25 Terrifying Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About

21Harlequin Ichthyosis

Harlequin Ichthyosis is an extremely rare fetal disease. Newborns affected by it have no chance of survival past a day or so out of the womb. They are born with a criss-cross web of red gashes across the whole body and pieces of plate-like scales in between that is actually malformed skin. Also, their eyes are typically solid red masses that bulge outside of the skull.

22Guinea worms

You can pick up Guinea worms by walking around barefoot in stagnant water. They grow to size in your abdomen and then move their way around your body until it feels like they are slowly burrowing through your skin. They then emerge through a blister in the skin about a year after the infection. Then worm then is removed over the course of a few weeks by rolling it over a stick. They can grow up to a meter long.


Candiru is a parasitic fish native to the Amazon which the natives believe has the tendency to invade and parasitize the human urethras, where it will stay until surgically removed.

24Sudden Adult Death Syndrome

Sudden unexpected death syndrome refers to death in which the heart of a seemingly healthy adult just stops for no reason. It mostly affects young men from select Southeast Asian countries.


Leishmaniasis is a disease that is caused by a parasite that is spread by the bite of a certain type of sandfly. There are different forms, but the most virulent form can literally cause a giant hole to develop in your face, but only after it turns all of your cells mucillagenous, which is as gross and painful as it sounds.


  1. What if the second and third puzzles were to distract people from finding more information about the first, and thus finding out what the first puzzle was actually for…


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