15 Dangers That You Could Easily Overlook

Posted Jun 18, by Val Liarikos

The maple syrup urine disease affects infants and is so named because it causes the urine to have a sweet maple syrup scent. The disease is technically called branched-chain ketoaciduria. It is an autosomal recessive metabolic disorder affecting branched-chain amino acids. There are various forms of the disease and the classic form is the most serious. The disease affects 1 out of 180,000 infants.

Interestingly, the disease affects Amish, Mennonite, and Jewish children the most. Babies affected by the disease eat poorly, vomit, become dehydrated easily, lethargy, have seizures and neurological decline. It’s a very serious disease and can be fatal if not properly managed. Dietary restrictions and frequent blood chemistry testing is done.

Apart from the sweet smelling urine, the ear wax can also be affected by a sweet smell. Infants appear healthy at first, but if the disease goes untreated, then brain damage and death can occur.


In the 1970’s, British researcher tested the IQ’s of 8000 children, aged 5 to 10 years. Then, they collected information about the individuals’ level of drug use and psychological stress at age 16 and then again at age 30.

As it turns out, males who had a relatively high IQ score at age 5, were 50% more likely to have taken “hard” drugs like ecstasy and amphetamines 25 years later when compared with men who had relatively low IQ scores. Females with high IQ scores were twice as likely to have used cocain and cannabis later in life than their less intellectually gifted counterparts.

These stats persisted even when parental social class, life time household income, and anxiety and depression during adolescence was taken into account. There is no clear, accepted explanation for the correlation between high intelligence and drug use.

While it is possible that there is no direct correlation in the first place but some researchers hypothesize that it may be because individuals with high intelligence are more easily bored and more open to stimulation-no matter how deadly.


Yamantaka Eye and Zeni Geva formed Hanatarash, a Japanese noise band, in 1984. The name means “sniveler” or “snot nosed.” The band used many different and unusual noise-making objects, including power tools and heavy machinery.

They became notorious for how dangerous their concerts were. In one instance, Eye cut a dead cat in half with a machete on stage. In another, he strapped a circular saw to his back and almost cut his leg off.

And in yet another, he destroyed part of a venue when he drove a bulldozer onto the stage. At a 1985 show in Tokyo, concert-goers were required to sign a waiver due to the possibility of harm.

The show was stopped when Eye planned to throw a lit Molotov cocktail onstage. Hanatarash was banned from performing until 1990 without their trademark violence.


A third of the world’s population lack sufficient access to safe drinking water and sanitation to meet their basic needs. This means that a third of the world’s population is at high risk for arsenicosis, cholera, fluorosis, malaria, and a plethora of other diseases.

Dirty water causes the death of over 170 million people each year. This can be compared to 10 jumbo jets crashing each year. This death toll is greater than that of all forms of violence, including wars. In fact, unclean water and poor sanitation are the second largest cause of death for children. For more information, check out the source!


An 18 year old was recently sentenced to 2 years in prison and a 15 year revoke on his drivers license for vehicular manslaughter by texting! Studies have been done that show the dangers of texting. while driving. It causes motor accidents and some say it can be more dangerous than driving drunk. Some states have outlawed texting while operating a motor vehicle altogether. A study in 2006 revealed that 37 percent of teens say texting while driving is extremely distracting and another study had 46 percent of teens that said it was very distracting. Some celebrities like Oprah Winfrey have done campaigns against texting while driving.

In May 2012 a jury in Corpus Christi, Texas awarded $21 million in damages to a woman who was struck by a Coca-Cola driver who had been on her cell phone at the time of the accident. The plaintiff’s attorneys were able to successfully argue that Coca-Cola’s cell phone policy for its drivers was “vague and ambiguous.” In June 2012, 18 year old Aaron Deveau of Massachusetts was found guilty of motor vehicle homicide by texting. He was sentenced to two years in prison and loss of his license for 15 years. Deveau was the first person in the state of Massachusetts to be convicted of motor vehicle homicide by texting, and possibly the first in the United States.


