Reddit user mimiqttt asked: 'What are some creepy facts you know?'
We've all heard creepy rumors or legends that have made falling to sleep far more challenging than necessary.
Such as ghosts that supposedly haunt old buildings or alligators supposedly lurking in sewer systems.
If there's anything guaranteed to send shivers down the spine of superstitious or panic-stricken individuals, it's learning that the terrifying information they've just been told is fact, and not fiction.
Making one nervous to step out their door in the morning, let alone fall asleep.
Redditor mimiqttt was eager to hear the most utterly spine-tingling facts people knew, leading them to ask:
"What are some creepy facts you know?"
For The Sake Of Transparency...
"Box Jellyfish are not only the most venomous jellies to humans, but they also possess at least 24 functional eyes (of various degree) on its body despite having no centralized brain."
"Four of its eyes always peer up out of the water regardless of the animal's body position."
"Some eyes can make out images, others are more primitive."- Southern_Gator
The Last Thing You'll Ever Hear...
"Hearing is the last sense you lose before dying."- HorrorPusherr
Talk About Keeping You Up At Night...
"Hundreds of people die every year."
"From being strangled by their bedsheets."- bender0x7d1Sunny Day Bed GIF by VVS FILMSGiphy
"If all bacteria in a cheese decided to move in the same direction the cheese would move quite a distance in a day."- Worldly-Traffic-5503
Deserving Of A Raised Brow...
"Due to human artificial selection, dogs are evolving eyebrows."- Light_of_Niwen
Beyond An Existential Problem...
"There is a condition where you just think you’re dead or don’t exist."
"People who have it sometimes stop eating because they think they’re dead."- BlueCanary434Sad Halloween GIF by This GIF Is HauntedGiphy
Among The Many Reasons You Should Always Knock...
"One of the most common places to find a dead body is on the toilet."
"Cause when they're alive and not feeling well, the first thing they do is go to the toilet thinking it could be a bowel issue."-pumpkinthighs
"Herculaneum is better preserved than Pompeii, it just hasn't been excavated as much."
"Pompeii was essentially destroyed by falling volcanic rock, it's dead later being buried by ash after rigor had set in."
"Herculaneum was destroyed by pyroclastic flows so hot that the liquids in people's bodies turned to vapor and exploded instantly."
"Currently, the population in the area is so large that the Italian government is having a hard time deciding whether or not it's worth it to warn or evacuate them or not."-Reddit
Can't Say It Ran In The Family
"In a strange and semi creepy coincidence, Robert Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, was saved from falling off a train platform and being run over by Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth."- Infamous-Piece3783train tracks natgeo channel GIF by National Geographic ChannelGiphy
A Job Not Fit For The Human Race.
"Cadaver dogs can smell bodies through waters."
"Lakes , etc."- PlaysTheTriangle
"If you build something in your yard against HOA rules, then it’s called an unwanted erection."- thecookiesmonster
When Your Body Starts Gaining Up On You...
"Your eyes have their own immune system that works separately from your body’s immune system."
"If your body’s immune system found out it would attack your eyes."
"I read this here and at my last eye appointment I asked if it was true."
"The eye doctor said 'Yeah, it’s kinda weird' and I was like 'kinda?'"- McSmackthe1stEyes Blink GIF by Eternal FamilyGiphy
Pretty And Delicate On The Outside...
"If given access to it, butterflies will happily drink blood."- supermarketblues
The Only Thing Scarier Than One Black Hole...
"During the merger of two black holes, a black holes can occasionally get ejected from the system and get shot out into open space and become a wandering black hole."
"The creepy part for me is that because a large part of the way in which we see black holes is through their interactions with their surroundings we wouldn’t really be able to see it coming towards us."- rflok34
Vanity Is A Sin, After All...
'Everyone who has ever owned the HOPE DIAMOND has met some sort of gruesome, untimely death."- QuietRulrOfEvrythingdiamond supply GIFGiphy
The world is a fascinating, often terrifying place.
Perhaps why some people firmly believe ignorance is bliss.
On the other hand, knowledge is power.
So if you see a school of jellyfish, you all now know better than to think they can't also see you...
Reddit user FunChemical3182 asked: 'What is the weirdest animal fact you know?'
People accumulate facts throughout life on a wide variety of subjects.
Some are mundane while others are weird, wild or wonderful.
One subject a lot of people focus on is animals. Most people have a favorite animal that fascinates them that they want to know all about.
Reddit user FunChemical3182 asked:
"What is the weirdest animal fact you know?"
