Reality is often stranger than fiction. When the truth about how creepy the world is hits, it can be even more terrifying than anything you would find in a horror movie. Let’s just say that we don’t recommend reading this list home alone at night. Here are 25 creepy facts that are almost guaranteed to inspire nightmares.

1. Despite actually being a boxing slang, there is a widespread notion that the phrase ‘Saved by the bell’ originated as an expression that relates to people being buried alive having a bell that was attached to the coffin, thus ringing it and be saved. These were developed because of people’s fear of being buried alive during the cholera epidemic in the 19th century and named ‘safety coffins’. – Source


2. French politician Maximilien Robespierre tried to shoot himself in the head but only managed to shatter his lower jaw, when he was being led to the guillotine the executioner took off the bandage that held his jaw in place, leading him to produce an agonized scream until the fall of the blade silenced him. – Source


3. Richard Klinkhamer was a Dutch crime writer who became famous when he wrote a book about 7 ways to murder your spouse. Around the same time, his wife went missing and Klinkhammer used to hint on TV and in magazines that he had killed her. Well it turns out he actually did and he was caught 9 years later. He only served 2 years in prison. – Source


4. In rare instances, gas created due to decomposition of the body after death, has enough pressure to cause a decomposing pregnant woman to expel the fetus. This phenomenon is known as Coffin Birth. – Source


5. Five days after the LAPD released video of the last known sighting of the missing Canadian tourist Elisa Lam, visitors at the hotel where the video was captured complained of a “funny taste” in the tap water. Elisa’s body was soon found in the hotel’s water tank. – Source


6. In 17th Century, German philosopher Athanasius Kircher invented an hypothetical cat piano. This instrument consists in a line of cats, arranged according to the tone of their voices, with their tails stretched out underneath a keyboard so that they cry out when a key is pressed which would drive a nails into their tails. – Source


7. Casu marzu is a Sardinian cheese that contains live maggots. The maggots can jump up to five inches out of cheese while you’re eating it, so it’s a good idea to shield it with your hand to stop them jumping into your eyes. – Source


8. Crevasses are V shaped, so if you fall in it most likely won’t kill you immediately. You will get stuck and your body heat will slowly start melting the ice causing you to slip further down the crevasse, until you will no longer be able to expand your chest in order to breathe. – Source


9. Bobbit Worm is a predatory worm that lives in corals. They can grow up to 10 feet long and their jaws can chew through coral. They come from eggs which can be dormant in corals you buy for fishtanks. They have strong jaws that can slice a femur in half. They are also covered in venomous spines. So they can appear out of nowhere in your saltwater fishtank and they will chew tunnels through all your coral and slice your fish in half. They’re also polychaetes so if you do somehow manage to slice its head off it will just grow a new head and the head will grow a new body and they’ll mate and make more worms. Source


10. The Immune Privilege protects your eye from getting attacked and destroyed by your own immune system. If your immune system somehow received access to the inside of your eyes, it would attack and destroy the eye. If you damage one of your eyes and if it isn’t removed and stays in your eye socket your body will make antibodies against it, which will end up attacking and destroying your good eye. – Source


11. There is a microscopic mite that lives in people’s eyelashes, and 90% of people on earth have them. So these tiny creepy crawlies live right by your eyes at all times. – Source


12. The crew of the Challenger shuttle was probably still alive after it broke up. So they did not die instantly, but instead fell for approximately 2 minutes and 45 seconds before plunging into the Atlantic Ocean at 321 kmph. – Source


13. If your toothbrush sits out in your bathroom, it collects fecal matter every time you flush. – Source


14. Babies in the womb can be startled and cry. However there is no air in there, as their lungs and airways are filled with amniotic fluid until birth, and thus they produce no sound. So babies are in there, silently screaming and sobbing, if they get scared. – Source


15. If you’re attacked by a bear it likely won’t kill you like other predatory animals (example: a tiger might bite your throat) the bear will just start eating you. In 2011, a 19-year-old Russian girl was camping with her father and both of them were attacked by a bear and its cubs. The bear smashed her father’s skull and killed him immediately. When she tried to run, the bear caught her and dragged her off and she was slowly eaten by the bear and its three cubs over the course of several hours. As she was being eaten she had managed to call her mother on her cell phone and her mother had to hear the whole thing as police and park rangers attempted to find her but couldn’t in time. – Source


16. Unit 731 was a Japanese complex that during WW2 performed lethal biological and chemical experiments to over 3000 people, carrying out some of the most notorious war crimes in Japanese history. In one experiment, to determine the treatment of frostbite, prisoners were taken outside in freezing weather and left with exposed arms, periodically drenched with water until frozen solid. The arm was later amputated and the doctor repeated the process on the victim’s upper arm to the shoulder. After both arms were gone, the doctors moved on to the legs until only a head and torso remained. The victim was then used for plague and pathogens experiments. – Source


17. At any point in time one of the proteins in your brain can misfold and cause a prion disease and we just don’t know why it happens. Prions are basically indestructible. Prions are so difficult to destroy that after autopsy if a dead person is confirmed to have prions all equipment used in autopsy have to be destroyed. – Source


18. Koalas bears can give you chlamydia. They pass it by peeing on you, so if you get close to one of them it could end up very badly for you. Half of Australia’s Koalas have Chlamydia. – Source


19. The Colombian serial killer Pedro Alonso Lopez, who is known as the Monster of the Andes, raped and murdered over 300 girls from Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. However, after he was caught and imprisoned for 18 years, he was put in a psychiatric hospital. There he was reviewed, declared to be sane and was set free, in spite of his blatant avowal that he fully intends to kill again. Since he was released in 1998, nobody knows where he is or what he’s doing. – Source


20. Patients with the Charles Bonnet syndrome may see small people and animals, bright moving shapes or distorted and scary faces. Many people call this syndrome a portal to a parallel reality. – Source


21. After a man received a heart transplant from a suicide victim in South Carolina, he went on to marry the donor’s widow and then eventually killed himself in the exact same way the donor did 12 years later. – Source


22. In the early 1900’s, New Englanders experienced a “Vampire Panic” caused by the spread of Tuberculosis. They dug up their ancestors who had died of the disease and burned their organs, cut off their heads and drove stakes through their heart. – Source


23. In the 16th and 17th centuries, many Europeans (especially the wealthy kind) consumed parts of the human body (which included bones, the skull and even blood) believing it cured them of diseases. The term they used for it is medicinal cannibalism. Fat and bones were often extracted from corpses, even Egyptian mummies, for the same purpose. For example, powdered human skull mixed with chocolate was used to treat bleeding. As far as human blood was concerned, it had to be as fresh as it could be.  – Source


24. “The Devil’s Bible,” also called the Codex Gigas, is a legendary Latin manuscript that’s said to be the product of a monk’s bargain with Satan himself. In the 13th century, a monk was about to be executed for his crimes unless he could compose a single, impressive work in one night. To achieve this impossible task, the monk sold his soul to Satan and produced this 165-pound, three-feet-long book. While that’s just a legend, The Devil’s Bible does exist as a real text, and it appears to have been written completely by the hand of a single scribe. – Source


25. Hundreds of years ago, when people died on the battlefield or elsewhere outside, their bodies often just lay there until they rotted away. As they decomposed, their skulls would start to grow a moss called usnea. People believed that this moss contained the spiritual qualities of the fallen soldiers, and they would gather it up as medicine. Apparently, usnea that grew on hanged men’s skulls was seen as the most effective. – Source

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