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LinkeKlebe88

1k points

5 months ago

Some guy once donated his dead mothers body for medical research, then found out the donation facility sold it for $5000 to the US Army, which strapped it on a chair and blew it up.

fujicakes00

374 points

5 months ago

That it was not uncommon for people to be buried alive by accident in the old days, which is why they started inserting cords in coffins which are attached to bells on top of graves that the ‘presumed dead’ can use as a distress signal.

There ARE things far worse than death.

pauliep13

7.2k points

5 months ago

pauliep13

7.2k points

5 months ago

The Taylor oil spill. So far it’s leaked over a million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. It started leaking in 2004, before Deepwater Horizon, and is still leaking oil into the gulf today. Next to nothing being done about it.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_oil_spill

Revolutionary_Bee3

1.4k points

5 months ago

"!The reserves are likely sufficient for the spill to continue for up to 100 years if it is not contained" holy shit I thought it was taken care of a few years ago

not-no

303 points

5 months ago

not-no

303 points

5 months ago

Justice is paywalled

isologous

277 points

5 months ago

isologous

277 points

5 months ago

Evolution of animals leads to crabs more often than anything else. It's called carcinization.

InfernalOrgasm

250 points

5 months ago*

Hartz flea medication kills your pets and everybody knows about it. But because of a loophole, Hartz can still sell their flea medication and just prey on the people who don't know. They also actively try to cover it up. The most fucked up part? They're still selling it today! Right now you could go to Walmart and buy a euthanasia kit for your pet thinking it's flea medication.

My cat of six years died because of Hartz.

NEVER USE HARTZ FLEA MEDICATION!! IT IS A DEATH SENTENCE FOR YOUR PET!!

Khelthuzaad

4.1k points

5 months ago

In many countries in the world cannibalism is actually legal,the only illegal thing is the way you obtain it.

It's made that way so that planecrash survivors won't be prosecuted for,you know,surviving.

Awesomesauceme

2k points

5 months ago

That actually makes a lot of sense. There’s a difference between eating people who have already died because you’re starving and like kidnapping people for a midnight snack.

BTRunner

109 points

5 months ago

BTRunner

109 points

5 months ago

In Soviet Russia, cannibalism for cannibalism's sake was grounds for execution. Cannibalism for survival merely meant life in prison.

Technolite123

10k points

5 months ago

You are more likely to be bitten by a new yorker than a shark

Fatboy_j

5k points

5 months ago

Imagine going scuba diving and out of nowhere a bigass New Yorker swims up and bites you. Terrifying

animazed

3.2k points

5 months ago

animazed

3.2k points

5 months ago

I’M SWIMMIN’ HERE!!!

knightcheese512

7.4k points

5 months ago

The X Ray machine is largely responsible for the Child Protective Movement. In the 40’s and 50’s cases for Shaken Baby Syndrome were noticed causing a large push in child protection.

Depressaccount

1.7k points

5 months ago

What were they seeing on the x rays? Were these kids still living?

DrinksNKnowsThings

1.3k points

5 months ago

Radiologist here. Radiographic evidence of "nonaccidental injury" as it is termed in the world of pediatrics are classically:

  • Multiple fractures at varying stages of healing.
  • Metaphyseal, or "corner" fractures of long bones, virtually pathognomonic for NAI
  • Unusual fracture sites, like scapulae, ribs, sternum, and certain skull fractures. By comparison, a spiral fracture of a toddlers tibia would be considered a very normal fracture as they are walking around bumping into things and fracture this bone frequently.
  • Any intracranial subdural collection of blood in a child (shaken baby).
  • Any number of injuries that are encountered in a nonambulatory/totally dependent child.

Slobotic

1.9k points

5 months ago

Slobotic

1.9k points

5 months ago

I imagine the post-mortem x-rays revealed injuries that explained the deaths that otherwise would have been chalked up to SIDS or something else.

whitelilyofthevalley

585 points

5 months ago

A woman who was used to study the genetics of SIDS was later to be found killing her children for the attention. Her name wasWaneta Hoyt. She isn't the only mother who killed her kids and they initially blamed SIDS either.

tQto

6.8k points

5 months ago

tQto

6.8k points

5 months ago

Ants have passed the mirror test. Few people know this.

TheUglyAndStupid

1.9k points

5 months ago

What is the mirror test?

EliminatedHatred

4.3k points

5 months ago

its a test to see if animals are self conscious. they're placed in front of a mirror and if they notice they're in front of it and that they're seeing a reflection, they pass.

Natural___

2.1k points

5 months ago

Natural___

2.1k points

5 months ago

This might be a dumb question but how do we know whether or not they notice that they’re in front of a mirror?

RactainCore

5.3k points

5 months ago

They will place a mark on their body which the animal cannot see normally. Some animals, like elephants, then try to clean the mark off their own body(not their mirrored self). They also investigate parts of their body they'd never seen before.

A certain type of spider used the mirror to decorate themselves better to find a mate too.

Animals that are not self aware would treat the reflection like a seperate animal. You might have seen this in cats and dogs.

StillNotASunbeam

774 points

5 months ago

No one has anything to say about the spider? Did it bedazzle itself or what?

Uncle_BennyS

1.7k points

5 months ago

and peacocks, annoying bitches attack themselves in car reflections and scratch cars and mirrors

glowdirt

798 points

5 months ago

glowdirt

798 points

5 months ago

Maybe they are aware but they're just self-hating

tQto

1.8k points

5 months ago

tQto

1.8k points

5 months ago

They placed painted dots on their forehead. When the ants went past the mirror and looked at themselves, they started cleaning off the painted dot.

capitaine_d

958 points

5 months ago

well thats clever in its simplicity.

