12 Deeply Disturbing Facts We Really Wish Weren’t True

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Vote up the unfun facts that majorly bum you out.

Sometimes, learning is fun. Other times, not so much. It's not that disturbing facts aren't interesting - what's more fascinating than a whale who communicates on a different frequency than any other whale known to man? Maybe the time the CIA shut down a rebellion by faking evidence of vampires? Or that your body has a sixth sense when it receives the wrong blood type? These creepy facts will definitely captivate anyone with a morbid curiosity - we just kind of wish they weren't actually true.

From Bayer knowingly selling a medication containing HIV-infected human blood to bees ganging up on hornets and burning them alive, read on for facts that are likely to shock, perplex, and disturb you while making you question if you have ever really known this weird, wonderful, and oftentimes scary world. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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    In The ’80s, Bayer Knowingly Sold A Medication Made Of Human Blood That Carried A Risk Of HIV

    In recent years, many pharmaceutical companies have come under fire for their past questionable actions, including Bayer. According to numerous medical professionals and medication recipients, Bayer knowingly sold a blood-clotting medicine made with human blood that carried a risk of HIV

    During the mid-1980s, Bayer allegedly sold millions of dollars' worth of the medication, Factor VIII concentrate, in Asia and Latin America, which caused thousands of people to contract HIV. This medicine was made from pooled plasma donations from approximately 10,000 people.

    At the time, scientific technology was less advanced, so these blood donations couldn't be tested for HIV, resulting in thousands of hemophiliacs becoming infected. The company continued selling the product after warnings from the CDC about blood products causing increased AIDS cases in hemophiliacs.

    Perhaps the most alarming part is Bayer sold a new, safer version of its blood-clotting medicine to the US and other Western countries, leading some to accuse the company of ethnic discrimination. When doctors noticed the increase in HIV cases amongst hemophiliacs in Hong Kong and questioned the older version of the medication, Bayer assured its distributor there was "no severe hazard" to using the medication, calling it the "same fine product we have supplied for years."  

    Bayer defended its decision to sell the older medication in certain countries, saying some customers doubted the efficacy of the new version and certain foreign markets were slow to approve it.

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    During WWII, Japan Bombed China With Plague-Infected Fleas

    Many cruelties committed during WWII have had far-reaching effects on people across the globe. One lesser-known disturbing act was committed by a once-secret scientific team known as Unit 731. This team acted on behalf of the Japanese government and, alongside the Japanese army, is believed to have bombed Ningbo, China, with plague-infected fleas in 1940.

    The Japanese reportedly assaulted China as part of a trial of germ warfare. Bacteriologists say the fleas carried a highly virulent, artificially created strain of the bubonic plague, which took the lives of approximately 109 people. 

    In addition to the loss of life, the experiment's lingering effects are still felt by the people of Ningbo. Eight decades later, the pathogens released by the germ bombs continue to return. Not only do some inhabitants still fear a fresh outbreak of the disease, but they have to demolish properties suspected of being infected.

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    Some Tumors Can Grow Teeth And Hair

    Many strange discoveries have shocked and perplexed scientists and doctors alike in the medical world. One particularly unsettling medical phenomenon is the teratoma. 

    A teratoma is a rare germ cell tumor that can contain immature or fully formed tissues. This means these tumors can grow teeth and hair, with some even able to grow eyes, bone, and muscle. 

    These tumors can be cancerous and non-cancerous and form in newborns, children, and adults, and they are most common in females. Teratomas are usually found in the testicles, ovaries, and tailbone, but they can grow in other body parts.

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    ‘The Loneliest Whale In The World’ Communicates On A Different Frequency Than All Other Whales

    In 1992, during a top-secret US naval program, the Navy picked up on a strange sound coming in at a 52-hertz frequency. After further investigation to try and uncover what was making this noise, they discovered it was a single whale in the middle of the ocean. Nicknamed "52 Hertz," this whale communicates at a different frequency than any other known whale species. Some scientists believe it may be a hybrid of a fin whale (around 20-hertz frequency) and a blue whale (typically 15 to 20-hertz frequency).

    Unfortunately, this whale is the only one found by scientists thus far, which has led many to believe he is the only one of his kind. Even though the 52-hertz whale is biologically similar to other whales, his frequency is completely different, so other whales cannot understand him, even though they can technically hear him.

    Often when he has been spotted over the years, he has been alone, and some have dubbed him "the loneliest whale in the world." While his story has evoked an outpouring of human sympathy, scientists have mixed opinions on whether or not whales are capable of feeling loneliness.

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    If You’re Given A Transfusion Of The Wrong Type Of Blood, You May Experience An ‘Impending Sense Of Doom’

    A blood transfusion helps replace the blood a person loses during surgery or when they have suffered a serious injury. Although blood transfusions are nothing short of a miraculous invention that routinely saves lives, they can also place a person’s life in jeopardy. 

    A transfusion of the wrong blood type can cause death, and commonly, people have reported feeling a “sense of impending doom.” Technically, this sense of doom is known as an acute hemolytic transfusion reaction. It usually occurs within the first 24 hours of a transfusion and often during it. 

    This sense of doom allows people and doctors to know the patient has been given the wrong blood type. Often, this sense of doom is accompanied by a burning sensation at the site of transfusion, fever, back pain, and chills.

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    In Ancient Rome, The Punishment For Patricide Was Being Sewn Into A Sack With Live Animals And Thrown Into The River

    Ancient Rome is well known for its harsh and gruesome forms of punishment. Even so, not many are aware of the "Poena Cullei" punishment that directly translates to "penalty of the sack." This ancient punishment was reserved for offenses like parricidium, which is the killing of a close relative, sibling, or parent. 

    In 100 BCE, someone found guilty of such a offense would be placed into a sack with their feet weighted down by wooden clogs. The sack would then be sealed and the offender thrown in the river. However, this practice evolved during the early phase of the Roman Empire, and not in a fun way. 

    Criminals were later sewn into a leather sack with live animals and thrown into the river, where the animals might eventually feed on the person in the sack while they tried to escape (but couldn’t). Often, the animals added to a sack included roosters, snakes, monkeys, and dogs.

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