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10 Creepy Facts We Learned This Week That Really Gave Us The Heebie Jeebies

Updated May 17, 2021 2.1k votes 250 voters 4.0k views10 items

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Here at Graveyard Shift, we specialize in all things creepy, which means even our "fun" facts are really freaky! Vote up the creepy facts you wish you could unlearn after taking the plunge and reading below, and don't say we didn't warn you!

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    Radiation River

    From 1949 to 1956, a nuclear plant in Russia (in incidents both intentional and unintentional) dumped 2.68 billion cubic feet of highly radioactive waste into the Techa River - without alerting the residents who relied on the river for drinking, cooking, bathing, and agriculture.

    Eventually, using water from the river for these purposes was banned, and many communities along its banks evacuated. But the largest village, Muslyumovo, remains there to this day, still suffering the radiation's side effects.

     

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    Charon's Obol

    It’s legal in the US for companies to sell or lease human bodies that have been “donated to science," and funeral homes earn a kickback for every “donation.” These bodies can be ordered whole or by the part (torsos, heads, limbs, etc.).

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    Is That A Banana In Your...

    Occasionally, during the banana slug mating process, the male member of one slug can become stuck in the female reproductive track of another. If it cannot be dislodged, the slugs will take turns trying to bite it off, and the recipient will eat it afterwards. 

    Note: Banana slugs are hermaphroditic, meaning each member of the species possesses both male and female reproductive organs, and this sticking issue can happen both ways.

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    Bomb Voyage

    Photo: Clem Rutter / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY 3.0

    There is a WWII-era shipwreck just a mile and half off UK shores which is estimated to be carrying around 1,400 tonnes of live explosives, including more than 2,500 cluster bombs with their fuses still intact.

    Authorities believe the safest course of action is to not interfere with it, so as not to set off the explosives by accident while clearing the area out.

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