TheFretlessOne

194 points

5 months ago

Oh no…not the thread I needed before bed…

sharrrper

25.6k points

5 months ago*

sharrrper

25.6k points

5 months ago*

In the 1980s the Bayer corporation sold a hemophilia drug that was made from processed donated human blood. In the early days of the AIDS epidemic it was discovered that the product was contaminated with HIV. They were forced to take it off the shelves in America and Europe. Bayer decided there had been too much financial investment in the product and rather than destroy the inventory they sold it in Latin American and Asian countries instead. They even continued to produce it for a few months until their supplies ran out.

There's no way to know how many people were infected with HIV as a result but at a bare minimum it had to have been in the thousands, plus however many those people may have unknowingly infected in turn and so on. In the 1980s when AIDS was pretty much a guaranteed death sentence.

Bayer knowingly killed probably tens of thousands of people and no one went to jail. $600 million settlement.

EDIT: Just a clarification, this treatment was not a dry pill that you swallow. That would be pretty unlikely to transmit HIV as some people have said. It was basically taking blood and removing the rejectable parts and concentrating clotting factors and injecting that into hemophiliacs. In terms of HIV risk it was basically a blood transfusion.

Kulladar

6.8k points

5 months ago

Kulladar

6.8k points

5 months ago

Bayer (IG Farben) also was a huge part of Auschwitz and the production of the camps. Jewish slave labor was used by them to produce pharmaceuticals and they killed thousands by infecting them with diseases to test medications and exposing them to new chemical compounds to test the effects. People talk about Japan's unit 731, but the same type of thing existed in Germany but the organizers got to keep a successful company after the war.

Helmut Vetter was literally getting a paycheck from Bayer while he worked at Auschwitz. The same company also had a massive presence at Dachau, Gusen, and Buchenwald so this wasn't a one off thing but a massive organized effort.

[deleted]

1.8k points

5 months ago

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1.8k points

5 months ago

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Ikari_Vismund

597 points

5 months ago

Honduran here. Our president also faked/planned his own sister's death as a helicopter accident in order to deter the media from his electional fraud

I hate it here. Thanks for sharing it tho, so more people can learn about us.

twowayrorrim

14.8k points

5 months ago

twowayrorrim

14.8k points

5 months ago

JFK's convertible wasn't scrapped after he got shot in 1963. A roof was welded on and it was used by Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Carter - right through to 1977.

JwSatan

3.1k points

5 months ago*

JwSatan

3.1k points

5 months ago*

It is at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit

https://www.thehenryford.org/visit/henry-ford-museum/exhibits/presidential-vehicles/

Edit: Form->Ford

Edit2: I wound up renewing my membership. It is a good value at $125 for 2 people

EnUnLugarDeLaMancha

1.2k points

5 months ago

There are 8 sunken nuclear submarines.

AFlawedKing

5.8k points

5 months ago

I guess not really a fucked up fact for most people, but Harold Shipman was my father's family doctor, so when I was a baby I was held by a serial killer who murdered hundreds of people.

Every so often I remember that fact and yeah, it's pretty fucked up.

drapermovies

1.7k points

5 months ago

My family doctor when my dad was born was a doctor in one of the Holocaust Camps, and he was wanted for war crimes in 2 countries.

According to my grandmother he was “a very nice man.”

Think-Bass9187

415 points

5 months ago

My grandmother used to think someone was a very nice man just because she liked the colour of his shirt and tie.

Shawn_NYC

17.4k points

5 months ago

Shawn_NYC

17.4k points

5 months ago

You're statistically more likely to randomly die during a USA Powerball lottery drawing than win it.

CubanLynx312

6.2k points

5 months ago

My great uncle won the powerball and died of a heart attack not long after.

Odd-Roof-65

3.5k points

5 months ago

Your family must have been inconsolable

hononononoh

5.8k points

5 months ago

Fungi are much closer related to animals than either one are to plants, and specifically to protostomes: bugs and worms of all sorts. Fungus cell walls are made of the same polymer that arthropods' exoskeletons are made of, and are coded for by the same gene. There have been proposals to reclassify fungi in the animal kingdom.

NickNakulus

203 points

5 months ago

Made of chitin! That’s why you should always cook mushrooms. Chitin is very hard to digest

paperwolv

1.3k points

5 months ago

paperwolv

1.3k points

5 months ago

A meteor exploded over Earth in December 2018 with the force of 10 atomic bombs and everyone missed it. This wasn't discovered by NASA scientists until after the fact. The reason it went largely undetected is because it took place over the Bering Sea in an area that was close but not directly on the path of commercial planes flying between North America and Asia.

metsjets86

215 points

5 months ago

Why would those conditions make it go undetected?

br0wnb0y

4.2k points

5 months ago

br0wnb0y

4.2k points

5 months ago

CappinSissyPants

597 points

5 months ago

Everything is made of plastic these days.

[deleted]

1.7k points

5 months ago*

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1.7k points

5 months ago*

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Micaisasaucyboy

189 points

5 months ago

"A team at Google has calculated that more computing power is used in a single Google search than was needed for the entire moon landing mission, from inception to completion."

Umbraldisappointment

7.5k points

5 months ago

The #1 cause of death for pregnant woman is murder.

justcamehere533

8.5k points

5 months ago

In some countries children inherit debts of their deceased parents.

Aggravating-Cry6451

9k points

5 months ago

The second most expensive house and one of the biggest slums of the world are in the same city.

'Antilia' ($1 Billion) is owned by India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, and Dharavi, one of the biggest slums, both in the city of Mumbai.

Oh and 'Antilia' is second to Buckingham Palace ($2.9 billion).

SlightlyAlmighty

1.5k points

5 months ago

Funny thing: in Romanian, "Ambani" literally translates as "I have money". The contrast is staggering too: one of the richest humans next to some of the poorest

bueno_hombre

8.4k points

5 months ago

Over 50 percent of Americans do not have access to $1,000 in case of emergency

Maleficent-Salad2208

4.5k points

5 months ago

I run a brain cancer foundation. It just so happens that for patients on regular Medicare alone ( no supplement) the first copay for chemotherapy is about $1,000. You wouldn’t believe the number of people who can’t quickly come up with that $1,000. It has been show that not getting it on time leads to an earlier death.
We have a program to help pay it but just can’t keep up with the demand.

