The universe is a big place. It is boundless and it is infinite, which means more things exist inside of it than we could ever comprehend.
That means there are some really scary, outlandish things going on in deep space. Humankind is such a small percentage of the universe, and yet we seek to understand it.
We Just Get So Close To Death<p>Every once in a while, our sun just emits a solar flare big enough to end civilization.</p><p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrington_Event" target="_blank">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrington_Event</a></p><p>In 1859 we had one hit the Earth powerful enough that the telegraph system became self powered for a while before burning itself out. Fortunately at that time, that was pretty much the extent of our electrical infrastructure, so the damage didn't do too much to civilization.</p><p>If one hit today without any warning, every system on long spans of wire would be fried. We'd lose a massive amount of infrastructure. No refrigeration for food distribution, large chunks of communication infrastructure gone, massive amounts of manufacturing capacity gone. Pretty much every aspect of life would be affected. And without that infrastructure, we almost certainly don't have the capacity to rebuild the infrastructure before people start starving to death. And once people start starving, things are likely to go downhill pretty quickly.</p>
The Void<p>Well, our solar entire galaxy is only 100,000 light years across. So that is about .0000003% the distance of the void (keep in mind even a galaxy is mostly empty as well) the individual stars we see with our naked eyes end at roughly 100 light years away. Which is only .1% of the galaxy.</p><p>Our closest solar neighbour is about 4 light years away, and the effect of our suns gravity is assumed to end about 2 light years out. Earth is only 8 light minutes from the sun. And the moon is about 1 light second away from us. In 1 second light can zip around d the earth's equator about 7.5 times. The equator is about 25,000 miles (since you understand yards) 40,000KM. And each mile is 1760 yards.</p><p>So, take a yard</p><p>1× 1750x 25,000x 7.5, this the distance to the moon, and 1 light second.</p><p>Now, x60x60x24x365x4 is the next star at 4 light years. Now</p><p>X25 to is a 100LY,</p><p>X1000 is our galaxy, which is approximately.. 0000003 the diameter of the void.</p><p>So take that number and times it by 10x10x10 and you get the size of the void.</p><p>Or there abouts. I am not good at math or yards, I also didn't check my work.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Dannovision/" target="_blank">Dannovision</a></p>
We Will Go On Forever<p>If it makes anyone feel better, your matter is going to go on. You'll die, decompose, become nutrients for the world and be utilized again and again in different ways for millions of years. And billions of years from now when the sun scorches the earth and consumes it, we will become part of the sun or cosmic dust floating through the universe, forever.</p><p>We've been here long before we became a human and we will be here long after our role of being human ends.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/apittsburghoriginal/" target="_blank">apittsburghoriginal</a></p>
*Existentially Sweats*<p>It is fundamentally devoid of meaning. Everything around us is governed by impersonal laws of physics. The universe is not oriented toward a goal; it is destined to end in high-entropy nothingness</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/JeromesNiece/" target="_blank">JeromesNiece</a></p>
Theories That Are Incredibly Scary<p>Not necessarily <em>facts</em> but theories that could be proven fact</p><ol><li>Higher Dimensional Beings: Visualize if there was a 2D person. If you gaze at them in a specific way, they can't see you. All you have to do is look from a top view and they would not know you are there, and they would never know. Living their life as 2D, they would never be capable of comprehending how something could be viewing down on them. Now visualize a 4D person. They could be observing you from a 4 dimensional angle, an angle that you will never comprehend. They could be right alongside you, but you would not know, and you would never know. Just as we could interact with the 2D person, the 4D person could interact with us. But as long as they do not want us to, we could never interrelate with them or not even know of them.</li><li>Fermi Paradox: Let's say we there is an ant hill in the mid of the forest. And right next to the ant hill, we are constructing a ten-lane super-highway. And the question is "Would the ants be capable of comprehending what a ten-lane super-highway is? Would the ants be capable of comprehending the technology and the purposes of the beings constructing the highway next to them? So it is not that we cannot pick up the signals from Planet X using our technology, it is that we cannot even understand what the beings from Planet X are or what they are trying to do. It is so beyond us that even if they actually wanted to educate us, it would be like trying to teach ants about the internet. When Pizarro entered into Peru, did he stop for a while at an anthill to attempt to communicate? Was he generous, trying to help the ants in the anthill? Did he become aggressive and slow his original mission down in order to smash the anthill apart? Or was the anthill of complete and utter and eternal insignificance to Pizarro? That might be our condition here.