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Naegleria Fowleri, The Brain-eating Amoeba

Naegleria Fowleri, an amoeba that causes a deadly infection, is responsible for the infection and deaths of many swimmers. Survival is so unlikely, the odds against are inconceivable.

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Donmeh Jews

A small secretive Jewish sect has been highly influential in Turkish history since the Ottoman era. Originally claiming to follow the Jewish Messiah, they nominally converted to Islam but kept Jewish traditions in secret.

Porphyria: Disease Of The Walking Dead

Porphyria is a hormone disease that causes sufferers to develop horrifying physical symptoms and light sensitivity. It is believed that severe cases of the little-understood disease gave rise to the legends of vampires and werewolves.

Vomitoriums Had Nothing To Do With Vomit

It’s commonly taught that Ancient Romans had special rooms called Vomitoriums and that said rooms were used for the express purpose of vomiting after a large meal. In actuality, though vomitoriums did exist, they were merely very large corridors commonly found in theaters and public venues, that could facilitate a large number of people passing through them. The word vomitorium was used to describe the spewing out of people rather than their lunch.

Forgotten Horrors: Russia’s Headless Dogs

In the 1930s, Soviet scientist Sergei Brukhonenko embarked on a series of gruesome experiments. Using a device called an ‘autojector’, he and his team managed to keep the body parts of a dog alive after removal, including the head…

China’s Tragic Good Samaritan Laws

In China, there are no national laws protecting good Samaritans. Should you attempt to rescue someone and fail, you can be held financially liable to the victim’s family. This lack of protection has led to the loss of countless lives as people refuse to help others for fear of losing money.

Japan’s Terrifying Gasmask Islands

Off the coast of mainland Japan, a chain of islands called the Izu Islands sits beneath a cloud of sulphur. For the gasmask-wearing residents, every day is a challenge of survival.