Harsh Reality: 35 Dark and Gritty Facts to Know

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26Russian famine

Russian famine

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.

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

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

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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.

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

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

34. 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.

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

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