History Main / EverythingTryingToKillYou

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[[folder:Real Life -- Australia]] Yes, UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} has so much dangerous stuff we had to give it its own section. This quote is quite typical of most people's opinions on the place. ->"Every creature [in Australia] is bigger and angrier than anywhere else in the world... [[InsaneTrollLogic spiders and snakes and the like normally hide under rocks. The Earth is one big rock, Australia is at the bottom of the big rock, and so they're trying to hide under it.]]" -->-- '''[[TheRickyGervaisShow Karl Pilkington]]''' - ''Happyslapped by a Jellyfish.'' * Even the geological chemistry of Oz is trying to kill you. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wittenoom,_Western_Australia Proof]]. MidnightOil sang about the workers who had to suffer for it. * About the only things that aren't dangerous or poisonous are [[Discworld/TheLastContinent some of the sheep]] (which aren't native to Australia). And maybe wallabies. The following things will kill you: common spiders, the most common snakes, ticks, crocodiles, sharks, jellyfish, stonefish; we have a seashell that will go for you and deliver a very painful, fast death. Even (male) platypus are poisonous. ** Platypodes aren't merely venomous, they have probably the most terrifying venom in nature. The other animals on this list will just kill you, the Platypus isn't that humane. Its venom attacks the victim's pain receptors, cranking them UpToEleven and ripping off the knob. It causes pain so horrible that even the highest non-lethal dose of morphine isn't enough. To stop the pain, doctors actually have to physically sever the nerve from the affected area to the brain because that's the only thing powerful enough. ** If a spider spins a web (as in a traditional, picturebook cobweb), it won't kill you normally, just make you wish it had. ** A wallaby could still probably break a few of your ribs by kicking you, and that's pretty bad as broken ribs can lead to punctured lungs or a punctured heart. * Then there's the most humiliating thing of all - mauled by Wombat. [[http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/04/06/2865005.htm No joke]]. ** Maybe ''Long Weekend'' was just TruthInTelevision. ** It's not quite as silly as it sounds - wombats are regularly preyed upon by dingos, and escape by letting the dingos chase them to their burrows, waiting for the dingo to force its snout over the wombat's back, and then ''kicking upward with enough force to crack the dingo's skull''. And, as burrowing animals, they have huge, sharp claws. * We all know kangaroos hop around on their hind legs -- well, those hind legs are strong enough to disembowel a person with a single kick. Breaking the old stereotype that island faunas are wimpy, kangaroos have proven themselves quite able to compete with other animals on the mainland. So don't diss the 'roo, mate! * The Australian fierce snake (named for its home, the Fierce Desert, not for its temperament, which is actually non-aggressive) is considered the most poisonous snake in the world. ** In fact, the top nine poisonous land snakes in the world are all from Australia. And almost all of the sea snakes, which are several times more venomous, are also from Australia, the sea snake capital of the world. * According to the MadeOfExplodium page, eucalyptus trees have a rather amusing tendency to, well, explode, given the proper stressors. Truly a gamer's continent. ** Eucalypts also produce dry, waxy leaves and loose bark that fuel the frequent and highly dangerous bushfires, and have a tendency to lose branches in high winds, or just after said fires. Add in the fact that eucalypt branches are often 1-2 metres in length, and all grow from the top foot or so of trunk, and you can see that even the ''trees'' are trying to kill you. *** And why, pray tell, have they evolved this trait? Because the resulting fire regime burns out nearly any plant that even ''thinks'' about making a serious go at competing with the eucalypts for light, water, and soil nutrients. The trees aren't trying to kill ''you'', particularly; they're trying to kill ''everything'' in the general vicinity that isn't them. ** Also, falling gum tree limbs (known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast widowmakers]]) have caused serious property damage and deaths. And they ''fall with '''no''' warning''. Feel like taking a nap under a gum tree during a hot day? It might be the last thing you do... *** The good news is that Drop Bears are just scare stories for the tourists. The bad news is that the trees the bears putatively live in do, in fact, drop lethal objects on you ''anyway''. (The drop bear may have originated for this very reason; as a way to keep greenhorns and children from dawdling around under a tree, "deadly predator" is a lot more ''viscerally'' convincing than "shed limbs.") *** It's worth noting that the oils in these branches is highly flammable and has fungicide properties, meaning that they break down very slowly and present a lingering fire hazard even ''after'' trying to crush you. * And that's just the stuff on land, they also have - apart from the sharks and saltwater crocodiles - blue ringed octopus, box jellyfish, cone snails, stingrays, etc. ** You know your country is scary when even the snails can kill. The aptly named Triton (not the car) is one of the few