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18th Feb '17 10:24:50 PM superkeijikun
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* The "[[http://www.pcworld.com/article/2896732/dont-trust-other-peoples-usb-flash-drives-they-could-fry-your-laptop.html USB Killer]]" will make you think twice before leaving your laptop anywhere in a public place: it is a device designed to look like a simple flash drive, but when plugged into a laptop's USB port, delivers a powerful electric jolt that fries your laptop's innards like an egg and leaves you with a laptop-shaped paperweight!
28th Jan '17 8:31:11 PM Chaot1kShadow5
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** Ladies and gentlemen, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuW2iNLd_EQ a test of the Sydney CBD's Emergency Warning System.]]
24th Jan '17 4:28:03 PM Dravencour
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* Allmost every article about the Judge Rotenberg Education Center and similar behavior modification facilities. They educate by use of electric shocks.


* Allmost Almost every article about the [[http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2007/08/school-shock Judge Rotenberg Education Center Center]] and similar behavior modification facilities. They educate "educate" by use of electric shocks.''electric shocks''.
24th Jan '17 7:32:42 AM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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* NightmareFuel/{{Hamilton}}
24th Jan '17 7:29:57 AM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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* NightmareFuel/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet
28th Dec '16 6:29:19 PM Brundercracker
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* Some late 1990's Dell monitors make a near-silent repetitive "Beep" sound when they are shut off. Imagine buying a new monitor in 1998, and going to bed, and then waking up at four in the morning to realize it is the monitor.


* Some late 1990's Dell CRT monitors make a near-silent repetitive "Beep" beeping sound that repeats about every three seconds when they are shut powered off. Imagine buying one of these monitors with a new monitor PC in 1998, 2004 and going to shutting off your electronics and getting ready for bed, but suddenly you hear 'BEEP'...'BEEP' and then waking up at four in cannot find where the morning to realize it sound is the monitor.coming from.
23rd Dec '16 7:36:46 AM Superman246o1
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** The horror of air raid sirens may be attributed not only to how they sound, but to what they would represent in a nuclear exchange. If, God forbid, you ever hear an air raid siren in such a scenario, you will not be listening to a mere warning to find shelter. Instead, you will be listening to a mechanical banshee's wail heralding the imminent deaths of millions of people. Such a sound would also serve as the de facto requiem for civilization itself, as there would be one left to make such a composition afterwards.
4th Dec '16 7:50:20 PM Kuruni
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!Videos (see also [[NightmareFuel/WebOriginal the web original page]])


!Videos (see also [[NightmareFuel/WebOriginal the web original page]])[[folder: Videos]]

* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom_broadcast_signal_intrusion_incident The Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion incident]].
** Some details. The day was November 22, 1987. People watching ''Series/DoctorWho'' on a local PBS affiliate in Chicago bared witness to a pirate transmission of a man in a MaxHeadroom mask [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWdgAMYjYSs rambling garbled nonsense and having his bare rear end smacked with a fly swatter]]. The transmission lasted for about a minute and a half before the TV station's signal was restored. [[ParanoiaFuel The perpetrator was never caught and remains at large to this day]].
** Likewise [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Television_broadcast_interruption the Southern Television broadcast interruption]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afXKOt3A0xc See here.]]


* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom_broadcast_signal_intrusion_incident The Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion incident]].
** Some details.
incident]]. The day was November 22, 1987. People watching ''Series/DoctorWho'' on a local PBS affiliate in Chicago bared witness to a pirate transmission of a man in a MaxHeadroom mask [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWdgAMYjYSs rambling garbled nonsense and having his bare rear end smacked with a fly swatter]]. The transmission lasted for about a minute and a half before the TV station's signal was restored. [[ParanoiaFuel The perpetrator was never caught and remains at large to this day]].
** * Likewise [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Television_broadcast_interruption the Southern Television broadcast interruption]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afXKOt3A0xc See here.]]

* There seems to be a "curse" involving ''{{Playboy}}'' centerfold girls dying young. Marilyn Monroe was the cover girl for the first ever issue of Playboy and died at the age of 36; Jane Mansfield was after her and she died young; then Dorothy Stratton was after her and she died young too; the latest victim was Anna Nicole Smith who died at the age of 39.
* One word: Ratfink. The deformed extremely twisted work of Ed Roth deserves a very honorable mention.


* There seems to be a "curse" involving ''{{Playboy}}'' centerfold girls dying young. Marilyn Monroe was the cover girl for the first ever issue of Playboy and died at the age of 36; Jane Mansfield was after her and she died young; then Dorothy Stratton was after her and she died young too; the latest victim was Anna Nicole Smith who died at the age of 39.
%%* One word: Ratfink. The deformed extremely twisted work of Ed Roth deserves a very honorable mention.

* Anything that PETA posts about undercover investigations. Look them up. Not for the faint of heart.
** The fact that [[DocumentaryOfLies they've been caught fabricating much of said footage]] only makes things ''worse''.


* Anything that PETA posts about undercover investigations. Look them up. Not for the faint of heart.
heart. The fact that [[DocumentaryOfLies they've been caught fabricating much of said footage]] only makes things ''worse''.

*** And it's not just the NF pages. Even the regular TVTropes pages can open up with a rather unpleasant image. And there's still no warning for which one it'll be.


*** ** And it's not just the NF pages. Even the regular TVTropes pages can open up with a rather unpleasant image. And there's still no warning for which one it'll be.

