We all live in our own little worlds, going through our day-to-day activities and errands without much thought behind it. It turns out that the world is chock full of facts that will rock your entire existence. Whether it be the real bodily effects of bacon or death by beard — these shocking truths will change your life.
Every dedicated beardsman knows that having a long, luscious beard is vital. A man named Hans Steininger took this extremely seriously, and in 1567 he tripped over his beard while attempting to escape a fire. His beard was around 4 feet in length — so you know this guy at least died a facial hair hero.
Some moments in history make no sense. This is one of them. The first lighter was invented in the year 1823 by a German chemist, while the first match was created in 1826 by an English chemist. The world is a backwards place.
Do you use enough hairspray to put the entire cast of Jersey Shore to shame? It turns out that this popular styling product is powerful and even contains some disturbing ingredients. Scientists discovered in 2008 that hairspray contains a brand new strain of bacteria never seen before. YIKES.
We've all enjoyed a few PB&J sandwiches in our day — but little did we know what was lurking in our favorite spread. The FDA has revealed that peanut butter may contain some disgusting additives. One pound of peanut butter can include up to 150 bug fragments and even 5 hairs from rodents. Even the creamy variety isn't safe.
Your bed most likely brings you comfort, joy, and hopefully some necessary shut-eye. Falling out of bed can not only disrupt your beauty sleep — it can take your life. Around 450 deaths in the United States each year are a result of falling out of bed, not to mention 1.8 million visits to the emergency room. Ouch.
It's no surprise that Russia gets super, super chilly. This comes with an abundance of snow and ice — usually in the form of gigantic icicles. Approximately 100 people are killed every single year by falling icicles in Russia, with endless other people injured annually. Getting impaled by an icicle is never the way to go.
The workplace seems clean enough, but studies have proven bacteria are running rampant as you type away. The average office desk is found to have 400 times more bacteria than a toilet — making hand sanitizer seem so much more important. Fecal matter is not a co-worker you want to have.
As human beings, we obviously feel superior to even the largest swarm of insects. Despite our prowess when it comes to dominating the planet, it turns out that for every one person on Earth there are 1.6 million ants. This is one statistic that is bound to make anyone feel slightly insignificant.
32. The Air Quality Of A Subway Station Is Downright Awful
I wouldn't breathe in too deeply the next time you visit the tourist hotspot of Grand Central Station. A study has found that 15% of the air you breathe in at any given subway station is composed of human skin. Not exactly what you had in mind while taking in the bright lights of the big city.
31. You Can Fit Comfortably In A Blue Whale's Heart
As if the vast depth of the ocean didn't terrify you enough, the blue whale's heart is large enough for you to sit in. This massive organ is around 5 feet fall, 4 feet wide, and 5 feet long, weighing around 400 pounds. So like the size of a smaller golf cart. It's a no from me.
We all pretty much grew up on Sesame Street, and there isn't a thing you could tell us about Bert or Ernie that we don't already know. The Cookie Monster was always a fan-favorite, and it probably has a lot to do with his relatable urge to consume endless. sweet calories. Before he became obsessed with his favorite dessert, this monster's name was actually Sid. Childhood officially ruined.
As one of the largest mammals on the planet, hippos are obviously unique — including the milk females produce. Mother hippos produce milk that is distinctly pink, and the science behind it makes total sense. A white acid and a red acid combine to protect a hippo's skin from the sun, thus creating this striking, pink milk.
We have been forever misinformed about one of our favorite fruits. Strawberries are not classified as a berry — but bananas, grapes, and oranges are. How could this possibly be? A berry has to have three distinct layers, including an outer shell, a soft middle, and a core where the seeds can be found. Strawberries don't find this mold.
Vending machines are snack portal sent from the gods, but they can be deadly. Statistics prove you are twice as likely to get killed by a vending machine than a shark attack, meaning your sweet tooth can have some serious consequences. Those glorious Oreos are well-worth the risk.