predators that will kill and eat [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown-of-thorns_starfish "crown of thorns"]] starfish. *** You know your country is scary when even the starfish have NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast. * That is one of the reasons why [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]] was considered one of the best RealLife {{badass}}es. "Now watch as I approach the kangaroo's babies, if I'm not careful the mama will rip off my arm and start beating me with it!!" Nothing he says is worth anything less then two exclamation points. ** If Australia killed Steve Irwin, [[FridgeHorror what chance do]] ''[[FridgeHorror you]]'' [[FridgeHorror have?]] ** In other countries, Steve Irwin is remembered as a great man, one of the most out-spoken animal rights activists of all time. Australians on the other hand view him as a crazy person... since they actually understand how dangerous the things he did to educate the rest of the world were. *** There's also the fact that in Australia everyone has an uncle who ''can'' do those things (although they almost invariably are smart enough to refrain from doing them). Steve Irwin happened to be able to build an international television career out of doing things that are, in any objective sense, completely idiotic. ** The odd thing is, Steve Irwin was killed by an animal which is normally ''non''-lethal: the stingray. The only reason he died was because he had the sheer misfortune to be stabbed directly in the heart. * Emus are basically really big ''[[FeatheredFiend Velociraptor]]'' with a beak. Be glad that you do not meet their dietary needs. Cassowaries, too -- which are like emus but actively aggressive towards humans. They were actually used as the models for the ''Velociraptor'' in ''Franchise/JurassicPark''. ** Adding to the horror - a cassowary is basically an emu with warpaint and an axe attached to its head. *** [[http://www.cracked.com/video_18693_why-cassowary-most-terrifying-animal-ever.html This]] [[Website/{{Cracked}} Cracked.com]] video sums it up pretty well. * If you think that's bad, Australia was even more of a DeathWorld back in the Pleistocene, when humans first arrived. Carnivorous buzz-saw toothed kangaroos? Check. Giant intelligent fast-running highly venomous monitor lizard the size of a one-ton truck? Check. Climbing, fast-running, warm-blooded saw-toothed, intelligent crocodiles? Check. Gigantic killer pseudo-python? Check. Marsupial lion with sickle thumbs and guillotines for teeth? Check. The Demon Duck of Doom! Oh yeah, it's there. Ninjemys, a gigantic horned turtle built like a panzer tank (and yes, [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles the name means exactly what you think it means]] and it was named ''after'' that), check. Wombat the size of a rhinoceros with incisors built specifically for goring that can charge at 35 mile per hour? Check. Giant koala-ground sloth-tapir mixes the size of bison? Check. Everything that can kill you in Australia today (everything else on this page)? Check. ** This also highlights the fact that, by a huge margin, the most lethal animal in Australia is... ''US''. Humans wiped out ''all'' the above creatures with nothing more sophisticated than precisely shaped pieces of stone and wood, and fire. We first starved them to extinction by burning them out of house and home, at which point hunting could finish them off. We even changed the climate a bit, making it a bit harsher than it already was. * [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16868_6-deadliest-creatures-that-can-fit-in-your-shoe.html This Cracked article]] feels appropriate. No, it isn't all in Australia, but half of it is. ** [[http://www.cracked.com/funny-163-australia/ Another Oz-related Cracked article.]] ** Two thirds of the animals on [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15853_6-cutest-animals-that-can-still-destroy-you.html this Cracked list]] of [[KillerRabbit Killer Rabbits]] are found in Australia. * Any child growing up in Australia learns (unless the parents are trying to kill the kid) a long list of things that can kill you, practically by heart. It's a long list, and just to make sure at least one state teaches it in primary schools. * Koalas. If you try to hug a wild one, they will be happy to "hug" you back with razor sharp claws that are designed to be habitats for nasty shit, making them natural experts of biological warfare. Have you ever heard one growl at you? The cute little [[strike:bears]] marsupials sound like giant ogres! ** On top of that, most of them have chlamydia,[[note]]And no, you don't have to [[{{squick}} root them]] to catch it from them.