*** And you wonder why [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife TV Tropes ruins lives]]

* The NSA. The NSA is the part of the government that performs mass surveillance to try to foil terrorism. They know all your personal information, what you're for, against, neutral about. Make one joke about killing someone when they're watching and they can label you as a TERRORIST, They can even see into your house. Just think about it.
* You wanna know how bad racism was back in the day? During the Little Rock Nine ordeal, there were negotiations that they would let them in if they would allow them to lynch '''''just one.''''' [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle Now you know.]]
** On the subject of irrational bigotry, the "Gay Panic" and "Trans Panic" defenses in the court system. What are these defenses, you may ask? Basically, they occur when someone ''murders'' a gay man or a trans woman and goes on to claim that they were just so scared or disgusted that they went temporarily insane and had no option but to kill them. Usually, the claim is that either a straight man was afraid that the gay man would rape him and so he killed him in [[WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou "self defense"]] or a straight cisgendered man [[GoMadFromTheRevelation temporarily went mad from the revelation that the cute girl he was hitting on was "actually a man"]]. The ''really'' scary thing? Up until not too long ago, this defense was a surefire way to assure that homophobic/transphobic murderers [[KarmaHoudini got away scot-free]]. That's right, the courts saw this as a ''legitimate defense''.
* Perimetr, the Russian nuclear "fail-deadly" system, affectionately nicknamed "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dead Hand]]". Reports differ, but there is the very real possibility that the world' second largest nuclear arsenal is under the automatic control of a machine. Skynet is real. Let's repeat that. Not only are enough nukes to destroy the world under the control of a machine, that machine can potentially be fooled by screwing with its sensors. This thing is on, armed and operation '''right now!'''
** It's commonly theoretized that the UVB-76 radio signal, mentioned above, is actually the controling signal of Perimetr. Yes, that creepy buzzing is Skynet's noise. It's also commonly theoretized that it's when the signal suddenly stops you should be afraid, because this will trigger a nuclear attack.

* The story of the [[http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/29/reports-miami-zombie-attacker-may-have-been-using-bath-salts/ naked bath salt zombie of Miami, Florida]] is absolutely bone-chilling. On May 26, 2012, Rudy Eugene left his house one day for Miami Beach when his car broke down. He abandoned it around noon, stripped off his clothes as he walked until he was completely nude, then encountered a homeless man named Ronald Poppo underneath the [=MacArthur=] Causeway and attacked him, unprovoked, and started to chew off his face. When a police officer responded to a 911 call from a passing spectator and ordered Eugene to halt, Eugene just growled at him like a zombie before continuing to bite at Poppo's face, only stopping when he was shot to death. The attack nearly killed Poppo, and left him disfigured and blind.\\
It was initially suspected that Eugene was high on "bath salts", a drug that can be generously described as "Satan's personal meth", which would explain his erratic and violent behavior and his stripping due to the drug making him uncomfortably warm. An autopsy, however, revealed that the only drug in his system was marijuana. This points to one of two scenarios: either ''Film/ReeferMadness'' is real (highly unlikely), or Eugene had some kind of psychosis lurking inside him all along, and no one knew it until it was too late.

* For some literal nightmare fuel, traumatic experiences which trigger PTSD can make people suffering from it lose sleep. Anyone can have PTSD, but it is most prevalent in [[ShellShockedVeteran military personnel, especially those at or near the front lines.]]
* Thinking about the frightening things you may have read or seen earlier that day right before you go to bed. Bonus points if you wake up in the middle of the night needing to go to the bathroom but, say, [[ParanoiaFuel recalling that factoid that waking up in the middle of the night can be caused by someone watching you.]] Double bonus points if you are a NightmareFetishist [[WhatAnIdiot so you keep doing it anyways.]]
* A lot of lawyer PSA's regarding bad drugs or medicine which typically employee a dead serious sounding announcer and perhaps tense music, even an adult fear if you or someone you know has indeed taken this drug and have indeed experienced the listed side effects.
* The sinking of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SM_U-28_%28Germany%29 Iberian steamer boat]] in World War I. You think [[AdultFear being stuck helpless in the ocean after your boat is destroyed]] is scary? Try having that happen and then witness ''[[SeaMonster a massive, crocodile-like aquatic creature of indiscernible origin be shot into the air with the debris]]'' out of absolutely ''nowhere''. It must have taken a long time to get those British soldiers back into any body of water after that. That said, judging from the report, the animal[[note]]if it existed[[/note]] probably died sometime after the explosion.

* Book banning controversies. Sounds geeky in text but they can get pretty ''nasty''. At least one Robert Cormier book has been contended by sending death threats and ''letterbombs'' to the people who wanted to defend the books and when the victims attempted to contact authorities, their opposition [[NeverMyFault vehemently denied any involvement in the situation]]. Bear in mind, all this trouble was over a ''book''.
4th Dec '16 7:42:14 PM Kuruni
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'''This is [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial not necessarily]] [[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease a real life section.]]''' Degree of fear varies greatly from person to person. Tropers are especially reminded to remember the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment here and keep all examples family-friendly and as neutral as possible. We really don't want to traumatize people or start any Administrivia/{{Edit War}}s, so use some common sense. [[noreallife]]


'''This is [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial not necessarily]] not [[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease a real life section.]]''' Degree of fear varies greatly from person to person. Tropers are especially reminded to remember the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment here and keep all examples family-friendly and as neutral as possible. We really don't want to traumatize people or start any Administrivia/{{Edit War}}s, so use some common sense. [[noreallife]]

