A few years ago a there was a huge drop off in the koala population, especially in urban areas. After an investigation, they found the cause - a certain strain of chlamydia. The big problem was that it could be transmitted to humans, because people really enjoyed picking them up, and, well, koalas don't really care where they leave their infected urine.
The Troxler Effect is a really disturbing illusion that happens to people who look at themselves in the mirror. According to psychologists, if you stare for 10 minutes you start to fade out parts of your face. Many of the test subjects in their studies said that they either looked like their parents, unknown people, or outright monsters.
A Redditor posted a pretty in-depth analysis regarding a factoid about how the average person walking past murderers. The rate of homicides worldwide is 6.6 per 100,000 people. They said that if someone walks by 10 new people a day for a year for 71 years in a city with 260,000 people. Then they will walk past 16 murderers in their lifetime.
Everyone is scared of the great white when they go to the beach but don't think twice when they get a candy bar during break. The chances of a fatal shark attack in the US is 1 in 250 million, while the chance of a vending machine tipping over and killing you is half that at 1 in 112 million. It's a great example of conditional risk, and a good reason to be patient if your chips get stuck there.
7. There Are A Bunch Of Pirate Attacks You Don't Know About
Yeah, that one hijacking got books, a Tom Hanks movie, and a lot of awards. Did you know that's just a drop in a bucket and there have been hundreds of undocumented modern piracy attacks happening all over the oceans? And it's not cheap: companies are losing billions of dollars, but they'd rather risk their crews than have PR disasters or have their insurance skyrocket.
When you hear these snakes' tail you know that you're in the danger zone. Things might get scarier thanks to evolution. A genetic mutation in some South Dakotan rattlesnakes had them lose their distinct rattle. And the worst part is, they survived longer than regular rattlesnakes, so these might become the dominant ones in the end.
Julijonas Urbonas of the Royal College of Arts in London designed a macabre amusement ride. It was made specifically to kill whoever was riding it. In fact, it is literally called the Euthanasia Coaster. The death machine is engineered to end your life humanely in "elegance and euphoria" from a giant lift and seven loops.
If you think about it, it makes sense. We are taught to clean the nastiness from our toilet, but we forget about how much germs are on our mouse or coming from the food we ate at the desk. Your keyboard alone has 70 percent more bacteria than your toilet seat!
For 15 years during the Cold War, the US launch codes for the bombs that would end life on the planet were easier than the one on your phone. When they added an additional secret security lock to the nukes, it was still pretty easy to get through. Everyone knew the combination number — it was 00000000.
China had a series of deadly attacks made by hornets that are one and a half inches long in size. Not only were their stings venomous, they could melt away your skin. During their attack, more than 40 died and 1000 were injured.
The news has plenty of reports of product recalls, but you still buy ground beef and chicken. But when Consumer Reports put regular supermarket ground beef under testing, the results were scary. All contained bacteria that could cause food poisoning and 18 percent had antibiotic-resistant bacteria.