It’s a common saying that “knowledge is power” but there are some disturbing realities that make many of us opt for ignorance. Not every new tidbit of information will make you say “aha.” Here are 25 incredibly unpleasant facts that you’ll immediately regret learning.
1. They say that ignorance is bliss because sometimes it’s better to not know all the facts about a situation. However, being the curious creatures that we are, sometimes it’s hard not to seek the truth — even if it may be unsettling. One Reddit user asked the discussion website, “What can you tell me right now that I’ll instantly regret learning?” Naturally, the Reddit community did not disappoint and put forward some of the most troubling information they could conjure up. One disconcerting fact that garnered a significant amount of attention on the thread was the inspiration for the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. While most of us are familiar with the story, a lot of people don’t realize that the story is based on a period of famine. The fairy tale originated in the medieval period of the Great Famine (1315 – 1321) where people actually abandoned their kids in the woods and would sometimes resort to cannibalism.
2. Popular session drummer in the late 1960s and 70s, Jim Gordon, played on a number of classic rock recordings from Derek and the Dominos to Steely Dan. He developed schizophrenia, which was misdiagnosed as alcohol abuse, and attacked his 72-year-old mother with a hammer before stabbing her to death with a butcher knife claiming voices told him to.