All information is good information, right? Well, yes and no. I probably could’ve gone the rest of my life without knowing a few of these. However, curiosity usually gets the best of me. I’m sure it will for you too. Even though some of these facts are pretty rough, they’re way more interesting than they are traumatizing. Have a look for yourself, and feel free to send this to your squeamish friend.
1. As recently as the 1980s, many researchers and doctors believed that babies couldn’t feel pain, so some were operated on without any anesthesia.
2. All cruise ships have a functioning morgue on board.
3. There are colors that humans can’t see, and you can’t even try to imagine what they look like.
4. Less than 5% of the oceans have been explored by humans, meaning we have nooooo idea what kinda monsters could be living there.
5. The average person walks by almost 16 murderers in their lifetime.
6. There are things called eyelash mites that live on people’s faces, and you probably have them.
7. Male echidnas have four-headed penises.
8. Even if your lungs filled up with the same amount of liquid, it could take an extra 10 minutes for you to drown in saltwater than it would in freshwater.
9. Serial killer Joe Metheny owned a food stand and sold burgers that combined animal meat with the flesh of his victims to unsuspecting customers.
10. There are more ways to shuffle a standard deck of cards than there are atoms on Earth.
11. As a result, every time you shuffle a deck of cards, you’re probably the first person in history to shuffle them in that sequence.
12. You’re 6.7% more likely to die on your birthday than any other day of the year.
13. Ted Bundy was a serial killer who also worked at a suicide hotline. A coworker once said, “Ted Bundy took lives, but also saved lives.”
14. The Japanese giant hornet has venom that’s so powerful, it can dissolve human tissue.
15. Violet Jessop, aka Miss Unsinkable, survived the sinking of the Titanic, a collision on the RMS Olympic, and the sinking of the Britannic.
16. Male ducks have corkscrew-shaped penises, and some even have barbs at the end to scrub away leftover sperm in the female from rival males.
17. Arsenic was used to dye clothes green in the 19th century, but Victorian Britain didn’t know it was poisonous, so several people died.
18. In the Victorian Era, it was common to take pictures with the bodies of a deceased family member, as a final way to preserve their memory.
19. In 1978 in the midst of his murder spree, serial killer Rodney Alcala won an episode of The Dating Game. The woman who picked him refused to go on the date because he seemed “creepy.”
20. The first person to die while building the Hoover Damwas John Gregory Tierney, and the last was Patrick William Tierney, his son, exactly 14 years later.
21. Astronaut Michael Collins took a picture of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in the Lunar Module, with Earth in the background, meaning he took a picture of every human who ever lived, except for himself.
22. Babies are born with about 300 bones, but as they get older those bones fuse together to form 206 bones.
23. In the 16th and 17th centuries, many Europeans thought that eating human bones, blood, and fat would cure certain illnesses, so they stole mummies from Egyptian tombs and robbed graves to get the bodies.
24. Turritopsis dohrnii, aka the immortal jellyfish, is a species that ages in reverse and then restarts its life cycle over…forever.
25. And people jerk themselves awake while sleeping because their body thinks they’re dead – it’s their brain’sway of making sure they’re still alive, since their heart rate is so slow.