The sandbox tree is also called the possumwood and jabillo. It’s an evergreen tree native to the tropics of North and South America, including the Amazon Rainforest. It is covered with dark, pointed spines and smooth bark. The tree looks straight out of a jungle tribe torture story. The spines have made the tree have the nickname of Monkey no-climb. The tree can grow up to 200 feet tall with leaves up to 2 feet wide. The fruit that grows on the tree is even more dangerous than the tree itself.

The fruit is shaped like a capsule that explodes to spread its seeds. The seeds are sharp and fly about 100 feet at 150 miles per hour when the fruit explodes. For good reason, the tree is also called the Dynamite Tree. Its sap has been used to poison arrows. The wood is good and used for furniture making. All in all, it is dangerous tree to probably steer clear of.


So much for “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apple seeds contain cyanide- a highly toxic chemical compound that has applications in mining, fishing, and pest control. Also, its proteins have been known to cause two forms of allergies. Even with these properties, the apple is no forbidden fruit.

About 69 million tonnes of apples were grown worldwide in 2010, and of course 50% of them were “made in China.” The United States is the second-leading producer of apples with more than 6% of the worldwide production. Now, apples aren’t a complete death trap. Research suggests that they reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer. Additionally, apple seeds are not usually dangerous to humans, as they only contain a splash of poison.


The Tanganyika laughter epidemic of 1962 was an outbreak of mass hysteria or mass psychogenic illness rumored to have occurred in or near the village of Kashasha on the western coast of Lake Victoria in the modern nation of Tanzania near the border of Kenya.The laughter epidemic began on January 30, 1962, at a mission-run boarding school for girls in Kashasha. The laughter started with three girls and spread haphazardly throughout the school, affecting 95 of the 159 pupils, aged 12–18.

Symptoms lasted from a few hours to 16 days in those affected. The teaching staff were not affected but reported that students were unable to concentrate on their lessons. The school was forced to close down on March 18, 1962. After the school was closed and the students were sent home, the epidemic spread to Nshamba, a village that was home to several of the girls.In April and May, 217 people had laughing attacks in the village, most of them being school children and young adults.

The Kashasha school was reopened on May 21 only to be closed again at the end of June. In June, the laughing epidemic spread to Ramashenye girls’ middle school, near Bukoba, affecting 48 girls. The school from which the epidemic sprang was sued and the children and parents transmitted it to the surrounding area. Other schools, Kashasha itself, and another village, comprising thousands of people, were all affected to some degree. Six to eighteen months after it started, the phenomenon died off.

The following symptoms were reported on an equally massive scale as the reports of the laughter itself: pain, fainting, flatulence, respiratory problems, rashes, attacks of crying, and random screaming. In total 14 schools were shut down and 1000 people were affected.


Cough…cough…COUGH. Ugh. It seems like everybody is sick with something these days. You’ve heard about chicken soup, hand washing, vitamin C, and all the usual ways to keep healthy. But once you’ve caught the bug, there’s not much you can do other than wait it out with some tissues and a warm bed. Not even the over-the-counter medicine helps that hacking cough! We’re here to help. A recent study found that honey was more effective in treating a persistent cough than cough syrup.

105 children were involved in the study, and the results were overwhelming. Honey consistently scored better than cough syrup in all categories: decreasing cough frequency, lessening severity, and improving sleep quality. Of course, parents will want to consult with their child’s pediatrician before giving their little ones honey, but if given the go-head, it’s a unique (and natural) way to deal with that nasty cough that keeps the whole family up at night.


Skim milk is treated like elixir by the health conscious. It seems the the flawless beverage, allowing you to get all the vitamins found from milk out fat. However, as it turns out, more and more researchers are coming to the conclusion that skim milk is not nearly as good for you as it's full fat counterpart.