No, we aren't talking about that slightly-creepy cartoon popularized in the '90s. Despite the ridiculousness of these pajama-wearing bananas, the creators of this cartoon were certainly on to something. Scientists have determined that we share 50% of our DNA with this popular fruit.
Ancient Rome was a place of somewhat controversial health practices. One of the most disturbing is the fact that they used urine as a teeth-whitening mouthwash. Although utterly disgusting, the ammonia in urine helped to remove stains and reveal a positively radiant smile. Human waste never seemed so useful.
Do you salivate at merely the thought of some fried bacon? You're not alone, and this reaction is undoubtedly justified. Scientific studies have proven that eating bacon affects your brain the same way as cocaine or heroin, by activating pleasure centers in the brain. Your bacon addiction is certainly not all in your head.
Winnie the Pooh's favorite food has some serious selling-power. Honey never goes bad, so don't be quick to throw away that jar from 1993 that's been collecting dust. The secret is the organic compounds it contains protect it from spoiling.
Forrest Gump may have went a little overboard, but his cross-country stunt is just a fraction of the walking you do throughout your entire life. The average person walks the length of three times around the world during their entire life. That's some serious cardio.
The human body is astounding — and the way all of the parts come together to form a person is amazing enough. Bones are an integral part of our infrastructure, and 25% of them can be found in your feet. Stubbing your toe is not only extremely painful, but dangerous as well.
It's no secret that snapping a million selfies has become commonplace. We live on the internet — you are reading this from the internet. To put this into perspective, every two minutes we snap more photos than all human beings alive in the 19th century. The rise of technology never looked so good.
Nothing is more annoying than being bitten to no avail by mosquitoes during the summer. The even more sinister fact behind these pesky bugs is that more people have died due to mosquitoes than all of the wars throughout history. *applies bug spray vigorously*
The sloth has taken over the internet in recent years. They are insanely relatable, moving super slow and wanting to sleep whenever the chance arises. Many don't know they often mistake their arms for tree branches, which can result in a fall to their death. Day. Ruined.
13. Twitter Is Basically The Longest Novel Ever Written
Social media has taken over, so much so that we hardly communicate any other way. If you combine all of the Tweets written every single day they would complete a novel of 10 million pages. Our Twitter fingers show no signs of slowing down.
Sultry mugshots aren't the only benefits that attractive criminals receive. A study has shown that less attractive prisoners receive on average a 50% longer sentence. Being a hot inmate definitely has its perks.
Everyone knows the importance of having a designated coffee mug at the office. One you can depend on to provide copious amounts of caffeine to get you through the day. Studies have shown that 20% of office mugs are covered in fecal bacteria. How's that for office comradery!
The 1965 "Slumber Party" Barbie was no stranger to restraining calories, and teaching girls everywhere how to starve. This Barbie came with a tiny book titled "How To Lose Weight," which literally stated "don't eat." Barbie knows nothing about being subtle.
As if you needed more reason to slather on bug spray or avoid the outdoors like the plague, malaria stats are beyond startling. Half of all of the humans who have ever lived have died from malaria. These mosquitoes are out for blood, my friends.
If you have ever seen a beach littered with cans and plastic waste, this doesn't even compare to what can be found in the water. For every square mile of ocean, there is around 46,000 pieces of garbage to be found. Finding Nemo has become "finding the next piece of trash."
Goats are known to go viral for their hilarious sounds, but their unique pupils are definitely not getting enough press. These animals have rectangular pupils, which help them to literally see 320-340 degrees of space at once. If you think a goat is eyeing you, it probably is.
The human body is always repairing and changing, and this includes generating new cells and particles. You replace every single particle in your body every seven years, making you a completely different person less than a decade ago. Apply this to past breakups as needed.
Whether it took you 16 minutes — approximately a thousand seconds — to get through this list, or you needed to take a break from the madness every couple of slides, never fear. You now know way too much, such as the fact that 8.95% of the ocean still remains unexplored. No big deal.