Our world is astonishing. We have so many amazing things. Just look at Mother Nature. You can find beautiful waterfalls, lakes, creatures, and more. Rainbows and puppies are so adorable you cannot resist them. And then, on the other side of the spectrum, we have things that will scare the hell out of you. Can you think of some? What are you afraid of? What are some of the scariest things in the world?
Let’s take a look. We made this list by going through Reddit and reading lots of lists of things that will scare people. We have different phobias, some are afraid of ghosts, while others of paranormal activity.
If you have fear of just reading about these things, it is better to stop now. While you still can. Continue at your own risk.
Asian Giant Hornets
Hornets are terrifying enough. But some species take things to a completely new level. So, imagine a gigantic hornet?
Some call this creature yak-killer hornet but do not let that fool you. His sting is lethal to humans, even those who are not allergic to hornets.
Just think about this for a second. This hornet is the world’s largest hornet. It is native to temperate and tropical East Asia, Mainland Southeast Asia, South Asia, and some parts of the Russian Far East.
Okay, this is not something you can see on the street. But it is a condition that is scary as hell. Do you know what is the locked-in syndrome?
Well, let’s talk about it. People with the syndrome are fully awake and aware of what’s going on around them but they are completely paralyzed. Now that is something you cannot even imagine how does it look and feel.
The only thing these people can do is blink and move their eyes around. Definitely, a terrifying thing you do not want to experience.
Some would say sleep paralysis is a bit less scary version of the locked-in syndrome. Why? Because it lasts for only a few minutes.
But even those minutes can feel awful. When you suffer from sleep paralysis, each episode feels like an eternity. For those on the outside, it feels like a few minutes. But for those experiencing the condition, it is an eternity.
What happens during that period? Well, sufferers usually hear things that they are not actually there. For example, they can hear humming or screaming voices. And the worst possible scenario is seeing supernatural creatures.
Imagine a creature eating your brain? Well, that is what Naegleria fowleri is. Commonly known as the brain-eating amoeba, it is a species classified as shape-shifting amoeboflagellate excavate.
These amoebae typically live in warm and freshwater. And when they get to your brain, either from a neti pot or accidental inhalation of water, they will eat your brain.
Most cases of Naegleria fowleri attack and infection in the US have resulted in fatal outcomes. Out of 148 reported cases, 144 ended in death.
Here is another creature that you can rarely see, and you definitely do not want to see it. Bigfin squids are a group of rarely seen cephalopods with a distinctive morphology.
The good news? This squid will not kill you. But the bad news is you will wish you were dead. An attack from bigfin squid results in a haunting nightmare. Just look at those arms.
The first bigfin squid was caught by fishers near Portugal in 1907. It took more than 80 years for someone else to spot it in the wild. And that happened in Brazil in November 1988. Some people might say this squid is an urban legend, but they are real.
This parasite insect lays eggs in water. And what happens next? Bugs drink the water, and now they have a parasite. These eggs grow into a worm, which makes a beeline for the bug’s brain. Once the worm takes over the bug’s brain, it makes the bug kill itself by drowning. And then the scary thing cycle starts all over again.
The good news? They do not usually go after humans. But they look scary for sure.
The Gympie-Gympie Tree
Well, have you ever read the line “everything in Australia is trying to kill you”? Here is another example for that line.
The Gympie-Gympie tree is one of six stinging-tree species found on the continent. And this tree is hazardous to your health.
Scientists describe the feeling as following, “being stung is the worst kind of pain you can imagine, like being burnt with hot acid and electrocuted at the same time”. And it doesn’t stop there. The allergic reaction developed over time causes extreme itching and huge hives. You have to get steroid treatment, and even that healing process will take a while.
Jellyfish sting is always an unpleasant experience. Even if it is not venomous, the sting can cause severe itching.
But then you have species like Irukandji jellyfish. When she stings you, you can develop Irukandjii syndrome, something scientists describe as a “feeling of impending doom”. Patients literally believe they are going to die. They even ask their doctors to finish off the job.
This jellyfish can fire stringers from the tips of her tentacles and inject venom. The stings are so severe, that they can cause fatal brain hemorrhages. Speaking about it, this jellyfish sends up to 100 people to the hospital every year.
The worst part is that the horror symptoms are not immediate. They might appear 45 minutes after the initial sting.
Symptoms include anxiety, nausea, restlessness, vomiting, severe headache, severe backache, pain in the muscles, breathing difficulties, and pain in the chest and abdomen.
The Lone Star Tick
The season of ticks starts in the spring and lasts throughout the summer. Ticks can ruin your summer. It is just funny how these super frightening things are brutal.
The lone star tick is the name for the Amblyomma americanum. Some call it the northwestern tick, turkey tick, or cricket tick. In any case, it is a type of tick living in the eastern United States.
This tick can cause your body to swell, break out in hives, and even cause life-threatening anaphylaxis.
Let’s finish off with something that some people find as fun as ever and others call it the most frightening experience in their life.
Roller coasters are scary, there is no going around them. They can be fun, but this might be one of the worst experiences in life depending on your anxiety.
What is your take on it?