Every week, Graveyard Shift takes to the internet to learn new things that make our knees shake and blood run cold - then share these fascinating finds with our readers in one big scary list. It's a great opportunity to explore dark topics from behind the safety of the screen, and become educated about uncomfortable things that would otherwise be ignored or overlooked.
This week, discover strange medical practices, upsetting historical events, and weird aspects of nature, and don't forget to come back next week for even more curated creepy knowledge.
Cannibalism Was A Part Of The Plan
Some captives of Russia's gulags of the 1900s would make escape plans which included a "walking supply."
Because the gulags were often so far from civilization that any escape plan would have to include traveling for days or weeks across a barren landscape, this became a term for a convict included in the prison break for the sole purpose of being eaten when food was too scarce - they would, in effect, be walking meat.
In at least one instance, an escapee who carried out such a plan was even caught with the human flesh of the man he escaped with still in his bag.642Unsettling?
This Medicine Was Literally Toxic
There used to be a patented medicine called Radithor that consisted of actual radium dissolved in water. It's manufacturers claimed that it provided energy and treated impotence, and one of it's frequent buyers, an industrialist named Eben Byers, heavily endorsed its effects.
Unfortunately, his consumption of the product eventually cost him his life, as the radium weakened his bones and caused holes to appear in his skull.442Unsettling?
This Parasite Turns Spiders Into Its Personal Slaves
Posted by a former Redditor:
There are wasps that ‘zombify’ spiders to do their bidding. The wasp leaves its larvae on/in the spider, which then hijacks its host's brain, forcing it to build a web fit for the wasp baby’s cocoon. When finished, the mind-controlled spider patiently waits to be slain by its parasitic master.444Unsettling?
Just How Dangerous Is Football?
Posted by u/mymothersuedme:
Upon examination of the brains of 111 deceased NFL players, 110 of them were found to have Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) - a degenerative disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head.
[Editor's note: While the sheer number of affected persons is indeed alarming, it is also important to note that all brains were analyzed were donated by concerned family members who already suspected that their athlete loved one had some sort of brain damage.]384Unsettling?