As Maggie Simpson once said: This is indeed a disturbing universe. For proof, look no further than the Reddit thread asking the quite simple question: ‘What’s a Deeply Unsettling Fact?’
The full thread can be found here, but below are some disturbing highlights.
The 1961 atomic bombing accident of North Carolina. “The US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima.
Two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped over Goldsboro, North Carolina on the 23rd of January 1961. The bombs fell to earth after a B-52 bomber broke up in mid-air, and one of the devices behaved precisely as a nuclear weapon was designed to behave in warfare: its parachute opened, its trigger mechanisms engaged, and only ONE low-voltage switch prevented untold carnage.
Of the four safety mechanisms designed to prevent unintended detonation, three failed to operate properly. When the bomb hit the ground, a firing signal was sent to the nuclear core of the device, and it was only that final, highly vulnerable switch that averted calamity.”
I get goosebumps everytime I read about it.
The entire Universe outside our galaxy could have completely disappeared over 20,000 years ago and we still wouldn’t know it yet. Our view of the Universe is actually what it looked like anywhere from thousands to Billions of years ago -with no way to see what it actually looks like “right now”. Imagine if you looked out your front window and saw your yard as it was 6 months ago, neighbors house across the street a year ago, and houses a block or two away as they were several years ago. Also off in the distance you see the glaciers from the last ice age. That’s what it’s like looking out at the Universe.
In 1983, the world came closest to a full scale nuclear war between Russia and the US.
Back then, Russia’s nuclear early-warning system reported that a missile had been launched from the United States, followed by up to five more. Stanislav Petrov, the duty officer at the command center at that time, was tasked with observing the satellite early warning network and notifying his superiors of any impending nuclear missile attack against the Soviet Union. If notification was received from the early warning systems that inbound missiles had been detected, the Soviet Union’s strategy was an immediate and compulsory nuclear counter-attack against the United States.
Petrov dismissed the warning as a false alarm. He deduced that a first-strike nuclear attack by the United States was likely to involve hundreds of simultaneous missile launches in order to disable any Soviet means of a counterattack. His suspicion was confirmed when no missiles arrived at the proposed time of impact.
Later, it was determined that the false alarms were caused by a rare alignment of sunlight on high-altitude clouds and the satellites’ Molniya orbits, an error later corrected by cross-referencing a geostationary satellite.
So the only reason why civilization as we know it didn’t cease to exist in 1983 was the level-headed behavior of a single man.
There are at least 8 nuclear weapons that are known to be missing
This site, including sources for all the data, indicates there are 92 known lost nukes in 15 separate incidents (as of 2011).
One day someone will mention you for the last time, then no one will ever mention you again, no one will remember you.
Everyday, one person takes the biggest shit in the world and doesn’t even know it.
Your bones are wet
60% of the UK population feels like no one really loves them
If you are a certain distance from a nuclear explosion, you won’t be killed immediately but instead, you’ll get third degree burns throughout your entire body. This kills your nerves so fast that it’s completely painless.
Hospitals in America sometimes charge over thirty dollars for a dose of ibuprofen.
According to a recent Furtwangen study, your kitchen sponge is as clean as turd
“Resistance to antibiotics is growing at such an alarming rate that they risk losing effectiveness entirely meaning medical procedures such as caesarean sections, joint replacements and chemotherapy could soon become too dangerous to perform. Unless urgent action is taken, drug resistant infections will kill 10 million people a year by 2050, more than cancer kills currently, the report’s authors warn.” https://www.google.com/amp/www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/antibiotics-will-soon-stop-working-and-make-chemotherapy-too-dangerous-to-be-performed-major-report-a7036776.html%3famp
Edit: Original Report by Jim O’Neill https://amr-review.org/sites/default/files/160525_Final%20paper_with%20cover.pdf
We are alive at what the overwhelmingly vast majority of the universe will know as the “extremely distant past” - 13 billion years into something that could very well make a trillion years look like the blink of an eye. If the Universe was a download, it would be another 80 billion years before we get to 1% of the amount of time it takes a very small star to go through its hydrogen.
Yep. You and I are alive at the beginning. Not the middle, not the end. We are the bacteria.
Jack and Jill was the last movie someone saw before their death.
I wouldn’t call it deeply unsettling, but I’m disturbed by the fact that I only get a small amount of time to do stuff I think is worthwhile and figure out how this ant farm we live in works but every day I have to lie down and step outside existence for 6-8 hours.
The world keeps going, I keep getting older, and yes, my brain is still processing things while I sleep, but I feel that it is a massive waste of time. If I don’t sleep then my mental and physical health start to decline. The process of falling asleep and waking up also disturbs the project or train of thought that was underway during the day requiring even more time to get back on track.
Meanwhile dolphins are out there staying up 24/7 which is why they are smarter than us and will be leaving the planet first.
The majority of modern pop hits are created by the same two men. Clever but also quite unsettling. Everything is facade, a lot of the popular pop artists don’t even write their own songs, and artists such as chainsmokers use the same technique for every single song because it’s addicting. Two guys rule mainstream music because they figured out a way to create catchy music and sell it to artists who perform it.
For those of you with children, you only have about 1000 weekends with them before they are adults.
Well that makes it sound much more manageable.
So, yeah, I think we can agree: all pretty disturbing stuff. Damming proof that the world we live in is a deranged horror show. Surely it doesn’t get much more disturbing that tha—…
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