* On March 31st, 2013, the Louisville Cardinals faced off against the Duke Blue Devils. In the first hald, guard Kevin Ware attempted to block a three-point shot from Duke player Tyler Thornton, and landed wrong, which at first went unnoticed by the commentators. For those at home that didn't catch the incident right away, the first sign of trouble came from Thornton who looked at Ware, and then suddenly grimaced and turned away; this led to an instant replay which made the situation all too clear. Ware had broken both bones in his shin instantly upon landing [[NightmareFuel which sent his fractured tibia]] ''[[{{Squick}} through his skin]]''. This is widely regarded as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59_ggsLFhww the worst basketball injury to ever have been broadcast live on television,]] [[http://pmchollywoodlife.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/kevin-ware-leg-lead.jpg?w=600 and for good reason.]] '''''(WARNING: THESE LINKS ARE HIGHLY GRAPHIC.)''''' What makes it worse is that this happened ''right next to the Louisville bench'', and you can see Ware's fellow players scrambling to cover their eyes or even ''run'' from the sight of his bone sticking out. One person tweeted that the players vomited, which is easy to imagine.
* Most of the more violent crashes in UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} can qualify.
** Dale Earnhardt's fatal crash at the 2001 Daytona 500 on the last lap as his drivers Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished 1-2. The indications that something was horribly wrong can be seen when watching the footage, as Ken Schrader, collected by Earnhardt's car, climbed out of his own car uninjured, walked over to Earnhardt's driver's window, and it probably gives chills today seeing him peer inside and immediately signal frantically for paramedics.
** There's the last lap wreck at the 2013 Auto Club 400 where Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin, former teammates and now AxCrazy rivals after a post-race confrontation the week before at Bristol, were battling side-by-side for the lead on the last lap (which if it had stayed that way all the way to the checkers would have repeated the dramatic finish of Kurt Busch losing to Ricky Craven by inches in 2003 at Darlington). They refused to lift in turn 3, which caused both to wreck, while allowing Hamlin's teammate Kyle Busch to slip by on the outside and cruise to victory lane. Logano brushed the outside wall, but Hamlin smashed head-on into a wall that did not have a SAFER barrier. The result was that he hit so hard he actually had a compression fracture which would sideline him for four races (Martinsville, Texas, Kansas, Richmond), with Mark Martin and Brian Vickers substituting for him. That something bad had happened was indicated by Hamlin lying down immediately after climbing out of his car.
** The Nationwide Series' 2013 [=DRIVE4COPD=] 300 at Daytona had a really good example. On the last lap, Regan Smith was leading the 15 car lead pack to the checkered flag when Brad Keselowski turned him into the wall. A chain reaction occurred as the entire pack, with the exception of race winner Tony Stewart, piled in. Several cars took very violent licks (for example, Alex Bowman spun through the grass, struck the outside wall, and then Dale Earnhardt, Jr. submarined under him, jacking the back end of his car in the air), but none will match the hit for rookie Kyle Larson: his car went airborne, and hit the catchfence with such impact that the front tires and the engine of his car were sheared off and the fence was partially torn down. 28 spectators were injured, 14 of whom were treated at the infield care center and 14 of whom were taken to nearby hospitals, including seven taken to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, six more being taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Port Orange, and one being taken to another area hospital. Six of those spectators sustained serious injuries. There are some graphic home videos that can be found on YouTube, although NASCAR seems to be trying to censor them as much as possible, and the tone in Allen Bestwick's voice when watching the telecast indicated how serious the accident was. It also put a damper on Tony Stewart's mood in victory lane, which was not helped by the fact that he crashed early in the Daytona 500 the next day.
** The 2012 Pure Michigan 400: On lap 64, Mark Martin was leading with Kasey Kahne right behind him and they were about to catch and lap Bobby Labonte and Juan Pablo Montoya. Labonte suddenly spun, and Martin and Kahne had nowhere to go. Kahne, Montoya and Labonte managed to spin into the infield grass (Kahne would rally back to a third place finish), but Martin's crash has to take the cake for one of the scariest wrecks in NASCAR history: his car spun down pit road, and caught an opening in the wall behind Kahne's pit stall, hitting hard enough that the wall actually impaled the car on the driver's side and punctured the oil cooler right behind the driver's compartment.
** Sportsman Series driver Russell Phillips' death in 1995 involved his car being shoved roof-first against the track's catch fence and grinded at high-speed. The roof was quickly sheared away, leaving Phillips to be literally [[LudicrousGibs torn apart]] by the force; among other gruesome details, they found one of his hands high up in the catch-fence, and his helmet - [[OffWithHisHead with his head still inside]] - by pit row hundreds of feet away from the main wreck.
* The 1977 Formula One crash in South Africa that claimed the life of driver Tom Pryce & a young track marshal, Fredrick Jansen Van Vuuren. Another driver, Renzo Zorzi was on the side of the track with his car on fire. Van Vuuren and another marshal ran across the track to extinguish the flames. The surviving marshal made it across by the skin of his teeth. However, Van Juuren was hit by Pryce's car and sent cartwheeling into the pit stop.[[note]]Contrary to popular belief, Jansen van Vuuren was ''not'' cut in half, according to one eyewitness. Rather, the force of the impact pulled his pants almost completely down his legs, creating the illusion that he had been bisected or at least stretched vertically when viewed from a distance. If you look closely, you can see that his hips are still attached to the rest of his body. That said, the accident left him beaten up pretty badly and virtually unrecognizable.[[/note]] At that same moment, Van Juuren's fire extinguisher hit Pryce in the face, busting it up horrifically & partially decapitating him (due the the force & the chin strap of his helmet). Pryce's car with his now-lifeless body continued to careen down the track at top speed until it smashed into a wall. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeYpnqUvj10 Here is an angle focusing on Zorzi & his car (but Van Vuuren is seen flying across the bottom of the screen... yes that 'debris' is Van Vuuren himself).]] The video showing the whole thing from another vantage point is even worse. It won't be linked here but I'm sure you'll see it listed. The winning driver of that race lost all enthusiasm he had for his victory after receiving word of the crash.