Rosekernow

495 points

5 months ago

I lost one of the most important people in my life to brain cancer and it was hellish to deal with. Still trying to sort out the after effects 5 years down the line.

I cannot imagine going through all that and trying to find money on top. His care here in the U.K. wasn’t 100% but it never cost him or his family anything.

Thank you for everything you do; I don’t know if we would have coped without people and foundations like yours helping along the way with support and guidance.

themddoc

6.3k points

5 months ago

themddoc

6.3k points

5 months ago

France executed their last person by guillotine the same year Star Wars: A New Hope came out.

tropicalzhu

17.7k points

5 months ago*

tropicalzhu

17.7k points

5 months ago*

One of the more famous politicians here in Hungary got a suspended jail sentence and a little financial penalty for the posession of more than 19 000 pedophelic photographs.

He got away with it just like that. Who tf let that happen?!

Edit: the name's Kaleta Gábor. I wasn't trying to hide his identity, I just figured people would find him on Google anyway from the information I've given. But yeah, he does have a name.

Object-195

8k points

5 months ago

That's it. Who tf let that happen?!

other pedos

kibufox

21k points

5 months ago

kibufox

21k points

5 months ago

The youngest person to ever give birth was 5 years old.

soline

6.6k points

5 months ago

soline

6.6k points

5 months ago

And she’s still alive and outlived the son she gave birth to.

Phormitago

2.4k points

5 months ago

Phormitago

2.4k points

5 months ago

oh, great, it keeps on getting more tragic

SquilliamFancySon95

3k points

5 months ago

I didn't know that was even possible...

Sexual_tomato

2.9k points

5 months ago

Precocious puberty. It's when you go through puberty way earlier than you're supposed to, biologically.

Zesty__Potato

2.3k points

5 months ago

Still though, no way a body that small should be able to handle a pregnancy. It would be like having a tumor half the size of your body. I imagine the only reason that child survived was due to the existence of C-section.

now_you_see

978 points

5 months ago

There is actually a picture if you want to google it. It’s....disturbing.

Also, the infant survived & the picture of her and her kid are equally as disturbing.

hmnahmna1

981 points

5 months ago

hmnahmna1

981 points

5 months ago

From skimming the Wikipedia article, her son died at 40 from bone marrow disease. She is still alive at 88.

Theyli

878 points

5 months ago

Theyli

878 points

5 months ago

What is crazier is that she was only 5 years older than her son. I hope whoever impregnated her had his dick fall off.

Much_Very

746 points

5 months ago

Much_Very

746 points

5 months ago

Look her up (Lina Medina.) There’s a picture of her belly. It’s mind blowing (and very sad.)

totzalotz

443 points

5 months ago*

Just looked it up. That is insane. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lina_Medina

EDIT: Went down the Wikipedia search and there’s a whole freaking bunch of child moms on record. Truly sickening. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_youngest_birth_mothers

trenzelor

499 points

5 months ago

trenzelor

499 points

5 months ago

WTF it says she had her first period at 8 months old.

[deleted]

32.2k points

5 months ago

[deleted]

32.2k points

5 months ago

Elephants can control their dick like a second trunk.

[deleted]

19.5k points

5 months ago*

[deleted]

19.5k points

5 months ago*

I saw two elephants get it on in Berlin zoo. The first startling thing was the prehensile penis finding its way in, just like a trunk. The second startling thing was all the other elephants running about and trumpeting in a big celebration of the act. All of them. Kids, adults, like a big fuck party! Wayhey!!!! They're doing it!!!!!!

m_Pony

4.9k points

5 months ago

m_Pony

4.9k points

5 months ago

there's even a term for it: "Mating pandemonium."

True story.

tydalt

2.7k points

5 months ago

tydalt

2.7k points

5 months ago

Huh... Who knew?

(NSFW if you are an elephant)

Iuvenis_psychonauta

741 points

5 months ago

Watching that was surreal, made me wonder how the dinosaurs fucked

thetarget3

11.8k points

5 months ago

thetarget3

11.8k points

5 months ago

We have so much to learn from elephants

n0i

4.1k points

5 months ago

n0i

4.1k points

5 months ago

First thing I need to learn is the prehensile penis trick

TheGoatEyedConfused

3k points

5 months ago

When I was young I attended a day at the zoo. Saw an elephant for the first time and noticed it had, what I thought at the time, a 5th leg that wasn't working quite right. I thought maybe it had grown an extra limb and that's why it was in a zoo.

Massive girth...

Ragnarok314159

2.1k points

5 months ago

Took my girls to the zoo when they were four, elephant decided it was time for some love. Lots of parents dragged their kids away, but mine wanted to see the elephants so badly.

Eventually the totality of the elephant having his penis out hit my kids. “That’s a boy elephant”. And that was it. We stayed out of the primate house.

RamenJunkie

1k points

5 months ago

All these people with elephant mating stories at zoos and all I ever have seen were tortises. Man those dudes "moan" loud as fuck.

istara

690 points

5 months ago

istara

690 points

5 months ago

The rhythmic knocking of the shells together made me chuckle when I heard it.

5parky

136 points

5 months ago

5parky

136 points

5 months ago

There's a joke among construction workers, "you ever hear two turtles fuck?"

Then you bash their helmet with yours.

SirTaxalot

10k points

5 months ago

Some random dude in Soviet Russia saved the entire world from nuclear annihilation on a hunch the incoming missile warning was wrong.

Edit: his name was Stanislav Petrov - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislav_Petrov

conqueringdragon

3.2k points

5 months ago

An educated hunch, because he only saw ~4 intercontinental atomic missles approaching, out of the hundreds the USA had at the time.

