84 Scary Facts Sure To Give You the Creeps
Do you like being scared? Love nothing better than watching a spooky movie or reading a horror novel full of blood-curdling imagery? Then you’ll love these scary facts that are sure to give you the creeps.
As crazy as it sounds, being scared is actually good for you. Recent studies have found watching a horror flick can fill you with euphoria, while also helping build up a psychological resistance to fear. So even though these scary facts will send shivers down your spine and make you question everything around you, they’ll also give you a mini-buzz.
Some of these facts deal with myths and legends surrounding ghosts and evil creatures, while others are reality-based and will have you checking underneath your bed before you turn out the lights. Whatever it is that makes your stomach churn, you are sure to find some facts below about your chosen horror.
1. There’s a brain-eating amoeba that lives in lakes and rivers of the southern United States.
2. Babies grow mustaches in the womb.
3. Crows can recognize and remember human faces.
4. Your cellphone has ten times more bacteria on it than the average public restroom
5. In 1872, the Mary Celeste was discovered floating in the ocean with no signs of its crew or passengers. To this day nobody knows what happened to them.
6. Tooth-in-the-eye surgery was an actual thing. Surgeons would put a tooth in a blind person’s eye to restore their sight. It was pioneered in the 1960s and actually works and it’s still being done today.
7. Horned lizards squirt blood from their eyes as a defense mechanism.
8. When rats are living in close proximity and get their tails tangled together, they form one large group of rats known as Rat Kings.
9. Don’t ever swallow pine needles as it has been discovered that pine trees can grow inside a human body.
10. There are 206 bones that make up the human skeleton, but babies are born with 300.
11. Real corpses were used in the 1982 film Poltergeist. They were cheaper than the props department making fake bodies.
12. The Tower of London is said to be haunted by Anne Boleyn, the former wife of King Henry VIII, Lady Jane Grey, and a ghost bear.
13. It’s believed many of the Mummies of Guanajuato were buried alive, hence the look of fear on their faces.
14. UVB-76 is a low-frequency radio station that has been broadcasting since the 70s. Nobody knows where the transmission is broadcasting from or what its purpose is.
15. 20% of children report hearing voices.
16. More than 80 million bacteria are exchanged in a single kiss.
17. The Turritopsis Dohrnii jellyfish is officially the only immortal creature in the world.
18. There are over 150 dead hikers on Mount Everest, with many of them used as landmarks.
19. Violet Jessop survived three boat disasters. She was on the HMS Titanic when it sank hit an iceberg and sank in 1912, but she managed to get to a lifeboat and survived. Next, she was on the RMS Olympic when it collided with another boat but made it off safely. She was working aboard the HMHS Britannic as a nurse during World War I when it was sunk in 1916
20. There was a chicken called Mike the Headless Chicken that lived for 18 months after its head was cut off.
21. Mice and rats can spread at least 35 different diseases to humans.
22. The Pacu fish from South America has human-like teeth.
23. Dogs like squeaky toys because they mimic the screams of their prey.
24. The Catacombs of Paris hold the bones and remains of nearly six million people.
25. In the average American diet, added sugar accounts for 496 calories every day, so ease up on the sweets next Halloween night.
26. Cockroaches can live for weeks without their heads.
27. Two Scottish surgeons originally invented the chainsaw to assist with childbirth.
28. In the 1800s, dentures were made out of the real teeth of deceased people.
29. The moon experiences earthquakes.
30. While serial killer Ted Bundy was a psychology major at the University of Washington, he worked at Seattle’s Suicide Hotline Crisis Center.
31. Poveglia, a small island between Venice and Lido in Italy, is believed to be one of the most haunted places on earth. It was previously used as a quarantine station and held a mental hospital, with the dead said to haunt the island.
32. Ducklings can engage in cannibalistic behaviors when they’re bored.
33. More than 80% of our ocean is unmapped, unobserved, and unexplored.
34. People in ancient England used human skulls as bowls before the creation of cutlery.
35. A Nightmare on Elm Street was inspired by real-life events about a group of teenage Khmer immigrants who died in their sleep after having bad nightmares.
