They say knowledge is power, and the more you know, the better off you are.
But to what extent is that much true if the nuggets of information you just acquired are things that gave you nightmares?
For me, the knowledge that we all have spiders crawling around our faces keeps me up at night. Yes, we all have face mites.
I cannot go on with the rest of my life being aware of the phenomena without sharing this with you all lovely readers. So, you're welcome.
Curious to hear about other dreadful information from strangers, Redditor jo_exotic asked:
Let's face it, organisms are downright creepy...or gross
"There's a type of crayfish that farms sea stars by cutting all their water legs off and eating it's arms all the way to the center, but leaving the center intact. it then feeds the sea star with kelp to keep it alive so it regenerates, and then repeats the process."
When Comes A Parasite
"In most cases when a parasite gets into the brain, they don't remove it. They just kill it with some sort of acid or something with a similar effect, then just let the body calcify it. It's weird cause you'd think that the parasite could still do something."
Mouth To Toilet Paper
"If you have an intestinal blockage you can burp up farts and have fecal vomit which is basically just throwing up your poop."
In Your Blood
"My biology teacher had a Q&A session before Christmas and one student asked if its possible to be allergic to your own blood. Unfortunately you can. Just imagine your own immune system destroying your red blood cells, constant hemorrhaging, constantly feeling cold and out of breath. When we got back from winter break we saw a new face in class, a former student of my bio teacher who just so happened to have this disease and we spent the whole class asking questions. I feel so bad for the guy but thankfully the medicine available to suppress the immune system has made his life bearable."
The following are more disturbing than fiction.
Cause Of Death
"When the Challenger exploded in 1986, the astronauts didn't die from the explosion. Nor did they die from depressurisation as NASA has initially claimed. (There is some evidence they turned on their personal oxygen supply.) They died from impact when they hit the surface of the Atlantic Ocean."
"They were in free fall for two and a half minutes."
"Jeffrey Dahmer drilled a hole into some victims' skulls and tried pouring different toxic liquids into the hole. He was trying to make a sex slave that could eat and drink but could in no way fight back or escape. The worst fact is that victims might survive the first hole with all brain function intact and live long enough to be fully aware they were going to get a second or third hole drilled."
If you could get inside the mind of an animal, you might want to make an immediate about-face after discovering the following:
"Parrots often bond with a keeper, from their perspective, as a lifelong romantic partner. If the person dies, or the parrot is displaced, they can go into massive depression and pluck out their own feathers."
Pecked To Death
"I learned on Reddit that a woodpecker will tap enough to break into a baby bird's skull and slurp up their brains."
Shriek Of Terror
"The fact that dogs like squeaky toys because it sounds like their prey crying out in pain."
Most of us have a thirst for knowledge out of genuine curiosity about how things work or why certain events occurred in history.
But Google searches will inevitably lead you down the proverbial rabbit hole where you uncover a lot more than you could ever bargain for.
This is exactly what happened to me when I looked up what might be the cause of my face itching. I may not have found the most accurate information about my ailment, but that was when I was introduced to the existence of Demodex or eyelash mites.
They're basically arachnids that spend most of the time burrowed in your hair follicles and come crawling out on the skin's surface while you're asleep at night to mate and head back to lay eggs.
Did you just feel something on the side of your nose? It's probably nothing.
We all have that one teacher who made an indelible impression on us – good or bad – because of one particular thing they did.
There are two moments that stand out for me.
I remember being in theater class and my professor had all the students share their aspirations within the entertainment industry.
At the time, I was sure I wanted to be a comedian. So when I shared that info, the professor flat out said, "I just don't see that for you."
His bitter prognostication was actually accurate. I never did land a stand-up gig at the Comedy Store or the Punch Line; but I did go on to have a steady career in theater.
Another time, my gym teacher at my Japanese school intimidatingly asked 13-year-old me if I was a "homo." I guess my fierce warmup exercises to imaginary music raised a red flag, prompting her to make sure I "butch" up my perceivably flamboyant moves.
I remember being absolutely mortified at her audacity, and I may have clutched my invisible pearls in shock.
Looking back – boy, did she nail that assumption.
