Truth is stranger than fiction and nowhere is that more clear than in these twenty scary facts. Read on to learn things that will make your hair stand up on end, your skin crawl, and your pulse beat wildly!
1. There’s a Nuclear Submarine Sitting at the Bottom of the Ocean
In 1979, during a naval game, Russian submarine K-8 experienced two fires. After three days of battling the blaze and difficult weather conditions, the sub sank, along with forty crewman and eight nuclear weapons. The boat has been impossible to retrieve and continues to sit today on the ocean floor–along with its weapons.
2. A Huge California Earthquake is Inevitable
California’s Central Valley is surrounded by massive faults, the boundaries of tectonic plates where earthquakes form, including the Garlock fault, the Sierra Nevada faults, and the infamous San Andreas fault.
Most Californians realize this, but what they don’t know is that California is experiencing what is known as an earthquake drought. The last time the area experienced a quake that was a seven magnitude or higher was in 1906 when 3,000 people died in San Francisco.
It’s been over a hundred years since a quake, and geologists feel another one is imminent. This time, however, the area is much more densely populated, and the effects could be catastrophic.
3. You Lose 8lbs of Skin Each Year
All that dust that keeps collecting on the television and the bookshelves? It might not be dirt; it might be you! Scientists estimate that humans are composed of approximately ten trillion cells, and it’s believed we lose approximately one million of those cells each day.
Thanks to new cells growing and pushing the old cells off the island, so to speak, you’ll shed about eight pounds of skin a year. Gives dusting a whole new sense of urgency, doesn’t it?
4. You Might Stay Conscious After a Decapitation
Scientists have hooked monitored lab rats’ brain activity after decapitation and have found a creepy conclusion: brain activity continues for several seconds. There’s little chance of scientific observation of this phenomenon in humans, but stories of severed heads making faces, grimacing, or even trying to talk about been around for decades.
5. Cockroaches Can Live Inside Your Ear
Cockroaches are common in cities like New Orleans, Houston, and Florida, thanks to their warm, humid climates and recently a Florida woman rushed to the ER after a small cockroach crawled inside her ear.
A specialist had to go in nine days later to complete the removal, but this is also a common occurrence in South Africa. Moral of the story? Sleep with earplugs!
6. You Have Bugs Living in Your Eyelashes
Remember all those dead skin cells you slough off each year? Mites are tiny microscopic creatures that eat those dead skin cells–and they live right where the eating’s good, in your eyelashes, pores, and even in your bed with you.
You’d probably never know unless you have rosacea, which is sometimes an allergic reaction to dust mite feces. Gross!
7. Do You Know What’s Living in Your Belly Button?
Bacteria, that’s what. Several years, a research team at the North Carolina State University decided to test the bacteria in people’s belly buttons. After testing 60 people, they found more than two thousand different bacteria species, with the average person harboring about 67!
Some bacteria strains were so rare they’ve only previously been found in places like Japan or ice caps. How’s that for well traveled?
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