26 «Unfun» Facts I Recently Learned That Are As Fascinating As They As Terrifying

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Babies grow a moustache in the womb. Then eat it.

This week, Reddit user MC_gnome asked, «what’s an ‘unfun’ fact?», and the community did not disappoint! Here are some of the most mindblowing facts people shared, and please bear in mind, some of these are NOT for the faint-hearted…

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When your skin burns and turns red due to sun exposure, it’s because your skin cells are killing themselves to avoid becoming cancerous.


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There is a rare and fatal condition in which the brain progressively destroys one’s ability to sleep.


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«It’s called Fatal Familial Insomnia. The condition is super rare and incurable. Eventually you stop sleeping altogether, lose your cognitive faculties, experience tremors and various other symptoms, and eventually die.»

– Fenius_Farsaid

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The tarantula hawk wasp will hunt, paralyse, and entrap a tarantula to use as a live food for its larvae.


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«A female tarantula hawk wasp will sting the tarantula to paralyse it, drag it to a specially prepared burrow and lay a single egg on the spider’s abdomen before covering over the burrow. When the wasp larva hatches, it creates a small hole in the spider’s abdomen, enters, and feeds voraciously, avoiding vital organs for as long as possible to keep the spider alive. It then emerges several weeks later to continue the life cycle.»

– maninblueshirt

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There are at least eight nuclear weapons known to be missing across the world.


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Bananas are a little bit radioactive.


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The youngest person to ever give birth was Lina Medina, a Peruvian girl who gave birth to a child in 1939 at age five.


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«Lina had precocious puberty and was molested at a young age, although the perpetrator was never found. She considered her son, Gerardo, to be her little brother, and he was also told that this was the case. She is believed to still be alive and living in Mexico.»

– Silverfox17421

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Cockroaches are often ground in with large batches of coffee.


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«People who handle cockroaches frequently become allergic to them, which usually means they develop an allergy to ground coffee as well.»

– gkibbe

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There are brain-eating amoebas in freshwater ponds and lakes all over the world.


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«‘Naegleria fowleri’ were first discovered in Australia in 1965, but they’ve been found in the US and in other warm places across the globe. The microscopic amoeba usually finds its way into the brain by entering the nose and travelling through the olfactory nerve. Not much is known about the disease they cause – called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) – but cases are rare. PAM is not infectious but is almost always fatal.»

– PM_Me_Nudes_2_Review

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Female ducks are so often forced into mating by male ducks that they have multiple vaginal defenses to confuse attackers and avoid unwanted pregnancies.


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The male honeybee exists only to mate with the queen bee, after which he is «castrated» and dies.


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«Once a male bee ejaculates its endophallus is ripped from its body and it falls to the ground and dies. It is literally a one shot wonder.»

– robocommander

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There is a sunken ship in the Thames estuary filled with wartime explosives called the SS Richard Montgomery which, if disturbed, would detonate and send a tsunami up the river Thames in London.


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There are only three states in America that have officially outlawed child marriage.


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«Pennsylvania became the third state, with New Jersey and Delaware being the other two, in March of this year.»

– Behkeybeerkey

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Every unborn baby grows a moustache in the womb, which then spreads to cover its entire body.


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«The baby then sheds most of the hair – or lanugo – eats it, and excretes it after birth with their first bowel movement, which is known as meconium.»

– nopekill

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Anyone can have a sudden brain aneurysm, at any age, no matter your health situation.


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Scuba Divers are known to experience a sudden change in pressure when swimming near open pipes, drains, or valves and can get sucked inside, no matter the size of the hole.


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«Divers call this sudden change in pressure ‘Delta P’. The worst part is that someone else usually has to go inside and remove the body.»

– Olli3popp

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Since the year 1950, it’s estimated that around 2,500 to 3,000 languages have either died out or become endangered, with fewer speakers every passing day.


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Fossilisation is actually quite rare. It takes a very specific set of circumstances for an organism to even become a fossil, let alone for a fossil to survive into the modern era.


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«This likely means there are millions of species of animals, plants, and other organisms that we will simply never know about because they either never fossilised; their fossils were destroyed; or the fossils are in an area that’s not accessible to humans. For all we know, there could’ve been an advanced civilisation that existed before us, but their existence has been lost to time.»

– DannyBright

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Judith Barsi, a promising young actor who starred in The Land Before Time and All Dogs Go to Heaven, was tragically murdered along with her mother by her father at age ten.


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«Many people knew of her severe abuse but no one did anything. All they found of her and her mother were their charred remains. The father shot himself after setting fire to the bodies. Who knows who she could’ve grown up to be?»

– red_duke

H/T to Ask Reddit – much love and thanks for truly creeping me out.

Note: some entries have been edited for length and clarity.






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