* The 1982 Indy-car crash that killed Gordon Smiley. The CART Medical Director at the time, Steve Olvey, describes it as so...
-->''"During an attempt to qualify for the Indy 500, Gordon Smiley, a cocky young driver from Texas, was determined to break 200mph or die trying. Several veteran drivers... had warned him that he was in way over his head, driving all wrong for the Speedway. Smiley was a road racer and was used to counter-steering his car to avoid a crash if the rear wheels broke traction. While rushing to the car, I noticed small splotches of a peculiar gray substance marking a trail on the asphalt leading up to the driver. When I reached the car, I was shocked to see that Smiley's helmet was gone, along with the top of his skull. He had essentially been scalped by the debris fence. The material on the race track was most of his brain. His helmet, due to massive centrifugal force, was literally pulled from his head on impact... I rode to the care center with the body. On the way in I performed a cursory examination and realized that nearly every bone in his body was shattered. He had a gaping wound in his side that looked as if he had been attacked by a large shark. I had never seen such trauma."''
* The sack that ended Joe Theismann's career. On November 18, 1985, Theismann's Redskins were facing the New York Giants during a ''Monday Night Football'' telecast. Giants linebackers Harry Carson, Gary Reasons and Lawrence Taylor blitzed him with Taylor coming down hard on his right leg. Theismann suffered a compound fracture on his tibia and fibula. Upon seeing him laying down on the field, Taylor frantically waved for help which Redskins personnel initially interpreted as celebrating the play. The ''MNF'' personnel, however, could tell that Taylor ''wasn't'' celebrating and that he screamed for medical attention immediately after the sack. From the angle provided by the telecast, viewers could see Theismann's shin, bent in half with the upper part curved towards his knee.
* Horrific injuries aren't the only scary things about sports. [[https://twitter.com/ThistleTweet/status/612966534387007488/photo/1 Here's Partick Thistle's mascot, Kingsley]]. It's been compared to [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Lisa Simpson]] on meth, among other things. The AccidentalNightmareFuel aspect of it has arguably lessened somewhat due to the inevitable MemeticMutation that followed its unveiling... but it's still creepy as hell.
* The short-lived Brooklyn Nets mascot Brookly Knight also qualifies. Part of the reason he got pulled was that he was too scary for kids. [[http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2014/7/9/5886279/a-farewell-to-brooklyknight-the-brooklyn-nets-awful-mascot Just look at some of the images of terrified children on his Instagram account]].
* [[http://sopwithmotorsports.com/blog/short-track-racing/item/342-trapped-in-a-burning-race-car-part-i.html This article about an endurance race at Circuit of the Americas describes the story of a driver's car catching fire in a high-speed section of the course, and his desperate attempt at escaping the burning wreck.]] Much like other sporting injuries, this results in [[BodyHorror Body Horror]], but in this case, the driver is '''''practically being burned alive''''', with his safety gear barely protecting him from certain death.
* In 1989, NHL fans witnessed perhaps the most graphic injury in sports history. Buffalo Sabres goaltender Clint Malarchuk had his '''NECK SLIT OPEN BY AN ICE SKATE''' and this was all captured [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR-wA4SmbO4 on live television]] (WARNING: NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART). The injury was so horrific that 11 fans fainted, 2 fans suffered ''heart attacks'', and 3 players vomited on the ice. The skate just ''barely'' missed his jugular vein, which if that happened, Malarchuk would have bled to death in seconds. Also, the teams doctor was a former medic in the Vietnam War, so he knew how to stop the bleeding when leading Malarchuk off the ice. Keep in mind that the Sabres arena at the time (the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium) only had one entrance to the ice, and Malarchuk's goal happened to be in front of it. If Malarchuk was on the opposite side of the rink, he would have bled to death before he reached the locker room.
* On October the 19th of 2014, a Hungarian crowd caused a riot against a Romanian crowd during a football game. This whole spectacle was caught in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK_YTqGVzhU this horrific video]]. What makes this even scarier is the fact that this crowd acted like '''barbarians''' just to show how "superior" they are when compared to the other team (in their opinion).
* Professional football has it's own share of horrifying injuries, but none come even close to what happened to David Busst on April 8, 1996 in a case that ended his career. After colliding with Denis Irwin and Brian McClair, Busst suffered extensive compound fractions in both his tibia and fibula of his right leg which even caused '''BLOOD TO FLOW ON GRASS'''. It is said that goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel vomited on the sight and he among other players had to have ''counseling afterwards'' since the traumatic reactions were that bad. Busst's leg injuries were so excessive that it almost had to be amputated. The shockingly gruesome pictures of his leg scars 20 years later shows better than anything how serious his injuries were.

