The Internet at the Speed of Thought

These Terrifying Statistics That Will Change the Way You Look at Life

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Think you can handle the truth?

You’re probably comfortable with your routine at this point in your life. You’ve been around the world and back and you know everything you need to know to live a happy, safe, successful life, right? WRONG. What if I told you that sometimes it’s the facts you didn’t know you needed to know that can really rattle your thoughts. Do you know how many people die watching TV every year? How about how many thousands of meteors are hurtling toward you at this very second? Think you’re safe from bacteria and vermin? Think again. In this gallery, you’ll learn all of the creepy facts about life that you ever wanted to know — and some that you’ll probably wish you didn’t.

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NYC subway

Credit: Sherman/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Start the slideshow below… but you’ve been warned!

So let’s start with something totally weird…

Fir tree growing in human lungs

Credit: American Cancer Society (L) and Chip Somodevilla (R)/Getty Images

That was in 2009. In 2010, a US man discovered a pea plant growing in his lung. So that makes the odds that there’s a plant growing in your lungs right now approximately 1/350,000,000,000. Which isn’t zero. So THAT’S TERRIFYING.

But we can get to the nature stuff in a second. Let’s talk about people first.

interrogation room


On TV, interrogations make it look like the police really know what they’re doing, right? Actually, studies have shown that given the physical and psychological environment of police interrogations, 43% of innocent people confess to crimes they didn’t commit.