Curious to hear the experience of strangers online, Redditor xtra_why asked:
Bless Mrs. Jones
"3rd grade-Mrs Jones. My dad had just deserted us and we were suddenly destitute. She bought my school pictures for us and paid my lunch bill all year. She never said a word about it. Only found out later. Bless her"
The Stupid Lesson
"I called somebody stupid once when they got a question wrong and the teacher instantly made me stand up and spell 'stupid' backwards. Got it wrong with the pressure and learnt a lesson that day."
Remembered Six Years Later
"The professor I had for my calculus 100 class in university was awesome. He was a good teacher and funny and engaging. If it was a first year class with over 100 people in it. I was just a face in a big crowd. I was on campus after hours a couple years after I graduated (they run programs for kids in the evenings and was dropping off my oldest) and I saw him. He stopped, looked at me hard, and said '<first name> <last name>. Not a bad student. Not great. But definitely not bad.' And kept walking. This was a good 6 years after I graduated. Absolutely amazed he would have remembered me at all after teaching how many hundreds of students in between. That is just crazy."
Toys For Punishment
"I can't remember what I did but in first grade my teacher got mad at me and said 'you wanna act like a baby? Fine come over here.' She made me sit in a corner on the floor and gave me two little toys to play with."
That Thing You Do
"Had 10 minutes to spare before lunch bell and he told us all to 'go jerk off or whatever it is you do.' I don't know what he wanted to say and he apologized to us, but it was funny as hell."
"Sometimes you forget to use your teacher persona. I once had a student tell me that she would be working on Christmas Day (at McDonald's). She was excited to get the holiday pay rate."
"I forgot myself for a second and told her, 'Make that money, girl. Don't let it make you.'"
"In case you're wondering, that's essentially the tag for the movie 'The Player's Club,' a rated R film from the 90s that every Black child (including myself) has seen, but had no business watching."
The Extra Mile
"She took every phone call no matter the time of night while I was in rehab. If it wasn't for her being there in my lowest time, I probably would not be here today."
"in my senior year, my english teacher asked me if i was manic depressive after turning in a personal essay, only for me to get diagnosed with bipolar disorder a week later."
"Told me I was smart and could succeed. I had spent the past couple years at a private school, trying so hard to prove myself. Despite doing well academically, I didn't fit their cookie cutter mold, so I was looked down on by other students and administration. When I told the guidance counselor that I wanted to be premed and go to medical school after college, she pretty much told to lower my expectations because I wouldn't succeed. At the end of my college math class my senior year of high school, I ended up in my professors office to look at what I had missed on my final. He told me that I had done well, and that I could my PhD in math if I wanted. That was not what I wanted to do, but when I told him I wanted to be premed, he looked at me and said you're going to well in that. I know you will succeed. 6 years later and I'm halfway through my second year of medical school, and his words still ring in my mind."
Cool Art Teacher
"Had a highschool art teacher who would let me stay in his classroom during lunches. Always gave me half his sandwich and other extra food because he knew I didn't eat much otherwise."
The Harsh Truth
"I was anorexic when I was in school. She took me aside after class and told me that if I didn't stop doing what I was doing to myself I was going to die. That my body was going to start shutting down, my organs would fail, that it would not be beautiful and I was going to die an awful and painful death."
There are some things you really, really don't want to forget - like your partner's birthday, anniversary, when your oil change is due - forgetting is going to be a bad time. But are there times when forgetting something can be more than just an inconvenience and a bummer. Can it be dangerous?
That's what one Reddit user wanted to talk about when they asked:
Honestly, at first we couldn't think of anything - but the comments really got us thinking ... and now we're kind of terrified we're going to forget a password and lose millions of dollars we don't actually have.
That you're not immune to propaganda.
And not all propaganda is false.
The most effective form of propaganda is simply selective information. Tell people things that are true, but only the parts you want them to see. Show them real videos and cut them off at just the right moment to remove context. No one is immune to this.
And to add on to this, bias is an inherent part of the human experience. If anyone claims to be unbiased, that just means that they're so biased as to only accept their own worldview. The best way to transmit information while minimizing the effects of a bias are to admit the bias and present the raw data or facts that created that bias in you- because the more people that do this, the less power the above form of propaganda has, because everyone will present their extra slice of information.
