Are you an optimist or a pessimist? For those of us who prefer to look on the bright side of life, it can be easy to ignore all the sad truths that surround us and focus on the positive.
Then again, those of us who don’t mind life’s morbid realities often steep ourselves in facts and figures that we know won’t bring a smile to our faces. In fact, going out and seeking these anti-fun facts isn’t dissimilar to the experience of life itself: the older we grow and the more we learn, the more it becomes apparent that the world is filled with unfortunate truths. Still, that doesn’t necessarily make it a worse place.
Want to fill your mind with some wild, albeit depressing trivia? Redditors were asked to share things you really wish you didn’t know in the first place… how much can you handle?
You’ve been warned!
Screams in the Dark
brainburger: During the Titanic disaster those in lifeboats could hear the cries of the 1500 people in the water after the ship sank. Some survivors recounted that the cries all merged together to make one continuous howl, which gradually died away.
sarajanie: Many survivors said the part that haunted them more than anything else was the silence after the ship was gone. 10 of the survivors eventually committed suicide.
The Real Challenger Disaster
kh9hexagon: The Challenger astronauts didn’t die when the shuttle “exploded”. The stack actually just broke apart under aerodynamic stress and the explosion you thought you saw was just the expanding cloud of hydrogen from the external tank burning. The forces involved in the breakup were very survivable.
The crew cabin was left intact after it separated from the rest of the orbiter and may not have depressurized. There’s evidence to suggest some or all of them were conscious at least part of the way down, if not the entire time. And photography of the disaster shows the cabin falling without spinning in a nose down attitude, meaning no excessive forces to knock them out.
The impact with the ocean was what actually killed them. It took two minutes and forty-five seconds from breakup to impact. It’s possible that some or all of them were conscious and aware the whole time.