[[/note]] so, in a way, they kill your future children, too. * Out of all these critters, the only ones that really cramp your style are the jellyfish. Sharks? Pfft, there's like three left. Spiders? Don't go picking up random bits of rusty iron. Snakes? Make a lot of noise whilst walking through undergrowth, wear tough shoes, etc. Stonefish/cone shells? Don't walk barefoot on reefs. Drop bears? Don't hang around underneath gum trees. But jellyfish? "Oh, I'm sorry if you wanted to go for a swim at that otherwise harmless sandy beach when it's 42 degrees. We'll just be floating around by our thousands, invisible and potentially fatal." ** Not to mention the Irukandji. The worst of the box jellyfish (an infamous class of jellyfish), they will actively seek out prey rather than drift along in the current, are the size of a fingernail, are transparent, can swim through anti-jellyfish safety nets on beaches and pack a horrifically painful sting which has 'a sense of impending doom' listed as a symptom on ThatOtherWiki. ** Sure the little guys are scary, but on the other side of the scale, Australia is also home to a southern-hemisphere relative of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jellyfish_and_shark_-_Sant_Hall_-_Smithsonian.JPG Lion's Mane jellyfish]]. Yes, that is a jellyfish that can grow up to 120 feet long, 8 feet across, and [[http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/lionsmane2.html whose stingers remain dangerous even after detached]]. While there hasn't really been a ''recorded'' case of a person being eaten by one of these, isn't it nice to know that there are species of jellyfish actually capable of devouring you whole? Oh yea, and sometimes they swarm. Sleep well! ** Let's not also forget the Chironex Fleckeri, another specie of box jellyfish unique to Australia. Their venom is often said to be the most deadly in the world, and if TheOtherWiki is to be believed, a single specimen holds enough of it to kill 60 adult humans. * They may not be dangerous to humans, but the only known variety of sea squirt that snares prey like a Venus fly-trap rather than passively filtering water lives just off Australia. ** Look at the rest of the list. Not dangerous to humans? Don't count on it. * And because this list isn't long enough, the Blue-Ringed Octopus. The venom causes total paralysis of everything, including involuntary muscle movement - like say, breathing. Or your heart beating. [[AndIMustScream And you're conscious every second of it]] - assuming you are going to live much longer, which is debatable because you're paralyzed, look dead and, well... just pray your buddy (you DO have one with you, right...?) can recognize the effects of blue ringed octopus venom, otherwise say hi to a very unpleasant death! ** There is no antidote for the blue-ringed octopus's venom -- in no small part because the horrifying concoction is hard to formulate an antivenom for, being a mix of several different horrifically lethal chemical substances, tetradotoxin in primis. The treatment is to start CPR immediately and keep going, no matter what, until medical help arrives; the victim is then placed on life support until their body can flush out the venom naturally. ** And you know what the big {{Irony}} is? While it may or may not be the only venomous octopus species in the world, blue-rings are definitely the only ones that are lethal to humans. That's right folks, there is only one type of octopus that can kill you, and it lives in Australia. ** And if the venom isn't scary enough, keep in mind that the blue-ringed octopus, like the rest of its order, is super intelligent; just imagine the cephalopod version of the Zodiac Killer armed with a powerful neurotoxin and a body of pure nerves and muscle that can fit through any crack or crevasse. Fortunately, once more like other octopuses, they're of the "will only attack when provoked" variety, but obviously it's still not something you want to mess with. * And let's not forget the Great Australian Bight. For non-locals, that's a region of South Australia where the ground beneath your feet is brittle and conceals deep abysses leading to underground caverns filled with seawater, which will happily drown you if the fall doesn't splat you first. That's right: in Australia, even the ''ground'' wants to kill you. * Slightly more north is the Nullarbor Plain. Imagine the biggest desert you can think of. Now imagine it bigger. Now imagine ''red''. Now add the typical Australian NT climate heat of 48-50 degrees Celsius.[[note]]118-122 degrees Fahrenheit[[/note]] Now imagine having gone out there [[TemptingFate looking for gold]] which is relatively easy to find beneath the sand. Not only does the ground want to kill you, it tempts you into a trap to make it easier on itself. * To elucidate a little further, it's not just NT ground that can kill you (although honestly, living in Alice Springs is almost a death wish, and you only live in Darwin if you have a love affair with bipolar weather and cyclones), but nearly all ground ''everywhere'' that can kill you. Apart from some of the most perilous mountain ranges anywhere (with sharp drops, deceptive rock formations, crumbling earth, nexus of underground caves which you ''won't'' find your way out of without a very experienced guide, and narrow winding paths that you only can travel with immense preparation (and these are mountain ranges with absolutely ''tiny'' mountains compared to the rest of the world, just look up the Flinder's Ranges)), you have wide vast expanses of ridiculously dry desert in Western Australia that you ''will'' die in if you don't have someone who knows how to find the water hidden deep beneath the ground, a coastline with so many abrupt cliffs that if you're not careful you can drive right off, and marsh land and estuaries in NSW and Queensland that will either suck you into their swampy extremes, or leave you wandering lost for days in sand dunes. Even the ''bushes'' will try to poison you and paralyse you! ... Oh god, why do I live here again? * Continuing on from even the ground trying to kill you, everyone growing up in Darwin knows not to dig during the wet season with any cuts or injuries. The bacteria, Melioidosis, more