We all know that Google is a wonderful source of information, but it can be a dangerous place.
What starts out as an innocent search for information turns into an Alice in Wonderland trip down the rabbit hole. You find what should be a basic search term for food or sports figures turns out to be a disgusting medical condition. I can promise that this article will have you cringing and shaking your head in absolute amazement at the depths of depravity and insanity that has taken over the darkest corners of the internet. We’ll go from strange to sick and from gross to bizarre as we travel down the twisted road of internet hell. I knew there were some disgusting things out there, but I was shocked at the depths of it. I welcome you to take this ride with me but I will say this, you can’t go back in time and forget what you saw. I can be very sure of that. After all, I had to find these entries. If you’re ready to see things that will stick with you whether you want them to or not, keep reading. If you do, don’t say I didn’t provide ample warning. Sit back and enjoy the creepshow.
15. Death Clock
This crazy website has been around for years and is one of the creepiest sites you probably should just avoid. It is a strange site that is supposed to predict your death date. Why would anyone feel the need to do this? This supposedly innocent website was probably set up as a joke, but it’s definitely creepy. No one wants to feel like death is hanging over them. Intellectually, we know it’s a joke like one of the silly quizzes on Facebook. But the idea of something being able to predict when we’re going to leave this life will latch on to your subconscious and leave you feeling a bit unnerved. We all know we’re going to eventually die. Quit looking for it.
14. Diseases in the news
We have all done this. We hear about a disease that is going around on the news and have to Google it. My best advice for this is simple: Don’t! Just don’t do it. You’ll either creep yourself out to the point of having nightmares or you’ll end up convinced that you or someone you know has the dreaded illness. Nothing good ever comes from this. We all have to fight the urge to learn more about things we hear on the news, but leave it alone. For your own sanity and security, don’t start searching the Zika virus or swine flu next time you hear of outbreaks. This will lead to another type of outbreak, one of paranoia. If you think you’re coming down with something, go see a medical professional. Don’t ask Dr. Google.
13. Medical Symptoms
One of the worst things we can do is google anything health related. What could be something as simple as a cold will turn into the most rare forms of cancer with a click of a button. We have all fallen victim to impatience and fear when it comes to strange symptoms, but we set ourselves up for all new levels of paranoia and fear by doing this. With all the technology and information available to us, we often find it hard to wait for a professional opinion and we take it into our own hands With search engines like Google and websites like WebMD and Wikipedia, we feel like we have all the information we need to make a valid and educated guess about things, but that’s all it is – a guess. We need to quit pinning all of our hopes on that search box. So the next time you or a loved one come down with a mystery illness, get in the car and go see a doctor. The rest of us would certainly appreciate you not spreading your germs as your fingers fly over the keyboard to drag you into Googleland.
12. Trypophobia – or any phobia
As a general rule, understanding what scares us can be helpful. But there are some pretty crazy and creepy fears out there. For the last several years, there have been some disturbing photos floating around the internet of a “disease” that causes holes in the skin. To be clear, this is not a real disease. The story that circulated was one about an anthropologist that returned from South America with a rash on her breast. Despite treatment, she developed holes filled with parasites that were feeding on her breast. The photo is actually an edited combination of a breast and a lotus flower pod. It is truly disgusting. But the horrible thing about this is that it plays on a real phobia. Trypophobia or the fear of clusters of holes is a real condition. So this warning covers two things. Don’t Google phobias or rare diseases that cause holes in the skin. Either way, you won’t get the image out of your head.
11. Dermatological Disorders
I have one piece of advice for this. Don’t ever google skin disorders. It’s not worth it. The truly disgusting and gross photos you find will cause you to lose your lunch. They are truly nasty. We’ve all been in the situation where we’ve found an itchy bump and we’re trying to figure out if it’s a bug bite or an allergic reaction, so we grab our phones and start googling. I can honestly say this is a mistake you won’t want to repeat. Once you see these images, you will never be able to forget the disturbing things that will fill your eyes and haunt your nightmares. If you have something going on with your skin, get help. Don’t get Google.
10. Ballerina Feet
We all know that ballerinas embody grace and beauty. They are able to make their art look effortless. But the amount of work that goes into this amazing art is staggering. Ballerinas are true athletes and work very hard to maintain their bodies and their skills to do this work. And there is a downside. The injuries that can occur for them are horrible. One condition that is becoming well know is being referred to as “ballerina feet”. The amount of damage that can occur from the injuries and the constant pressure on their feet is horrible. Ballerinas end up with some of the most scarred and damaged feet of anyone. But the outward appearance can be stomach churning. I looked it up and cringed. It made me truly respect what these dancers go through, but I couldn’t look at the photos for long. If you have a sensitive stomach or can’t stand the sight of sores and other issues, don’t google this. You’ll definitely want to start taking better care of your feet.
9. Coconut Crab
If you like seafood, you’ve probably had crab meat at one time or another. Most of us would picture a small creature with claws when we hear the word crab. But that simple image is nowhere near accurate when it comes to the coconut crab. This alien looking nightmare makes the rounds on Google terrifying the unwitting. It’s an enormous hermit crab that is capable of killing and eating small animals. They actually eat coconuts. They can grow as big as 3 feet from head to tail and weigh up to 40 pounds.These gigantic terrors can even climb trees. If you are even the slightest bit twitchy about creepy things, do not google them. They are horrifying.
