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Interesting And Terrible Facts You'll Wish You Never Read

MARCH 27, 2015  —  By Spencer Montgomery

1. When a male lion takes over a new pride, he typically kills all existing cubs.

When a male lion takes over a new pride, he typically kills all existing cubs.

2. The FDA allows Americans to eat potentially harmful food additives that are banned in other countries.

The FDA allows Americans to eat potentially harmful food additives that are banned in other countries.

3. A typical used mattress can have between 100,000 and 10 million dust mites inside. These mites feast on your dead skin.

A typical used mattress can have between 100,000 and 10 million dust mites inside. These mites feast on your dead skin.

4. Because they do not produce eggs or grow fast or big enough to be profitable for meat production, baby male chicks are tossed into a grinding machine where they meet their brutal deaths. 

Because they do not produce eggs or grow fast or big enough to be profitable for meat production, baby male chicks are tossed into a grinding machine where they meet their brutal deaths. 

5. The rapid loss of species we are witnessing today is estimated by experts to be between 1,000 to 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate. 

The rapid loss of species we are witnessing today is estimated by experts to be between 1,000 to 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate. 

6. There are insects like moths, butterflies and bees who feed off the tears of other animals.

There are insects like moths, butterflies and bees who feed off the tears of other animals.

7. One in nine people on Earth do not have enough food to lead a healthy, active life. 

One in nine people on Earth do not have enough food to lead a healthy, active life. 

8. Mother cows cry over the loss of their babies. Their female babies will follow in their hoofprints and become a constantly artificially inseminated dairy cow. For their male babies, the alternative isn't much better. Veal anyone?

Mother cows cry over the loss of their babies. Their female babies will follow in their hoofprints and become a constantly artificially inseminated dairy cow. For their male babies, the alternative isn't much better. Veal anyone?

9. Your toilet seat has the least amount of bacteria of all the places in your home.

Your toilet seat has the least amount of bacteria of all the places in your home.

10. There is so much denial about climate change that Florida reportedly banned the term altogether. University of Miami geologist Harold Wanless states in response: "It's beyond ludicrous to deny using the term climate change. It's criminal at this point."

There is so much denial about climate change that Florida reportedly banned the term altogether. University of Miami geologist Harold Wanless states in response: "It's beyond ludicrous to deny using the term climate change. It's criminal at this point."

11. Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. 

Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. 

12. When you ride the subway, 15% of the air you breathe in consists of human skin.

When you ride the subway, 15% of the air you breathe in consists of human skin.

13. In the United States, there are enough vacant homes to house the country's homeless population six times over.

In the United States, there are enough vacant homes to house the country's homeless population six times over.

14. Up to 40% of all annual deaths from each of the five leading U.S. causes are preventable.

Up to 40% of all annual deaths from each of the five leading U.S. causes are preventable.

15. You're more likely to die on the way to buy lottery tickets than you are to actually win the lottery.

You're more likely to die on the way to buy lottery tickets than you are to actually win the lottery.

16. In Europe, there are more vacant homes than there are homeless people needing shelter. In fact, there are enough empty homes to "house all of the continent's homeless twice over." 

In Europe, there are more vacant homes than there are homeless people needing shelter. In fact, there are enough empty homes to "house all of the continent's homeless twice over." 

17. There are over 200 dead bodies on the trail up Mount Everest. They are used as landmarks.

There are over 200 dead bodies on the trail up Mount Everest. They are used as landmarks.

18. There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world right now--more than any other time in history.

There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world right now--more than any other time in history.