commonly known as Nightcliff Gardener's Disease, lives deep in the soil, but comes to the surface when it rains. It has a nearly 90% mortality rate when untreated, and there's no known vaccine. ** Here's a fun fact: remember that patient in season five of ''Series/{{House}}'' who was willing to take hostages to get a diagnosis? This was the stuff that was killing him. Even on ''Series/{{House}}'', Melioidosis is extreme. * Even the things that ''aren't native'' are happy to join the party. Just give them a little evolving time. [[http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/03/17/gang-cats-size-dogs-threatens-aussie-neighborhood/ This article]], about felines that take CatsAreMean UpToEleven, takes place in, you guessed it, [[UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} Brisbane]]. ** Yes, even things only introduced to the Australian environment 100 years ago can now kick the ass of its counterparts in Europe and America. And they tend to be more sadistic too. *** [[AustralianRulesFootball Especially the sports]]. ** You also have to remember that pretty much any time Cracked mentions Australia, it must, and absolutely must, be restated that dingoes eat human babies. * The plants can also kill you. The Stinging Tree is aptly named; all shrubs and trees of this genus have very fine hairs which will end up in your body if you walk too close (also, said hairs SHED, so too close is probably within a 5km radius). These stingers are poisonous, and they have been known to kill horses, dogs and, yes, people. With great efficiency. Even if it doesn't kill you, the hairs - and subsequently the pain, because it's the Stinging Tree for a reason - tend to last several years; the hairs are too fine to remove, and they don't break down in your body. * If trees killing you weren't bad enough, the ''grass'' trying to kill you would be. Triodia (aka Spinifex) is a grass tipped with hard silicate arrowheads that break off in your skin. * An equally unpleasant mention goes to the 'tiger pear' cactus, ''Opuntia aurantiaca'', a South American species. They're invasive, fast-spreading, and have long, sharp spines that can punch straight through truck tires, shoe leather, and anything less tough than those. The pods are made to detach, so simply backing away from the plant after contact doesn't do anything to relieve the stab wound you just got; on the contrary, you're likely to tear out a chunk of skin trying to pull out an attached pod thanks to the spines being barbed on top of everything else. They're also surprisingly stealthy since they're not huge, cartoonish attention-getters like the stereotypical saguaro or beavertail cactus, so it's possible to brush against one by accident and pay dearly for your carelessness. Imagine falling into a bin full of rusty fishhooks and you have a rough idea of what stumbling into a tiger pear patch is like. Worst of all, they're absurdly difficult to kill. One or two isolated plants can be destroyed by burying it with dirt to smother it or [[KillItWithFire judicious amounts of gasoline and a match]], but when it's a whole field of them, well, good luck. Spraying becomes a precision and accuracy problem due to the need to kill the extremely tough root of the plant, fire is no longer as effective for the same reason, and while using insects for biological control can work, they tend to be alternately unreliable or slow. The only solution is to constantly plow over any area infested with tiger pears, since few plants are made to handle being constantly dug up and unable to reproduce. * It is ironic when one considers that despite the high number of dangers Australia actually has a very low death rate from bites and stings, due to a combination of its people being well-educated about the dangers, advanced medical care being accessible to a majority of the population, and many of its potentially dangerous animals being unaggressive and/or restricted to remote areas where they rarely encounter people. ** [[http://www.bobinoz.com/migration-advice/australias-killer-creatures-the-truth-about-deaths/ The stats]] speak for themselves. The take-home lesson - no worries. * In the surrounding areas of the A.C.T (Australian Capital Territory), there is a road to a lovely beach town in NSW (Batemans Bay) called the Clyde. Along this road, there is a tourist attraction known as Pooh Bear's corner. Back in WWII, this fun little visiting spot (now filled with plush toys of its namesake) was filled with explosives. Back then, the Clyde was the only route in or out of Canberra and was meant to halt invading Japanese soldiers by either blowing them up or cutting off the road at an important point. So in Australia, even the most innocent of places could've killed you. * Australia is not just an active killer, it's also passive-aggressive as all hell. There's been no crustal overturn in most of the continent since around the time of the first dinosaurs, so the soils tend overwhelmingly to be thin and nutrient-poor, and in many places -- especially in the southwest -- tens of millions of years of accumulated salt spray make the ground inhospitable to vegetation not evolved to cope with it. Europeans moved to this place and set about establishing European-style agriculture. Australia blinked and chuckled grimly at that, though it's true those rabbit things are annoying. ** When Australia was discovered in 1622 by English sailors (about 20 years after the Dutch found it and left it