We all know and have been taught from a very young age to stay away from poisons and other dangerous materials. Some substances can be extremely dangerous just by touching or breathing them in.
Mercury for example can kill a 70 kilo (154 pound) person if 250 milligram dose is ingested. Polonium on the other hand needs only one gram of the vaporized stuff to kill 50 million people! Ok, these are not so easy to find substances and people don’t come in contact with them every day. But what about some around the house objects that we use to put in our bodies, are enough to kill us?
Coffee is basically poison. A single drop of the stuff is enough to kill a lot of bugs, simply by falling into your cup. But in order to kill a full sized human, an average person needs to drink around 70 cups. This large amount can trigger heart palpitations or even cardiac arrest.
If alcohol is your choice beverage, than you should know that 13 consecutive shots of tequila or any other strong spirit can be lethal too. Talk about a party downer. Because alcohol is a depressant, the area in the brain controlling basic life functions like breathing, heart rate and kidney functions can be brought to an immediate halt.
To much liquids is also a bad thing regardless of what your doctor tells you. Now to be fair, he won’t ever tell you to drink 6 liters (202 oz.) of water in one sitting, which is enough to make your brain cell swell, leading to headaches, seizures, comas and even death in some cases. It is also proven that every person that has ever drank water at least once in his or hers life, has died!
If you like your food to be spicy, please don’t overdo it. If your foo starts to look like you dropped it in the dirt, that’s probably too much. Nevertheless, around 48 teaspoons can kill any person, regardless if it’s pepper, curry or vegeta.
Salt is no exception either. If you eat too much of it on a daily basis, you’ll most likely develop something that’s called hypernatremia. If you eat 200 grams (7 Oz.) at once on the other hand, you won’t need to worry about that sort of complication.
6. Oxygen – or rather the lack of it
If you ever find yourself needing to escape some professional assassins who are out to get you and the only place to escape them is in your dirty pool, just remember that the average person can last without oxygen for about 4 minutes before some form of brain injury sets in. Six minutes and you’re probably dead anyway!
Cherries are the silent killer of all the fruits. Well, you can eat them as much as you like but remember not to eat the pits. If one goes down by accident, that’s OK, but don’t bite into one. They contain cyanide and two of them can be enough to bring you down. This substance will inhibit your body to use oxygen.
8. High Altitudes
While we’re on the subject of lack of oxygen, next time when you’re thinking about climbing mount Kilimanjaro, please keep in mind that going over 8000 ft. (2440 meters), our bodies will no longer be able to efficiently acclimatize to the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere. For professional hikers, this barrier is known as “The Death Zone”.
Being too tall can also kill you. In the 1930’s a young man by the name of Robert Wadlow reached a height of 8’11 (2.71 meters). This, let’s say anomaly put a severe stress on his circulatory system and bones and he died at the age of 22. Researchers have hypothesized that every inch above five feet (1.5 meters) skims off around 1.3 years off your life.
Now to a more cheerful subject like chocolate and how much kills us. While most dog owners know not to give their pets chocolate because it kills them, us humans can eat more of it because we synthesize theobromine better than our furry friends. But if we like it too much and we eat, let’s say, 85 full sized chocolate bars at once, then we’re not too responsible and we shouldn’t have dogs in the first place. We would also die because of it.
11. Loud Noise
Blasting some amazing music is always fun, especially for the neighbors. But if you overdo it and you go over 185 db, you may be at risk to burst your lungs or create an embolism which will then travel to your heart and kill you.
12. No Sleep
If you manage to survive the loud noise at the festival you may be at risk from the lack of sleep that goes with these sort of venues. Us humans can last on average of 11 days without sleeping before kicking the bucket. The good news is that there are no long term effects, as far as we know, if we occasionally go on a sleepless binge.