I'm already noticing this happening to a lot of videos from the past couple of days. The initial video making the rounds will show the aggressor and the response, and suddenly when it shows up on the news, the aggressor leadup is absent. From what I've seen, this is mostly tilted in the cop's favor, with a lot cutting out the fact that police often used tear gas and rubber bullets before protesters did anything, but again, I will fully admit this could be my own bias in the scenario- I've only personally seen a small portion of what's happened.
That the beautiful wild animal is still a wild animal.
And to add to that, an animal seeming tame or friendly is NOT a good thing and you should NOT encourage it by interacting and you should DEFINITELY not feed them. Best case scenario, you're teaching it humans are good to approach, worst case scenario, you make a wrong move or the mood changes and you get mauled.
Used to work in Yellowstone and can confirm. A lot of people think the elk are petting animals. They will fck your world up especially if there's a calf around
Which pedal is the go pedal and which is the stop.
I did this and ruined my parents car and garage.
I panicked one time and somehow accidentally hit the go pedal instead of the stop - and hit a person. Luckily, he didn't get hurt.
Cleaning out your dryer vents regularly. If they become completely blocked, it can lead to a house fire.
I saw this happen once. I came downstairs to the smell of smoke, and my buddy was furiously trying to put out the fire. Luckily it wasn't that big.
Don't Mix It Up
That you shouldn't just mix whatever cleaning supplies you have available, some of it can form a deadly gas and kill you asap.
Also, don't put bleach cleaner in your toilet bowl without flushing. There's some ammonia in your waste, and even though it probably won't kill you, it probably won't feel good.
The master password to your digital vault. People have lost hundreds of millions of dollars from forgotten passwords.
My husband did this sh!t. Then miraculously one day months later he was like "ah-ha! I remember" Well thank f*cking god. I also found he had a safe in the back of drawer with a ton of cash. And a wallet in his old school back pack with $825. He doesn't remember ever putting cash in either. I take care of the finances now. 🤦🏼♀️
So Much FlamGiphy
When the warning label on something reads INFLAMMABLE it means that it's highly flammable (it will burn easily) - not otherwise.
"Flammable, inflammable, and NON inflammable.........Why are there three? Don't you think two words oughta be able handle that idea all right? I mean, either the thing flams or it doesn't flam."
Dafuq! English is not my primary language, but I tend to think I can both speak and understand it quite well (I use it on daily basis for work) and I would have fallen for this one. Not that I would try to set something on fire… this is so counterintuitive!
Flammable and inflammable are synonyms. This is a primary example of the stupidity of the English language.
Do you have something to confess to George? Text "Secrets" or "" to +1 (310) 299-9390 to talk to him about it.
We've all seen computers get hung up for a bit when we asked them to do a bit too much. This is often referred to as "lag".
The human brain is capable of having a very similar reaction in a variety of situations. Have you ever just completely forgotten what you were saying in the middle of a sentence? Brain lag.
Reddit user u/dlakar asked:
Not reacting quickly enough to a ball thrown at your face.
That thing where someone asks you a question and you say "huh?" but then you interrupt them with your answer when they're halfway through repeating themselves cause your brain was just processing the question
Walking into a room and forgetting what you were doing
It’s just like a fan cooling the processor because it overheated
F**king hate when my brain starts thermal throttling!
Looking for a word thats on the tip of your tongue but you just can't figure it out.
Me: "What's that thing...the uh..."
Me: "The thing...thingy...uh...the name of that-"
Friend: "Binder. You forgot the word binder?!"
Me: "... I have no excuse."
Brain fart. When you're answering a question and you just lose yourself and stop talking cause you basically just forgot what you were saying while you were saying it.
Walking into a room and forgetting what you walked in for
Standing up too quickly, getting light-headed and dropping to the ground in slow motion.
When you stay awake for too long and you just kind of stare of into the distance for a few minutes, which you can't remember.
They say not forgiving someone is like swallowing poison and expecting the other person to die.
But sometimes, that is REALLY hard. Forgiveness is a test of your ability to deal with people who have wronged you. And sometimes, you really just do not want to give them that space.
But eventually you need to.
What was the hardest thing you actually forgave someone for? how is your relationship with them today if you still talk to them?
Here were some of the answers.