36. Homicide archivist Thomas Hargrove estimated that there are more than 2,000 serial killers currently at large.
37. King Charles II drank alcohol mixed with pulverized human skulls.
38. There are over 250,000 deaths a year due to medical errors.
39. Arrhythmic death syndrome is a sudden condition where someone seemingly healthy dies suddenly with no apparent cause of death.
40. There’s a 1-in-3 chance police will never identify your killer if you’re murdered in the U.S.
41. Japanese giant hornets have a bite that can leave craters in the skin or even cause death.
42. People suffering from Cotrad’s syndrome believe parts of their body are missing or that they are dead or dying.
43. Falling into a black hole would cause spaghettification – which is the theoretical stretching of an object as it encounters extreme differences in gravitational forces. In other words, you would be ripped apart.
44. You’re more likely to die on your birthday. The chance someone will die on their birthday is 6.7 percent, which is higher than on any other day.
45. The golden poison dart frog is the size of a paperclip but can kill with a single touch,
46. About 1 in 50 people in the United States currently have a brain aneurysm that just hasn’t ruptured.
47. Pigs can eat an entire human body.
48. Vampire moths, which do attack humans, can suck blood for up to 50s minutes.
49. A body decomposes four times faster in water than on land.
50. You shed around 40 pounds of skin in your lifetime.
51. In ancient Rome, people used to believe that drinking the blood of dead gladiators would give them strength.
52. 20% of coffee mugs have traces of fecal matter on them.
53. A person consumes between one and two cups of snot per day.
54. During mummification, Ancient Egyptians removed the brain through one of the dead’s nostrils.
55. There are usually around 10 million dust mites on your bed.
56. Locked In Syndrome is a rare condition where someone in a coma also remains conscious.
57. Even after decapitation, human heads stay conscious for a while.
58. Six nuclear weapons have been lost and never recovered since the 1950s.
59. The world invests more money in viagra and botox than in the study of Alzheimer’s.
60. Gelatin is made from animal collagen, which includes bones, skin, and connective tissue.
61. Capgras Syndrome is a mental delusion where you believe that the people closest to you have been replaced by impostors.
62. In North America, one in every three murders never gets solved.
63. Demodex folliculorum is a mite that lives in your eyebrows and feeds on your dead skin.
64. In the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan had a youth chapter called the Ku Klux Kiddies.
65. The Pirates of The Caribbean ride at Disneyland used to have real skeletons as props.
66. Your brain makes imaginary monsters when you stare into a mirror.
67. Certain butterflies drink blood, urine, excrement, and sweat.
68. There’s a graveyard on the surface of the moon.
69. A human body decomposes four times faster in water than on land.
70. American serial killer John Wayne Gacy buried many of his victim’s bodies beneath his house. They were buried so tightly together that the bones of the skeletons fused together. It took two years for many of the skeletons to separate.
71. Lady Bugs are known to eat their own larvae to ensure the survival of the other larvae.
72. The original trailer for The Exorcist scared so many people that it was eventually pulled from theatres.
73. The first jack-o’-lanterns were actually made from turnips.
74. Within three days of death, the enzymes from your digestive system begin to digest your body.
75. Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland, was once a lake used to dump bodies into
76. There are over 60 known haunted houses, castles, mansions, and buildings across the U.K.
77. Exploding head syndrome causes people to hear extremely loud noises in their heads just as they are falling asleep.
78. A 1970 study found that kids are more likely to steal when they are wearing costumes.
79. Men who are hanged get a death erection, known as rigor erectus.
80. A human head remains conscious for around 20 seconds after being decapitated.
81. The Zoroastrian Parsi community in India offers its dead to vultures rather than burying/burning them.
82. A whip made of human spines was found in Wyoming.
83. More than 7000 people die annually due to doctors’ bad handwriting.
84. James Jameson – heir to the Jameson Irish whiskey empire – supposedly purchased a slave girl and watched her being killed and eaten by cannibals so he could sketch the ritual.
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