You have probably lived through a few scary experiences. If you have not, you have been living a pretty charmed life. If you have ever been in a serious car accident, you know just how scary life can be.
Tragically, car accidents are pretty common. Driving is, after all, probably the most dangerous thing most of us do on any given day. People do have to drive, though. Society would cease to function if everyone stopped driving. Showering can also be pretty dangerous. A slip and fall in the shower can be fatal. People also need to bathe, though. You wouldn’t want to live in a society where people don’t wash themselves.
There are also scary, dangerous experiences that are particularly unusual. I have lived through one of those. I ended up wondering how I ended up in such a bizarre situation and why I had such terrible luck.
Here are nine examples of unusual, dangerous experiences that were probably pretty scary for someone—or many people.
1. The Chemical Plant Explosion
This whole thing would be a scary thing to witness, even from so far away. This chemical plant explosion tragically killed one of the workers, who was only 46 years old. An oxygen tank exploded. That could not have been a fun way to go out.
Based on this image, I am surprised there was only one fatality. I would have thought things were a lot worse. Fortunately, the blast was contained in a reasonable period of time by local officials.
2. The Meteors From The Window
Ordinarily, this would be a really cool sight to behold. If I saw such a thing while standing on the ground, I would be quite happy.
However, if I saw this out of my plane window, I would be terrified. I am not afraid of flying, per se, but it is not the most pleasant experience in the world. You don’t want surprises when you look out a plane window. You just want to see clear skies as you—if you’re lucky—drift off to sleep and wake up when you are on the ground.
It is pretty, though, and I am guessing nothing bad happened. I think I would have heard about meteors hitting a plane. That would definitely make the news.
You have to be impressed by the person who managed to take this picture. The timing was excellent.
3. The Goat
You really have to be impressed by the courage of this goat. That is a brave goat. The goat also might be sort of insane. I wouldn’t want to be around so many crocodiles. I hope the goat turned out okay. Strangely, the crocodiles didn’t seem to be too interested in it.
Crocodiles are pretty neat creatures for several reasons. For one, they live a pretty long time. They can live for well over 70 years, and they also have the ability to replace their own teeth dozens of times. I wish human beings had that ability. We would never need to go to the dentist. I have nothing against dentists, per se, but I have never looked forward to a dental appointment. If you have, there is probably something wrong with you.
Crocodiles can also be huge. The largest one on record weighed over 1,000 kilograms.
While they might be fascinating creatures, you probably don’t want to interact with a crocodile. They are extremely dangerous creatures. It has been estimated that crocodiles kill hundreds every year in Africa. Those attacks are rarely reported on, however, by the media.
Arguably, the most dangerous type of crocodile is the Nile crocodile. The saltwater crocodile is also very scary; it is the largest of living reptiles currently existing on the planet. It might actually be a lot more dangerous.
The saltwater crocodile’s territory should be avoided if at all possible. They are extremely aggressive when approached.
Goats are pretty interesting creatures, too. Their milk is commonly turned into cheese. I can’t stand the stuff myself, but a lot of people really seem to like it. The milk is also made into ice cream and yogurt.
4. The Shark and the Boat
Interacting with a shark must be terrifying. I know people who are very afraid of sharks. I don’t know why, exactly. They don’t exactly go swimming in the ocean very often.
I would definitely be afraid of sharks if one attacked my boat, though. The person that took this picture has every reason to be afraid of sharks for the rest of his or her life. It is definitely a very cool picture. That said, if I saw a shark, my first instinct wouldn’t be to take a picture.
You probably don’t want to interact with a shark, as they can be very dangerous creatures, but the fact of the matter is that there are less than 100 unprovoked shark attacks every year.
You should probably be most afraid of great white sharks. They are terrifying creatures. Surprisingly, they also live for quite a long time; they can live for over 70 years. If you’re familiar with the movie “Jaws”, the shark in that was a great white.
The movie, which came out in 1975, was based on a book. It is considered one of the best films ever made, and it is probably why so many people are afraid of sharks. It won several Academy Awards.
There were several sequels to the film; they were not nearly as good. Still, the “Jaws” franchise is one of the most successful in the world. There were even video games based on the franchise. “Jaws Unleashed”, which came out in 2006, was released for both the XBOX and Playstation 2.
When you think about sharks, you might also think about the “Sharknado” franchise. Six films were made. The final movie—at least for now—was released in August of this year. Unlike “Jaws”, the “Sharknado” films were pretty comedic in tone. They nevertheless turned out to be extremely popular. One of the stars of the series was Tara Reid, who is known for appearing in some of the “American Pie” films. She also appeared in several episodes of the situational comedy “Scrubs”.
5. The Cliff Diving
I don’t understand people who go cliff jumping. I am sure it is sort of a thrill, and a lot of people have done so and successfully lived to see another day, but it just seems like an unnecessary risk.
There are a lot of things many of us do every single day that are risky—such as driving and eating hot dogs from questionable street vendors—but this particular activity seems like it might be a bit much.
I don’t really understand people who intentionally jump out of planes, either. I know several people who have done it, and they have told me that it is a real thrill, but I still don’t get it. It just seems, to me, like you are tempting fate. I am afraid of heights, though, and one of my biggest fears in life is breaking my neck.
6. The Out of Control Car
I have actually had to jump out of the way of a car once. The driver had consumed one too many alcoholic beverages and decided he wanted to drive on the sidewalk. It was a university town and it was after midnight, so I guess I shouldn’t have been too surprised.
If you want to stay safe, you should avoid leaving your home whenever possible.
According to recent data, over 5,000 people in the United States are killed each year due to crashes involving motor vehicles. Over 50,000 are injured. That is probably because so many of us are staring at our smart phones while we walk down the street. I understand the desire to text and check your email while walking to the store, but it really isn’t the smartest move in the world. By the time you notice a car headed towards you, it might be too late. Your social media updates can wait until you get to a safe place.
7. The Ceiling That Caved In
Apparently, this ceiling caved in because of heavy rain and a building company that refused to finish a job for financial reasons. I just hope no one was hurt.
It just goes to show you that you aren’t even safe in your own home. Weather can be extremely dangerous. I know of people who died because a tornado hit their house.
I also know of a guy who died because a storm knocked over a tree. It ended up crashing into his house, killing him while he was asleep in his own bed. Admittedly, that really isn’t the worst way to go. At the very least, it is quick. He probably didn’t have his affairs in order, but at least he didn’t suffer much.
You never know when your time will be up. On any given night, you might go to sleep and just never wake up.
8. The Tire of the Plane
I feel bad for the passengers on this plane. That could not have been a very smooth landing. I am sure there were a lot of terrified people on that flight.
You would like to think that airlines regularly inspect the tires of their aircrafts, and I’m assuming they typically do, but equipment failures happen from time to time. That tire looks terrible. Who expects a tire to blow out when a plane lands?
If you weren’t afraid of flying before, you might be after seeing that image. I’m a bit more reluctant to ever get on a plane again.
Statistically, flying is safer than driving, but it can still be a horrifying experience; even if you aren’t concerned for your personal safety, it can still be dreadful. If you have ever had to sit next to a baby on a flight, you know what I’m talking about. If you have ever eaten bad airline food, you know what I am talking about. I will always regret the time I decided to eat the fish on an international flight.
Even airports can be awful experiences. Most of them are huge, and it can be really hard to figure out where you are supposed to go, especially if you are in a foreign country and you don’t speak the language. The shops are kind of terrible, too. Why does everything have to cost so darn much?