well enough alone) they made the fatal mistake of believing Australia was more hospitable than it was- they landed in the middle of the wet season but because it was so hot, arid and barren they thought that it was the peak of the dry season and that the climate would become more bearable after a few months. After colonizing they found out that this wasn't the case. *** Ah yes, and how did they find out? Well: The Europeans drove out the Aboriginal population, who actually ''did'' know how to live in Australia and whose firestick farming methods had kept the fuel regime nicely in check for thousands of years. After a year or two of that, one day practically the whole colonised area went up in flames in one fell swoop now known as Black Thursday. It's still believed to be the ''worst wildfire in recorded Australian history'', and that is a phrase truly pregnant with meaning. * Just to prove the government has a sense of humour - snakes are protected species in most areas, it's illegal to kill them. Snakes do not reciprocate this policy. Fortunately for gardeners, the natural enemy of the snake, the shovel, is often close by. * But, there is one inversion. Most native Australian [[BeeAfraid bees]] either have no stingers or stingers too small to penetrate human skin. Australia has a most ironic sense of humor. * It gets even crazier in that all of this is pretty much scientifically [[JustifiedTrope JUSTIFIED]]. Because Australia is so isolated from other landmasses, all the organisms living here are basically in an extreme evolutionary lensman arms race to be [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours more deadly and poisonous and venomous than their competitors.]] Particularly due to the aforementioned poor soil - not enough food growing, and no way to go elsewhere for more? KILL EVERYTHING THAT COMPETES. ** Please note that this technically means that Australia is the only place in the world where the animals view humans as "competition" as opposed to "predators" * Don't forget the most dangerous species in Australia; humans. [[UsefulNotes/AussiesWithArtillery Australia has one of the best armies on the planet]]. Yes, [[HumansAreWarriors humans from Australia are trying to kill you]]. The [=ANZACs=] especially aren't to be mocked. ** Check out AussiesWithArtillery for more info about the Australian Army and what they did/could do. Fortunately, Australians have only ever gone to war for three reasons: 1. the British called them; 2. the Japanese landed a battalion a little too close to home (in Indonesia); or 3. The USA let them tag along. So don't do any of those and the Army won't do a thing. Most of the time they're running around [[http://www.army.gov.au/Our-work/Community-engagement/Disaster-relief-at-home dealing with disasters at home]]. * [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66Yte03B3Lo Ok, Australia, now you're just showing off.]] * Summed up nicely [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNEeq5qGh8I here]]. * A bit of FridgeHorror for at least ''one'' invading species in Australia: The Cane Toad. These toads not only ''thrive'' in Australia, they're actively taking over due to the poison they secrete which can kill the native predators with ease. The horror comes in on how the Toad, if it can survive Australia's extremes... HASN'T taken over the rest of the world yet?! ** The predators of the South American jungle had a tolerance for its poison and kept its numbers low. Australian farmers gave it a paradise where nothing would eat it, thinking it would protect crops; it did not. No one duplicated that mistake. *** Let's also not forget that maybe because of the Cane Toad, Australia has one of the world's strictest Biosecurity rules anywhere. [[https://youtu.be/WdS9NBuoBh8?t=4m35s They take it very VERY seriously with items that could potentially HARM the native ecosystem that is trying to kill them in the first place.]] * [[http://dduane.tumblr.com/post/56869648213/owlturdcomix-where-no-one-will-ever-find-it#.Uh1v6pz8XIU So basically.]] * Oh, and Australia used to own half of New Guinea. 8,000-foot razorback mountains, lush malarial jungles and so many rivers and ravines that the smallest tribes are cut off from each other (half the languages spoken on the entire ''planet'' are in New Guinea) and often used to be cannibalistic to survive. The area is so trackless that some highland tribes weren't discovered until planes flew over them in the 1930s. Next to, ''maybe'', Afghanistan, it is the worst place in the world to fight a war -- and the Japanese, Australians and Americans spent three years trying. During the Kokoda campaign alone, the Japanese starved on their way over the Owen-Stanley mountains, the Americans who marched over [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Ghost Mountain]] cut out the seat of their pants because of the diarrhea, and the Australian 18th Brigade took 96% casualties, mostly from exhaustion and disease. * And now, on top of everything else, Australia has become the home of ''[[http://news.ninemsn.com.au/technology/2013/10/25/12/36/worlds-first-venomous-crab-found-in-wa the world's only species of crustacean that is poisonous]]''. [[/folder]] [[folder:Real Life -- The Rest]] * Let's be realistic here: this is basically the daily life of every animal in the wild. They'll be lucky if they die of old age. And even the largest carnivores aren't always safe: humans might try to kill them too. * Africa. The