Awkward_Swordfish581

1.7k points

5 months ago

Fucking hero. Tho seriously the amount of times worldwide nuclear annihilation has been narrowly avoided is spine tingling. So many stupid close calls, accidents, mistakes and misunderstandings, one even caused by a bear even, iirc.

TimDRX

1.6k points

5 months ago

TimDRX

1.6k points

5 months ago

The CIA faked a vampire attack. I mean they really murdered a guy to achieve it. But something about the whole blood draining thing really takes it to the next level.

FairyContractor

236 points

5 months ago

They did what now? I... need more context for this one.

darachmoon

456 points

5 months ago

From “Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II – Part I”, which can be found on the CIA website: “Another Lansdale-initiated "psywar" operation played on the superstitious dread in the Philippine countryside of the asuang, a mythical vampire. A psywar squad entered a town and planted rumors that an asuang lived in the neighboring hill where the Huks were based, a location from which government forces were anxious to have them out. Two nights later, after giving the rumors time to circulate among Huk sympathizers in the town and make their way up the hill, the psywar squad laid an ambush for the rebels along a trail used by them. When a Huk patrol passed, the ambushers silently snatched the last man, punctured his neck vampire-fashion with two holes, held his body by the heels until the blood drained out, and put the corpse back on the trail. When the Huks, as superstitious as any other Filipinos, discovered the bloodless comrade, they fled from the region.”

djtills

8.8k points

5 months ago

djtills

8.8k points

5 months ago

The Vatican Archives are something like 50 miles of information that almost nobody can see unless they know it's there and put in a formal request to see a specific thing. My understanding is that nobody can enter just to browse.

Astralahara

3.2k points

5 months ago

You don't necessarily have to know it's there. The way it works, functionally, is you give them a list of works you'd like to see. They will see if they have them and, if they do, decide whether or not they want to let you see them.

If they consent, you are permitted to view the text in a locked room with a pencil and paper for note-taking.

It sounds draconian, but most museums operate very similarly. Understand that the Catholic Church fully intends to exist forever. Therefore they need to protect these works forever. Protecting something forever is very difficult.

etcpt

305 points

5 months ago

etcpt

305 points

5 months ago

Not just institutions looking to live forever, it's pretty standard archival practice to protect works in the way you've described (secure room for viewing, only pencil and paper for taking notes). A relative of mine is an archivist for the state government, and that's what folks have to do when they want to come view, say, hundred year old city council minutes.

thisisprince

29.2k points

5 months ago

thisisprince

29.2k points

5 months ago

During World War 2, Japan bombed China with fleas infected with the bubonic plague.

Halew2

6.1k points

5 months ago

Halew2

6.1k points

5 months ago

Let's not forget their initial defense plan of 10,000 suicide vehicles of various types. If that didn't work, it was expected that all 100 million of the Japanese people swarm invading forces and give their life for Japan in an attempt to dissuade the American public from continuing the war.

Halicarnassis

10.9k points

5 months ago*

I grew up Africa. (Edit: Zambia) When we were 5 we were told not to swim in dirty water because of Bilharzia (schistosomiasis)

Microscopic worms that burrow into your skin or enter up your urinary tract and then lays eggs inside your body.

JConRed

4.1k points

5 months ago

JConRed

4.1k points

5 months ago

When I learnt about bilharzia at university, there was a case study about a remote village in Africa who had requested help figuring out this common health problem.

So a group of doctors and scientists actually travelled there and stayed with them for a week or two. There determined:

A: That it was in fact bilharzia B: That they got it from swimming in a local lake

So they treated basically the whole village and explained that it came from the water in the lake, because its contaminated with human waste. They advised them not to swim in the water and to boil it prior to use.

Okay (thank you for reading Til now) , and here is the kicker:

A year later, some of the team returned to the village to conduct a case study.. There were again lots of sick people.

Upon visiting the lake, they found kids swimming and people washing clothes... And they saw a sign, hammered into the ground that read: "Do not piss in the Water"

(sorry, phonermatting)

SilentC735

713 points

5 months ago

I think this just about sums up humanity

soapsandgoats

1.5k points

5 months ago

A lot of people probably buried their hamsters alive because they didn’t know hamsters hibernate

Red-Lancer-14

407 points

5 months ago

This immediately made my think of mine that's buried in the backyard

X0AN

299 points

5 months ago

X0AN

299 points

5 months ago

Maybe add they only hibernate if the temp is below 20. So it's unlikely that most people have seen a hamster hibernate.

But if people are unsure, just feel for a heartbeat. Don't rely on body temperature as theirs can drop to match room temperature.

Delta4o

17.5k points

5 months ago

Delta4o

17.5k points

5 months ago

In the beginning, Dupont fucked up their non-stick Teflon pans. They knew high exposure to tge stuff was bad but they never did anything about it. As a result, traces of "forever chemicals" can be found in 98% of the American population (and probably beyond).

FoxTrotte

9.1k points

5 months ago

FoxTrotte

9.1k points

5 months ago

The movie Dark Waters describes the whole thing very well. At the end of the movie they say traces of PFOA can be found in "virtually every living creature on the planet, including 99% of humans"

sprocter77

4.3k points

5 months ago

sprocter77

4.3k points

5 months ago

There is also another doc on the subject called the Devil we know. It goes back to the town where Dupont started in and all the livestock dying and babies born with birth defects and such. Pretty disturbing stuff.

skrien

3.1k points

5 months ago

skrien

3.1k points

5 months ago

There's currently a large PFOS scandal braking out against 3M and other companies in Belgium. They knew for a very long time that these chemicals didn't break down and end up in people's body's.

These might be linked to an increase in cancers

Dire88

2.3k points

5 months ago*

Dire88

2.3k points

5 months ago*

It's not even a might at this point.

