Pilgrims of the Tirupati temple in India give some of their hair as a sacrifice. The temple employs 600 barbers, who work day and night to shave pilgrims, taking 6.5 million of gifts of the hair a year. The hair is sold to wig makers and for use as fertilizer.
In ancient Mexico, people bound their babies’ heads tightly to make their skulls long and thin.
The Binderwur tribe in India used to kill and eat sick and old people to please their goddess Kali.
Surma girls of Ethiopia put clay disks in their lower lips, stretching the lip outward. The size of disk indicates how many cattle a man needs to provide to marry the girl-they can be up to 6inches (15 centimeters) across.
James, Duke of Monmouth was beheaded in 1685, but when it was discovered that there was no official portrait of him, his head was stitched back on and he posed for portrait at last.
An amoeba common in warm water can travel up your nose while you are swimming and live in your brain, where it multiplies rapidly and kills you in 3-7 days.
In some countries, the umbilical cord-the cord that attaches the unborn baby to its mother-is dried and kept after birth to use as spells or medicines.
If you never wear shoes, the skin on the soles of your feet eventually thickens and hardens so that you can walk on sharp stones without hurting yourself.
When you die, the bacteria in your gut start to eat away at you from the inside.
The botfly lays its eggs on a mosquito, and they hatch when the mosquito bites someone. The maggot grows for 6 weeks in a lump under the person’s skin called a warble until it pops out when it’s fully grown.
Rhinotillexomania is the scientific name for picking your nose.
When you breathe normally, air goes into your nose at 4 miles (6.5 km) per hour. When you take a good sniff at something, it goes in at 20 miles (32 km) per hour. When you sneeze, it comes out at 100 miles (160 km) per hour.
A dead body quickly looks grayish since the blood drains down to the part of the body closest to the ground. The effect is most noticeable in people with white skin.
Hookworms can infest people who walk barefoot. They bore through the skin of the feet and travel in the blood to the lungs, where they come out and crawl up to the throat, to be swallowed and start a new life in the gut.
After you die, your body starts to dry out and shrink, creating the illusion that your hair and nails are still growing after death.
In Palestine, pregnant women who hoped for a son used to drink a portion made from the burned and powdered umbilical cord of a new born baby boy.
If your head is chopped off, you can remain conscious for about 25 seconds.
In 1981, 300 people, thrown into the water in a ferry accident in Brazil were eaten alive by piranhas.
Condemned prisoners are traditionally allowed a delicious last meal. In some US states, it’s not actually their last meal but is served a day or two before the execution and is called a “special meal”.
The Insect Club, a restaurant in the US, serves only dishes made with insects. The menu includes cricket pizza, insect chocolates, and insects in a blanket-crickets, mealworms, and blue cheese in puff pastry.
In Japanese countryside, salamanders and skinks are grilled on sticks and served with lettuce.
The Masai Mara in Africa, people drink blood drained from the neck of a live animal with a straw, mixed up with milk.
In some countries where people don’t have food processors or forks, mothers chew up food to put into their babies’ mouths.
King Kokodo of the Congo ruled for 3 years after his death. His body was wheeled around in a box during this part of his reign.
When King Philip of Spain died in 1560, his devastated wife wouldn’t allow him to be buried but had his coffin accompany her everywhere.
Csar Peter III of Russia was crowned 34 years after he died. His coffin was opened so that the crown could be put on his head.
Many cheap meat products such as sausages and burgers are made from “mechanically recovered meat” which consists of a meat slurry collected from washing bones and mincing up parts of the dead animal that aren’t used for anything else.
Culled from 1001 Horrible Facts By Anne Rooney
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