largest collection of large predators on a single continent, poisonous snakes like the Black Mamba? Even prey animals like the Cape Buffalo will seek out and kill you. Rhinos are known for charging without provocation and despite being an herbivore the hippopotamus bites so many people into pieces the Egyptians associated them with the evil god Set. It has the only species of driver ant regularly known to eat human beings but going smaller, the continent is really known for its parasites and diseases, though some of them are close to being wiped out as people have been smartening up to them over the centuries. ** That said, every continent had a lot of giant predators, before we killed all of them off. It was long ago and our species forgot about it, which is why this misconception of Africa being unusual pops up. Or, in other words, every continent was a death world until we wrecked them. ** Ha. Ha. Ha. If the parasites and bacteria start dwindling, don't worry: the virus brigade will take up the slack. With more people putting pressure on the natural environment, Africa is one of the key places that enterprising viruses can learn to jump the species barrier as they get more chance to practice. Africa: only slightly less deadly than Australia. Because we grew up there and killed some of it earlier: what isn't already dead is just that bit cannier at dealing with us. And, considering we, in all our extinction-making splendour, came from there in the first place... * [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15816_5-most-horrifying-bugs-in-world.html Very relevant to this trope.]] [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes But especially the Japanese giant hornets and Africanized bees.]] * EverythingTryingToKillYou is a way of life for any ExplosiveBreeder found in nature. * A disturbingly wide range of the plant life on Earth will kill or maim you if you touch or attempt to eat it. We eat things like shallots, onions, and garlic, but most of their relatives are dangerously toxic even to us (and we've got tough livers from our nearly-completely herbivorous ancestors). Every part of the tomato and potato plants except the parts we eat are dangerously toxic. Many people enjoy the leaf stalks of the rhubarb plant, but the leaves themselves can be lethal, and they have relatives that are dangerous to even touch. An Asian relative of the wild carrot, giant hogweed, is spreading across North America, and it has sap that, if it touches your skin, makes sunlight cause ''second- and third-degree burns''. Have fun mowing the lawn. * Fuel-air bombs. When one goes off, it spreads a fine aerosol of fuel droplets into the air, this mixture then leaks into every crevice and confined space (incl bunkers, caves etc). Then it is ignited into a consuming, blazing inferno. Thus the ''air'' itself kills you (and when it fails to ignite, the fuel used can be so toxic that you die a horrible, slower death by chemical weapon instead) ** If explosives are eligible for this trope, then land mines also qualify. Put a foot wrong, and the freakin' ''ground'' will kill you. * Utah. Want some water from our largest lake? Yeah, it's four times saltier than the ocean. Located right next to a desert where the ground is made of salt. Have fun getting to California! ** The Mormons didn't ''choose'' to settle there, either. They had been trying to get to California, but Utah has one more little surprise: The slope out of the valley the above lake is in turns out to be just slightly too steep for the wagons the Mormons had to be gotten back out of it. * Arizona. At first glance, it doesn't look nearly as bad as Australia; its desert areas has an abundance of vegetation (as opposed to the stereotype of deserts being barren) while its forested areas look outright inviting. Not bad at all right? ''Wrong''. Let's start with the desert. Okay, you can easily die of sunstroke or frostbite (you heard right), as the desert is either really hot or really cold depending on the season. However, that's just for starters. Beside the climate, the desert is home to an abundance of species that could keep with Australian types; the obvious ones are the rattlesnakes, coyotes (which can travel in packs of dozens by the way), cougars, jaguars (yes, really), and spiders (anything from tarantulas to black widows to brown recluses), but there's also the likes of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/peccary peccary]] (think the Sonoran's take on a wild boar), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarantula_hawk tarantula hawk]] (talk about NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast) and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gila_Monster gila monster]] (one of two known venomous lizards, so named for their temperament) to name a few. Alongside, the combination of abundant vegetation and dry air can easily cause massive wild fires that are near impossible to put out (no thanks to the limited water supply); even a blown out match is enough to ignite one (which has happened more than once). And that's not discounting the vegetation itself; while the plants[[note]]which range from the stereotypical cacti to prickly pears and other types with large abundances of thorns[[/note]] aren't venomous like in Australia, they're lethal in their own myriad of ways. First, they can easily catch hold of loose clothing and effectively trap anyone against them (which means if you don't have a