50 Dark Facts You Probably Never Knew

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26Menephta

In 1300 B.C., when Egyptian king Menephta defeated the Libyans, he brought back with him six thousand penises he had chopped off from the opposing soldiers, to prove of his triumph.


27. Cat burning was a form of entertainment in France prior to the 1800s. In this form of entertainment, people would gather dozens of cats in a net and hoist them high into the air from a special bundle onto a bonfire causing death through the combustion, or effects of exposure to extreme heat.


28. The Ancient Romans used a mixture of mouse brains and sodium bicarbonate to make a dough-like substance that would be used as toothpaste.


29. Fox tossing was a favorite pastime of the 18th-century aristocrats. A couple would stand apart, with a length of cloth between them, and wait for a fox to be herded between them. At the right moment, they would pull the cloth tight, hurling the fox skyward. Whoever sent the fox highest, won.


30. There was a practice called posthumous execution where a dead body was mutilated as punishment. It was performed to show that even in death, one cannot escape justice. Vlad the Impaler was beheaded following his assassination, Rasputin was exhumed from the ground and burned with gasoline.


31Taiping Rebellion

At least 20 million people died in the Taiping Rebellion in China in the 1800s, led by a man who claimed to be the brother of Jesus, and who attempted to impose a theocracy based on his interpretation of Christianity.


32. The youngest known serial killer ever is Amardeep Sada who killed 3 young children at the age of 8, including his neighbor's baby whom he bludgeoned with a brick.


33. Nike's inspiration for their slogan "Just do it." came from a man who was about to get executed, and his final words to the firing squad was "let's do it!"


34. The “Harrying of the North” was a series of campaigns by William the Conqueror in Northern England, in which farms were destroyed after rebels refused to fight him in open battle. It killed around 4.5% of England's population through starvation and is considered by some scholars to be genocide.


35. Mary Mallon also known as Typhoid Mary was an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever. She worked as a cook and presumed to have infected 51 people, of whom three died. She refused to believe she carried the disease. Years after her first quarantine, she changed her name went back to being a cook. She spent the last 23 years of her life in forced isolation because of her refusal to stay out of kitchens.


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36Amazon men

Men living in the Amazon will urinate into their own hands when underwater in fear of the tiny Candiru fish. If it detects the scent of urine, it will swim upstream into the urethra to leach blood.


37. Edward VIII, King of the United Kingdom in 1936, was a Nazi sympathizer and later argued that bombing England could bring peace by ending World War 2.


38. “The Four Pests Campaign” (also known as the Kill a Sparrow Campaign) at the beginning of Mao Zedong’s “The Great Leap Forward” was an effort to exterminate mosquitoes, flies, rats, and sparrows. Without sparrows, locusts overpopulated and created a famine that killed 20-45 million Chinese.


39. In the 1920s, a famine struck Russia and forced people to eat raw seeds, grass, dirt, dogs, cats, and leather horse harnesses. At its peak, people ate and sold human body parts as meat. Despite reports of cannibalism, the police took no action as it was deemed a legitimate method of survival.


40. Eskimo mothers will suck the snot out of their babies' noses if they have a cold.


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41Amado Carrillo Fuentes

Amado Carrillo Fuentes, who is believed to be the richest drug lord of all time died while getting plastic surgery to alter his appearance. The two surgeons that performed the procedure were later found dead, encased in concrete inside steel drums, with their bodies showing signs of torture.


42. An Orca killed a Great White Shark near California’s Farallon Islands in 2000. The smell of the dead shark's carcass caused all nearby great whites to vanish. A great white with a satellite tag in the area was seen to immediately dive to a depth of 500 meters and then swam to Hawaii.


43. A British bomb detection dog named Theo died from stress a few hours after seeing his handler get shot. The pair had set a record for bomb detection, and the dog was posthumously awarded an honor equivalent to the Victoria Cross.


44. Have you ever thought about how whales and dolphins die? When they get too old and weak to swim to the surface to breathe, they start sinking into the cold, dark depths of the ocean and suffocate.


45. The TSA didn’t catch 95% of guns and other paraphernalia going through airports during a government-run experiment.


46Dogs

It is theorized that dogs like squeaky toys because it mimics the sound of their screaming, dying prey.


47. French wild hamsters have been increasingly resorting to cannibalism. The reason for this is the lack of niacin in their diet stemming from fields that used to be planted with varied crops that are now just growing corn. Also if you feed your hamster a primarily corn-based diet, it will cannibalize its babies.


48. The youngest person ever to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia was just 6 years old. She died at the age of 21.


49. Soap mummies or “corpse wax” forms when bodies are interred in warm, wet, and alkaline environments such as catacombs, swamps, and even some shipwrecks.


50. There is a part of Mount Everest known as the Rainbow Valley. It is named not because there are rainbows there, but because of the brightly-colored jackets on the frozen corpses that litter the valley.

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