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* Descriptions of the symptoms of many diseases qualify, but among the squickiest is the Ebola virus.
* As demonstrated by our [[AndIMustScream/RealLife Real Life subpage of]] AndIMustScream, being conscious while unable to move any muscle or communicate with others.
* Flesh eating bacteria. Its thankfully rare, but once it hits, [[BodyHorror your skin tissue quickly decomposes]]...
* Reading old medical reports, or anything else that describes a long-dead person in the present tense.
* Good old rabies. For most of recorded history, it was 100% fatal once symptoms appeared, and those symptoms took victims to the absolute depths of human suffering ([[https://np.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/48ujhq/whats_the_scariest_real_thing_on_our_earth/d0mz5uq?context=3 This description]] should give you some idea). After being bitten by a dog or a wild animal, it became an excruciating waiting game of a month or more to see if symptoms appeared. And despite the advent of vaccines drastically reducing rabies cases in the Western world, it is still common in countries like India, where stray dogs roam freely and post-exposure vaccinations aren't available to everyone.
** Try looking at footage of rabid animals. If they aren't viciously snapping at everything in sight, they're circling aimlessly, foaming at the mouth, moving erratically as if in a dream state, and in such an obvious state of suffering that even the most ardent animal lover would hope for someone to just put them out of their misery.
* The antibiotic ceftriaxone, brand name Rocephin, which has an informal reputation of being one of the most painful shots you can get, if not ''the'' most painful. For one, the liquid is extremely thick even after being diluted, which requires a large needle and a very slow injection into the muscle, and can leave a large lump at the injection site afterwards.A For two, the way it reacts with the body in general can cause excruciating pain in the limb or region in question, even lingering for days or weeks. And close to this level of pain can still occur even if the antibiotic is diluted using lidocaine (a local anesthetic), as is common to do. For three, it can cause things like chest pain, fever, swollen glands, black stools, and sore throat as ''common'' side effects. The only consolation is that it's something of a GodzillaThreshold treatment, so if you're getting stuck with this medication, it's probably still not as bad as the infection you're trying to ward off.
* Benzodiazepines (Diazepam and such) are often given as treatment for acute anxiety attacks or disorders. While they work wonders if used properly, they have often carry side effects such as anterograde amnesia (you won't remember much for a period of time after the effects kick in - Lorazepam/Ativan is known for this and commonly administered before surgery for this exact reason) and possible psychological dependence. Some descriptions of it are best described as "being hammered without the alcohol". To top it off, withdrawal for heavily-addicted people can be fatal if usage is not tapered down gradually. There's a saying among drug users that "Opiate withdrawal can leave you wishing you were dead. Benzo withdrawal can leave you dead."
* Once upon a time, scopalamine was used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and saw use by NASA to help astronauts stave off nausea. Nowadays, it's more commonly known as "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the devil's breath]]". In places such as Columbia, the drug is often used by unscrupulous individuals, either by lacing their victim's drinks with it or blowing it into their faces, to render them vulnerable to suggestion and coax them into doing their bidding, whether it be handing over all of their money or committing despicable acts for the ones who drugged them. If that's not scary enough, it's also been looked into by everyone from the CIA to real-life monster Dr. Josef Mengele as a truth serum for use in interrogations.
* Desomorphine is a truly frightening drug: a cheap version of morphine that is easy to prepare and thus popular among addicts without the money to spare for quality narcotics. While properly prepared desomorphine is bad enough due to it being about ten times as addictive as other forms of morphine, illicitly-made desomorphine is worse: it contains large amounts of impurities such as iodine and phosphorus that cause all sorts of nasty side effects, the most prominent of which being flesh-eating infections that turn the skin around injection sites green and scaly, giving it the street name of "krokodil" ("crocodile") in Russia, where abuse of the drug is particularly bad. The combination of these infections and its highly addictive nature means the average lifespan of addicts rarely exceed a couple of years.
* [[https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crazy-injuries/218815068258154 Getting horrible injuries]]. Judging from survivor accounts, the pain doesn't totally hit you, so you're unaware how bad it really is until you get a good look at the damaged (or no longer existing) part of your body and notice all the blood pouring out. Then you start panicking. Or worse, actually expecting it to happen and being unable to do anything about it but prepare for the inevitable.
** This is part of what makes the concept of war so terrifying. Progapandists tend to omit the very real possibility that participants come back completely messed up, if at all. Add to this the fact that historically, participants in battles have been impressed into their roles.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatal_familial_insomnia Fatal familial insomnia]] is not like regular insomnia, where one has difficulty falling asleep: this is a condition that renders the sufferer ''physically incapable'' of falling asleep. Sleep deprivation for any length of time can cause symptoms, ranging from irritability to hallucinations. The longer the body goes without sleep, the worse the symptoms become: in the case of FFI, this can result in rapid weight loss, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, loss of muscle control, dementia, and eventually, death within approximately 70 months. The good news is that, true to its name, FFI is an inherited disorder, so the average person's chances of suffering from it are quite low. The bad news is that there is a similar condition called "sporadic fatal insomnia": all of the symptoms of FFI, but without the need for genetic inheritence, since it can happen to anyone. ''[[NeverSleepAgain Sleep tight!]]''
* Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. Only about 250,000 are properly diagnosed per year. According to a wikipedia description, "It has been described as among the most painful conditions known to humankind." It's also nicknamed the suicide disease.
* Another chronic pain condition, that unlike the above doesn't have an effective medical treatment is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arachnoiditis adhesive arachnoiditis]], the inflammation of one of the membranes that surround the nervous tissue. Body wide pains, which often [[https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=pt&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fsuper.abril.com.br%2Fciencia%2Fa-dor-que-nao-passa-nunca&edit-text=&act=url hurt enough that the affected are unable to perform everyday operations]].
* One more chronic pain condition, this time with ''no cure'': [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cluster_headache cluster headaches]] are described as feeling akin to having a needle stuck in your eye, causing pain on a scale that cannot be fathomed unless you suffer from them, yourself. In the case of chronic sufferers, the pain can be so great and unceasing that [[DrivenToSuicide they may take their own lives just to get some relief]], earning the condition the odious nickname of "suicide headaches".