knife or easy-to-rip-or-takeoff clothing, then you're stuck, period); even a slight brush can often lead to ensnarement. Alongside that, said plants may or may not be home to one of the local animals listed above, as snakes, spiders and insects like to use them for shelter. ** Large patches of a devious little cactus called the teddy-bear cholla litter the Sonoran Desert. From a distance, they look as cute and fuzzy as the name implies, but get too near and you'll find that those fuzzy looking spines mean business. Entire segments of the plant will break away so it can cling to your leg like a gigantic cocklebur, making large areas completely impassable. ** And then there's the forest areas in northern Arizona, which nearly takes the trope UpToEleven. You read about the climate above, right? Well, it can be just as hot or cold in the north, and water is just as limited; unless you're near a (man-made) lake, death by dehydration is just as likely to occur as in the Sonoran. And just like the aforementioned, the air tends to be very dry, which can easily cause forest fires (from so much as an excessively hot day). And finally, there's always the local wildlife, which pretty much includes everything listed above, only now with addition of bears alongside additional types of wildcats and arthropods. In short, if you want to go on a nature hike, best pack heavy firepower (preferably something in the rifle range) and lots and lots ''[[RuleOfThree and lots]]'' of water. * South Florida. When your home is near by one of the biggest swamps/marshes in the world where many kinds of deadly reptiles live either naturally or not, you kind of have a problem. Also, we have our very own Venom One team. ** Also, on occasion, the ground tries to eat you, with one ''particularly'' unlucky man having a sinkhole open up ''[[http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/02/us/florida-sinkhole/index.html in his own bedroom]]'' while staying with his brother. There's a section referred to as "Sinkhole Alley" due to the prevalence of this event there. OnlyInFlorida... *** This problem is exacerbated by the fact that most of the Florida peninsula is composed of a large, deep bed of limestone which is riddled with water-filled caves, and the limestone and the caves extend well into the ocean. Tides mix fresh and saltwater in the caves, which tends to dissolve limestone into the consistency of soft cheese before washing it away entirely. This can quickly convert an apparently stable region into a maze of sinkholes of unpredictable size and depth. (Places where this occurred during the last ice age, when sea level was much lower, can be seen in otherwise shallow water as the famous Blue Holes.) * The Rest of Florida. Besides the concerns mentioned above: Bears, Alligators, serious Feral Python problem resulting from the pet trade, Coyotes, Sharks, Rattlesnakes, Killer Bees, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naegleria_fowleri Brain Eating Amoebas]], Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Forest Fires, Floods and occasionally deadly High temperatures make up some of the ''natural'' threats. And then there's the people....[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami_cannibal_attack The]] [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2552345/Naked-man-high-drugs-shot-dead-Florida-biting-mans-face.html Florida ]] [[http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/florida-zombie-attack-naked-man-storms-girlfriend-house-bites-chunk-man-arm-article-1.1099760 Zombies ]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Bundy Serial ]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aileen_Wuornos Killers]], really it's no wonder half the entries on the OnlyInFlorida page involved someone in mortal peril. * Oceans. Especially the cool, clear, tropical oceans. Scientists have found that a horrendous ''89%'' of all life on pristine coral reefs--in other words those safe from us--are apex predators, most of which are large sharks. The open ocean is probably even more dangerous, as the lack of food means everything is a top predator and constantly starving, and therefore willing to do anything to make a kill. Just look up bait balls on YouTube and you can see that this is a literal DeathWorld. * Creator/FrancisEDec, although [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness not entirely fitting in this category]], claimed that everything and everyone is trying to kill him on the orders of the Gangster Computer God. --> ''Deadly poison nerve gas smoke was sprayed at me from CIGARS, CIGARETTES and even from BALL-POINT PENS also from the WIG of a woman sitting next to me, even the Swiss cheese-type ice cubes were evaporating into poison nerve gas smoke in all of the "free" drinks!'' * There's a certain object which can, if directly viewed, cause lasting or permanent eye damage; its very nature can cause dermatitis, skin rashes, burning, cancer, and hyperthermia; it has been known to utterly obliterate anything which comes within a certain proximity... and best of all, there's no easy way to kill or destroy it. Ladies and gentlemen: the Sun. [[/folder]]
29th Jan '16 2:03:50 PM Pseudoname
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* In ''Videogame/{{Evolve}}'' the planet Shear serves as this. There are massive predators, large herbivores, acid lakes and ponds, packs of smaller predators, and man-eating plants, all of which will kill an unwary player.