8. Clock Spider
This arachnophobe’s nightmare of a meme started circulating on the internet and creeping people out. The whole thing started with a series of three photos that could make anyone want to run screaming. It starts with a photo of a wall clock with what looks like the tips of a spider’s legs sticking out. The second photo shows the spider on the wall and the third shows an up close photo of the spider’s leg. This creepy photo montage started the myth of the clock spider. The photos are rumored to be of a huntsman spider, which is one of the largest in the world. For anyone who gets the shivers at a regular size spider creeping along, spare yourself the nightmare inducing image of a spider the size of a wall clock. It’s an image that will stick in your mind like a pesky spiderweb. If you don’t believe me, you could google it.
7. Wet Koala
This internet hoax terrorized people around the world. Someone thought it was a good idea to photoshop one of the most horrifying images of what is supposed to be a wet koala and spread it around the internet. This meme started circulating in 2012 and has been sending nightmares to anyone who runs across it since. It definitely makes people think twice about approaching koalas. It took someone uncovering an actual photo of a wet koala to show that this was an astonishingly convincing photoshop job. It was so convincing that it went viral and is still in circulation five years later. So, if you haven’t seen enough creepy looking animals, feel free to look this up. But don’t say you weren’t warned.
6. Cave Spider
If you ever wondered if aliens exist, this will convince you they do. These horrific creatures from the dark depths of the earth will leave you cringing and running. And I can promise you that if you didn’t have arachnophobia before, you will. These spiders are enormous and do not look like their everyday cousins. They look like something that either survived the prehistoric era or arrived on an asteroid. Truly creepy and disturbing on every level, these eight legged nightmares will not leave your mind for a while. And if you encounter them in real life, you will never want to set foot in a cave again without a torch and some gasoline so you can send these things to a fiery death. If you don’t believe me, google one.
5. Study of Body Decomposition
I’m going to be honest about this one; it’s gross. For anyone with a weak stomach, I’d advise you to never look this up. I am a huge fan of science fiction, fantasy and horror work and don’t creep out easily, but this turned my stomach. The body farm is a research facility that is dedicated to the study of body decomposition. There are six of these facilities in the country. Although they provide a valuable service for law enforcement and forensic science, they are truly some of the most gruesome places around. These open air facilities allow scientists to study decomposition in real time and up close. If you can’t stand the sight of blood or other bodily fluids, don’t ever look this up. You cannot unsee what Google will show you.
I’m going to repeat the warning I saw for this. Don’t look it up, just don’t. It’s disturbing and horrible to look at. It’s a rare disorder that causes enlargement of the limbs. I feel terrible for anyone who is living with this disorder. But the photos that have made a permanent home in the darker corners of the internet can scar you for life. If you are not able to deal with graphic photos of swollen body parts, don’t look this up. You will never be able to get the images you find out of your mind. Do not wander down the google road on this one. It’s a path better left unknown.
3. Lemon Party
This is one that I wasn’t sure I was going to include. It’s a pornographic site that people are tricked into clicking. You would think this innocent phrase would lead you to some sunny, citrus events, but you would be very wrong. This site is actually one of three old men engaging in sexual activity. If you aren’t interested in geriatric sex, don’t google it. Just don’t. I did everything I could to learn about this one without subjecting myself to it. I’m fairly open minded, but when every site talking about this has a warning posted on it, I tend to follow the advice. But, if you have an urge to see how bad it can get, just google it. But don’t say you weren’t warned, repeatedly.
2. Blue Waffle
When I started looking for topics to write about, I never thought I’d end up discussing one of the most disgusting internet hoaxes I have ever run across. When you google this seemingly innocent phrase, be prepared to gag. I’m being honest with you here. This is truly disturbing on every level. The fact that someone would think it was a good idea to create this hoax is astonishing. It’s even more staggering that people fell for it. Images of an exaggeratedly diseased vagina that was colored blue started circulating in 2010. It has been proven false but still keeps coming up when searched. If you want to completely gross yourself out, google it. But I’m not responsible when you have to run from the screen. It is that bad.
1. Yourself or your Partner
I’m going to add this simply because it can be a bad idea. No matter what the results are, you will be traumatized. You’re either going to find absolutely nothing about yourself, which will depress you, or you’ll find more things about you than you ever remember doing. Your entire past will come back to haunt you. It’s even worse when you google your partner. Even if you don’t find anything, you have now opened the gate of mistrust and suspicion. This will never end well. So the next time you have the urge to google either one, put the keyboard down and walk away. Don’t let Google trip you up.
I have said it before, Google is an amazing tool. But, like anything else, it can lead you down some scary roads. You could end up in corners of internet Hell before you know it. Once that door is opened and you have taken that first step, I can’t promise that you won’t be traumatized. Google has some filters but I would advise adding some yourself by not searching these things. Next time you are looking at the Google search box, think carefully before typing.
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