These Facts Will Make You Want to Cry

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Did you know that the cute fuzzy koalas are on the verge of extinction? Or that the eye is connected to the immune system or that gay Holocaust survivors were treated like dirt? These facts just make you want to tear up.


1. Your Brain Can Forget How to Breathe

You can die from Alzheimer’s by means of your brain forgetting how to chew, swallow, breathe, etc. [PrettyBigChief]


2. Koalas are Facing Extinction

In some parts of Australia 90% of koalas are suffering with chlamydia which is threatening extinction of the species unless a vaccine is developed or massive koala culling happens 🙁 [NZT-48Rules]


3. Your Injured Eye Can Kill You

The outside of your eye prevents your immune system from ever knowing about the inside of your eye. If a puncture allows the two to meet, your immune system may attack and destroy your eye as an invader. [Chairboy]

additional not-so-fun fact: if you get a penetrating injury to one eye, your immune system can also start attacking your other, intact eye. [michmochw]


4. The Killing of Timothy King

When 11 year old Timothy King disappeared during the Orange County Killings, his mother pled by newspaper for the killer to release him, and stated she would feed Timothy his favorite meal of Kentucky Fried Chicken when he came home. [primrosepath969]

His body was found later and postmortem showed the last thing Timothy ate was fried chicken. [primrosepath969]


5. Brain Aneurysms

The existence of brain anuerysms. Death in an instant with no cause or build up. One minute you’re here, healthy as a horse. The next, poof. [kleptomaniac7]


6. The State of Women in South Africa 

A female born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped in her lifetime than learning how to read. [MOGGEv2]


7. Wasps are Evil

Figs are pollinated by wasps. When the eggs inside of the fruit hatches all of the wasps are female except for one. They all mate with their one brother and leave to go lay their eggs in more figs, leaving their brother to die inside the fruit it was born in. [xyloshan]


8. Tokyo Bombings Were Worse Than Hiroshima and Nagasaki 

Thinking World War 2, we remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs.

Bombing of Tokyo was even worse.

“An aerial armada of 334 B-29 bombers took off from newly established bases in the Mariana Islands, bound for Tokyo. In the space of a few hours, they dropped 1,667 tons of napalm-filled incendiary bombs on the Japanese capital, killing more than 100,000 people in a single strike, and injuring several times that number. It was the highest death toll of any air raid during the war, including Hiroshima and Nagasaki. By comparison, the bombing of Dresden a month earlier had resulted in around 25,000 deaths.” [tupungato]


9. The Smell of Freshly Cut Grass is Murder

The wondrous smell you get while cutting grass is actually a chemical distress signal, you’re smelling the silent screams of your lawn. [cdgallahue]

 It is a clever defense mechanism. Herbivores eat the grass, and it releases a smell. Predators catch a whiff and eventually associate the smell with food. [Nukethepandas]


10. There are Almost 30 Million Persons in the Slave Industry

The United Nations estimates that roughly 27 million to 30 million individuals are currently caught in the slave trade industry. India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, the Congo, Myanmar, and Bangladesh lead the way, but slavery also exists on a smaller scale in advanced democratic nations.  Source. [wjbc]


11. Nazis Gassed the Disabled 

The first people the Nazi’s gassed were the disabled and mentally ill, not the Jews. They were family members of normal Germans who were at mental hospitals. The families would get a letter that their family member was being transferred then about 6 weeks later they would get a letter saying that they had a heart attack or something and died. It got to the point where it became common knowledge that the transfer letter was advance notification that their loved one had been killed. [therock21]


12. Paralysis Cuts Your Life Short

The more paralyzed you are, the more years cut from your life.

I was paralyzed at 12 – my life expectancy should be 25yrs if paralyzed at 20 (age doesn’t go lower in any statistics I’ve read).

Vent dependent? You’ve got 9yrs.

Should mention I know many who have blown those statistics out of the water. I’m in my 31st year paralyzed at age 43. I do expect to die early though. [Broken1985]


13. Gays Were Not Recognised as Nazi Victims

”Homosexual concentration camp prisoners were not acknowledged as victims of Nazi persecution. Reparations and state pensions available to other groups were refused to gay men, who were still classified as criminals — the 1935 version of Paragraph 175 remained in force in West Germany until 1969 when the Bundestag voted to return to the pre-1935 version. Paragraph 175 was not repealed until 1994, although both East and West Germany liberalized their criminal laws against adult homosexuality in the late 1960s.

Holocaust survivors who were homosexual could be re-imprisoned for “repeat offences”, and were kept on the modern lists of “sex offenders”. Under the Allied Military Government of Germany, some homosexuals were forced to serve out their terms of imprisonment, regardless of the time spent in concentration camps.[15]”

Taken from the Wikipedia article Persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust since I’m lazy. [PuppyPlatypus]


14. The Lonely Whale

There is a whale called 52 Blue that only sings at their frequency meaning it can’t communicate with other whales. It is nicknamed the loneliest whale on the planet.

[roobopp]

 

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