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 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.
Chernobyl First Responders
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, armed with little protective material, they suffered the intense effects of radiation poisoning as skin literally melted off their limbs in the hospital. Grotesque and highly documented, this incident provides a testament to the true heroism of firefighters and military personnel. Today, many of the liquidators feel resentment toward's the Ukrainian government for failing to keep them safe or assisting with their subsequent medical problems.
The Nanjing Massacre
On Dec. 13, 1937, Japanese troops took over the city of Nanjing, the then-capital of the Chinese republic. After capturing the city, the troops spent six weeks raping, murdering and torturing civilians. According to Time, some death tolls estimate a quarter of a million people were killed. A quick Google will send you down a horrific path of carnage, one that, in spite of its terrible brutality, managed to be photographed quite heavily. The Rape of Nanking, as it is also known, still remains a controversial topic for both Japanese and Chinese citizens of today.
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.