CIA revealed a "heart attack" gun in 1975. A battery operated gun which fired a dart of frozen water & shellfish toxin. Once inside the body it would melt leaving only a small red mark on the victim where it entered. The official cause of death would always be a heart attack. historycollection.com/con…
Today I learned of the 1626 AD Explosion in Beijing, one of the largest and most lethal explosions ever, and the exact cause hasn't yet been determined. Body parts and animals rained down from the sky. Everything within 3-14 miles was utterly obliterated. The explosion was about equal to the Hiroshima bombing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
Bob Barker plans to give all his money to animal causes after his death youtube.com/watch?v=UWegF…
A single dose of the antibiotic azithromycin, taken orally, can cure yaws, a horrific tropical disease that causes disfiguring, ulcerating wounds and usually occurs in children. There’s hope that the disease can be completely eradicated, like smallpox has been. sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
Rust does not cause tetanus, it is just discarded metal tend to be left at places which also happens to have the bacteria that causes the disease. mcgill.ca/oss/article/did…
A newborn is triggered into its first breathe by contractions that reducing oxygen flow through the umbilical, which increases carbon dioxide. The increase of carbon dioxide causes acidosis which triggers the respiratory center of the brain, causing the baby to start using it's lungs. courses.lumenlearning.com…
Because the original Pac-Man game stores the level counter as an 8-bit integer, an overflow error occurs when reaching level 256. This causes the level map to only half load, rendering it unbeatable. Making it to level 256 was used as a mark of prestige amongst players. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Mad honey is a type of honey that causes people to hallucinate. Honey hunters in Nepal make dangerous vertical climbs to harvest it because it sells for 60$-80$ a pound. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
The U.S. Presidency has a 18.6% death rate with 3 leading causes: illness, natural causes, and assassination. newstatesman.com
The water of Lake Tahoe is so cold that when the body of Donald Christopher Windecker was found 17 years after he went missing, it was preserved enough to conduct an autopsy and determine his cause of death. The body was located 265' (80 meters) below the surface. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Caffeine dependency is a common cause of migraine headaches, and can also thereby be used for short-term relief from them americanmigrainefoundatio…
Consuming too much lean protein can cause symptoms similar to broad malnutrition in a condition known as protein poisoning, or more colloquially called "rabbit poisoning" due to the first observed cases in frontiersmen who ate nothing but wild rabbits over the winter and developed symptoms. wisegeek.com/what-is-rabb…
Creeper was the first ever computer virus and it was designed to move between DEC PDP-10 computers running TENEX OS using the ARPANET. While it wouldn't cause any damages, it would print out a message on the connected teletype that says "I'm the creeper, catch me if you can". And this was 1971. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
In 2013 a large Egyptian statue at Manchester Museum in the UK was found to be mysteriously turning round gradually of its own accord - the phenomenon was even caught on video. The cause turned out to be vibrations from nearby roadworks. bbc.com/news/av/uk-250349…
The bullet lodged inside President Garfield likely didn't cause his death. At the time, Joseph Lister's ideas about germs had been widely accepted in Europe, but American doctors were still sceptical. Garfield's doctors used unsterilised instruments, causing an infection which killed him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Standing near a Gympie-Gympie Tree can cause hives and nosebleeds, while touching one causes a severe pain "like being burnt with hot acid and electrocuted at the same time." The pain can last up to two years. australiangeographic.com.…
Casa Bonita needs to monitor the airing of the South Park episode because it causes an influx of customers. youtu.be/S6k26GDq9_0
In late 1940s and 1950s, comic books were seen by parents, teachers, and others as a cause of juvenile crime. Groups organized comic book burnings in public and a 1954 Senate hearing was held, which led to the Comics Code Authority. As a result, edgy content in the comics was heavily toned down. cnbc.com/2018/06/10/comic…
Uninvolved Parenting can cause some symptoms similar to mild Autism such as anxiety, delinquency and withdrawn behavior. verywellmind.com/what-is-…
Rosemary is poisonous in large quantities. Rosemary is up to 0.5% camphor by weight; 400 grams of rosemary contains up to 2 grams of camphor, which is enough to cause serious toxicity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
Today I learned about Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, an extremely rare illness, which causes episodes of being mostly asleep for weeks at a time. If awake during an episode, sufferers are confused about what is real and what is a dream. The condition appears in adolescence and resolves itself 10-15 years later. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
The marriage of Oscar-winning actress Gloria Grahame (It's A Wonderful Life) to director Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without A Cause) ended in 1950 when he walked in on her in bed with his 13-year-old son -- Her stepson. She secretly married the boy ten years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glo…
Gabapentin can cause sexual dysfunction and loss of libido at as low as 300 mg per day. sciencedirect.com/science…
Mistlestoe is considered a parasitic plant that kills trees, devalues natural habitat, and can cause acute gastrointestinal problems along with diarrhea if ingested. youtube.com/watch?v=e1yzc…
Cigarette packaging in Australia is plain and standardized with pictures of the diseases it causes with the name of the disease in big bold letters on the front. theguardian.com/science/s…
