Gathering knowledge is basic to nature of human. We love to know about new things and facts. But often we chance upon some facts or incidents which are simply too negative to handle. Facts such as “Mercy Deaths of Nazis” are better left unsaid and unheard. They are typical a**hole fact but nonetheless, they are true. If you are interested in venturing into the dark side of the world, then here is a list of ten a**hole facts that will ruin the fun for everyone. Part 1 | Part 2
1. Bestselling author and feminist Marion Zimmer Bradley was a vicious pedophile, victimizing her daughter among others.
Marion Zimmer Bradley is a late American author of bestselling fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the “Darkover” series. Through her novel, she had championed women’s rights and was a well known feminist. But in 2014 her daughter, Moira Greyland, accused her of sexual abuse from the age of three to twelve. She was also molested by her father, Walter H. Breen, and her mother knew about it but chose not to report him. Moira Greyland has claimed that she was not the only victim. In an email to The Guardian she wrote: “The first time she molested me, I was three. The last time, I was 12, and able to walk away … She was cruel and violent, as well as completely out of her mind sexually. I am not her only victim, nor were her only victims girls.”(1,2)
2. An explorer once found a compound, calanolide A, in certain trees in the Malaysian rainforest. Researchers found out that it has anti-HIV properties, but they couldn’t find another sample for nine years as almost all the tree of that species had been cut down for firewood and building material.
When botanist John Burley visited the Malaysian state of Sarawak in 1987, he brought back with him a sample from the tree species of Calophyllum lanigerum. The U.S. National Cancer Institute tested the compound as a possible cancer treatment without success. But later, it was found to have potent anti-HIV properties. When Burley returned to Malaysia, he found there were no trees left of that particular species. All the trees had been cut down for fuel and building material. Eventually, a few existing species were located in the Singapore Botanic Garden. The plant source is so rare that a total synthesis of the compound was developed nine years later in 1996.(source)
3. If a person survives Ebola infection and the symptoms cease, the Ebola virus can still be transmitted through his semen for up to six months.
People who survive Ebola have antibodies to the virus for up to ten years. But the virus may remain in some parts of their body such as testes, eyes, and spinal fluid. These parts are not easily reached by the immune system so the virus may survive in the fluids of these parts. Ebola virus has been found in the semen of some men who have recovered from the disease. It can also stay in breast milk for some time after recovery.(source)
4. Studies have shown that those who carry firearms with them are about four to five times more likely to be shot than those who do not carry.
According to National Rifle Association, guns offers protection. They also state that personal firearms prevent rape. To test this theory, Prof Charles Branas and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania investigated the link between gun possession and gun assault. They compared 677 cases in which people were injured in a shooting incident with 684 people living in the same area and had not suffered any gun injury. They released the result in a 2009 paper which states that people with firearms are four to five times more likely to be shot than those without them.(source)
5. A female born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped in her lifetime than learning how to read.
South Africa has one of the highest reported rates of rape in the world. Incidences of domestic violence and child abuse are alarmingly high. In the year 1994, 18,801 cases of rapes were reported. The figure increased by 2,892 by 2001. Also, there has been about 400% increase in child abuse over the past decade. Three-quarters of men who perpetrate rape do it before the age of 20. Even in schools of South Africa, thirty percent of young women have reported being raped. According to Childline, one in four girls in South Africa face the prospect of being raped before the age of 16.(1,2)