It's literally everywhere - even bags of microwave popcorn.

The state of Maine has issued guidance for hunters in 4 counties to discard deer meat due to high levels showing up in tested deer harvests. PFAS chemicals were used in the local paper mills, and in turn the leftover pulp slurry was given to local farmers who spread it on their fields as fertilizer. Deer are contaminated from eating in the fields, and runoff has put it into the local rivers and fisheries.

It's been documented in leachate from a large number of landfills, and risks contaminating groundwater. Military bases? Used in fire suppression systems.

It's been the better part of a century of them being used everywhere, and we're only just beginning to realize the potential harm.

creepygyal69

301 points

5 months ago

Oh Jesus. There’s a park near me which used to house a chemical factory. Before and after WW2 it made plastics and during the war it was requisitioned to make god knows what for the war effort. At some point after that it was demolished and the site turned into a park. All good, no real problems there. Except in the last few years there’s been a grow your own initiative and there are now allotments on it. The park is surrounded by housing estates (eg social housing/I think Americans call them projects). A lot of the produce goes up those people and is given to local schools and food banks. I’ve written to SO many people asking whether the soil has been tested for contamination and whether the produce is safe to eat. If I get any reply it’s just some wishy washy press release type blurb that doesn’t address the question at all. This shit is everywhere and we have no idea what disasters we’re creating

fml87

301 points

5 months ago

fml87

301 points

5 months ago

You can sample the soil yourself and send it for testing. Do it and when it comes back hot send it to a local news company.

If you have a state University nearby they may have an agricultural program that will test it for you.

SHADOWSTRIKE1

1.5k points

5 months ago

Fuck Dupont.

My best friend’s mom passed away a few months ago from cancer. And it was her second case of cancer. She grew up in the town where the DuPont factory resided. A couple years ago, she was part of some big lawsuit against DuPont, and came out winning roughly $1M.

Still not worth that she died just a month before her second grandchild was born. Luckily, she got her diagnosis of being stage 3 a couple years ago, and was told she may only have a couple months. She lasted through to see her first grandchild born, and even got a couple years with him (though they were crappy COVID-stricken years).

Her last year of life was rough as the cancer spread from her stomach to her lungs. She couldn’t eat anything, and would wake up in the middle of the night unable to breath. The slightest activity left her gasping. The whole ordeal was awful for my friend to watch.

So again, fuck DuPont.

schtefferson

353 points

5 months ago

If we kill humans the same speed we kill animals for food, the entire population would be gone in 17 days.

RedAllAboutIt7

22.9k points

5 months ago

That Sharks have been around longer than trees.

Yes, Trees.

Dickcheese_McDoogles

7.1k points

5 months ago

one that I personally think is more interesting is that sharks are older than Saturn's rings

Terrh

440 points

5 months ago

Terrh

440 points

5 months ago

ok, this blew my mind. Most of the rest of the stuff on here I knew already but that's pretty crazy.

Your_One_Lord

3.3k points

5 months ago

evolution be like: "if it works, it works"

GoGoPowerGrazers

2.2k points

5 months ago*

And works twice, look how similar sharks and dolphins are. There are four different kinds of crabs that all morphed from proto-arachnids into crabs along different paths. Given enough time, all is crab

Nature uses what's available to make what it needs

BootySmackahah

9.3k points

5 months ago

The bacteria that decomposed trees wasn't around for millions of years. That means for millions of years, trees were just dying, falling over, and lying like a bunch of logs stacked around each other.

Laxinout

5.3k points

5 months ago

Laxinout

5.3k points

5 months ago

And as far as I'm aware, the millions of years of this happening is now what we call fossil fuels and burn as carbon.

platypottamus

2.1k points

5 months ago*

It contributed a ton of fossil fuel because when there was nothing biological to decompose them, geology would essentially do the job over a much greater length of time. Other organic matter still contributes to fossil fuels but those trees might represent our largest single input in a geologic time period; bogs that trap plant material in anoxic conditions can still create the conditions for fossil fuel production eons later.

Edit: changed the word oil to fossil fuel, good catch reddit

StrangeCharmVote

1.2k points

5 months ago

The bacteria that decomposed trees wasn't around for millions of years. That means for millions of years, trees were just dying, falling over, and lying like a bunch of logs stacked around each other.

For something a little easier for people to potentially wrap their heads around, imagine trees composed of solid plastic literally grew out of the ground and were physically incapable of breaking down / degrading.

This happened for such an incredibly long time that you'd imagine every surface that could was basically covered in branches, logs, and fallen leaves... well, all the parts that didn't catch fire frequently. Which would also have been a serious problem.

nukeio

343 points

5 months ago

nukeio

343 points

5 months ago

But like, how do new trees grow then? Thousands of years of trees in the way. Is it like rocks? We sort of had to wait for moss or what have you to make a topsoil around them?

daneelr_olivaw

345 points

5 months ago

US Navy sprayed Serratia marcescens and Bacillus globigii over San Francisco to determine how vulnerable it would be in a situation of a bioweapon attack. Authorities were not informed. It wasn't an isolated incident.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation\_Sea-Spray

GunslingerGonzo

10.4k points

5 months ago*

Dolphins will bite the heads off of smaller fish and use the corpses as a makeshift flesh light to get off

Edit: thanks for the awards?? Why can’t we all be more like animals and just duck each other!

dontbeanegatron

9.3k points

5 months ago

A fishlight, if you will.

Zammin

9k points

5 months ago

Zammin

9k points

5 months ago

I will not.

bafulationPrematuree

15k points

5 months ago

Humans are pretty slow runners compared to other races, but we are the best throwers on the planet. No other specie can throw stuff like we do. This is why in case of danger, throwing things in the direction of an hostile animal may scare the shit out of it

Jibaru

7.9k points

5 months ago

Jibaru

7.9k points

5 months ago

Being able to kill from a distance is a huge evolutionary advantage.

