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 aged well not 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.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
When a fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory on March 25, 1911, 145 of the 600 workers tragically died, some by fire, some by jumping. Needless to say, this isn't something you should want to Google if you don't want to get upset.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire remains one of the most infamous incidents in American industrial history and women's working rights. Most of the victims, largely non-English-speaking teenage girls, died because their employees locked the doors to prevent workers from leaving. Plenty of others found their ends at the hands of outdated safety features, such as a rusted fire hose which failed to put out the initial blaze, which began in a waste basket.
The Ed Gein Murders
Ed Gein, the horrifying serial killer who inspired Psycho's Norman Bates and Silence of the Lambs's Buffalo Bill, only confessed to killing two women, yet the true scope of his horror goes far beyond mere murder. When cops finally raided Gein's home, they found four severed noses, nine masks made of human skin, bowls made from human skulls, ten 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, nine vulvas tucked away in a shoe box, a refrigerator full of human organs, a belt made from severed nipples, a lampshade made from someone's face, and a human heart in a pot on the stove. This stuff got photographed as evidence and a healthy portion made its way into Google Images. Gross.
The Vicanti Mouse
Few things get creepier than a hairless mouse with a human ear growing out of its back. The Vacanti Mouse is just that – a product of a 1997 experiment by Charles and Joseph Vacanti which explored the possibility of creating body parts for plastic and reconstructive surgery. Since nude mice lacked a functioning immune system, the proved to be the perfect guinea pigs, as their bodies would never reject any foreign cells. The ear, created from cow cartilage cells shaped into an ear, proved to be utterly useless however. The mouse wasn't genetically engineered and the ear that grew on its back possessed no human cells to speak of. Basically, the Vacanti brothers created a pointless, but sorta cute, chimera.
The Remains Of Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov
While you likely never considered Googling someone's remains, you really, really don't want to Google the remains of cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. Komarov was the first person to die on a space mission after the Soyuz 1 space capsule crashed upon re-entry in 1967. Prior to Komarov's death, US listening posts in Turkey picked up on him crying in rage and cursing "the people who had put him inside a botched spaceship." Basically, Komarov knew his death was certain, and he hit Earth at the full impact of a meteor falling from space. And so that mourners might see his compact and charred remains, Komarov's funeral was open casket. How thoughtful.