1. All the bees
The rate at which bees are disappearing and the amount of food production that depends on bees.
Human beings are scary. We breathe a corrosive gas, drink one of the most potent solvents. Our preferred method of hunting was persistence hunting, where we chased animals until their body simply gave up and died. We can eat just about anything we find, which means that we don’t need to stop for food when chasing our prey. If we can’t find food, that’s fine. Our body will simply begin to eat itself so that we don’t have to stop chasing our prey. We walk upright, we sweat, we don’t have much body hair, which allows us to radiate away our body heat. This means that excessive time or extreme environment wont stop our hunts. If the animal fights back against us, we can take massive damage to our extremities and lose half our blood and still live. Our entire existence is owed to persistence, endurance, and determination. When we put ourselves to a task, it gets done, period. And this instinct is still affecting us today. 332BC: Alexander the Great hits a stalemate with the fortified island city of Tyre. Instead of going back defeated, he builds a kilometer long bridge in order to raze the city. 49BC: Cesar, after defeating the Gauls and invading Britain, turns a political fight into a civil war by invading Italy with only a single legion. He eventually becomes dictator starting a world superpower whose engineering feats are only recently being broken. 1804AD: A charismatic French general declares himself Emperor and sets off to conquer much of mainland Europe. He is captured, exiled, and then escapes. The soldiers sent to recapture him instead lay down their arms and join him. 1961AD: One man decides that we will go to the moon, despite much of the technology to do so not even existing yet. Just eight years later, two humans stand on the surface of the moon and look back upon the Earth. 200 years ago, we didn’t have railroads. 100 years ago, we didn’t have airplanes. 50 years ago, we didn’t have spaceflight. 25 years ago we didn’t have the Internet. We’ve already inherited the Earth and soon we WILL inherit the stars and anyone or anything that stands in our way will be eliminated one way or another.
In 2012, scientists found 1,458 new species of bacteria living in the belly button. Everyone’s belly button ecology is unique like a fingerprint, and one volunteer’s belly button harbored bacteria that had previously been found only in soil from Japan…where he had never been.
The NSA estimates that there are approximately 330 million potential terrorists in the United States at any given time.
The world’s fisheries are in danger of being completely exhausted. One study puts this date of expiration at 2050.
Tiny mites are having sex in your eye lashes.
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Inside everyone, right now, there is a spooky skeleton.
The US military has enough chemical weapons to kill everyone in the world a couple times over. Most of them are in one bunker.
A terrifying number of bridges in the United States are listed as “fracture critical” meaning that if a single structural, weight bearing component fails, like a bolt breaking somewhere in the structure, significant portions of the structure, or the entire structure will collapse.
That brain-eating amoeba exist and you contract them from swimming in lakes or tainted tap water. They live in the U.S. and U.K.
Might be late but I’ll try anyway: If you are a healthy 20 year old, you have around 4000 weeks before you die.
4000 Fridays and that is it.
There are pornstars who were born in 1996.
The average person will be less successful than they think.
The total weight of all the ants on the planet is about equivalent to the weight of all humans.
16. So what does the 45-60% that do know it mean — above average Americans? Below average Americans? Foreigners in America?
Apparently the average American (40-55%) doesn’t know that the Sun is a motherfucking star.
You can be wrong and not even realize it.
“Think of how smart the average person is. Then think about how half of everyone is dumber than that.”
40% of all domestic abuse is against men.
Most people spend their retirement years in poverty, with insufficient savings to support them.
That most of the relationships in their lives right now probably will not stand the test of time.
One pack of Ramen Noodles is something like 56% of your daily sodium intake, with 830 mg of sodium. To think I had like 5 a day as a kid..
23. Thank you X-Men
Just how close the world came to nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis of October, 1962.
In Louisiana, a family of four with a combined income of $6000/year is considered too rich to qualify for Medicaid.