Most intestinal obstructions are caused by scar tissue called adhesions, that come from past surgery or infection; and they can cause a blockage months or years later that is life threatening. webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/a…
Juvenilization (which causes the retention in adults of traits previously seen only in the young) is found in Modern Humans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo…
Constant interruptions from your smartphone can change your brain's chemistry to make you feel anxious and distracted. Notifications can trigger the release of a hormone called cortisol. This tenses muscles, increases heart rate and causes palms to become sweaty. earth.com/news/smartphone…
A village in China where no foreigners are allowed to visit, has a population of 80 where 36 of them are dwarves. The exact cause is unknown. procaffenation.com/truth-…
Platypus venom can cause hyperalgesia, swelling, and excruciating pain for months. Platypus venom is produced in glands connected to hollow spurs on its hind legs. Victims describe being struck by a platypus spur as worse than being hit by shrapnel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Polio does not always cause paralysis, and in most cases, it just causes flu-like symptoms mayoclinic.org/diseases-c…
Gerbils can have epileptic seizures, including grand mal seizures. Gerbils tend to have seizures when they’re overexcited. Triggers such as loud music, yelling, introducing a new gerbil, or overhandling cause them to seize. Epileptic seizures in gerbils are common (up to 50%). gerbilwelfare.com/seizure…
Today I learned about a Confederate sabotage device called a coal torpedo, which was a bomb designed to look like a lump of coal and meant to cause a steam ship's boiler to explode en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coa…
, The Anti-Work Movement is a philosophy that sees work as the cause of unhappiness, and should therefore be avoided. Although associated with anarchists and communists today, its roots can we traced back to the Ancient Greek Cynics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ref…
, that if hay bales get wet while in storage, bacteria can grow, which builds heat, and can cause the hay to spontaneously combust. extension.sdstate.edu/fir…
Asian Giant Hornet, the largest hornet species in the world, are 2.25 inches (5.5 cm) in length. They secretes venom which can cause tissue damage and several stings will flush your body with enough neurotoxins to kill you. extension.umd.edu/hgic/to…
During Napoleon's exile on Saint Helena, no ship could leave the island until the governor laid eyes on him to make sure he doesn't escape. Napoleon sometimes hid just to cause problems to ships trying to leave the harbour youtu.be/Wp8J0fazMT0
The 1959 film "The Tingler" was about a parasite that causes tingling sensations in victims. The films producers rigged surplus WWII aircraft motors to random theater seats, so viewers would "feel the tingler" when it attacked. Some viewers were also paid to pretend to scream and faint en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 2015 a basketball player was found dead in her bed, the cause of death was ruled to be falling asleep with gum in her mouth and breathing it into her lungs nypost.com/2015/01/20/bas…
Death from laughter is a recorded cause of death throughout history. One such instance, an English man laughed for 25 consecutive minutes at a joke on the TV show The Goodies. His widow wrote a letter to the show creators thanking them for making his last moments of life so pleasant. historycollection.co/10-p…
The neck rings don't really stretch the neck, they push the shoulders and clavicles down to create the illusion of a longer neck, and removing them incorrectly may cause death because the neck muscles weaken so much they can't support the head on their own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nec…
During the Cold War, the CIA used hot air balloons to drop copies of Animal Farm into Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia in order to cause discontent amongst the population towards the countries’ leaders. Their responses were to order their militaries to shoot down the hot air balloons. spectator.co.uk/article/n…
In Kentucky, 1876, a woman making soap in her yard was surprised by chunks of meat falling from the sky. The cause of the Kentucky Meat Shower would elude experts at the time, many of whom felt it was probably bacteria. Eventually, the best guess became vulture vomit. blogs.scientificamerican.…
The European blueberry is actually a 'bilberry' and is different from the American blueberry. The bilberry has a dark red flesh and will cause stains on the fingers and tongue when eaten while the American blueberry has a paler translucent flesh and cause less staining. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vac…
In Hindu astrology, someone born under the influence of Mars is said to have a "Mars defect", and such a bride will cause her husband's early death. To prevent this disaster, the bride will be married to a tree, an animal, or an object, and her subsequent marriage to a human will be a happy one en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Radon - the second leading cause of cancer in the U.S. - is used in parts of Europe as a natural health remedy pri.org/stories/2016-07-0…
Pain receptors detect histamine from damaged cells. Injecting histamine causes pain. nba.uth.tmc.edu/neuroscie…
Dogs, more commonly elderly dogs, can catch a case of vertigo. It’s a vestibular disease which causes the dog to lose its sense of balance. It can last from one day to two weeks, and unfortunately there’s no treatment other than to wait. ardmoreah.com/pet-care/co…
Dogs can get β€œLimber Tail,” sore tail muscles from working out too hard, often resulting from swimming, and can cause the dog to have such a sore tail that touching the tail may result in the dog crying and the tail may not wag for days. aaha.org/your-pet/pet-own…
Chocolate can be lethal for cats. The toxic agent in chocolate is theobromine. Eating chocolate/theobromine can cause abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, seizures, and death in cats. pets.webmd.com/cats/ss/sl…

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