Nightmare Fuel: 18 Terrifying Facts to Keep You Up at Night

1Charles Domery

Charles Domery

Charles Domery was a Polish soldier of normal build who is noted for his unusually large appetite. He surrendered to the French for food, ate 174 cats in 1 year, often ate 4-5 pounds of grass a day, and after a fellow sailor’s leg was severed, he began to eat it. The prison gave him 10x the rations, but he still ate rats, cats and candles to quench his appetite.


2APEN

APEN

There exists a secret group of investigators named Aerial Phenomena Enquiry Network who specialize in the field of UFOs who regularly contact researchers via letter and cassette tape offering pieces of information, yet never supply contact details. They were active from 1974 to 1990s. They have brought a number of UFO incidents to the notice of the general public when the information was only available to the government.


3Alien hand syndrome

Alien hand syndrome

Alien hand syndrome is a rare neurological disorder, in which one hand functions involuntarily, often in direct conflict with the other hand, with the victim completely unaware of its actions. People affected by it can pick things up, throw them and even attempt to strangulate themselves, having to use the controllable hand to restrain the alien hand. There is no known cure for the alien hand syndrome.


4Andrei Chikatilo

Andrei Chikatilo

Andrei Chikatilo was a Soviet serial killer who killed at least 52 women and children from 1978-1990. In the process of trying to catch him, Soviet police solved more than 1000 unrelated crimes, including 95 murders and 245 rapes. The first time he was captured he was released from custody because his semen type was different from his blood type, which is extremely rare. He even helped police with the investigation at that point. When he was executed, he exclaimed “Don’t blow my brains out! The Japanese want to buy them!”


5Tarrare

Tarrare

Tarrare was a slender French man who lived in the 1700s. He had a bizarrely insatiable appetite which could never be satisfied. He would regularly eat a meal intended for 15 people in one sitting and under medical observation ate cats, snakes, lizards, puppies and an entire eel without chewing. He would scavenge for offal in gutters, rubbish heaps and outside butchers' shops, and attempted to drink the blood of other patients in the hospital and to eat the corpses in the hospital morgue. He was even suspected of eating a toddler.


6Teratoma

Teratoma

Teratoma, Greek for monster, is a very rare type of tumor that humans can develop which is capable of producing hair, teeth, bone and complex organs such as eyes and brain-matter, eyeballs, hands, feet and in rare cases it even develops an internal cyst containing a structure that resembles a fetus.


7Big Lurch

Big Lurch

In 2002, Antron Singleton a.k.a rapper “Big Lurch” murdered his girlfriend. He was found naked in the street staring at the sky after having cut his girlfriend's lungs out and chewing on them while on PCP.


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8Bobby Dunbar

Bobby Dunbar

In 1912, a 4-year-old boy named Bobby Dunbar mysteriously disappeared. After an 8-month search, investigators believed that they had him in Mississippi with a woman named Julia Anderson who claimed to be his mother and called him Bruce Anderson, but courts favored the Dunbar Family. He lived as Bobby Dunbar and died in 1966. In 2004, DNA tests concluded he was not a Dunbar.


9Charles Bonnet syndrome

Charles Bonnet syndrome

Charles Bonnet syndrome causes vivid hallucinations, but not due to mental illness. As many as one-third of the people who lose their vision can suffer vivid and cartoonish hallucinations. The brain fills in with what it has seen before as the eyes deteriorate. People rarely report them because they're afraid they are losing their mind.


10Clinical lycanthropy

Clinical lycanthropy

Clinical lycanthropy is a rare psychiatric syndrome which causes the person affected by it to believe that they can or have already shapeshifted into a non-human animal. Patients behave in a manner that resembles animal behavior, for example howling, growling, or crawling.

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