</li><li>Sixth Mass Extinction: We are at present living through what many biologists consider to be the sixth mass extinction that the world has ever experienced. This is going to be a stimulating puzzle for the species that comes after us. It was not until around the year 1800 that humanity touched a population of 1 billion after thousands and thousands of years. In the 215 years since then, the world population has raised to ~7.2 Billion. That exponential growth has very big and long lasting negative effects on our planet, and will continue to do so until we reach carrying capacity or die off.</li></ol><div><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/TrashbinTerry/" target="_blank">TrashbinTerry</a></div>
The Truth Of Probability<p>My cousin died in a senseless car accident this summer. He was on his way to work, down a country road not all that well traveled and one he's driven for the better part of half a century. Some a**hat was behind a van in the other lane and didn't care he was in a no passing zone. He broke the speed limit and went to pass, pulled out right in front of my cousin and had a head on collision, killing him instantly.</p><p>After his death, I just kept thinking about how specific the scenario had to be...if he'd needed to piss, or had a second bowl of cereal...if he'd dropped his keys, or checked the mail that one last time...he'd have missed being in that spot at that specific time.</p><p>SO many things had to go JUST EXACTLY RIGHT for him to die in that scenario, it's improbable as all heck. And yet, they did.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Ducks_Dont_Exist/" target="_blank">Ducks_Dont_Exist</a></p>
A Combo Of intelligent Life<p>The fact that conscious and intelligent life exists at all. When you look at the fundamental matter that makes up every object in the universe, everything is made up of atoms, molecules and certain combinations of periodic elements. </p><p>These in themselves are not living matter, so at what point did a certain combination of these things become a conscious life form? And what about an actual self aware, intelligent life form like a human as opposed to simpler bacteria? We are still made of the same matter as objects that are not considered alive, so where does consciousness come from? The evolution of our brains, all things considered, is really interesting.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/twilit_earth/" target="_blank">twilit_earth</a></p>
I Fall To Pieces<p>The Big Rip... someday every matter will simply fall apart. The galaxies will come apart. The stars will come apart. The planets will come apart. Even human (if they survived the next 22 billion years) will simply fall apart. Even the atoms will fall apart.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/tomytronics/" target="_blank">tomytronics</a></p>
Empty Space<p>The idea of "vacuum decay" caused by a <a href="https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_vacuum" target="_blank">false vacuum</a></p><p>It's very complicated but the TL;DR is that the theory suggests that what we call a vacuum is not actually a vacuum. There is an even more stable form BUT it takes a good bit of energy to reach this "true vacuum". If this were to ever occur we don't quite know what would happen but one thing is for sure it would mess up some seriously important stuff.</p><p>The effects <em>could</em> be contained and simply mess up cosmic parameters we thought were true for ages. It could also theoretically completely cease the existence of fundamental forces of the universe in an ever expanding bubble of quantum f***ery where the rules of the universe no longer matter. If this were to happen there would be no way to detect it. It could've already happened, there could be multiple. The only way we would know would be when we stopped existing.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Gmony5100/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Gmony5100</a></p>
It's Imminent In Our Future<p>According to science, there are three ways in which the universe can end. In each one of them, every trace of our existence is wiped. Not even black holes would exist. The only good news about this, is that it's going to happen in a billion billion billion... years. Personally, this is scary.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Savedgamers/" target="_blank">Savedgamers</a></p>
The Universe better watch out – because the U.S.A. is kicking butt and taking names.
President Trump made a very bold claim on Monday evening as he prepared to depart to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum.
Ever feel like you're having an exceptionally weird day?
Sometimes it feels like that no matter what you do, that the universe is just out to get you. For better or worse, you find yourself in situations that are so unlikely, that some higher power has to have a hand in it.