The reason behind this is that when the fat is removed from milk, many important vitamins are removed with it, and thus need to be replaced with synthetics. Many manufacturers also "fortify" they skim milk, using a powdered version of milk that can actually serve to oxidize the cholesterol contained in milk.

While this has not be tested in humans, animals that drank oxidized cholesterol were more likely to develop heart disease. So while it may cost you a couple pounds, you may be much better drinking full fat milk.


It’s pretty common that you hear negative things about the US’ presence in the Middle East. One quick trip to the YouTube comments section will give you an ample supply of accusations of US soldiers murdering innocent children.

Well while it’s important to take information from such a place with a grain of salt, there was in fact a man who did something to the contrary (such behavior isn’t all that rare). National guardsman Sergeant Dennis Weichel Jr saved an Afghan boy from being hit by a truck earlier this year.

He lost his life when he was hit by that same truck. The 29 year old father of three was hit by an armored truck in March after moving an Afghan boy out of the way. The boy was trying to retrieve empty shell casings from under the vehicle so that he could sell them.



Despite what the fantasy novels tell us, there’s a lot to roll the eyes at in the medieval era. Back then, it was thought that a woman could not get pregnant if she did not have an orgasm. This raises the question of “What happened to women who got pregnant through rape?”

 Well it all fell on her whether she got pregnant or not. If she got pregnant, then she was accused of enjoying it enough to have an orgasm, so the rapist wouldn’t be convicted. This was obviously very medieval logic. If she didn’t pregnant, though, nothing good happened either.

 If a woman was raped and no child was conceived after, then there was no evidence to prove she had been raped and the case was dismissed. So unfortunately it was a lose-lose situation.


Casper the Friendly Ghost was first introduced in a children’s book in 1935 and then in 1945 as a cartoon. According to the 1995 feature film “Casper,” starring Christina Ricci and Bill Pullman, Casper’s full name is Casper McFadden. Casper’s origins have long been disputed. 

At first he was seen as a human who passed away, but then he was played as a supernatural being that just is, like ghouls and goblins. The 1995 feature film, Casper, however, revived the idea that Casper was a deceased human and provided a brief account of his death. According to the film, Casper was a young adolescent who went sledding all day and died of pneumonia. 

The first film to follow the feature showed Casper's early days as a ghost, not showing how he died and ignoring the story provided in the previous film, although it does explain how he became friendly. 


If you’re the type of person who enjoys Tina Fey and her humor, then you’ve likely either noted the scar on her face or have learned why it’s there yourself. If it’s a story you’re not familiar with, then read on. Fey was silent on how she got the scar until 2008. As detailed in her book Bossypants, it happened during her second semester in kindergarten. 

She was in the alley behind her house when a stranger came up to her and slashed her face with a knife. According to Fey, the scar has been the basis of much annoyance in her life as people have often reacted to it in ways that frustrate her. Fey recounts that as a child, however, having a scar was a more pleasant experience. 

In her book Bossypants, she claims it was “a miniature form of celebrity,” as many kids knew who she was just because of it. She goes on to say that family friends and relatives would often give her gifts and candy. 

Though she enjoyed it as a child, she later realized that people were only being kind to her because her face was slashed and not because of personality or intellect. Still, she has decided to take it at face value and consider it all a “wonderful misunderstanding.” 


The Spartan society thrived in part because they had slaves to do a lot of the hard work for them. While true Spartan males would spend their time being educated and training in combat, slaves would do things like farm for food, serve in houses and even nurse people back to health.

The Spartans treated the Helots (as the slaves were known) really brutally and oppressively to prevent uprisings. One of the things they would do to keep them down was to force them to get debilitatingly drunk and make fools of themselves in public.

This served a dual purpose, as Spartans also used these displays of drunkenness to show young people how an adult Spartan should behave, as self-control was a desired trait in Sparta.

Read more about the ways Helots were mistreated at the source. For example, if that drunk humiliation sounded bad, it’s not even close: Spartans were allowed to kill Helots who were too smart or too fit.


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