"Platypus glow blueish green under ultraviolet light."
"They also don’t have nipples, they just exude milk from glands under the skin and the baby’s lap it up."
"They have electrolocation in their bills that lets them detect their food under water."
"And they lay eggs."
"The more I find out about them the more I understand why people first thought they were fake."
"After seeing all these platypus facts I am convinced these things are aliens that have been abandoned on Earth."
"Mantis Shrimp have 16 different sets of cones. Rods and cones are in your eyes. Cones see color, rods see light and motion."
"Dogs have 2 sets of cones—green and blue. Humans have 3 sets of cones—green, blue and red."
"Mantis Shrimp are seeing colors we can't comprehend and explains why they're very colorful."
"That’s not even the strangest thing about them."
"They can also punch as fast as a .22 bullet which cause a cavitation bubble which boils the water around them at temperatures of several thousand Kelvins."
"Cats have the mental capacity of a 2-year-old which makes a lot of sense."
~ Alive_Ad823Cats Dragging GIFGiphy
"When a female sloth wants a mate she'll hang onto a tree branch and just scream."
Good Thing They're So Small
"Dragonflies are the most successful predators on Earth."
"When lions choose prey they have like a 10% chance of catching it."
"African painted dogs—who hunt in packs—have the highest kill rate of any mammal, successfully catching 51% of their prey."
"When a dragonfly locks onto a target, it has a 99.9% success rate!"
On A Swivel
"Owls have really long necks, but it's hard to notice that because their feathers are so fluffy."
What About Cousin It?
"Sea otters are the most densely furred animal with 600,000 to 1,000,000 hair follicles per square inch."
"Dogs have about 15,000 per square inch, humans on average are between 800 to 1,290 hairs per square inch."
Or Two Sets Of Twins
"Armadillos always have offspring as quadruplets."
"Octopus punch other fish for no reason—so, for fun."
"There's a direct correlation between species' intelligence and dickish behavior."
Looks Are Deceiving
"Polar bear fur isn't white—it's translucent (for most frequencies of light). And they have black skin underneath."
"So polar bear fur lets all the light through to their black skin to warm them—except for a few visible frequencies to keep them camouflaged as white."
Who's Going To Attack One‽‽
"Honey badgers can turn their a**holes inside out and use the smell to deter attackers."
"Not sure what exactly has the guts to attack a honey badger, but if they have the courage to do so, the badger sure as hell isn’t gonna make it easy."
"The Blanket Octopus exhibits the highest degree of sexual dimorphism known."
"Females: About 6 feet across."
"Males: About one inch."
"Dolphins will intentionally use puffer fish to get high."
"They upset blowfish so they inflate, and therefore emit poison. It gets the dolphins high. Then they pass it around, literally."
"Not just the dolphins. I recently saw a video about 10 animals that like to get high. Very interesting."
"Lemurs do that with giant centipedes/millipedes too."
Fabrizio Frigeni on Unsplash
Better Than Bike Helmets
"Woodpeckers' tongues wrap around their brains to cushion them from the vibrations of slamming their face into trees all day."
"Their tongues also have barbs to grab bugs out of the holes."
"Their brains have additional cushioning because, you know, they spend their days smashing their face as hard as possible into trees."
"Argonauts [paper nautili] are small octopuses that are too lazy to have intercourse."
"They detach their penises and toss them into the open sea to mate with female argonauts."
"The detachable 'd*ck' is a tiny tentacle, complete with suckers and sperm, that develops in a cavity under the eye of a male argonaut [paper nautilus]."
"When it's time to mate, the tentacle explodes out of the cavity, instantly killing the male argonaut. The tentacle then swims towards a female argonaut to insert itself."
What's your favorite weird animal fact?
The human body is an amazing thing.
It is capable of far more than we ever thought possible.
When studying anatomy we really should start doing a deeper dive into all the parts of the body.
Each organ and limb has a story and function that we never really learn about.
Redditor NorthPengyyy wanted to discuss... the penis, so they asked:
"What are some fun facts about the penis?"
"Fun fact - the erection happens when blood enters the penis, the main "structure" of the penis hardens and expands (obviously), but by doing so it presses the Veins and blocks them. Meaning - the blood comes but doesn't go out of the organ, thus keeping it erect for too long. This is why erections over 6 hours are dangerous because the blood blockage is for too long of a time and the penis can die due to lack of oxygen. I hope it was interesting."
"The seam on your testicle sack is where your proto vagina sealed up while you were in the womb."
