The world is truly a scary place. We ignore many weird, terrifying things out there because we’d be in a constant state of panic if we stopped to think about them.
Here are some horrifying yet true facts about the world we live in.
Coral Reef Depletion
Our lush coral reefs showcase the terrifying truth about our oceans: They’re dying.
Half the world’s reefs have died in the last 30 years, and ⅔ of the biggest reef has experienced coral bleaching.
Even common garden snails host deadly parasites. Nearly 200K people perish every year due to parasites they acquired from some type of snail or snail mucus.
Wash your veggies.
The Number One Cause of Death for Pregnant Women
Pregnant women face many challenges, but their top concern should terrify everyone. A leading cause of death among pregnant women is domestic violence. Pregnant women are 8 times more likely to perish at the hands of their partner than non-pregnant women.
The Earth is undergoing a mass extinction event, only the 6th in our planet’s history. A mass extinction event is defined as the loss of over 75% of the world’s species.
Prion diseases, like mad cow disease, are nearly impossible to treat. Prions are misfolded proteins, and if one overtakes your body, there’s nothing you can do.
Many people in the UK have dormant prion disease from outbreaks in the 80s and 90s.
Mosquitos are the deadliest animal on the planet. They’re essential vectors for some of the most devastating diseases known to man, such as malaria.
It’s far easier to ignore climate change than face the horrifying truth. Climate change is real, and although we don’t know the full effects, we’re already seeing the first impacts with increasingly severe weather, droughts, floods, and wildfires.
It’s not going to get better.
The antibiotics we use to treat infection are slowly becoming ineffective as diseases gain resistance. If we don’t keep up, more and more “treatable” diseases will become life-threatening again.
We typically think of psyops (Psychological Operations) in wartime efforts, but Americans are blasted with psyops campaigns constantly via social media and the news. It’s endless.
You’d think people would have accountability for all nuclear weapons, but that’s not the case. The world “lost” a few, and no one knows where they might be.
Trump Regains Presidency
The 2024 election is creeping up, and many Americans fear the worst: Trump will once again ascend to the highest office in the land despite his many pending criminal cases.
Many fear that a second Trump presidency will destroy America as we know it. The first nearly did.
The world is full of bounty. We could solve the climate crisis and provide enough for most people to live in relative comfort, yet we choose not to because ignoring the suffering is more profitable.
Human greed is the real culprit.
America’s Poverty Trap
We often think of third world countries when we talk about poverty, but it’s thriving right here in the US.
Our Work Culture is Harming Us
Our work culture prevents us from leading happy lives. Here’s the problems with American work culture and ways to address them.
Poverty is a generational problem. Here’s how folks get trapped in cycles of generational poverty.
Things America Could Learn from Western Neighbors
Is America the greatest country in the world? If it is, why don’t we enjoy the same perks other Western nations do?
Here are great examples of beneficial programs other countries have we wish America would copy.
The Awful State of Sick Leave in the US
The best country in the world should allow people to get sick, right?
America doesn’t. Here’s the harsh truth about sick leave policies in the United States.
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