You may have heard the phrase “the truth hurts,” but these facts prove that the truth also frightens. While you probably have enough stress on your plate, we believe these harsh realities deserve your attention.
1. Your Birthday Is Also a Prolific Death Day
On the same day that you celebrate your birthday, more than 100,000 people (generally around 150,000) lose their lives. This number stands to increase as populations across the world reach their golden years.
2. The National Debt Must Be Paid
America’s national debt is unfathomably large, and interest is accruing at the speed of light. The debt was over $33 trillion as of September 2023. That figure might make your $30,000 car loan and $12,000 in credit card debt seem modest — until you realize the national debt is yours to pay, too.
Questions like “Who are our creditors?” “How will those creditors collect on their debt?” and “What does this mean for my kids?” keep fiscally-minded Americans up at night.
3. Countless Drivers’ Have Ticking Time Tires
One survey found that as many as 27% of tires may be dangerous. Whether they contain inherent defects or become worn to dangerous levels, more than one in four vehicles could have at least one tire ready to burst. Consider this your reminder to get new tires and always maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
4. Some Californians Cannot Get Home Insurance
You know that asset you’ve sunk years of income into that is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars? What if you couldn’t find anyone to insure it? Because that is the frightening prospect Californians are facing.
If there is one piece of property you absolutely must insure, it’s your home. As inflation and catastrophic weather events make home insurance less profitable for insurers, homeowners face rising coverage costs. Some homeowners are finding no available insurance at all, which is downright scary.
5. Young People Are Dying of Heart Attacks at an Alarming Rate
What is to blame for a 30% increase in heart attacks among 25-to-44-year-olds since 2020? That’s for you, your doctor, and science to determine, but it is frightening that loved ones who are still young could pass away suddenly without any warning.
6. The U.S. Power Grid Has Become a Frequent Target of Enemies
What would you do if the power went out for a week? What about longer? Society would almost certainly descend into chaos, which is alarming considering the frequency with which the American electrical grid has come under attack. Attacks increased by 77% between 2021 and 2022, and experts call the grid “extremely vulnerable.” Get your generator ready.
7. Owning a Cat Could Literally Drive You Crazy
See that cute kitten playing with the ball of yarn in the corner of your living room? It could infect almost everything in your home with toxoplasma bacteria, which can cause infection, leading to various health symptoms. The infection can even affect unborn children. Dog ownership has never looked so appealing, huh?
8. There Are Invisible Jellyfish
Great white sharks are terrifying, but at least you can see them before they take a bite out of you. The Irukandji jellyfish comes from the monster-under-your-bed school of fright. It’s invisible, which means it could be anywhere at any time. Oh yeah, and its venom is more potent than a cobra or tarantula’s. Forget giving up carbs this Lent. Give up swimming in the ocean.
9. America’s Largest Cities Are Run by Rats
New York gets a lot of attention as one of America’s most rat-infested metropoles, but Chicago frequently claims the title of America’s “rattiest” city. We tend to bestow the term “rat” upon those who lack a moral compass, but perhaps we shouldn’t use the term in such a derogatory fashion. Rats are our ever-present neighbors, after all.
10. You Truly Do Not Know What Anyone Is Thinking
Your spouse of 25 years. Your children. Your best friend. As well as you think you know someone, you will never truly know what is going on in their head. All you experience is a filtered, curated version of the people you hold dear. This is a frightening reality when considering how little we know about others.
11. The Simpsons Keeps Predicting Everything
From the attacks on September 11th, 2001, to the visual of Donald Trump coming down an escalator, The Simpsons keeps (seemingly) predicting events that eventually come to pass. This fact prompts many questions that we may or may not want to hear the answers to.
12. A Sneeze Can Be Deadly
If you try to stop a sneeze from happening, you can trigger a fatal sequence in which a blood vessel ruptures. Throw “sneezing” on the list of potentially fatal activities, right next to skydiving, driving, walking, going to the doctor, exercising, and just about everything else.
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