16. An attempt to spread a pseudo-Christian kingdom in China in the 19th century led to more deaths than WW1. The Taiping Rebellion in China between 1850 to 1864 was led by a Chinese peasant who believed himself to be the younger brother of Jesus Christ. It was the largest conflict of the 19th century and one of the bloodiest wars in human history in which 20 to 70 million people were killed. – Source


17. The Native American boarding school movement, popularized by the slogan “Kill the Indian, Save the Man”, meant that thousands of Native children were rounded up, taken to boarding schools, had their hair and clothes changed, and were forced to speak only in English. Many people didn’t know that these kidnappings continued through the 1940s and in Canada even into the 1960s. Children were picked up when they were playing outside and their parents wouldn’t know for weeks what happened to them or where they had gone. They were taken to boarding schools and when they were caught speaking their native language they were locked in dark basements. – Source


18. You may never know if you’ve gone insane. When someone is developing a serious mental illness with psychosis, such as schizophrenia, they usually don’t know it. Part of ‘crazy’ is getting away from reality. People in these cases will not be aware of the difference between a feeling and a fact. – Source


19. For the role of Dorothy, Wizard of Oz actress Judy Garland was forced to live on a diet consisting of soup, coffee, and 80 cigarettes per day. Whilst Filming she was shunned by the actors who played Scarecrow, Tinman and Cowardly Lion due to jealousy. Her only friend on the set was Margaret Hamilton who played the Wicked Witch of the West. The actors who played Munchkins would routinely grope and molest Judy Garland during filming, according to her former husband, Sid Luft. She was also once slapped by director Victor Fleming, just because she laughed during a scene with the cowardly lion. She became reliant on amphetamines in her late teens. At 19, when she collapsed at the studios, instead of being told to rest, her doctors prescribed her more amphetamines. – Source


20. Thinking things like “I could drive straight into oncoming traffic and kill us all” or “If I drop this baby she would certainly die” out of the blue is actually quite normal. It’s called ‘Intrusive Thoughts.’ So yeah many strangers may have fantasized about killing you, and you’ll never know about it. – Source


21. According to current cosmological models, the universe is 72% dark energy, 23% dark mater, and just 5% baryonic matter, the stuff that you and I and the stars and other things we think we know about are made of. We really have no idea what dark matter and dark energy even are. So we’re more or less an impurity in a something we barely even comprehend. – Source


22. In 1933, a doctor named Carl Tanzler raided the tomb of a female patient with whom he’d become obsessed and stole her body. He lived with the corpse for seven years. As the body fell apart, he attached the corpse’s bones together with wire and coat hangers, and fitted the face with glass eyes. He was only caught when someone saw him dancing with the corpse in front of an open window. – Source


23. If you are white, the most likely person to murder you is a white person known to you. If you are black, the most likely person to murder you is a black person known to you. If you are hispanic, the most likely person to murder you is a hispanic person known to you. In 2013, there were about 16,000 murders in the U.S. which sounds like a large number, and it is, but in that same year there were about 41,000 suicides. So you should stop worrying about what “those people” are doing or scheming to do to you and worry about yourself, your own friends and family. – Source


24. The United States of America imprisons a larger percentage of its population than any other other country (except Seychelles), then profits from their incarceration. To put this into perspective, China has a population 4 times larger than the USA, but USA has prison incarceration rates 4 times that of China’s. – Source


25. Majority of dental related deaths are from overdosing a very cooperative child on local anesthetic. What normally happens is that dentist selects a few teeth to work on for that appointment. Kid does great during the procedure and decides to work on another set of teeth and injects more local anesthetic. With children being so low in weight, the local anesthetic has a lower maximum dose allowed. Children that are uncooperative will rarely reach the max dose because the dentist would treat only the set of teeth for that appointment. – Source

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  1. OMGoodness. Things were so different in the past. They got away with a lot of things that would not even be considered today. The one about going crazy (18) is kind of sad. But, it is for the best, I guess. I would not want to know if I were crazy. I would rather think that all is well.

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