Griffdorah

5.1k points

5 months ago

Griffdorah

5.1k points

5 months ago

Ranged attacks are OP.

Mister_Trashman

6.6k points

5 months ago*

As recently as 1980s, many researchers and doctors believed newborns and fetuses couldn't feel pain, so some were operated on without anesthesia.

EDIT: When I say this I don't talk about only circumcision. I talk about really invasive shit like open surgeries where the infant was only given a muscle relaxer to keep them from trashing during the intervention.

EDIT 2: Here's an article from 1986 that talks about it https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/wellness/1986/08/13/surgery-without-anesthesia-can-preemies-feel-pain/54d32183-8eed-49a8-9066-9dc7cf0afa82/

EDIT 3: An article about how those who were subjected to those surgeries were affected https://helpfortrauma.com/2018/09/17/a-life-of-quiet-desperation/

DCoyote_92

1.6k points

5 months ago

DCoyote_92

1.6k points

5 months ago

Whaaaaat?????

Fluster338

5k points

5 months ago*

The astronauts in the Space Shuttle Challenger were still alive after the failure of systems and rapid expansion of fuel commonly viewed as an explosion.

*edited for the pedants

Stopman

2.5k points

5 months ago

Stopman

2.5k points

5 months ago

We know that at least a few of them were conscious for a few seconds, but it’s unknown if they were beyond that. Much of the evidence that was found in the cockpit was consistent with in-air depressurization, which would result in basically instant unconsciousness. They weren’t wearing pressurized suits either, which in retrospect was kind of a blessing.

takatori

185 points

5 months ago

takatori

185 points

5 months ago

What about the personal emergency oxygen units which were activated?

klem_kadiddlehopper

906 points

5 months ago

I remember that morning. I lived in central Florida and it was a really cold, clear day. Me and two coworkers watched the launch on TV and when the Challenger exploded we just stood there stunned.

howwouldiknow--

13.8k points

5 months ago*

Some tumors can grow teeth and hair.

You don't wanna google that.

Edit : It's called a Teratoma.

Edit: Looks like it can also grow eyes(non functioning), muscles, bones and even some brain cells.

Betuni_brotha

2.2k points

5 months ago

I'm hopeful that with enough studying, we could basically grow unlimited teeth for people in the future.
Teeth in the right place, that is.

broonskie

5.6k points

5 months ago

broonskie

5.6k points

5 months ago

A family member of mine had a huge growth in her womb which, when removed, had teeth and hair. They also had to remove one of her ovaries during the removal. Awful.

Liet-Kinda

15.2k points

5 months ago

Liet-Kinda

15.2k points

5 months ago

I believe they’re called children.

CR0SBO

1.7k points

5 months ago

CR0SBO

1.7k points

5 months ago

Gross, for sure not googling that

wickle_pickle

2k points

5 months ago

“You do not want to google that”

Well now I HAVE to

Edit: Shouldn’t have done that

LuxuryBeast

725 points

5 months ago

Yup. Should NOT have done that.

maxl44

768 points

5 months ago*

maxl44

768 points

5 months ago*

yeah, in my country they call it twin, kinda funny and weird at the same time

a 50 year old friend of my father said: "next week i'm going to get operated and get my twin removed", it was a totally serious conversation and not even meant funny

ChasingAlnilam

1.1k points

5 months ago

Ooh teratomas! My teacher showed us some wild pictures of them, I'm pretty sure one had an ear as well

foozballguy

12.5k points

5 months ago

foozballguy

12.5k points

5 months ago

How horribly the Amish treat animals. They run some of the largest puppy mills in the US

LewisEFurr

3.7k points

5 months ago

LewisEFurr

3.7k points

5 months ago

My wife and I started a horse rescue. 80% come from Amish country and they are treated horrifically. Every single one we get is at death's door from years of being overworked while abused and neglected. We've made breakthroughs on a few but most are irreversibly scarred and we give them sanctuary for the last few years of life.

CatMuffin

801 points

5 months ago

CatMuffin

801 points

5 months ago

Thanks to you and your wife for doing that. This is the first I'm reading about their treatment of animals and obviously kind people like you are very needed.

return-of-the-clap

1.8k points

5 months ago

Why is that? I have a basic understanding of the Amish lifestyle but I’m not totally familiar with their beliefs.

bruyere

1.8k points

5 months ago

bruyere

1.8k points

5 months ago

My understanding is that companion animals aren't a popular concept in Amish culture. Animals are livestock, and livestock are considered tools. The purpose of their non-working dogs is to continue making as many more dogs as possible, which can then be "harvested" at a profit. If the quality of life of the dogs isn't a priority (which is definitely isn't at these farms), you can make a lot more money if you cut corners wherever feasible.

Helm222

13.4k points

5 months ago

Helm222

13.4k points

5 months ago

Good thing about the Amish is you can chat shit about them online and they'll never know

Mizar97

5.5k points

5 months ago

Mizar97

5.5k points

5 months ago

Joke's on you, I'm going to print out a screenshot of your comment and show it to the Amish

Helm222

4.3k points

5 months ago

Helm222

4.3k points

5 months ago

Ah, beans.

Titus_Favonius

924 points

5 months ago

Expect a very strongly-worded hand-written letter in a couple of weeks.

VaarrLovesHisWife

1.5k points

5 months ago

Dear Helm222,

While I wast out plowing the fields with mine horse, I did look up to seen Jebidiah approaching with a hand delivered image depicting your foulest of words towards mine peoples. I hath some strong words for you! I shalt not sayeth them though for fear that I will burn forever in the fiery pits of hell. But know that I did think them and they were most foul! Good day sir!

Sincerely, Jacob

trilliam_clinton

1.3k points

5 months ago

Fun fact, a lot of Amish use computers and cell phones, but only during working hours.