[[folder: Disaster]]
* The horrific accident that happened during the filming of the first segment from ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie''.
* Imagine being in a nightclub with over a thousand other people. There is only one exit. No sprinklers. No alarm. Now imagine a fire breaking out. [[http://news.yahoo.com/no-alarm-only-1-exit-brazil-nightclub-fire-002812171.html That's what happened in a nightclub in Brazil]] that killed over ''200 people''. The feature describes people crushed and broken against the grates that were put there for crowd control and kept people from getting out, and other people rushing into a bathroom thinking it was an exit. They ended up being piled ''as high as a person's chest'' as they died in the dark from asphyxiation. The dead from that bathroom alone filled ''an entire truck''.
** The worse thing is that wasn't an particularly isolated or unique case. In 2004 there was the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep%C3%BAblica_Croma%C3%B1%C3%B3n_nightclub_fire fire in the nightclub República Cromañón]], for exactly the same reasons as the above and with a similarly high death toll, but a higher toll of injured (speculated as many as 1400).
** For added horror, there's the "5-7" fire that happened in the French town of Saint-Laurent-du-Pont in 1970. 146 people died in the fire...What makes it truly horrifying? The ceiling was covered in black plastic used for decoration...''That melted on the panicking people below while they were trying to exit by the one-way entrance turnstile.'' Thankfully, new laws have passed since then to keep this from happening ever again. But still...
** The one fire that can hope to outmatch those in horror is the Ykua Bolaños fire in Asuncion Paraguay where over 360 people died...
** Or the 1903 [[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/39280/39280-h/39280-h.htm Iroquois Theater Fire]] in Chicago, which claimed over 600 lives, many of them children.
** In February of 2003, a fire at a nightclub in Rhode Island claimed the lives of one hundred people and injured hundreds more. The nightclub, called "The Station", was burned completely down, due to the use of pyrotechnics inside the nightclub. The nightclub was completely in flames in just a couple of minutes. Most deaths were the result of trampling and the majority of club attendees going through the front door where they previously entered, resulting in people being stacked on top of each other at the front door. The worst part of all? A cameraman from a local news station captured [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOzfq9Egxeo the whole thing]], producing one of the most horrific videos of all time. '''Viewer discretion is heavily advised.'''
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unV5KcSrY-I Here's]] a particularly-iconic video of 2004's Hurricane Charley ripping a South Florida gas station to shreds within minutes, making all of the hard metal on it look like pieces of cloth in the end.
* Ever wanted to see what it's like to be in a school building as a tornado hits it? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJPGuMfnty4 You asked for it...]]
* On the subject of tornadoes, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFrgSVoJi1U this video]] from 2013 shows a father videotaping a tornado that's moving ''right in his direction'' before he heads back inside to take cover in his basement with his daughter. From there, we are then treated to the horrible sounds of the tornado going right over the man's house, which lasts for about a minute. The father then emerges from the basement and sees that most of the house has been wrecked, and right after goes outside to see that his entire surrounding neighborhood has been completely obliterated, looking like something out of a post-apocalyptic horror movie. The eerie sound of the tornado siren in the background only makes it feel all the more worse.
* A now, rather iconic... and horrific... rescue photo of Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon Bombings. He's being wheeled to the ambulance on a wheelchair by [=EMTs=] & a peace activist/marathon spectator, Carlos Arredondo (a hero in his own right), who is ''pinching closed Bauman's major leg artery in his hand''. Bauman's injuries are exceptionally nightmarish to look at & for him to experience. [[http://i42.tinypic.com/152cp6s.jpg Here's the SFW cropped version of the photo]] that most news outlets use... and here's [[http://i41.tinypic.com/2d6tefs.jpg the gruesome NSFW un-cropped, uncensored version]] that only a few news outlets & gore sites use. Here's [[http://i39.tinypic.com/1zogv0g.jpg three different photos of the same NSFW injury at different angles]], him on the ground & two angles of the above wheelchair part.