"So testicles are just ovaries that are outaries?"
"Literally yes. They all start as gonads in your abdomen. Girls’ gonads stay and turn into ovaries. Boy’s gonads descend and become testes. It’s why, when you take a hit to the balls, it hurts all the way back up in your stomach and can make you nauseated. Boys still have innervated back up to where the gonads first developed."
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"It can break like a glow stick if it slips out while a girl is on top and slams back down on it."
"Most animals have a 'penis bone' which allows for instant erections, however, humans do not have this bone. The cause is thought to be because without the bone, courtship, arousal, and mating is a longer affair therefore leading to increased intimacy and pair bonding. The penis is literally made for love."
PrehensileNat Geo Adventure GIF by National Geographic ChannelGiphy
"An elephant's penis is prehensile, like its trunk. It can be used to pick up objects."
How come only elephants were granted this gift?
FrozenPolar Bears GIF by Nature on PBSGiphy
"Being stressed out, exhausted, and cold makes it smaller. So the smallest penis in the world should belong to a man being chased by a polar bear in the Arctic."
"I remember watching a weird YouTube documentary about a spider (in Australia of course) whose bite gives you a forever erection."
It Just happens
"Just because it's erect DOES NOT mean the person is horny/aroused."
"I recently learned that clenching other muscles is a good way to get rid of an erection. The bigger the muscle, the better, so clenching your butt is a good way to go. Apparently, it’s because it causes more blood to go to the clenched muscle. More blood to the muscle = less blood to the penis."
"I'm quite anxious all the time. When I'm just chilling with nothing else to do, I reach a point of relaxation and I get erections, I'm not aroused or anything, I'm just chilling and it seems that my body approves of my time off I guess."
"There is a ligament at the base of the penis that causes the penis to rise when it becomes erect. This is what causes a bulge etc."
"Some people have stupidly made the decision to have this ligament cut. This is because it adds a few inches of length to the erect penis. However, it will just hang down. Do. Not. Do. This. It is a stupid thing to do."
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"A single sperm contains 37.5 MB of DNA information. One ejaculation represents roughly a data transfer of 15,875 GB equivalent to the combined capacity of 62 MacBook Pro laptops."
Well, the penis is far more interesting than we thought.
Do you have any interesting tidbits to add? Let us know in the comments.
A malleable fact isn't a fact, it's an opinion.
So it feels like much of early education has been a big bag of opinions heeped onto generations prior.
No wonder those standardized tests were such a mess.
On the flip side of that thought, life, and science evolve, so facts do change.
Once you're out in the real world, so much has to be relearned and disproven.
Who can keep up?
It feels like we should be paid as participants in the school of life.
So let's do some relearning.
Redditor yepvaishz wanted to hear about the times we've learned some new things about some old things, so they asked:
"What was a fact taught to you in school that ended up being disproven during your lifetime?"
The amount of lies we were fed in school is too high to count.
So let's sift through memory lane and make some corrections.
RECOUNT!My Work Animation GIF by AndiGiphy
"From an educational filmstrip: 'Saturn has four beautiful rings...' The Voyager photos of the thousands of rings had come in like a week before we watched this."
Never say Never
"Germany would never reunite. The French would never allow it."
"I'm German and I was 11 when it happened. We housed our East German part of the family for a couple of weeks when they came over to visit. My cousin was my age and had never been shopping (just wandering around a mall looking at things) and my uncle begged my dad to take him to a hardware store just to see what stuff was available."
"Just three months before the wall fell, my dad had been over to visit them, just by himself, saying it was too dangerous for us kids (and I imagine it would have been a hassle getting permission for the whole family). It was such a wonderful time. A peaceful revolution without a single gunshot."
"I'll never forget the moment when the people who had fled to the German embassy in Prague got told they were allowed to leave. That collective scream of joy and relief by 4000 people still makes me tear up every time I watch the video. https://youtu.be/Qh9EwNurawE"
"Pompeii was buried slowly by falling ash. They pointed out that remnants of people were found, right in the middle of doing things, but didn't realise this contradicted the burying being slow. It's now thought that it was buried very quickly by pyroclastic flows - superheated gas travelling over 200mph."
"It’s also blew my mind to find out the 'bodies' you see at the site were the hollow spaces where a body once was, filled with plaster, and the hardened ash removed. As a kid I never thought about it I just saw shapes of bodies and thought 'that's a body.'"
