25 Disturbing Facts You Won’t Believe Are Real

Posted by , Updated on November 12, 2021

Ever heard a simple fact and it creeped you out to no end? Sometimes all it takes is one simple truth to send a shiver down your spine and give you goosebumps. It might be something that sounds unbelievable, inexplicable, or weird, and once it sets in, you wont stop thinking about it for days. These creepy facts can even have a way of changing your worldview, but that might not be a positive thing. Ready to lose a little sleep and look over your shoulder a little more? Here are 25 Disturbing Facts You Won’t Believe Are Real.

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In the Brothers Grimm Cinderella, the step-sisters cut off their toe and heel to fit into the shoe, but when that doesn't work, they try to go to Cinderella's wedding only to have their eyes plucked out by birds.

cinderellaSource: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/12/the-real-story-behind-eve_n_4239730.html

William Suff, also known as The Riverside Prostitute Killer, liked to cook at chili cook offs. At one competition, he used the breast milk of one of his victims and won the "Riverside County Employee Chili Cookoff."

chiliSource: http://murderpedia.org/male.S/s/suff-william.htm

The last photo of John Lennon was with his killer Mark David Chapman. Chapman killed Lennon five hours after the photo was taken.

john lennonSource: http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2015/12/nj_man_who_took_last_photo_of_john_lennon_recalls.html

A study found that both men and women make lots of friends until the age of 25 and then it rapidly declines for the rest of their lives.

friendsSource: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4852646/

Scientists have observed dolphins chewing on pufferfish, passing them around, and getting high off of it, acting in peculiar ways.

dolphinsSource: https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/dolphins-getting-high-fish-toxin-or-just-load-puff-n3691

Since 1989, 354 people were exonerated thanks to DNA evidence. Of the 354, 39 plead guilty to crimes they didn't commit and 20 served time on death row.

prisonSource: https://www.innocenceproject.org/dna-exonerations-in-the-united-states/

Sir Robert Chesebrough, the creator of Vaseline, ate a spoonful of the stuff everyday of his life. He lived to be 96 years old. But, today, Vaseline claims its product is for topical use only.

vaselineSource: http://www.vaseline.ca/en/article/vaselinestory.html, http://www.vaseline.us/is-vaseline-bad-for-you.html

80% of sexually active people will get an HPV infection at some point in their lifetime. HPV is the cause of 31,500 cases of cancer each year.

coupleSource: http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/stdsstis/statistics/

The 100 trillion bacteria that help you digest food in your intestines will eventually eat you when you die.

intestineSource: https://www.popsci.com/article/science/gut-microbes-take-over-your-body-when-you-die

Researchers at Harvard admitted that a 19th century French book titled "On the Destiny of the Soul" sitting on the shelves of the university library was bound in human skin.

bookSource: https://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/05/harvard-confirms-book-is-bound-in-human-skin/

Based on a study of more than 6,000 people, researchers found that 1 in 3 men don't wash their hands after using the bathroom.

wash handsSource: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/20823288/ns/health-infectious_diseases/t/men-dont-wash-after-bathroom-visit/

A survey of a pilots union found that 56% of pilots had fallen asleep at one point or another while flying a plane. Of those pilots, 29% woke up to find their co-pilot sleeping, too.

airline pilotsSource: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-24296544

Your favorite smell of freshly cut grass is a chemical distress signal to other insects to rescue them. When caterpillars eat grass, the same chemical is released to attract predators to get rid of the caterpillars.

mowed grassSource: https://io9.gizmodo.com/5623112/the-smell-of-freshly-cut-grass-is-actually-a-plant-distress-call

From 2011 to 2015, there were four individually reported cases across the United States of people cooking meth in a Wal-mart.

walmartSource: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/03/16/meth_labs_in_walmart_pretty_common.html

A 2017 report by The New Yorker suggested that there are 2,000 active serial killers in the United States.

edmund kemperSource: http://www.newsweek.com/serial-killers-united-states-how-many-718232

Curious to learn more about creepy serial killers? Check out these 25 Creepiest Serial Killers That Shocked Society.


Built in 1564, a statue of a man eating babies sits in the city of Bern, Switzerland, and no one knows who built it or why.

bern statueSource: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/child-eater-bern

A cockroach can survive a full week without its head. It only dies because without a mouth, it can't drink and thus dies of thirst.

cockroachSource: https://www.pestworld.org/news-hub/pest-articles/fascinating-cockroach-facts/

When Dr. Paul Grabb in Colorado Springs, Colorado, removed a brain tumor from a newborn baby, he discovered the tumor contained a perfectly formed foot.

sleeping babySource: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1097100/Doctor-removes-perfectly-formed-FOOT-growing-inside-babys-brain.html

In France, you can legally marry a dead person. Posthumous Matrimony requires the approval of the President and Justice Minister, however.

marriageSource: http://mentalfloss.com/article/53829/can-you-legally-marry-dead-person

In Japan, death row inmates aren't given a date when they will be executed. They're only given a two-hour notice.

execution chamberSource: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/12/japanese-secret-executions/356066/

If you stare at yourself in the mirror for longer than 10 minutes, your face will begin to warp, bend, and look generally terrifying. The phenomena is known as the Troxler Effect.

girl mirrorSource: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/making-sense-chaos/201408/monsters-in-the-mirror-no-really-literal-monsters

In very rare cases, women can give birth to their baby while in the grave. It's called postmortem fetal extrusion or "coffin birth."

coffin birthSource: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2017/04/03/the-coffin-birth-of-liguria-the-science-behind-a-sad-story/#.WrkM6pPwbVo

A missing chapter from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" had two greedy little boys named Tommy and Wilbur crushed into fudge.

wonkaSource: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2738218/Willy-Wonka-chapter-missing-50-years-reveals-grisly-end-greedy-boys-disappear-fudge-cutting-room.html

According to UNICEF, a child under the age of five dies of hunger ever 3.6 seconds.

starving childSource: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/every-three-seconds-hunger_n_5941722.html

Noted dentists Alfred P. Southwick discovered and invented the electric chair in 1881, believing it a humane and quick way to execute criminals.

electric chairSource: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11806253

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