[[folder: Death]]
* Post-mortem photography, a big ValuesDissonance towards the Victorian Era (check out the other wiki for more info). At the beginning, at least the dead ones were photographed with [[http://www.blogodisea.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/fotografia-post-mortem-14.jpg their]] [[http://users.telenet.be/thomasweynants/images/postmortem/KipsdeCoppin.jpg eyes]] [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_DVDBucZvaK8/Su7IHH_61tI/AAAAAAAAB-E/MkiE1vhWHvQ/s400/dorm3.jpg closed]], as like the [[BigSleep "eternal sleep"]], but later, photographers started to try to make the bodies look ''more alive'' by opening their eyes and making them stand up. The ones who failed are among the most [[http://101room.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/vivo4.jpg?w=450 nightmarish]] [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Gb4sJKIoIEQ/Su4FSzdzAsI/AAAAAAAACp0/Z6udJq41ecY/s400/NI%C3%91O+POST+MORTEM.PNG fuel]] [[http://101room.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/vivo9.jpg?w=450 thing]] you'll ever see, but the ones that actually worked aren't that much better. Particularly when you are watching one of them and you can't figure out [[ParanoiaFuel which one it's the dead one]], like in [[https://web.archive.org/web/20130624061334/http://www.lamanufacturedebruit.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/post_mortem_photographs_cover_big.jpg this]] one. [[spoiler:It's the one standing up]]
* The pictures of Chris Farley on the day of his death are extremely disturbing especially seeing as he is lying dead on the floor with ''[[GoryDiscretionShot some sort of liquid coming out of his nose and blood dripping somewhere]]''.
** Just as disturbing, if not more so, is watching the Saturday Night Live episode that Farley hosted a month or so before his death, and realizing you can see the heart attack coming... he's pale, clammy, constantly out of breath...
** It's also kind of frightening that Chris Farley idolized John Belushi and wanted to be ''exactly like him'', and the fact that he died at the same age and of the same cause as John Belushi died is also quite a spooky coincidence.
** Doubling as a TearJerker, his alleged last words were [[PleaseDontLeaveMe begging a prostitute not to leave him alone]]. How did the prostitute respond? By [[KickTheDog taking pictures of him and stealing his watch]]. After he just ''died''. [[NoSympathy Jeez...]]
* As far as horrifying celebrity death photos go, nothing beats the autopsy photo of Marilyn Monroe. Her hair is all matted, her face is distorted--if you thought death by sleeping pill would be a clean and ''easy'' way to go, think again...
** That was taken after Dr. Thomas Noguchi was done desecrating her body. He did a lot more to her than was necessary to discover cause of death, even removing her breasts. Before her autopsy, Monroe in death looked beautiful; he even said so himself years later, quoting Petrarch; "Itís folly to shrink in fear, if this is dying. For death looked lovely in her lovely face."
* There also exist photos out there of Grace Kelly's lifeless body in a funeral casket. While probably more TearJerker fuel than anything, the fact that the photos are in poor quality and are in black-and-white make them quite chilling to look at it. On an even darker note, the reason she has a rather odd-looking wig on in the photos was because it was put there to cover up the severe head injuries she sustained in the crash.
* [[http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3trmc5Q4v1r9df5y.jpg Dead Kurt Cobain photos.]] Head is not seen, but the idea that there's NO head after incident makes the situation even scarier.
* There's a very disturbing picture of Rodney Dangerfield with ''a small hole in his head'' on the Findadeath.com website.
* [[http://www.documentingreality.com/forum/attachments/f10/228162d1290460210-hartford-circus-fire-circusfire11.gif This morgue photo]] of Little Miss 1565, one of the victims of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartford_circus_fire Hartford circus fire]] of 1944.
** The other reaction people tend to have is "[[SugarWiki/SugarWiki aww, poor little angel]]." Even Stephen King reacted to her this way.
** The Hartford Circus Fire itself. Among the survivors was Charles Nelson Reilly who never sat in an audience for the remainder of his life.
* [[DrivenToSuicide Budd Dwyer's death video]]. Very, very disturbing. Not least because trolls enjoy using gifs of the moment he put the bullet through his head occasionally when advising people to "[[http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/magazine/03trolls-t.html?pagewanted=all an hero]]".
* Escaping death in general. For example imagine you get invited to a party but you decide not to go because that JerkAss or AlphaBitch is going to be there... then the next day you hear in the news that there was a shootout at the party leaving everyone dead. Things like that can happen.
* While the actual death of GrigoriRasputin was straightforward (he was shot thrice, once in the head), the [[TropeNamer trope naming]] RasputinianDeath created by his assassins might count: they tried to poison him, but that didn't work. Then one assassin tried to shoot him in the back, but all this accomplished was making Rasputin pissed. It took another three shots to slow him down enough to beat him down with clubs, wrap his body in sheets, and toss his body into the icy-cold Neva River, where he ultimately died...''of hypothermia'', even as he partially clawed his way out of the sheets he was wrapped in before dying.
* Although it's (fortunately) extremely rare, death by constrictor (Boas, Pythons, etc.) certainly falls under this. Even more terrifying is how the snake kills its victims. Imagine being surrounded by over a hundered pounds of muscular predatory snake that's squeezing the life out of its victim. Oh, and the victims didn't die of suffocation (as was once thought to be how constrictors kill their prey). Rather, they died due to internal bleeding caused by the snake squeezing hard enough to rupture its victim's blood vessels. Even worse is this often causes the blood vessels in the brain to rupture depriving the organ of oxygen.
** Think the victims could've just pretended to be dead to fool the snakes? Think again. Recent studies show that constrictors actually feel for a pulse (or a heartbeat). They didn't just horrifically squeeze their victims to death but checked to make sure their prey was dead. These snakes aren't just strong, they're smart too.