"When I was a kid, the Giant Squid had never been captured or photographed, and some people talked about it like it was el chupacabra. My little brother always said he'd be the first person to get footage of one. Sadly, it has since become an ordinary animal that we know exists. RIP the Kraken."
"I’ve seen the preserved corpses at the Smithsonian. It’s pretty fascinating to think no evidence existed until our lifetime."
Crack AwaySonic 2 Punch GIF by Sonic The HedgehogGiphy
"Cracking your knuckles causes arthritis."
"They just wanted us to stop."
I've cracked for years and probably will for life.
My fingers are still slender.
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"Of all the facts that have since been disproven, this might be the worst. We have a generation of adults who are getting diabetes and fatty liver disease because of what these people said."
"Your tongue has different areas for tasting different tastes:sweet on the tip, sour on the sides, bitter in the back, etc. I feel like this was some elaborate prank played on my generation. But I remember seeing this in my elementary school biology textbook. I don’t even think it was disproven, like, they just stopped telling this lie. WTF."
"From what I have read, more like a game of telephone.Study results got slightly distorted, and then changed into a graph which didn’t have meaningful numbers, which lead to an illustration, which got re-purposed. That an illustration got put into textbooks for years and years."
"Blood is blue until exposed to oxygen."
"This one triggers me. I had an old lady teaching my 6th grade science class that sent me to detention for arguing with her when she said the blood in your veins was blue but red in your arteries. To be fair, I argued with her on a lot of things she was wrong about, but this is the only one that resulted in detention."
"That's the only time I can remember my dad, a chemist, actually go to the school to confront a teacher for being wrong. Incidentally, she also counted off on a test because I said sound was one of the senses. She wanted hearing. I said you sense a taste, you sense a sight, you sense a smell, and you sense a touch, so why don't you sense a sound? That argument lasted several days, but she did give me my points back."
The Science of It All
"Neurons can never regenerate. This was from my then-one-year-old anatomy and physiology textbook, and my private, Catholic school actually took - and still takes - its science seriously; we never talked about creationism or the divine influence on our natural world, not to mention our solid AP Physics and AP Chemistry scores. It turns out that that the peripheral neuron system actually can regenerate; as of now, it doesn’t seem that the central nervous system has much in the way of that capability."
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"Playing with computers is a waste of time and won’t lead to a career. Said to me by a very old, and bitter teacher. 25 years in IT and counting."
Who knew computers would take over the world?
They seemed just like big cumbersome machines at first.
Now they build and destroy lives and careers.
It's been said we're in a post truth era.
Deep fakes, AI and social media easily allow people to distort reality.
And while it's long been a criticism that politicians lie, never has it seemed so blatant and obvious.
So having a good internal lie detector is a valuable trait.
Reddit user YoungTex asked:
"What’s a tell tale sign someone is bullshitting you?"
The Devil is in the Details
"They're somehow full of—and lacking—specific information at the same time."
"I had a mythomaniac ex-boyfriend 18 years ago. I learned to recognize a lie when he spontaneously gave unnecessary details that each time related to an element of our life or something that I had spoken to him about shortly before.
"'Yes I collected the mail, I opened the mailbox around 3 p.m. but it was only ads so I threw them away, there was the catalog of such and such supermarket and the program of the town festival'."
"He hadn't picked up the mail. I had just told him a few days before that I was waiting for the program of the village festival."
"I was disappointed that he threw it away, but, amazing! We got it in the mailbox a few days later! They must have sent it twice?"
"'I don't know why the electricity is off! Yet I paid, I sent the check last Tuesday, I even went to drop it off at the post office so that it would arrive faster, did you know the teller at the post office is pregnant?'"
"We had our electricity cut off because he had not paid, and I was pregnant."
"'No, I was at work, I talked to my colleague Benjamin, he told me about his daughter who is 8 months old and has eczema, Benjamin even wrote me down the name of a cream that he advises'."
"We had a baby who had eczema, and my unemployed ex claimed to have started a new job while spending his days smoking pot in the woods."
"He was pretending everyday to go to work and had taken the business card of a random salesman named Benjamin, on which he had himself written the name of some eczema cream he saw on TV."
Trust Me Bro
"[they say] You can trust me"
"'Ain't going to lie to you...'. You're about to be lied to."
There's a Whole Lot of Falling Going On
"They enter the ER with something up their arse."
"Generally I make allowances for people to bullsh*t me if they are just trying to save their dignity and it isn't hurting anyone. And who knows, maybe they really did fall on it. That has to be true of at least one person in the history of time, right?"
