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10 Creepy Facts You Won’t Believe Are True

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There are a whole bunch of informative, surprising, horrifying, facts and information that we possibly could consume on the Internet, but nothing is as disgusting as knowing something creepy and bizarre. Reading these kinds of facts can sometimes make us nauseous, but they still compel us to read and learn more about them. It’s most probably our curiosity that makes weird information interesting to us. Well, here is another list of 10 such completely random facts that will creep you out and make you feel nauseous

1. There is a very bizarre hand disease called “alien hand syndrome” in which the owner of the body completely loses control over the movements of their hands. Apparently, it looks like both the hands have some life and thought process of their own that is separated from the body. 

Alien Hand Syndrome
Alien hand syndrome. Image credit: Shutterstock

The disease is also called “Dr. Strangelove syndrome.” It is a rare neurological condition in which a person’s limbs start to act on their own and carry out unintentional tasks. The disease most commonly affects the left or the non-dominant hand but can also sometimes take over a leg.

There are multiple causes of the syndrome. It can occur after a person experiences a stroke, trauma, or tumor, or in some cases, it is related to cancer, neurodegenerative disease, or brain aneurysms.

The symptom of the disease is that the affected limb moves and acts without the conscious will of the person. The limb may sometimes even act exactly opposite to the person’s will. For example, when the person will close a water tap with a healthy hand, immediately, the ill hand will open it. A few patients have also reported the alien hand literally tried to harm them.

The fact that the disease has no cure makes it creepier. Scientists are still working on treatments to reduce the symptoms of the disease. Some therapies like mirror box therapy, cognitive therapy, and visuospatial coaching techniques may help in managing the symptoms to some degree. (1, 2)

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2. Crocodiles can gallop like horses. Galloping means that they can run so fast that all four of their feet come off the ground together in each act of forwarding movement and land in a four-beat sequence in which their forelimbs land first followed by their hind limbs.

Crocodile gallop
Crocodiles can gallop like horses. Image credit: Shutterstock

Crocodiles might appear lazy and slow animals confined mostly to the water, but they are quite fast at picking up speed instantly when it becomes necessary, like a dog or a horse. While bounding along, the mammal lands all its feet on the ground at the same time but not while galloping. In galloping, the forelimbs land first followed by hind limbs.

Only the freshwater Australian crocodiles were thought to be able to gallop, and the rest of the species of crocodiles were considered only to bound while they ran.

New observations and research from Florida have come up with the opposite conclusion that almost all species of crocodiles can gallop. Video cameras were set up to record the movements of crocodiles from different species and results were concluded from those.

Alligators are different, though. Alligators don’t gallop or bound, but it was found out that they do run as fast as crocodiles, which is as fast as 18 kilometers per hour. (1, 2)

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3. The story behind the most common breakfast cereal is absolutely weird. It was invented by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg who believed that introducing a diet centered on bland food, like cereal, would reduce Americans’ urge to masturbate, and thus “Kellogg’s Corn Flakes” was created. 

Dr. John Harvey Kellogg
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (Image to the left), Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. Image credits: F.E. Doty/dspace.willardlibrary.org via Wikimedia, tanpanamanoob/ Shutterstock.com

Dr. John had a health movement called “biological living,” and his breakthrough of inventing corn flakes was a part of this movement. Under the movement, he encouraged people to go back to the natural principles like exercising daily, bathing more often, and eating more whole grain food than meat.

He established his legacy in the 1890s when he first designed cereal, and it emerged as a great opportunity for him to spread his gospel of biological living. Kellogg wrote extensively and gave lectures on the merits of bland foods like cereals.

At first, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes were totally bland with no sugar or flavor and were so hard that people lost their teeth when trying to eat them. After a decade in the 1900s, the cereal gained popularity and people started craving it. (1, 2)

4. In a physiological condition called “intestinal obstruction,” you can have fecal vomiting, which is throwing up your poop through your mouth and burping out farts.

Vomiting
Fecal vomiting. Image credit: Shutterstock

It is called “fecal vomiting” when a person vomits material that has a fecal origin. The condition in which this happens is generally referred to as “having an intestinal obstruction.” Other symptoms of the obstruction involve the odor of feces on the breath, some gastrointestinal symptoms, abdominal pain, dehydration, and diarrhea.

There are basically two types of intestinal obstruction; one is mechanical and the other one is paralytic obstruction. In the former one, the intestine is actually partially or completely blocked, and in the latter case, where there is no blockage in the intestine, the body shows the same symptoms because a muscle or nerve problem disrupts the normal muscle contractions of the muscles in the intestine.

There are two threatening consequences of the blockage. One is tissue death in which the blockage will further block the blood supply to a section of your intestine and kill the tissues. The second one is the infection that is caused when the dead tissue causes tears in the intestinal wall. The disease can also cause the death of the patient in some cases.

A patient with complete intestinal blockage needs to go through surgery to alleviate the blockage. (1, 2)

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5. Sogan Kato, a Japanese man, was thought to be the oldest man in Tokyo until 2010 when his dead, mummified body was found in his bedroom. Kato had been dead since 1978 at the age of 78, but his family kept it as a secret to preserve his longevity record.

Sogan Kato
A representational image of Sogan Kato’s body (Image to the left), An illustration of where Sogan Kato’s body was found. Image credits: Shutterstock, jkwchui via Wikimedia

The secret was revealed in 2010 when ward officials went to wish Sogan a happy 111th birthday. Later the same year, police broke into the house and found the dead body on the first floor. The body was lying on the bed wearing underwear and pajamas and covered with a blanket when the cops found it. The newspaper in the room suggested that his death might have occurred three decades ago in 1978.

Welfare officials constantly tried to see Mr. Kato in person from the beginning of 2010, but every time they visited, the family members always chased them away, which led to suspicions.

The family knew he was dead all along and continued to receive the pension amount which is 9.5 million yen of a widower’s pension payment since Kato’s wife already died in 2004.

Kato’s daughter and granddaughter were arrested and charged with fraud involving the same amount of money as they received earlier via the pension plus the pension had to be returned. (1, 2)

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