[[folder: Crime]]
* Unsolved crimes in general. Most of the high octane nightmare fuel on this page stems from the intrigue and mystery surrounding each of them, which would vanish almost instantly when explained. That's one criteria for [[NightmareFetishist Nightmare Fetishism]].
** [[http://www.charleyproject.org/ Cold case missing persons investigations]] can also be bone-chilling, particularly the ones that happened more than a couple of decades ago where there's been no sign of the missing person dead or alive. The cases of Jaycee Dugard and Carlina White give some hope for a lot of those cases, but for most, the thought that no one will be able to find these people is either [[TearJerker extremely sad]] or this trope.
** Also, for the people who have been missing for decades, it's not uncommon for the investigators to semi-regularly sketch an image of impression or possibility of their appearance in the very latest years (and, of course, assuming they are still alive or their deaths aren't confirmed). These images can ''very'' easily cross into UncannyValley territory.
** Relatedly, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unidentified_decedent Unidentified decadents]], a. k. a. deceased individuals whose identities are never ''ever'' known. Just ''who'' are they? How can't anyone recognize them? Some cases are justifiable because the victims' face are badly damaged that it's hardly possible to recognize them, but in other cases, their faces remain intact. They are simply unrecognizable by literally anyone.
* Serial killers are walking, talking, functioning sources of Nightmare Fuel. If their well-documented crimes aren't terrifying enough, hearing them discuss (in their own words) either what attracted them to killing or details of their sociopathic behavior really cranks the octane-level [[UpToEleven Up To Eleven]]. The fact that a good percentage of them can go completely under-the-radar and blend in with the rest of society is horrific, also (and doubles as VERY high-octane [[ParanoiaFuel Paranoia Fuel]]).
** John Wayne Gacy, convicted murderer of 33 young men and boys, was a devoted family man who liked to [[MonsterClown DRESS AS A CLOWN FOR CHILDREN at neighborhood social events]]. Sleep well.
** You think that's bad? Houston serial killer Dean Corll was known for passing out free candy to the local children. Corll raped,tortured, and murdered ''29'' possibly ''more'' kids with his 2 teenage accomplices between 1970-1973. He had a plywood ''Torture Board'' to strapped his helpless victims keeping them alive for as long as 3 days at max, and if he had 2 victims in one night ''he'd strapped each kid on side of the board'' the killings only came to light after one of his accomplices Wayne Henley shot him after Corll attempted to rape and murder his best friends.. Sleep well
* The electronic advertising system Telexfree has been pretty much proven to be a pyramid scheme in Brazil. Vloggers in Brazil have been recording videos to further expose the pyramid scheme and alert Brazilians to the fact that they are being fooled... And some of those Vloggers have been threatened of death by Telexfree disseminators. One vlogger in particular was threatened with death for his video's comments, and [[HumansAreBastards these disseminators have been sharing his real name and address over the internet so they could get him]]. These disseminators' sheer [[KnightTemplar fanaticism]] and the [[WithUsOrAgainstUs violent responses those disseminators show towards anyone who opposes Telexfree]] is absolutely horrifying...
** Just like the ol' ChurchOfHappyology. Their enemies are "Fair Game" after all...
* [[http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/two-held-after-murder-victims-359375 This.]] A man was decapitated, and his body was set on fire. '''In the police station car park.'''
* On New Year's Day, 1998, in Trinidad, news broke of the violent execution of Thackoor Boodram, brother of an executed drug lord known as Dole Chadee. How was he murdered? He was shot twice in the head, decapitated and had his severed head stuffed into a small box at the Caroni Cremation site. Scary, to be sure, but do you want to know where the real NightmareFuel sets in? The police found out that last detail when they opened the box and Thackoor's head ''rolled out of it.''. The public found out about it when all three daily newspapers not only ran the story, but ''showed'' the severed head at everyone's feet right on the cover, making this the first thing Trinidadians saw on their newspapers for the year. Happy New Year, Trinidad! A reporter's account of this horrible spectacle can be found [[http://www.newsday.co.tt/politics/print,0,143971.html here.]]
* Any time a massacre happens. One prime example is the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre. Imagine that you're sitting eating breakfast, when soldiers storm in and start butchering your family with swords. Around you, you hear people screaming and the sounds of swords striking flesh. You see people getting thrown out of windows with horrific wounds, blood literally running in the streets and bodies ''everywhere''. And all this is happening ''because you're a Protestant.'' And worst of all, ''you can't do anything.'' You know your friends are dying and your other Protestant relatives are in danger, but you can't. do. ANYTHING.
** The same thing happened with the infamous Maguindanao Massacre that occurred in the Philippines. Imagine this, you, your family and some of your fellow coworkers are on a caravan for some political stuff. Suddenly, an armed group stops you and started ordering everyone out. They then start torturing and killing everyone and buried them in impromptu mass graves along with the cars. All of this because of tight political competition. Oh, and the death count? Nearly a hundred. Worse still, there are videos about it, [[TakeOurWordForIt certainly not for the squeamish.]]
* The worst of [[WouldHurtAChild parental abuse and neglect]]. For example, [[http://cases.justia.com/virginia/court-of-appeals-unpublished/2363-11-1.pdf?ts=1396151297 this court document]] about the termination of parental rights in a neglect case in Virginia. In summary: two "parents" hid their daughter from society, including keeping her in a crib-turned-makeshift cage with little to no food. When she was finally discovered by accident in 2011 (at about six and a half years old, but developmentally the equivalent of a toddler), the cage was caked in waste, and she was forced to eat her own hair and skin (among other things). She had two brothers: one was found underneath the shed, apparently having been hidden as well (the parents eventually were charged with his murder), and [[MoralDissonance the other was shown off to the world and treated like any other child]]. Arguably the worst part of the document:
-->Other than the room where [she] was caged, the parents' home was described as "impeccably clean." A son ... was born in a hospital on March 23, 2011. Other than being slightly dehydrated, he appeared healthy and "had his own fully decorated, clean room in the home." During an inspection of the home, investigators reported the family had "a well-cared-for dog as well as fresh cut flowers in a vase."
** Thankfully, at least in her case, [[http://wtkr.com/2014/05/30/girl-nearly-starved-to-death-locked-in-cage-by-parents-has-come-a-very-long-way/ she's made something of a recovery]], [[http://wtkr.com/2013/06/12/caged-gloucester-girl-continues-to-struggle-after-surviving-horrific-living-conditions/ though she still suffers the consequences of her torture]].
* It's not hard to understand why SchoolBullyingIsHarmless is becoming a DiscreditedTrope when [[http://lastcrazyhorn.wordpress.com/2008/02/12/imagine-this-a-narrative-on-bullying/ you read the accounts of what bullied kids go through.]]
** The KarmaHoudini thing is particularly bad, as many people who are in a position to actually ''help'' the victim will, in an event that is scarily common, side ''with the bully'' and come up with the most [[InsaneTrollLogic insane excuses to absolve the bully of all blame]] (i.e., "Well, maybe if you hadn't provoked them they wouldn't have hit you"). In essence, a more passive (or passive-aggressive) version of "WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou".
** This can be made even worse when schools adopt a counterproductive 'Zero Tolerance' or Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, In which the school staff ''actively refuse'' to do anything about the bullying, despite Zero Tolerance stating that any action of bullying should be dealt with. Schools tend to sweep it under the rug instead.
*** Now, imagine how hard it feels to have no one at school on your side, even if your family are fighting your corner...
* Anonymous. As in, that group of hackers that are practically invulnerable, untraceable, ''powerful''. And while there's some comfort in the fact they PetTheDog quite often, the paranoia returns with the knowledge they're not all the same group with the same motives. Meaning? Their morality varies massively across all members. AffablyEvil they may be, they're still terrifying.
* Scaphism is an ancient and, thankfully, defunct method of execution that is long, torturous, and [[NauseaFuel EXTREMELY nauseating]]. The condemned is confined in a boat or hollowed-out log, covered in honey, and forced to eat a mix of honey and milk before being sent to float out in a lake, exposed to the sun. The honey covering the victim, along with the accumulation of bodily waste from the honey/milk mixture, attracts insects that proceed to use the victim's skin as a breeding ground, causing gangrenous infections. It can take ''days'' for a person to die from scaphism, since they are forced each day to eat more of the honey/milk mix to keep them from dying mercifully from hunger and thirst.
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** You think that's bad? Houston serial killer Dean Corll was known for passing out free candy to the local children. Corll raped,tortured, and murdered ''29'' possibly ''more'' kids with his 2 teenage accomplices between 1970-1973. He had a plywood ''Torture Board'' to strapped his helpless victims keeping them alive for as long as 3 days at max, and if he had 2 victims in one night ''he'd strapped each kid on side of the board'' the killings only came to light after one of his accomplices Wayne Henley shot him after Corll attempted to rape and murder his best friends.. Sleep well
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