Redditor u/GhostRxm got people to relive their weirdest days by asking, "What was your 'The universe is messing with me' moment?"
10. What are the chances of getting a bug in your ear?
"I sometimes "play hooky" from work...basically if I need a "mental health day" but can't explain that to my boss, I'll make up some other excuse to call out.
At least 75 percent of the times I've done this, I end up getting sick or injured or something which results in me actually needing to take the following day off work.
Most recent example: I called out one day and claimed I'd been struck by the stomach bug that was going around. The next morning, ready to return to work, I woke up with a goddamn bug stuck in my ear canal and had to go to the doctor to have it removed."
9. Sounds like a really bad jokeGiphy
"Right after moving I was in a car accident on the freeway during rush hour. Backend of my car was crunched. While it was sitting in the parking lot of a collision center waiting to be repaired, a semi backed into the front end. The collision center was right next to a trucking company. When my husband called to tell me what had happened I thought he was joking."
8. Double dumped
"While getting dumped, I was shat on by a pigeon."
"You got dumped twice, dude"
"That's a crappy feeling"
7. Quitting is hard, good for you!
"The evening of my first day without a cigarette in 15 years I came across a full pack of smokes lying on a window ledge. Laughter ensued. I never had found even 1 discarded cigarette before. Nor since."
6. Sometimes, the universe is kind
"Back when I was a kid, I borrowed a CD of my dad's without asking, and it ended up becoming lost. We looked everywhere, but it was never found... Dad scolded me, but worse, as only a dad can do, he would tease me about it. He never forgot, and he made sure that I never forgot either.
Fast-forward ten years: my dad died unexpectedly while at work. Thankfully, the universe (or someone/something) made sure to let us know everything was going to be okay:
After we arrived home from the funeral, my mom, siblings, and I were sitting around in silent shock. It was Christmastime, so my brother thought he'd try lightening the mood by playing some Christmas music. He went into the CD cabinet, and there, sitting right in front, was the missing CD. That CD had been missing for ten years!"
5. August 2019
First weekend in August i get mugged and punched on a night out. Lose my phone, wallet, keys
The same weekend my dad and second mum split up after 15 years.
The weekend after my mum goes on holiday. The first night shes away and im watching the dogs. The eldest passes away in the midnight vet as im holding her.
About 3 days before she comes home i get rushed into hospital with supposed sepsis and have surgery. Luckily i was in and out within a week.
The last weekend of August my car breaks down and costs me £300+ in repairs.
I am not leaving the house next August."
4. There was a glitch in the simulation
"A couple of months ago, I went to the drinking fountain to fill up my water bottle. Except there was no water fountain. I walked away from it, looked around the hallway, and then walked back to the area where the drinking fountain was supposed to be, but it was still gone. Thinking I was crazy, I ended up going back to my office and asking my coworkers if we'd ever had a drinking fountain there to begin with. Of course, they said that there was. I went back to the fountain a third time, and it was there, the same as always."
3. A surprise was just around the cornerGiphy
"Cut off contact with a horrible ex around May of this year and last week I finally decided to clear all of her stuff out of my car. Some clothes and random junk. Got it all bagged up and tossed out. The very next day I turned a corner at the store and there she was. I haven't seen or spoken to her in six months and the day after I try to remove items that remind me of her I almost run right into her."
2. No good deed...
"It was my birthday weekend. I helped someone jump start their car in the morning. Later on, LA has the most rain it's had in 6 years, the storm drain near my house get backed up. My house gets flooded, and was the only one on the block to be affected."
1. You're right: A dog wouldn't do this
"My girlfriend cheated on me last fall which hit me really hard. Took a long time for me to feel ok with myself and gain the confidence to start dating again and trust somebody else. Fast forward to last spring I met this amazing girl and been in a relationship with her for the last couple months and even admitting being in a relationship was a huge step for me. Well, who doesn't call me up five days ago but her boyfriend asking me if I've been with her while he was away working abroad. Conclusion: I'm getting a dog"