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They say knowledge is power, but who really wants all the responsibility that comes with that?

Honestly, we're good sitting in this comforting warm cocoon called ignorance, at least when it comes to these incredibly disconcerting factoids. 

So, you must make a choice, will you take the blue pill and remain blissfully ignorant, or do you take the red pill and fuck up your whole day?

1. actioncheese

Everyday, one person takes the biggest shit in the world and doesn't even know it.

2. Tastypies

In 1983, the world came closest to a full scale nuclear war between Russia and the US.

Back then, Russia's nuclear early-warning system reported that a missile had been launched from the United States, followed by up to five more. Stanislav Petrov, the duty officer at the command center at that time, was tasked with observing the satellite early warning network and notifying his superiors of any impending nuclear missile attack against the Soviet Union. If notification was received from the early warning systems that inbound missiles had been detected, the Soviet Union's strategy was an immediate and compulsory nuclear counter-attack against the United States.

Petrov dismissed the warning as a false alarm. He deduced that a first-strike nuclear attack by the United States was likely to involve hundreds of simultaneous missile launches in order to disable any Soviet means of a counterattack. His suspicion was confirmed when no missiles arrived at the proposed time of impact.

Later, it was determined that the false alarms were caused by a rare alignment of sunlight on high-altitude clouds and the satellites' Molniya orbits, an error later corrected by cross-referencing a geostationary satellite.

So the only reason why civilization as we know it didn't cease to exist in 1983 was the level-headed behavior of a single man.

3. yeesh_kabab

Right now there are tiny little bugs living on your face, munching on your dead skin.


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4. Beestorm

Hospitals in America sometimes charge over thirty dollars for a dose of ibuprofen.

5. geogoose

If you are a certain distance from a nuclear explosion, you won't be killed immediately but instead, you'll get third degree burns throughout your entire body. This kills your nerves so fast that it's completely painless.

6. ion_force

Brain aneurysms can happen whenever, wherever.

7. JosephStash

There are a huge amount of illnesses that aren't curable or even treatable. We have this idea that we go to a doctor, they find out what's wrong with us and then fix us.

There are many illnesses that make doctors throw up their hands because they don't even know what is causing us to be unwell, and people are often ill for years, or life.

8. seanprefect:

There are at least 8 nuclear weapons that are known to be missing

9. black_fire:

You may never know if you've gone insane.


Scarier still, patients with Alzheimer's have lucid days when they realize how much of their mind they've lost. Some break down in tears and ask for their loved ones to kill them.

10 Disturbing Facts You Can Never Unlearn

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10. RecklessNotNegligent

The first firefighter killed responding to the 9/11 attacks was struck dead in the courtyard by a falling body. Two people, killed simultaneously -- one on his way in, the other on their way out.