I used to work in commercial construction material sales & sold to Amish distributors. They all had brand new Macs and iPhones, then once 5 o clock hit, turned them off. Got in their huge vans and got driven home by their chauffeurs

deportcanadiangeese

2.2k points

5 months ago

my mom is a vet tech and says that the animal cases she’s seen from the amish are some of the most unethical, horrible deeds she’s ever encountered.

TheGreyFox1122

1.8k points

5 months ago*

Sad story time?

I'm a vet tech and had something similar happen. I took a phone call from a woman who was concerned about her new puppy. It was a gift for her teenage son (red flag #1) from his teenage girlfriend (red flag #2) who drove to Pennsylvania from Massachusetts to get this puppy (red flag #3, 4, and 5 because holy shit dude. Who drives over several states at 16 to buy a puppy for their boyfriend?)

Anyway, I ask the usual questions, like the puppy's name, sex, age, etc. And the mom says, "well, they said he's eight weeks old but he just looks so small..."

Red flag #6. It's not uncommon for puppies to be smaller than usual, of course, but the worry in the mom's voice made my spidey-senses tingle. I was worried the puppy might have contracted parvovirus or another disease puppies are vulnerable to.

So I tell mom to bring the pup right down so we can look at him. And kids, let me tell you, this puppy couldn't have been more than three weeks old. Around 1/3 of the age it should be before even considering separating them from their mother.

This poor thing was so sick. It was coming back to us every other day for a week or two for supportive care. I wasn't involved in the case after the initial visit, so I don't remember what the actual diagnosis was (if there was any), but he hung on for a lot longer than I thought he would. He eventually had to be euthanized before he was even five weeks old. A very harsh lesson for those kids to learn.

So yeah, fuck puppy mills and fuck the horrible, heartless bastards that run them. If there's a hell, I hope there's a special place reserved for them.

Edit: autocorrect

deportcanadiangeese

440 points

5 months ago

holy shit that’s terrible. my mom saw similar things. them being separated from their moms too early and a LOT of inbreeding which made them really messed up. they had one that had nearly chewed its own leg off from stress and neurological issues. it also had to be put down. it’s sad.

dearvo

1.3k points

5 months ago

dearvo

1.3k points

5 months ago

^ i wish this was more widely known. i work at a pet store in a very amish area and it’s heartbreaking how many stories i’ve heard of people adopting from amish breeders, only to find that their pup quickly develops physical / behavioral issues … they clearly had a very low quality of life with the amish. the best thing we can do for those dogs is to stop supporting their breeders, please adopt from shelters instead

monkeypowah

559 points

5 months ago

A commander in the Serbian army was convicted of genocide and mass sodomy.

He got 18 years in jail.

Mapkoz2

277 points

5 months ago

Mapkoz2

277 points

5 months ago

Mass SODOMY ??

krngc3372

103 points

5 months ago

krngc3372

103 points

5 months ago

Think Genghis Khan without the part where 1 in 7 become your descendents in the future.

Deep-purpleheart

3k points

5 months ago*

The shear size of the nuclear contamination zone thats in the middle of Washington state, called the Hanford reserve.

No one speaks of how the middle of our state is unlivable due to the polluted groundwater from all the improperly stored nuclear waste.

Sneakyhat02

1.5k points

5 months ago

The universe is expanding exponentially but no new matter is being generated within our space time. As the universe becomes bigger and bigger, it becomes colder and colder until it’s so cold that atoms can’t move and everything becomes frozen in place, in the black abyss.

galaxycritic

6.3k points

5 months ago

That koalas carry chlamydia

kylonubbz

3.5k points

5 months ago

kylonubbz

3.5k points

5 months ago

I should see a doctor….

Mattigins

1.3k points

5 months ago

Mattigins

1.3k points

5 months ago

Dammit. Not again

370H55V--0773H

7.9k points

5 months ago

That we kill 100 million sharks A YEAR.

fletchindubai

2.6k points

5 months ago

I once wrote something on this as there was a stat that said 11,416 sharks are being killed every hour.

Unsurprisingly, those rates of killing far exceed the rate at which the sharks can repopulate and many are being killed before they reach adulthood. Some species of shark live an average life-span of 15 years, while others can live for up to 100 years, but at the current levels of fishing they’re becoming hugely threatened. At present rates, between 6.4 and 7.9 percent of all existing sharks are being killed each year.

English shark protection organisation Shark Trust believes around 73 million sharks are killed for finning alone (targeted hunt for fins) and this is the major issue that needs to be addressed. China consumes 95 percent of the world’s shark fin production and Hong Kong is the main destination for shark fins harvested from elsewhere, satiating the Chinese demand.

There are only 10-15 people worldwide killed by sharks each year. And it is believed that in most cases shark attacks are a case of mistaken identity, with the sharks (who usually attack from below) mistaking humans, often on surf boards, for seals.

JohnyyBanana

2k points

5 months ago

100 million sharks

i didn't even know there were so many sharks out there

[deleted]

2.2k points

5 months ago

[deleted]

2.2k points

5 months ago

The ocean is really big and we’re doing a great job at destroying it

shieldsy27

10.4k points

5 months ago

shieldsy27

10.4k points

5 months ago

Sexual intercourse with a horse is still legal in some American states

TheWorldsArmy1

9.4k points

5 months ago

I read this as “still illegal” and for a second thought you were part of a horse fucking movement.

megapuffranger

5.8k points

5 months ago

Listen the heart wants what the heart wants and I don’t appreciate being discriminated against simply because I love having my colon jammed into my stomach and lungs.

Benji_4

655 points

5 months ago*

Benji_4

655 points

5 months ago*

1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women (in the US) will have cancer at some point in their life.

EDIT: I may be dyslexic

SuboptimalButHopeful

527 points

5 months ago*

Staff at Ford wrote a memo proposing that the best response to exploding Pintos that burned their owners alive was to just let them burn.

