilty Pig

"In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child."

"The pig was given full legal representation and provided human clothing for the trial."


The Monkey Hangers

"In a similar vein, during the Napoleonic Wars, a French ship was wrecked in a storm off the coast of Hartlepool."

"The only survivor from the ship was a monkey, allegedly dressed in a French army uniform to provide amusement for the crew."

"On finding the monkey on the beach, some locals decided to hold an impromptu trial; since the monkey was unable to answer their questions and because they had seen neither a monkey nor a Frenchman before, they concluded that the monkey must be a French spy."

"Being found guilty, the animal was duly sentenced to death and was summarily hanged on the beach."

"Hartlepool's football team are called the Monkey Hangers to this day and there are various monkey statues around the town."

The President's Absent Mind

"John F Kennedy's brain as well as the associated autopsy slides have been missing since 1966, three years after his assassination."


An Unappetizing Thought

"If you have to turn to cannibalism for some reason, eating the thighs will give you the best nutrients."


Eat Me

"To my understanding due to the similarities between humans and pigs we would taste like, or simular to, pork."


"Wonder if that means human bacon is possible."


Off With His Head

"When a female mantis bites the head off a male who is breeding them, it is actually is a good thing. Males can't start fertilizing until a nerve in their head says they are properly clasped, think performance anxiety, can take hours. When the male has his head bitten off ain't over. They have an organ in their abdomen that controls copulation (for when their head is bitten off) and it just goes to town, no worries about that nerve waiting for the proper clasp anymore since it's now gone. So in the end the females end up getting bred better by a zombie male with no inhibitions. I find this evolution in mantises disturbing (as a male) and amazing!"


Thousands And Thousands Of Spiders

"A Missouri couple sued the seller of a house, from whom they had bought it, when they discovered that Brown Recluse Spiders were 'bleeding out of the walls.'"

"It was estimated by an expert that around 4,000–5,000 spiders had infested the house."


Remnants Of A Maritime Disaster

"There are sh*t tons of shoes near the Titanic, the reason for this is that once the ship hit the bottom of the ocean, corpses rained down around the wreckage, the fish ate the bodies but no fish at that depth in that area can eat the leather that most shoes of the time were made of."


Frozen For All Eternity

"There are over 200 corpses on Mount Everest and they're used as landmarks."


Stallion Zebras

"A dominant Stallion Zebra will kill the offsprings of other stallions but mares won't put up with much. When it comes to their sons, a stallion would most likely kick them out. The bachelor stallion, if he's lucky to survive, would join herds of other bachelors until he can challenge the dominant stallion in a harem or start their own. The latter involves 'kidnapping' a mare from another harem. Yet, a stallion maybe not be pleased with a mare if she's already pregnant and does what he can to cause an abortion. After that, he tries to the mare pregnant by him."

"BTW, there's a sane reason for this has to do with preventing inbreeding."


Death By Train

"Unless hit in the head, people why have been killed by trains usually take minutes to bleed out instead of dying from the impact of the train hitting them."


Contaminating Our Oceans

"Lot of unethical shipping companies EVEN TODAY dump a lot of garbage, oily sludge, waste contaminated water and oil out when sailing in international waters far away from the shore. There are only a few handful players today who are actually executing business trades while still keeping the carbon footprint and enviornment as one of their core policies. I am glad to be working with one one them (I am a merchant marine who works as an engineer on mega container ships like this."

"Disclaimer: link takes you to a youtube video of a container ship in port and eventually sailing off under the Golden Gate Bridge."


Don't Put Off What You Can Do Today

"You can be in good health (both mentally and physically ) one day and then drop dead from an undiagnosed brain aneurysm the next. Most of the time there are no symptoms leading up to it. It can happen to anyone at anytime. The good news however is that it's certain death,you won't know what hit you. If your unlucky enough to survive one it has permanent neurological effects,that can make you a vegetable for the rest of your life."

"Another tidbit of information to add is that 1 in 50 people you encounter on the street,at work or school are currently walking around with an unruptured brain aneurysm."


Watery Grave

"There are more planes in the ocean than submarines in the sky. I think that's pretty disturbing."


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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

What's the most traumatizing thing you experienced as a child?
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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

Redditor u/Mcxyn wanted to discuss some truths about love and our own issues, by asking:

Why are you single?
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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!

What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."


"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

One such instance involved a little sister who was around 6 at the time. It was the 90s and at the height of the youth-focused PSAs (think the frying egg representing your brain). One type was a safety PSA about stranger danger. The speaker would remind the children that if a stranger tried to take you anywhere to yell “Stop, you're not my mommy/daddy" to raise the alarm.

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