There are so many amazing things that exist in the world. There are rainbows and puppies and chocolate bars... you get the idea. This list isn't about those things. It's pretty much the complete opposite. I hope you got a good night's sleep last night, 'cause you probably won't be able to drift off anytime soon after you learn about these terrifying things that actually exist in real life.
1. The Bolton Strid
Take a good look at this picture. What do you see? A lovely babbling brook, right? It looks like the perfect place to have a picnic or maybe dangle your toes into the water. It’s only about 6 feet across. Maybe you want to try to jump across?
I wouldn’t do that if I were you.
That brook is known as the Bolton Strid and according to local legend, every single person who has ever stepped foot in it has been sucked under the current and killed.
Just below the surface of the water is a network of chasms and caverns — perfect places for human bodies to end up after they’ve been swept up by the deceptively strong current.
2. Invisible Fire
No, it’s not just a silly plot point from Talladega Nights.
Invisible fire is real and every bit as dangerous as fire with visible flames. In fact, it’s probably more dangerous exactly because you can’t see it as it blazes.
As you probably already know, different chemicals and gases burn in different ways and with different-colored flames. Borax burns with bright green flames, whereas copper chloride burns blue.
And methanol flames are almost completely colorless. Here’s a video of racecar driver Rick Mears’ car burst into invisible flames.
3. Asian Giant Hornets
You know how hornets are already terrifying? Well, the universe took that into account and apparently thought, “Let’s make ’em gigantic, too!”
Enter the Asian giant hornet. It’s also known as the yak-killer hornet, but don’t let that fool you. It’s sting can also be lethal to humans (even humans who are not otherwise allergic to hornets).
OK, I’m done thinking about these guys. Let’s move on to something else.