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Historical Events You Should Never, Ever Google Image Search

List RulesVote up the events even your history teacher would rather you not Google.

While Google gives you everything you need at the click of a button, plenty of weird photos from history should stay out of your Google Image history. Disgusting historical photos, such as pictures from real-life crime scenes, still look just as horrifying as they did decades ago, and have no problem making a negative impression on your brain even centuries after the fact. Yet morbid curiosity often drives you to Google certain gross photos from history, just so you can confirm them with your own two, no longer innocent eyes. 

The creepy historical photos below come from a variety of past events, ranging from mass suicides to twisted experiments to holiday celebrations that didn't age well at all. When considering things to never Google, keep these items at the top of your list. Unless you never want to sleep, in which case, search away.

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    The Ed Gein Murders

    The Story: Ed Gein, the horrifying serial killer who inspired Psycho's Norman Bates and Silence of the Lambs's Buffalo Bill, only confessed to slaying two women, yet the true scope of his horror goes much further. When cops finally raided Gein's home, they found four severed noses, nine masks made of human skin, a bowl made from a skull, 10 severed female heads, skin covering several chair seats, a severed head in a paper bag, a severed head in a shoe box, skulls on bedposts, a belt made from severed nipples, a heart in a saucepan, human organs in the fridge, and salted pieces of genitalia. This stuff got photographed as evidence and a healthy portion made its way into Google Images. Gross.

    What You'll See If You Google: Severed heads, hands, and legs; a chair upholstered with human skin; and an excruciatingly messy house.

    Should people avoid googling this?
  • 2

    The Agent Orange Experiments

    The Story: Beyond the use of the toxic chemical agent Agent Orange during the Vietnam conflict, which affected many American veterans and Vietnamese children, another infamous Agent Orange experiment was the Holmesburg Program, an Army-funded program by Dr. Albert M. Kligman. Kligman purposely injected inmates with high doses of skin-blistering chemicals to study how the skin protects itself against toxic attacks. The subjects in question suffered from horrible skin growths and mutations, visuals that Kligman declared were "like a farmer seeing a fertile field for the first time.” 

    As if this torturous experiment couldn't get any worse, data shows that Kligman tended to disproportionately target Black inmates over white inmates.

    What You'll See If You Google Agent Orange: Children with severe birth deformities, toddlers without eyeballs, and horrifically damaged skin.

    Should people avoid googling this?
  • 3

    The Nanjing Massacre

    The Story: On December 13, 1937, Japanese troops took over the city of Nanjing, the then-capital of the Republic of China. After capturing the city, the troops spent six weeks raping, slaying, and torturing civilians. According to Time, as many as a quarter of a million people were slain. A quick Google search will send you down a horrific path of carnage. In spite of the terrible brutality of the event, it was still photographed quite heavily. The "Rape of Nanjing," as it is also known, still remains a controversial topic for both Japanese and Chinese citizens of today.

    What You'll See If You Google: Bodies upon bodies piled as a high as you can see.

    Should people avoid googling this?
  • 4

    Chernobyl First Responders

    The Story: In 1986, when the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Pripyat suffered a catastrophic meltdown, someone needed to come fight the fire before it spread. These first responders, known as Chernobyl liquidators, dove headfirst into a radioactive nightmare in order to reduce the devastation. Unfortunately, because they were armed with little protective material, they suffered the intense effects of radiation poisoning. This incident provides a testament to the true heroism of firefighters and military personnel. Today, many of the liquidators feel resentment toward the Ukrainian government for failing to keep them safe or assisting with their subsequent medical problems. 

    What You'll See If You Google: The devastating (and sometimes gruesome) effects of radiation poisoning.

    Should people avoid googling this?