People Share The Scariest Facts They Know

Franklin D. Roosevelt once famously said, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

Words of encouragement to all Americans during his inaugural address, as America was in the midst of the great depression, with countless people having lost their jobs, their homes, and even their will to live.

While America did, indeed, bounce back, it hasn't stopped people from constantly living in fear.

Sadly, we're not talking about unfounded fears, such as ghosts or superstitions.

Unfortunately, there is plenty to be afraid of in this world, and horrifying evidence to prove it.


Redditor Smiffy9892 was curious to hear the most terrifying facts people know which keep them awake in bed at night, leading them to ask:
"What is a fact that scares you?"

No Justice

"That something like close to half of murders reported in the US are never solved."

"That’s just of the reported ones."- YAYtersalad

It Could Happen To Anyone

"Any day, you could have a stroke and lose all your autonomy and become as dependant as a baby."- FrenchMaisNon

"That any of us could have a brain aneurysm right now and not even know it's coming."- becomingNope

Just The Way Things Work

"The number of people older than me will never increase."- Vinny_Lam

At Least You Wouldn't Feel It?

"For some reason, the fact that you poop/pee yourself when you die."

"I know that it won’t matter because I’ll be dead, anyway, but I’ve always been weirded out by that."- EllieK24601

Cherish Your Time Together

"That my parents and grandparents are slowly getting older and it's just a matter of time before I start losing them all one by one and there's nothing I can do about it."- Kysman95

When Nothing Ever Seems To Be Alright...

"I logically know I am fine, but my anxiety won’t let me accept that."- HotSpicedChai

Next Time you Think About Putting It Out There To The Universe...

"That outside of our planet, zero of our achievements/history/language/currency matters."

'It can all be erased in a second and there would be no knowledge of us ever existing in the first place to anyone else in the universe."

"We are meaningless outside of this sphere."- EmergencyNoodlePack

It Really Doesn't Seem That Long

"We only live for about 4,000 weeks."-_Light_The_Way

Spitting Images

"That Dopplegangers exist."

"They say that there are at least a couple people in the world that look exactly like you without being blood related and I met mine."

"He was a f*cking criminal and got into trouble so many times with the law that I myself had been mistaken for him three times."

"The only difference was me having sleeves."

"My tattoos saved me from being mistaken for him."

"I was brought in and put in a lineup, and she said herself, 'that looks like him, but he doesn’t have a single tattoo'."

"4 hours later they found him and the sheriff’s department was dumbfounded that we weren’t twins."

"Like looking in a mirror."

"I was released, and a more than needed apology was given by the chief of police and arresting officer."- TinyoneT33

They Need Something To Keep Them Going

"The most well-educated and intelligent people are also those most afflicted with issues like despair, depression, and existential crises."

"Reality is a nightmare of horrors lying just beneath the surface, and the more aware of how things really work you are the more truly miserable you are, generally."- Emperor_Cartagia

It Could Be Comforting?

"When I die, I will be able to hear what people are saying, my last bit of brain activity will be processing those words or sounds and they will be echoed into my forever dream."

"Hope nobody says anything f*cked up.

"According to recent studies, auditory stimulus is the last sense to be lost, it's anticipated that people actually listen long enough to hear they’re pronounced dead."- TheUpsideDownWorlds·

Where Does The Time Go?

"The fact that the past 10 years of my life have flown by, and it means I got about a decade before I become the same age as my parents when I was born."

"Meaning that I’m just slowly going to age till it’s time for me to pass."

"And I still don’t even know why I’m living or what I want to do, or even feel like I’m happy."- Unhookingsnow6

"I've lived over half my life already."- Lucky-11

It's hard not to be scared by any or all of these facts.

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