"Imagine being the guy who actually has a genuine accident in the shower. Your butt, elbow, and head hurt, you’re soaking wet, the shampoo has disappeared, and you’re lying on the cold tiles as the realization dawns that nobody is ever going to believe you…"
"They get really b*tchy when you question what they're telling you"
"Not always. I get really annoyed when someone doesn’t believe me when I’m telling the truth."
"I've dealt with both sides of this from the same person. She'd blow any criticism, scrutiny, or disagreement out of proportion and inevitably have some reason up her sleeve for why her behavior was my fault. She would also accuse me of ridiculous things and would constantly twist my words in hurtful ways while acting like she didn't understand what I meant. To top it all off, she claimed that her therapist told her my annoyance and frustration always meant I was lying. It's like I was supposed to accept my words being twisted and my character being attacked. I got frustrated because I had to explain my words over and over and defend myself for things I didn't say or do. Total mindf**k and of course we would never resolve any issues."
"It is super easy to tell when my mom lies. She gets super defensive and her voice turns high pitched. Sometime she just starts yelling if you are completely straight faced"
"My ex was the same - flew off the handle in defence. Kinda interesting when I picked up on it as it meant I knew what was a lie and what wasn’t!"
You Asked Me a Question?
"The ask the question you just asked back to you. 'Are you really a doctor?'
"''Am I really a doctor?' Definitely not a doctor."
"I've heard this one several times. For some reason, they don't want to fully commit to the lie and say a blatant falsehood, so they strongly insinuate it without actually saying it.
"'WHAAAAAT? You think -I- did it?'"
Insults! Get Your Insults!
"They insult you when you are trying to clarify something with them. They try to avoid the question and suddenly start confronting YOU instead, and thats when you know they don't like you and have been bullsh*tting you from the start"
"Yeah they always try to turn it back to you and make you feel like the bad guy"
"When it sounds to good to be true, it's most probably not true."
Who Really Knows?
"I honestly have a hard time telling when people are lying unless I really know the person."
"So does everyone. The only people who claim to know someone is lying are....lying to themselves."
"Some people don't like eye contact because it makes them uncomfortable."
"Some people overshare or give tons of useless details."
"Some people are fidgety when doing literally anything."
"Some people cover their mouth for a variety of reasons from shyness to being self conscious or having bad teeth/breath."
"If you don't know how a person behaves all the time then you're working solely off personal bias in claiming someone is lying. The best part, is there are people who do this for a living! They work solely for the prosecution teams in the courts because you can literally always point to someone's normal human behaviors and go, 'they are lying because they played with their hair when talking about what they had for dinner.' And people eat that sh*t up."
"The only way to know someone is lying is to know them when they aren't, and most of us are lying a lot."
Remember: Not Everyone Communicates The Same
"i have adhd, i overexplain a tonne and it always sounds like i’m lying"
"same… reading this thread has me worried that everyone thinks i'm a liar because i exhibit a lot of these expressions, & i actually have experienced/known people who’ve experienced crazy unbelievable stuff happen to them, verifiably… but now that i think of it, probably no one may believe some of my stories lmao!"
"'Some people don't like eye contact because it makes them uncomfortable.' I have that problem, and it sometimes make people think I'm dishonest with them."
- deleted user
There's No Sure-Fire Way
"Christ, I hate sh*t like this. Some doof will say 'when they look to the left before, while, or after making a statement' and then a million subdoofs spend the next few years fronting like they are Sam Jackson in Negotiator and accusing non-liars of lying."
"I tick a lot of the 'how to pick a liar' boxes… and unfortunately it‘d made me hyper aware of my body language, which I think makes me look even more guilty."
"I’ve got PTSD and a really spotty long term memory - I forget details of places, peoples names, events. I get mixed up in my mind where and when things happened. I’m not actively lying… but I forget."
"I’ll be able to tell you a detailed story about the time monkeys stole my brother’s skateboard, but I can’t remember whether it happened in Malaysia or Singapore, or which brother it happened to."
"I stumble over my words a lot unless I practice what I’m going to say beforehand… I’ll also forget what I’m talking about halfway through a conversation. Sometimes I’ll forget I’m even talking to someone."
"I struggle to make eye contact with people when I’m talking to them, and I use a lot of hand gestures and placeholder words (um, like, so etc.)"
There's really no 100% accurate way to tell if someone is lying to you unless they tell you. People's communication styles are too different to be able to tell every time. But some of these examples are definitely a good place to start if you think someone might be fibbing.