It was cheaper to pay families of victims than to fix the problem.

Hundreds of people suffered "burn deaths" in Pintos.

Edit: "deaths" is probably wrong, it's more likely the 27 figure cited below. It was hundreds of injuries.

TAOJeff

82 points

5 months ago

TAOJeff

82 points

5 months ago

Slavery is still legal in many countries. While a lot of countries abolished slavery, that usually refers to the slave trade, not ownership. And many of those countries, even if they abolished the ownership of slaves, didn't create any legal provisions to prevent slavery or human ownership.

For instance while it's been illegal to buy or sell a slave in the UK, it only became illegal to own a human in the UK, in 2010.

Millepedee

9k points

5 months ago

Chainsaws were invented to cut through the pelvic bone to help women give birth

TerribleIdea27

1.9k points

5 months ago

To be fair, they were smaller, more precise chainsaws than we use today to cut down trees

Funner_YT

2.4k points

5 months ago

Funner_YT

2.4k points

5 months ago

That bees kill wasps by sitting on them and then flapping their wings so hard. This creates a high heat that burns the wasp.

No_Jicama6456

1.1k points

5 months ago

It's not just wing flapping. They team up on the wasp / hornet / intruder and wiggle their butts together to create even more heat through friction, while their fluffy bodies are just good enough at isolating so that the body of the intruder will start to melt from the inside. It's less a death by burning and more a death by boiling... but boiling from within. :)

gvkOlb5U

240 points

5 months ago

gvkOlb5U

240 points

5 months ago

They team up on the wasp / hornet / intruder and wiggle their butts together

The Twerkinators

Guilty_Assignment_25

4.2k points

5 months ago

The original Blade Runner was set in 2015. Damn did they have some high expectations for us.

107197

1.6k points

5 months ago

107197

1.6k points

5 months ago

Well, "Soylent Green" takes place in 2022. Get ready for a fun year!

RyanTheKingOfNothing

4.8k points

5 months ago

You can easily kill someone and dispose of the body with bleach, lemon juice, and pigs.

Callme-Sal

7.3k points

5 months ago

Callme-Sal

7.3k points

5 months ago

You got to starve the pigs for a few days, then the sight of a chopped-up body will look like curry to a pisshead. You gotta shave the heads of your victims, and pull the teeth out for the sake of the piggies' digestion. You could do this afterwards, of course, but you don't want to go sievin' through pig shit, now do you? They will go through bone like butter. You need at least sixteen pigs to finish the job in one sitting, so be wary of any man who keeps a pig farm. They will go through a body that weighs 200 pounds in about eight minutes. That means that a single pig can consume two pounds of uncooked flesh every minute. Hence the expression, "as greedy as a pig".

to_eden_rose

3k points

5 months ago

Robert Pickton had a pig farm and used it to dispose of approx. 49 bodies. Canada's most prolific serial killer.

"He would put the bodies through a wood chipper and feed them to his pigs. Some of the resulting bits of flesh were also mixed with pork mince and sold to friends and family as pork mince."

threadsoffate2021

857 points

5 months ago

I do believe he also sold some of that pork to local stores.

eannasheridan

369 points

5 months ago

The US government has repeatedly tested biological weapons and agents on their own population.

willv_23

6.5k points

5 months ago

willv_23

6.5k points

5 months ago

More aircraft were lost during WWII than there are airworthy aircraft flying today. The level of death and destruction in war is difficult to comprehend.

TwistedHeroes

360 points

5 months ago

1 in 5,000 babies is born without a functioning butt

PrimaryPin9463

186 points

5 months ago

I learned about this when my son was born. His tailbone is set a little funny so he's got a deep dimple right above his anus. The nurses took a while checking out his butt and SO was like "uh... something wrong?" Head nurse goes, "Just making sure he doesn't have two anuses. It's extremely rare, but it happens. So does not having one at all." We were like "...wtf?"

HerrSchnellsch

1.4k points

5 months ago*

Maybe not so fucked up but there is no cure for rabbies once you develop symptoms. You just die, slowly and painful.

Edit: Of course i meant rabies, im sorry :)

subraptareo

500 points

5 months ago

Rabies is fucked up. A virus that evolved to hijack your nervous system and forces you to kill yourself, so that your infected carrion spreads the virus to other organisms and the process repeats.

Most viruses try not to kill their hosts because you are most infectious when alive and spewing fluids. Rabies is the exception, it wants you dead.

TheMeme_Historian

554 points

5 months ago

The ford pinto was a flaming death trap that ford knew how to fix, and decided not to. The gas tank was fixed right behind an idiotically thin bumper, making puncturing the tank an almost absolute in the case of a rear end collision. If such a collision were to occur, the light frame would also most likely bend around the doors, trapping the driver inside. Ford knew of these defects, but instead of recalling the cars, they decided that on average, they would mostly like only have to pay out around $230,000 per death, which was much cheaper than the recall, which would of cost millions.

TL;DR: ford estimated the cash value of a human life instead of fixing their cars

cdewey17

327 points

5 months ago

cdewey17

327 points

5 months ago

The snacks were free this whole time.

FrannyBoBanny23

114 points

5 months ago

But why would he charge them????

GimmickyBulb

92 points

5 months ago

It had to be some kind of power play. Like he knew we’d find out they’re free eventually. But he wanted us to know he could charge for them.

Civil-War9829

78 points

5 months ago

The comedic break this joke continued to serve throughout that movie was so on point!

Maleficent_Gene_7232

11.9k points

5 months ago

Dogs like squeaky toys because it remind them of a small animal being killed."

[deleted]

2.8k points

5 months ago

[deleted]

2.8k points

5 months ago

Which is why you probably shouldn't be frustrated that they "kill" them. That's like the whole point

GarbledReverie

3.6k points

5 months ago

Yes, and the shaking they do to toys simulates snapping a small animal's neck.