10 Disturbing Wikipedia Pages You Should Only Read in Broad Daylight

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Wikipedia is basically the wellspring of all human knowledge. Which is great, except for the fact that humans know some pretty messed up stuff. If you’re ever looking for a guaranteed way to not have a great time, you might want to give these Wikipedia pages a try.

But I’m warning you: There’s some pretty dark stuff in here. Read at your own discretion.

Back in 1976, a film crew was shooting an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man. During the shoot, a prop man moved a wax mannequin that he had found hanging from a gallows. While he was moving it, the mannequin’s arm broke off.

That’s when he realized that the wax mannequin was actually a human body. Hello, nightmares! The body had belonged to a bank and train robber named Elmer McCurdy who died in 1911 from a gunshot wound. Click here for the Wikipedia page.

Capgras delusion is a psychiatric disorder in which a person believes that their friends and family have all been replaced by identical imposters.

This is somewhat similar to the Fregoli delusion, in which people believe that multiple people are in fact one person wearing different disguises. Click here for the Wikipedia page.

This connective tissues disease is also called Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. A mutation in the body’s repair mechanism causes muscles, tendons, and ligaments to basically turn to stone whenever they’re damaged. Oftentimes, injuries can result in joints being permanently frozen in place. Click here for the Wikipedia page. But that’s not the only disease that results in a stone-still body…

There’s also something called Locked-in Syndrome, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like.

This syndrome is also known as a pseudocoma. Basically, sufferers of Locked-in syndrome are completely paralyzed.

You can’t move, speak, or sometimes even blink, but you’re otherwise fully conscious and aware of what’s going on around you. Oh, and there’s no cure. Click here for the Wikipedia page.

Back in the ’60s, the bodies of two dead men were found in very strange conditions. Each one wore a formal suit, a lead eye mask, and a waterproof coat. There was no evidence of any struggle or trauma. Next to the bodies was an empty watter bottle, a packet holding two wet towels, and a notebook in which cryptic instructions were written in Spanish.

The instructions said: “16:30 be at the specified location. 18:30 ingest capsules, after the effect protect metals await signal mask.” OK then. Click here for the Wikipedia page. Next up, the guillotine!

OK, so you probably already know what a guillotine is, but there’s one particular part of the Wikipedia entry that might just chill you to your core. A doctor described exactly what he saw as a man was beheaded:

“The eyelids and lips of the guillotined man worked in irregular rhythmic contractions for about five or six seconds…” There’s more, but be warned — it’s pretty gruesome. Click here for the Wikipedia page.

A teratoma is a tumor, but it’s not just any old tumor. They can be found anywhere on the body but are typically made up of different types of tissue such as hair, muscle, or bone.

Researchers have also found teratomas containing more complicated body parts like teeth, brain matter, and eyeballs. EYEBALLS! Click here for the Wikipedia page.

You probably already know about insomnia, but this is a particularly awful version of the disease. People who have FFI experience insomnia that grows progressively worse over time, eventually leading to hallucinations, delirium, a dementia-like state, and eventually death. That’s not even the worst part about this disease…

The disease is both genetic and completely incurable. Click here for the Wikipedia page.

Tarrare was a French showman and soldier from the late 18th century who was famous for one thing: eating. He was constantly hungry and could eat anything and everything. Doctors eventually experimented on his eating capacity.

During these tests, he ate “a meal intended for 15 people in a single sitting, live cats, snakes, lizards, puppies, and swallowed an eel whole without chewing.” He was also suspected of eating a toddler at one point, which Wikipedia just kind of mentions in passing. Click here for the Wikipedia page.

Feel like having an existential crisis? Well then, you’re in luck, my friend! This Wikipedia page lists what scientists expect will happen in the far future, well after you’re around to witness it.

There’s nothing like reading the words “matter itself is expected to come under the influence of radioactive decay, as even the most stable materials break apart into subatomic particles” to make you appreciate your brief existence in the universe. Click here for the Wikipedia page.