Most of us know to be cautious of sharks and lightning, but, in reality, there are some rather big dangers out there that often go unacknowledged.
Here are 10 weird things that can kill you almost instantly.
Number 10.A meteor. Humans have been lucky when it comes to avoiding sizeable meteors and mass die-offs. However, if one measuring 50-meters-wide and speeding towards Earth at roughly 9 miles per second exploded in the air, it would be rather catastrophic. The probable effect has been likened to just under 140 atomic bombs going off at once.
Number 9.Stepping on a stonefish. The sea creatures are one of the most poisonous fish. They also really hate it when people step on them. When that happens, the fish immediately release venom into whatever disturbed it. Effects are fast acting and can include heart stoppage, seizures, and paralysis.
Number 8.Cleaning the toilet. No doubt, it's an item that needs frequent disinfecting, but be very mindful of the products used. Mixing bleach and ammonia results in the formation of a potentially fatal gas.
Number 7.Icicles. They're solid, sharp, and depending upon how far they fall, potentially forceful. On average, the frozen spikes are the agent behind 100 deaths in Russia every year. They have also claimed lives in Chicago, Vermont, and a more than one city in Michigan.
Number 6.Too much pumpkin pie and eggnog. In addition to both items being common holiday foods, the two beloved edibles contain nutmeg. The spice, in larger quantities, has a hallucinogenic effect, and when consumed in excess can cause psychosis and death.
Number 5.Underestimating a cow. 22 a year. That is how many annual U.S. fatalities are linked to the often docile-looking animals. Many are due to attacks carried out by a single animal, but bovines have been known to organize and strike in groups.
Number 4.Gamma Ray Bursts. The powerful forces can be released by any number of space objects, but mighty though they are, detection can be difficult. A strike may occur with no advance warning. On the upside, complete annihilation is instantaneous, so victims will likely have spent their final moments in blissful ignorance.
Number 3.Selfies. The popular practice has claimed at least 49 lives over the past couple of years. Most victims fell to their deaths, while others drowned, got struck by trains, were shot, or were involved in a fatal car crash.
See photos of people taking questionable selfies:
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - NOVEMBER 6: Protestors take a selfie in front of burning police motorbike in Brussels, on November 6, 2014. Belgians protest government's policies that will extend the pension age, contain wages and cut into public services. (Photo by Mehmet Kaman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 22: A Chinese man takes a selfie in a snow covered Tiananmen Square during a snowfall on November 22, 2014 in Beijing, China. China's capital and other parts of northern China had its second snowfall of the year Sunday. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
ANKARA, TURKEY - 2015/03/22: Two men take a selfie with the traditional bonfire, at Newroz celebration rally. (Photo by Piero Castellano/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Palestinian protesters take a selfie after a march against Palestinian land confiscation to expand the nearby Jewish Hallamish settlement on August 28, 2015 in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 09: A demonstrator, marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown, stops to take a selfie while protesting along West Florrisant Street on August 9, 2015 in Ferguson, Missouri. There are reports that two people were shot when gun fire broke out during protests later in the evening. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9, 2014. His death sparked months of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson and drew nationwide focus on police treatment of black suspects. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 22: A member of the press takes a 'selfie' with Thai army soldiers standing guard at the grounds of the venue for peace talks between pro- and anti-government groups on May 22, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. The army chief announced in an address to the nation that the armed forces were seizing power amid reports that leaders of the opposing groups attending the talks were being detained by the military. Thailand has seen months of political unrest and violence which has claimed at least 28 lives. (Photo by Rufus Cox/Getty Images)
A participant of the Mrs Universe 2015 contest takes a selfie picture as she stands close to a 360 ton payload BelAZ mining dump truck at the BelAZ plant in Zhodino, outside Minsk, on August 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI GAPON (Photo credit should read SERGEI GAPON/AFP/Getty Images)
HUNSTANTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05: A man takes a selfie next to a dead sperm that stranded itself on a beach between Old Hunstanton and Holme on February 5, 2016 in Hunstanton, England. The whale is currently the 29th to get stranded in Europe in the past two weeks and due to its weight of between 25 and 30 tonnes was unable to be rescued. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Tourists take a selfie during a desert safari trip in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on November 4, 2015. Britain temporarily suspended flights from Sharm El-Sheikh as it was concerned a Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt may have been downed by a bomb, while the Islamic State group insisted it caused the disaster. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Runners take a selfie during the 'The Color Run Night' in Stockholm on September 11, 2015. The Color Run founder, Travis Snyder, was inspired by the Indian Holi Festival, and decided to combine the idea with a 5km running experience. From the first event in the United States in January 2012 The Color Run has since spread across the globe leaving a trail of color and happy runners. AFP PHOTO/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
VAN, TURKEY - DECEMBER 25: A man takes a selfie as water sprayed meters into the air, freezing to form icicles after the freezing cold in the neighborhood of Muradiye led to the explosion of a water pipeline at the Sarimehmet Dam in Van, Turkey on December 25, 2015. (Photo by Necat Hasar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A Kuwaiti man takes a selfie with a falcon during a training session in al-Salmi district, 120 kms west of Kuwait City, on December 19, 2015 in preparation for a falconry competition. / AFP / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT (Photo credit should read YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 5: Tourists enjoy sticking wads of gum to surrounding walls and taking selfies at Seattle's famed 'Gum Wall' on November 5, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. Located in an alley below Pike Place Market, the gum wall will be steam cleaned next week after accumulating 20 years of chewing gum. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
People taking questionable selfies
Number 2.Rock collecting. The hobby is enjoyed by many, but there are some specimens best avoided. Among them is Hutchinsonite, as inhaling its dust or ingesting bits of it can be fatal. The rock's composition includes 3 deadly minerals – arsenic, lead, and thallium.
Number 1. Eating sushi. If the chef offers you a plate of delicious fugu, get his or her credentials before committing. The blowfish, if not prepared absolutely flawlessly, can kill upon consumption. Just one of them packs enough tetrodotoxin to wipe out 30 people.
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