31 Utterly Disturbing Facts You’ll Wish You Didn’t Know

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26James Marion Sims

James Marion Sims, a southern-born slaveholder, is credited as the “father of modern gynecology” but his research was conducted on enslaved black women without anesthesia. He performed 30 operations on a slave with no anesthesia to learn how to repair a tearing of the wall between the vagina and the anus after traumatic childbirth (fistula).

27. Certain breeds of dogs (Shih Tzus, Pugs, Boston Terriers) with shallow eye sockets are more likely to suffer from proptosis, i.e., eyeballs popping out of their socket and there's a special type of spoon to put them back in.

28. The lead singer of the black metal band “Mayhem” used to carry around a bag with a dead crow in it in order to huff it and have the stench of death in his nose before performing. While performing, Dead (the lead singer) would often cut himself with hunting knives and broken glass. Additionally, the band often had pig or sheep heads impaled on stakes and planted at the front of their stage. Later “Dead” committed suicide to complete his image and left a note saying “sorry for the blood, cheers”. A band member found him and before alerting police proceeded to take a photo of his friend’s dead body. This image was later used as their album cover.

29. The record for most children born to one mother is 69, to the wife of Feodor Vassilyev (1707-1782), a peasant from Shuya, Russia. In 27 labors, she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets over 40 years.

30. If sound could travel through space, the roar of the sun would be deafening even though it's 93 million miles away. The sun constantly produces a roar of 290 decibels. If space could carry sound it would still be 125 dB by the time it got to earth. It'd be like a jackhammer everywhere all the time.

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