13th Jan '16 4:51:25 PM nombretomado
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** TheSpoonyOne tells of a D&D adventure in a world based on Literature/AliceInWonderland - where ''everything'' and everyone tries to kill you almost instantly, from the Cheshire Cat to the Caterpillar. Hell, even the ''[[KillerRabbit Dormouse]]'' is a [[CrazyAwesome 20th level ninja monk]]
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** TheSpoonyOne [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment The Spoony One]] tells of a D&D adventure in a world based on Literature/AliceInWonderland - where ''everything'' and everyone tries to kill you almost instantly, from the Cheshire Cat to the Caterpillar. Hell, even the ''[[KillerRabbit Dormouse]]'' is a [[CrazyAwesome 20th level ninja monk]]
7th Jan '16 6:14:47 PM nombretomado
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** Not all that many games make players try to kill off their characters in every possible way, even fewer have them enjoy it. The latter include the farcical ''SpaceQuest'' and ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry'' series, where even the narrator is basically a DeadpanSnarker. [[http://tmd.alienharmony.com/rw/index.htm A fan website]] has cataloged 67 distinct ways to die in ''Space Quest V'' alone. In ''Space Quest III'', trying to pick up a simple piece of metal scrap one room away from the start of the game would result in Roger cutting himself, severing an artery, and dying of blood loss within seconds. Total play time to first death in that situation could be as little as 20 seconds.
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** Not all that many games make players try to kill off their characters in every possible way, even fewer have them enjoy it. The latter include the farcical ''SpaceQuest'' ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest'' and ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry'' series, where even the narrator is basically a DeadpanSnarker. [[http://tmd.alienharmony.com/rw/index.htm A fan website]] has cataloged 67 distinct ways to die in ''Space Quest V'' alone. In ''Space Quest III'', trying to pick up a simple piece of metal scrap one room away from the start of the game would result in Roger cutting himself, severing an artery, and dying of blood loss within seconds. Total play time to first death in that situation could be as little as 20 seconds.
5th Jan '16 8:33:23 PM jimfromtx
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** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' has a wedding cake as a ''boss'' at one point. You fight the chefs that made the cake and they flee when the cake comes to life. The cake's signature attack is Standstorm, which attacks the whole party and causes Fear, cutting your defense in half. The hard part was you can't kill it traditionally at first. You have to "blow" out the candles by attacking and it relights one candle when its turn comes up. It's oly after you get rid of the top layers that you can attack the bottom layer normally and when you do beat it, Booster comes in [[JustEatHim and swallows the cake whole.]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Mario and his crew then just move on as if nothing happened...]]
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** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' has a wedding cake as a ''boss'' at one point. You fight the chefs that made the cake and they flee when the cake comes to life. The cake's signature attack is Standstorm, which attacks the whole party and causes Fear, cutting your defense in half. The hard part was you can't kill it traditionally at first. You have to "blow" out the candles by attacking and it relights one candle when its turn comes up. It's oly only after you get rid of the top layers that you can attack the bottom layer normally and when you do beat it, Booster comes in [[JustEatHim and swallows the cake whole.]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Mario and his crew then just move on as if nothing happened...]]
30th Dec '15 3:42:02 AM Aardvark123
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* In ''VideoGame/PlanetExplorers'', the majority of alien fauna will make spirited attempts to eviscerate any human or peaceful animal unfortunate enough to come their way.
20th Dec '15 12:40:32 PM MadCat221
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* Australia's snake population is best described with a saying I heard from a friend: "Out of the top ten most deadly snakes in the world, nine of them are Australian. But out of the top nine most deadly snakes in the world, nine of them are Australian."
20th Dec '15 12:23:29 PM MadCat221
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---- --> Do not read this footnote. It is a trap that will kill you.
13th Dec '15 5:42:35 PM nombretomado
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* The Sega Genesis ''Franchise/{{X-Men}}'' game first level started in [[{{Prehistoria}} a jungle]]. And in this jungle, getting a lance thrown at you did damage, getting carried off by a GiantFlyer did damage... and ''having a dragonfly buzz past you'' did damage. The hell?
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* The Sega Genesis ''Franchise/{{X-Men}}'' ''VideoGame/XMen1993'' game first level started in [[{{Prehistoria}} a jungle]]. And in this jungle, getting a lance thrown at you did damage, getting carried off by a GiantFlyer did damage... and ''having a dragonfly buzz past you'' did damage. The hell?
6th Dec '15 8:19:03 AM ecuvulle6267
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* In ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart2'', the Capitol is a minefield with deadly (and sadistic) traps every ten steps.
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* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Driven home more in the film than the book, where we can see the Gamemakers controlling everything, up to making ''burning trees fall on command.'' ** In ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart2'', the Capitol is a minefield with deadly (and sadistic) traps every ten steps.
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